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Going Green – Green Grass Not Only Looks Good But Helps the Environment

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Do you suffer from yard envy? Does the grass seem greener in your neighbor’s yard? Let the Weingartz experts help you improve the look and health of your green grass, while considering today’s environmentally friendly choices.

There are plenty of sound facts to help you justify your time investment in a beautiful yard. Well-maintained grass is far more than just nice to look at. It provides a great benefit to our environment. We all remember learning that healthy green plants convert harmful CO2 to oxygen. This principle applies to all plants, both indoors and out, and grass is no exception. In addition to its oxygen-generating capabilities, there are also some benefits to the environment that are unique to grass.

Grass and plants help moderate the heat of summer with the daily dew and evaporation cycle. Just think of the look of scorched earth that you see in August on any empty lot, and you can visualize how much healthy turf cools the soil. Furthermore, the combination of healthy, aerated soil and grass is very effective in absorbing and dampening sound waves. This helps insulate us from some of the sounds of traffic, voices and other neighborhood noises.

Healthy turf traps dust and many other airborne contaminants, giving us cleaner air to breathe. Strong root systems also assist with minimizing water runoff from heavy rains by capturing and retaining water in the soil and roots, thereby decreasing the stress on sewer systems at peak flow periods and protecting against erosion.

So what strategies can you use to create the healthiest yard, both for the turf and ecologically? It’s not as complicated as you might think. In fact, the two generally go hand in hand. All it takes is consistency and some attention to a few details. The older your yard, the more likely you will need to address issues like compaction or a heavy thatch layer. Both of these conditions will prevent crucial nutrients like water and fertilizer from reaching the important root system of the grass.

Compaction occurs naturally over time, especially on grass with heavy foot traffic like our typical active families. The soil in the yard compresses to the point that water cannot soak in, but rather becomes run-off and ends up in the sewer system. Likewise, thatch can build up between the grass blades and cause the same run-off – becoming a barrier to water and nutrient absorption. By aerating the lawn and removing the thatch layer, the soil opens up again.

Proper aeration takes cores of turf from the lawn and breaks up the compaction. Those cores then break down and become an excellent top dressing for the healthy turf. Also, remember that some thatch is good, but when the buildup is more than ½” thick, it’s a good time to rake (or power-rake) to remove some of that layer. Once you are assured that the grass is able to accept water and nutrients, you can decide on an effective fertilizer. All plants, including grass, benefit from a boost of nutrients.

To guarantee the most effective treatment, try performing a soil test to determine what mix of fertilizer will be most important. Soil tests are relatively inexpensive and can save a lot of money on fertilizers by showing you exactly what the soil needs. Unfortunately, many homeowners have a tendency to go overboard on fertilizer, which can be harmful to both your grass and the environment. Locally, you can go to your MSU County Extension Office to receive personalized results from soil tests performed through Michigan State University. For more information, go to www.css.msu.edu/spnl.

As your grass starts to grow, reconsider the height your mower is set at for cutting. The new rule of thumb is to allow the grass to grow slightly taller than previous years; approximately 3 to 3½” tall and never shorter than 2½” tall. You’ll need to mow more frequently, but will have much healthier grass. Cutting more frequently is the same as pinching back flowering plants to achieve more blooms and thicker, healthier growth. Also, longer grass blades store more water and are less susceptible to heat.

The final, most effective detail of cutting the grass is to use a clean, sharp mower blade to assure that the grass is cut, not torn, and that any possible disease is not transferred across the lawn. One thing that is wonderful about summertime in Michigan is the overwhelmingly green landscape. It is something that many of us have grown up with and would have a hard time leaving. It’s our reward for hard, cold winters.

We may not have realized that these wonderful landscapes are not only beautiful for the green color, but also “green” for the environment.

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Why Weingartz?

Weingartz, family owned and operated, began in 1945 as a farm supply store for local Michigan families. In the 1970s, we began to focus exclusively on outdoor power equipment. Over time, we morphed into the “power equipment superstore” that now defines all of our locations. The staff and experts at Weingartz work diligently to provide the best service possible and give honest and helpful advice to each and every customer.

Weingartz also sells parts for all outdoor power equipment at https://weingartz.com/parts-lookup.

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How To Wind Your Stihl Trimmer Head

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Stihl trimmers are almost as essential as a mower when it comes to maintaining a well-groomed lawn. Trimmers tame straggling grass around your yard and aid in hard-to-reach areas. When using any outdoor power equipment one thing is certain – you will need to perform maintenance and repairs over time. Your trimmer is no exception so read on to learn how to wind your Stihl trimmer head and keep it performing like new.

Before you begin any maintenance or repair work on your Stihl trimmer head, make sure it is completely powered off, cooled down, and cleaned of dirt and debris.

Here are Stihl’s most popular trimmer heads and how to wind them.

TrimCut or AutoCut Trimmer Head

On the TrimCut, unscrew the star nut on the trimmer head. Once the nut is loose, remove it and the spool from the spool housing.

On the AutoCut, open the trimmer head by pressing the recesses and removing the cover. Remove the spool from the spool housing.

Don’t lose the spring that is in the center of the spool. Once the spool has been removed on the TrimCut or AutoCut trimmer head, feel free to remove any dirt or debris that accumulated in the trimmer head. After this, you can reload your trimmer head.

To reload the trimmer head, determine the correct diameter of trimmer line you will need and the length of line you will need to wind your trimmer head. To get the length of trimmer line you need, measure it and cut the desired length.

Wind your spool. On the top of the spool, there are two or more notches that hold the line in place. On the spool you will see the spool is split and the line retaining holes. On the bottom of the spool, the correct winding direction for the line is indicated. Take one line and wind the half of the spool that is closest to the notches first.

Insert the line as far into the retaining hole as you can, then wind the line around the spool, not crossing over into the other half. When you have about 5 inches of unwound line, insert the line into a notch in the spool. Insert the second length of line into the opposite side of the spool in the unwound half and in the retaining hole that is 180 degrees opposite the first line you wound.

Repeat the winding process and insert the second trimmer line into the opposite notch. Place the spool into the spool housing with the notches located just to the side of the eyelets. Press down on the spool and rotate it slightly until the notches and eyelets match up.

On the TrimCut trimmer head, feed the trimmer line through the eyelets in the spool housing, and lower the spool into the housing. Pull on both ends of the line to release the lines from the notches and reinstall the star nut.

On the AutoCut trimmer head, pull the trimmer line out of the notches and feed them through the eyelets. Place the cover on the trimmer head making sure the tabs line up with the tab release holes and press down until you hear it snap into place on both sides. Pull on the line to make sure all the slack has been taken up.

AutoCut EasySpool Trimmer Head

You don’t have to open up the trimmer head on the EasySpool to wind it. If you want to clean the inside of the trimmer head, loosen the cap and lift the spool out of the spool housing. To reload this trimmer head, make sure the arrows in the spool housing and the spool are aligned. Firmly insert the end of the trimmer line into the eyelet as far as you can. Repeat the same process on the opposite side of the trimmer head. Pay attention to the winding direction arrows on the top of the spool. Turn the spool in the proper direction, and this will automatically wind the line onto the spool.

FixCut Trimmer Head

Take an 8-inch long piece of trimmer line and feed it through the eyelet until you see it on the inside. Insert the same length of line into the second eyelet. Pull both ends of the lines to make sure they are secure.

After you reload your Stihl trimmer head, the trimmer line should be the same length on both sides and never longer than the line limited distance located on the trimmer’s guard. If one line is longer than the other, or if the line is longer than the line limited distance, cut the line as necessary.

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Watering the Lawn: 5 Things to Consider

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During these dog days of spring and summer, your lawn needs water now more than ever. Without a sufficient amount of rainfall, these hot weather conditions can be a killer for your lawn and garden. You may find yourself working harder this season to keep your grass lush and green. Keeping your lawn hydrated is very important, so here are a few tips to help you water your lawn and keep it healthy all season long.

Watering Tip #1 – Water your lawn before the heat kicks in. This way water is less likely to evaporate before it reaches the roots of your grass. It’s not a necessity, but it is recommended to water your grass earlier in the day – ideally before 10:00 am. Another important consideration to make is what time you mow the lawn. Mowing in the morning is better for your grass, but you shouldn’t mow after you water the grass. Wet grass causes clumping and ruts, and leaves your lawn vulnerable to certain diseases.

Watering Tip #2 – When watering, you need to water deeply. Water your lawn every 3 to 5 days, but only enough to wet most of the root area. Allow your lawn to dry out between watering. Frequently watering the grass keeps that root area consistently wet, reducing the amount of soil oxygen that is available to the roots and inviting fungi that can cause lawn diseases.

Watering Tip #3 – Look for signs of drought. While you shouldn’t water your lawn too frequently, you shouldn’t go too long without watering it either so look for signs of drought. Sometimes the grass leaf doesn’t have enough water to bounce back after foot traffic and just lies over. Look back on an area that you have walked on. If you still see the footprints, this is an early sign of drought stress, and you need to water your grass.

Also, consider the color of the grass. A purple-blue color often indicates drought stress. Before the grass turns brown from lack of water, it fades to a purple-blue color. If you see these colors, it’s time to water your lawn.

Watering Tip #4 – Adjust your sprinkler system. Be mindful of the weather – rainfall, hot temperatures, etc. – and adjust your sprinkler system accordingly. Avoid setting it at the beginning of the season and forgetting about it. Another thing to consider is adjusting your sprinkler pressure to water with large droplets, which are less likely to be blown by the wind and more likely to fall and penetrate through the soil.

Watering Tip #5 – Set a schedule. Choose to water either in the early morning or evening to minimize water lost to evaporation. If your lawn is subject to fungi, water in the early morning to allow excess moisture to evaporate.

The hot, humid weather that comes with the spring and summer seasons is not always kind to our lawns. With consistent care, regular watering and these tips, you’ll be able to keep the lawn cool and healthy.

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Weingartz also sells parts for all outdoor power equipment at https://weingartz.com/parts-lookup.

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6 Methods For Mulching

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Mulch has a variety of benefits including increasing the health of your lawn and garden, discouraging weeds and preventing alternate freezing and thawing in the winter. There are a number of mulching methods and it’s not one size fits all. Read more to learn about these methods and which one is right for you.

1 – Organic Mulch

Organic mulches promote healthier lawn and gardens as they improve the soil as they decompose and discourage weeds. Organic mulches include formerly living material such as grass clippings, shredded leaves, straw, compost, and wood chips.

2 – Grass Clippings

Recycling grass clippings is one of the simplest mulching options. After mowing, simply collect the grass clippings to use as mulch. These clippings are great for your lawn as they’re nitrogen-rich. That being said, grass clippings should occasionally be returned directly to your lawn because they act as a natural fertilizer.

3 – Shredded Leaves or Wood Chips

Shredded leaves create nutrient-rich mulch for your lawn and garden. If you have any trees on your property, then you have access to shredded leaves for free. Shred the fallen leaves with a leaf-shredding machine or a lawn mower with a bagger, which will collect the leaves and cut them into the perfect mulching size.

You can buy a bag of wood chips from your local garden store. Wood chips and shredded leaves are great as mulch but also add a visual appeal to your yard, especially when used in flower beds and shrub borders.

4 – Straw or Hay

Straw and hay are good mulch for vegetable gardens. They have most of the benefits of other mulches including retaining moisture in your soil and keeping weeds away. If you’re mulching with hay, make sure it’s weed-free or you risk making trouble for your vegetable garden.

5 – Compost

Compost is organic material that has been decomposed and recycled as a fertilizer. Compost can be used as mulch because it will strengthen your soil. It’s a good idea to spread a thin layer of compost around plants and place another mulch on top of it. This keeps your compost moist and your plants healthy.

6 – Inorganic Mulch

Inorganic mulches include gravel, stones, black plastic, and geotextiles – also known as landscape fabrics. Inorganic mulches, like organic ones, keep weeds away. They don’t, however, decompose to enrich your soil but are the method of choice under certain circumstances.

Black plastic transmits the sun’s heat to the soil beneath and radiates heat during the night. Since the plastic film stays warm and dry, it protects certain fruits and vegetables. This mulch also prevents weed growth and retains soil moisture. Unlike black plastic, gravel, stones, and geotextiles (landscape fabrics) allow air and water to reach the soil beneath while keeping weeds away.

Do your research and talk to your lawn care professionals before choosing a mulching method. Mulched yards and gardens are healthier and house fewer weeds than unmulched ones, but each mulching method has a different set of benefits for your lawn, plants, and gardens.

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Weingartz also sells parts for all outdoor power equipment at https://weingartz.com/parts-lookup.

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Mulching Tips For May

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We are in the midst of the heaviest growing season of the year for your lawn. There has been a decent amount of rain and the temperatures are starting to rise, making for ideal grass growing conditions. These conditions make lawns healthier and beautiful, but they can also make it difficult to keep up with mowing as it seems like your lawn needs to be cut every other day. This can be particularly challenging for those of us who mulch our grass. The heavy, thick grass can make a mulched up mess if it is not mowed properly, here are some tips to utilize mulch and deal with these difficult conditions:

Mulching Tip #1 – Mow when the grass is dry. Grass stores a lot of water naturally and even more when it is growing this quickly, so try to avoid mowing when the morning dew is on the ground or soon after rain. This can cause mulched clippings to clump up and not disperse evenly.

Mulching Tip #2 – Only cut 1 inch of the grass blade off at a time. This will keep the clippings at a size that can be easily decomposed and returned as nutrients. If the length of the lawn gets away from you, it is okay to mow 1 inch off and then take another inch off immediately after – the size of the clippings is a bigger issue than the total volume.

Mulching Tip #3 - Mow at a slightly higher height. As the weather warms up, it is recommended to keep your grass a little higher to make it less susceptible to problems from heat or lack of water.

Mulching Tip #4 – Maintain a sharp mower blade. This is a common recommendation in our articles, but it is really helpful to have a sharp mower blade to cleanly cut the lawn instead of jaggedly tear it.

Mulching Tip #5 - Remove old mulch when re-mulching. If you’re considering re-mulching beds or other areas, remove some of the old mulch first. Some may mulch three to four times, so it’s recommended to remove some of the mulch that has built up over time.

Mulching Tip #6 - Try organic mulch. Organic mulches include leaves, wood chips, softwood bark, hardwood, and pine needles. These mulches provide nutrients, and improve soil structure and quality.

Mulching Tip #7 – Don’t forget your trees. Place an even layer of mulch around the trunk of your trees. This will cover the soil around the trees’ roots, improve the soil as it decays, discourage foot traffic and power tools. Make sure you spread mulch evenly without piling it against the bark, which can lead to rot and disease.

These tips will help you with mulching throughout the spring and summer. Mulching is tremendously beneficial to the health of your lawn and can be done all season long.

 

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Weingartz, family owned and operated, began in 1945 as a farm supply store for local Michigan families. In the 1970s, we began to focus exclusively on outdoor power equipment. Over time, we morphed into the “power equipment superstore” that now defines all of our locations. The staff and experts at Weingartz work diligently to provide the best service possible and give honest and helpful advice to each and every customer.

Weingartz also sells parts for all outdoor power equipment at https://weingartz.com/parts-lookup.

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8 Best Practices for Effective Mowing

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During the spring and summer we experience longer, warmer days, and ultimately, more time spent mowing the yard. You know that maintaining a well-kept and healthy lawn is important, but do you know the best way to mow to keep your lawn in mint condition? You can lessen your yard work time by utilizing these practices for effective mowing.

Mowing Tip #1 – Take care of your mower

Don’t attempt to mow the lawn if your mower is not in good shape. Make sure any maintenance or repairs have been performed, and make sure your mower has sharp blades. Dull blades are an ineffective way to mow and they can damage your lawn.

Mowing Tip #2 – Clear debris before mowing

Before cutting the grass, remove debris like small bits of trash and sticks from your yard. Anything that is too big for your mower to mulch will cause problems for the mower and even create safety hazards.

Mowing Tip #3 – Mow in the morning

It’s not a necessity, but it is recommended to mow earlier in the day. It’s better for your grass and the cooler temperatures are better for you.

Mowing Tip #4 – Choose the correct mowing height

Be mindful of how low you cut the grass. It’s best to remove no more than 1/3 of height of your grass when mowing.

Mowing Tip #5 – Do not mow wet grass

Sunshine and rain are good for your lawn as they keep it healthy and promote grass growth. However, it’s a bad idea to mow the lawn after it rains because wet grass can cause clumping and ruts. Mowing wet grass also leaves your lawn more vulnerable to certain diseases.

Mowing Tip #6 – Change directions when mowing

Alternate your mowing pattern to prevent lawn damage. The pattern change will control coarse grass and create even surfaces. Ultimately, different patterns promote a healthy lawn, and additionally, add an aesthetically pleasing design.

Mowing Tip #7 – Keep grass clippings

Allowing grass clippings to stay on your lawn after mowing allows nutrients to return to the soil. Consider blowing grass clippings back onto your lawn after mowing. This keeps them off your drive and walkways, and off your neighbor’s property.  This also gives your yard a neat, manicured look.

Mowing Tip #8 – Call on the pros

Lawn care professionals have the knowledge and skills to keep your lawn beautiful and healthy. If you find yourself with questions or come across an issue that doesn’t fit your regular lawn maintenance routine, don’t hesitate to call on the pros.

 

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Lawn Mower Maintenance

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It is estimated that each Spring, over two-thirds of all lawn mowers do not receive the recommended maintenance. Whether you are a commercial landscaper or a residential user, basic engine maintenance is essential. The rotary-type lawn mower, which most homeowners have, requires periodic maintenance to keep them in tip top shape. To help put engine maintenance into perspective let’s compare how hard that small engine works whether it’s for commercial or residential use.

How Hard Does that Engine Work?

“Commercial” VS “Residential”

Commerical Use Residential Use
Operation time of approximately – 6 hours per day Operation time of approximately – 1 hour per day
Engine speed – 3600 RPMs (revolutions per minute) Engine speed – 3600 RPMs (revolutions per minute)
Number of days per week – 5 Number of days per week – 2
Number of weeks per year – 36 Number of weeks per year – 36

 

Now let’s compare a small engine running at 3600 RPMs to a car’s engine running at 3600 RPMs.  Traveling down the highway, with the car’s engine running at 3600 RPMs, it would be traveling approximately 90 miles per hour.

Commerical Use Residential Use
6 hours x 90 mph = 540 miles per day540 miles per day x 5 days = 2700 Miles per week2700 miles per week x 36 weeks = 97,200 miles per year
97,200 miles per year
1 hour x 90 mph = 90 miles per day90 miles per day x 2 days = 180 miles per week180 miles per week x 36 weeks = 6480 miles per year
6,480 miles per year

 

Now that example should remind us how hard a small air cooled engine works. Some may think that maintenance is expensive and unnecessary. The commercial cutter has learned that maintaining their equipment properly saves time and money by reducing costly repairs, preserving equipment value and minimizing unproductive downtime. Once the value and necessity for maintenance is understood and appreciated, an action plan needs to be created to make it happen.

The first step is to find the information pertinent to your particular equipment. Owner’s manuals and maintenance schedules inside them are often overlooked and seldom read carefully; they are a great resource and the best place to start. Manufacturers are generally very detailed and comprehensive about the maintenance that is best for their equipment and most often a thorough reading of these documents is all that you’ll need to create a maintenance schedule for your equipment. If you would like more information, the Service Manager at your equipment supplier is another good place to look.

To get started we will need an action plan. We will share with you the action plan that we use when performing lawn mower maintenance in the early spring.

Action plan:

Five things you should do before you start cutting grass:

  • Change the spark plug.
  • Change the air filter.
  • Change the engine oil.
  • Sharpen the blade.
  • Add fresh gasoline.

Note. The first thing we recommend to do is remove the spark plug coil wire to ensure your mower won’t accidentally start while performing the maintenance. The last thing you should do when you have completed your maintenance is reinstall the spark plug coil wire.

 

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5 Common Lawn Care Problems and Solutions

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Every year our lawns suffer the stress of all sorts of wandering feet, hot and cold temps (all in the same day, sometimes) and a number of different types of diseases. A beautiful lawn really does have a hard life. Continue reading our post to learn about some of the most common lawn care problems and what you can do to help restore your lawn back to beautiful again.

Lawn Care Problem #1 – Grass Discoloration

Yellow spots, pale grass, and other discoloration are eyesores and usually caused by an iron and nitrogen deficiency. To remove this discoloration, you may need to apply fertilizer to the spots.

Other unwanted spots, and mildew, may also show up as a result of winter’s harsh weather. To prevent them, fertilize your lawn in August and September to improve resistance. Also increase the cutting height of your grass and your lawn will be better prepared to withstand winter weather.

Lawn Care Problem #2 – Diseases

Fungal diseases are another problem that affects the appearance of your lawn. There is a variety of fungi that can poison your lawn and these conditions help aid the growth of that fungi: over fertilization, incorrect pH, thick lawn thatch, and a thick layer of leaves in the winter.

The best protection against fungal diseases is a well-kept and healthy lawn. When fungi occur, it’s ideal to seek out help from a lawn care specialist.

Lawn Care Problem #3 – Weeds

Brief rain showers and persistent warm weather play a large role in the amount of grass you see growing. Sometimes, that growing grass is accompanied by weeds. Weeds usually indicate that your lawn is suffering from low nutrient levels.

Digging weeds out of your lawn is the best solution to this problem. Fertilizer and frequent mowing at a high cutting height are also ideal. Using good quality seeds is another way to prevent the growth of weeds.

Lawn Care Problem #4 – Moss

Moss grows in areas where your lawn has retreated, and will not replace your healthy grass. Moss often grows in damp or shaded areas, such as under trees.

Cutting grass too short allows moss to thrive, so raise the cutting height when mowing and use fertilizer to combat this problem. Since moss grows in damp and shady areas, you need to improve these areas which generally mean sowing with a grass seed mixture and fertilization.

Lawn Care Problem #5 – Pet Damage

If you’re a pet owner, you most likely know that there is a fine line between letting your pet roam freely and keeping a tidy lawn. While animals make great companions, they’re not always a “yard’s best friend.”

Pet’s waste and play areas can lead to brown spots, bare patches, and holes in your lawn. To rectify these problems, pick up pet droppings as soon as possible and douse urine spots with water to dilute nitrogen levels. Try keeping animals on a patio, gravel-covered area, or other hard surface where constant running will have less impact, and discourage digging.

While all of these issues are common among lawns, every lawn is different. Some lawns may experience all of these problems while others experience none. Spend time getting to know your lawn and evaluate its behavior. As a result you will have an easier time identifying when an issue occurs. Above all, do your best to maintain a well-kept and healthy lawn. If you have any other lawn care problems or questions, don’t hesitate to contact us!

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Why Weingartz?

Weingartz, family owned and operated, began in 1945 as a farm supply store for local Michigan families. In the 1970s, we began to focus exclusively on outdoor power equipment. Over time, we morphed into the “power equipment superstore” that now defines all of our locations. The staff and experts at Weingartz work diligently to provide the best service possible and give honest and helpful advice to each and every customer.

Weingartz also sells parts for all outdoor power equipment at https://weingartz.com/parts-lookup.

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Utica,MI 48317
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Toro Walk Behind Lawn Mower Front Wheel Replacement

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It is normal for your walk behind lawn mower to have an issue or two that needs fixing over time. Fixing smaller issues, like replacing the wheel on your mower, plays a significant role in your ability to achieve a well-manicured and healthy lawn. A little maintenance goes a long way so spend a little time on your mower’s maintenance this spring with this how-to guide. Here’s how to replace a Toro walk behind lawn mower front wheel.

Before performing any repair or maintenance on your mower, please follow these safety precautions: shut off the lawn mower engine and allow it to cool, disconnect the spark plug wire to prevent accidental starting.

To carry out this task, you’ll need these tools: Toro Part Wheel Assembly 115-2894, ratchet, 13 millimeter socket, and a 2 x 4 piece of wood.

To replace the front wheel of your Toro walk behind lawn mower, place the 2×4 piece of wood under the mower to prop up the machine. Use the ratchet with the 13 mm socket to loosen the bolt on the wheel. When removing the wheel cover backer, there is a small washer that you will need when reinstalling the wheel; it fits right back into the cover. If you misplace that washer, the washer part number is 614426; you can purchase another one from our store or online here.

Once the wheel is removed, inspect it for any type of dirt or debris, and make sure there are no cracks or other damage. Check the wheel teeth for any uneven wear or broken teeth. If there is damage or broken teeth, purchase a new Toro Parts Wheel Assembly 115-2894.

The mower contains a drive gear, which is attached to the transmission to drive the wheel. The drive gear also has teeth, and if these are broken just purchase a new one as well, part number 110-9417.

Inspect the bolt that was removed. Clean the bolt of any debris before reinstalling. Install the bolt through the wheel by hand. Reinstall the small washer and backing plate. When you put the backing plate on, there is a hole for the drive gear. Reinsert the drive gear, and put the wheel back on.

When reinstalling the bolt, do so by hand. If you use any tools you run the risk of stripping out the bolt or the adapter that it’s bolted to. Simply put the wheel on finger tight, and use the ratchet to make it tight and finish the job. Lastly, give the wheel a quarter turn to make sure it’s tight. Check the wheel to make sure it rolls freely and that you don’t have anything lose or binding. Remove the 2 x 4 piece of wood and you’re done.

While replacing the front wheel of your Toro walk behind lawn mower using Toro Parts Wheel Assembly 115-2894 is a seemingly simple task, if you are uncomfortable repairing the mower yourself, bring it to us and we’ll perform the speedy repair.

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Why Weingartz?

Weingartz, family owned and operated, began in 1945 as a farm supply store for local Michigan families. In the 1970s, we began to focus exclusively on outdoor power equipment. Over time, we morphed into the “power equipment superstore” that now defines all of our locations. The staff and experts at Weingartz work diligently to provide the best service possible and give honest and helpful advice to each and every customer.

Our inventory of Toro lawn mower parts is one of the widest in the industry, which allows us to offer quick response times and provide real images of many Toro parts to help you confidently make your selections. You can easily find replacement parts for your all your Toro equipment on our website or in our stores.

We ship all in-stock Toro lawn mower parts ordered by 4:00 p.m. EST the same day! Search Weingartz for diagrams, our Toro lawn mower parts catalog, and quick reference guides. We hope that you find our site useful and our customer service friendly and responsive to your Toro lawn mower parts needs. If there is anything we can do to enhance your experience or provide additional Toro parts support, please contact us and let us know. We appreciate any feedback and use it to continuously improve our business practices and the quality of our customer service.

Weingartz also sells parts for all outdoor power equipment at https://weingartz.com/parts-lookup.

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Cedar Springs, MI 49319
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How to Lubricate the Cables on a Toro 20332 Lawn Mower – Using Seafoam Deep Creep DC14

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The grass is growing and it’s not going to cut itself, so your lawn mower needs to be prepped and ready to mow. It is normal for your walk behind lawn mower to have an issue or two that needs fixing over time. While it’s important to fix issues when they arise, it’s also important to performance maintenance on your mower when no issue is present. A little maintenance, such as lubricating the cables on your Toro walk behind lawn mower, goes a long way. Here’s how to lubricate the cables on a Toro 20332 lawn mower, using Seafoam Deep Creep DC14.

Before performing any repair or maintenance on your mower, please follow these safety precautions: shut off the lawn mower engine and allow it to cool, disconnect the spark plug wire to prevent accidental starting.

To carry out this task, you’ll need a can of penetrating lube – Seafoam deep creep.

To lubricate the cables on a Toro 20332 lawn mower using Seafoam Deep Creep DC14, turn the mower until the back of the machine is facing you. There are two places on the cable where you need to apply the Seafoam penetrating lube. One is on the bottom of the cable, in the entrance, and the other area is right on top.

When using the Seafoam, make sure you have the red straw attached to your can. Insert the straw in the top of the cable – where the cable goes into the outside lining. Apply the lube in the outside lining of the bottom cable and work the cable back and forth. This allows the lube to move down the cable and prevent moisture or anything that is in the cable from staying there.

Apply the Seafoam to the outside lining of the upper cable as well, and work the cable back and forth again, allowing the lube proper penetration down the cable shaft.

Again, regular maintenance is beneficial and results in a long-lasting walk behind lawn mower. If you’re not a do-it-yourself-er, feel free to bring your lawn mower to us and we’ll perform the necessary maintenance.

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Why Weingartz?

Weingartz, family owned and operated, began in 1945 as a farm supply store for local Michigan families. In the 1970s, we began to focus exclusively on outdoor power equipment. Over time, we morphed into the “power equipment superstore” that now defines all of our locations. The staff and experts at Weingartz work diligently to provide the best service possible and give honest and helpful advice to each and every customer.

Weingartz also sells parts for outdoor power equipment at https://weingartz.com/parts-lookup.

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5436 Jackson Rd.
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
(734) 239-8200
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