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At Home Maintenance

We know you’re getting ready for spring and we’re here to help. Normal wear and tear results in lower machine efficiency so regular maintenance is a must. Whether you are a commercial landscaper or a residential user, basic lawn mower maintenance is essential.

Weingartz At-Home Maintenance service assures optimal working conditions and a long life span for your equipment. With the at-home maintenance service, we send our factory-certified technicians to your home with maintenance trucks fully equipped with tools such as air compressors, air filters, blade sharpeners, maintenance kits, etc. to service your machine, conveniently eliminating bringing your machine in and being without it for any amount of time.

Our maintenance trucks are also equipped with overhead cranes, which allow our technicians to lift your machine, look underneath, and perform the proper maintenance on the spot. (You must be home to take advantage of the at-home maintenance unless you prepaid for the service).

Our technicians are always prepared to service your equipment. Call to schedule your service today or schedule service online and we’ll make sure your machine stays in good shape all year long. (Your machine must start and cut in order to receive maintenance).

The At-Home Maintenance service is available at the following locations: Ann Arbor, Clarkston, Farmington Hills, Utica

At-Home Maintenance Includes:

  • Replace oil filter and change engine oil
  • Replace spark plug(s) and fuel filter
  • Replace (or clean) air filter
  • Flush fuel system (if necessary)
  • Sharpen (or replace) mower blades* and clean under deck
  • Test ignition system, charging system, and battery
  • Clean battery terminals and cooling system
  • Check and adjust RPM’s
  • Check and adjust clutch (if necessary)
  • Check and adjust brakes/emergency brake system
  • Check and adjust tire pressure (as needed)
  • Lubricate all pivot points and cables
  • Inspect all belts, pulleys and overall operation of unit
  • Inspect and test all safety features

*Cost of blades additional if requiring replacement

Planned maintenance can save your machine from hours of downtime caused by a breakdown. Your satisfaction is guaranteed so don’t hesitate to give us a call.

 

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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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46061 Van Dyke Ave. 
Utica, MI 48317
(586) 731-7240
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How to Prune and Care for Trees

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Fall is in full effect with its shorter days, cooler temperatures, and colorful leaves. With these leaves falling at a rapid rate, it’s no secret that it’s time to rake, blow, or mulch them. While removing leaves is an obvious chore for Fall, this season you should also consider taking care of the trees that these leaves fell from. Fall is the perfect time to prune your trees to remove stems or branches that are dead or damaged.

Why prune trees?

Pruning promotes healthy trees, and by removing dead or damaged branches, you’re preventing decay organisms from invading the tree. Pruning can stimulate growth in sparse areas of a tree, and can also restrict growth if too much growth is unappealing to you.

Pruning can increase air and sunlight while providing more food and water for the tree. Pruning to eliminate crossing branches is a great way to prevent damage as a result of the branches rubbing against each other.

When to prune?

Fall is the perfect time to remove bad limbs, but late winter and early spring are also acceptable times to prune, just before the tree begins to open its buds. You should remove dead, damaged, and diseased branches as soon as possible, which means pruning can be done anytime, just avoid pruning during dry, hot periods and extreme cold.

What tools to use?

Hand prunersHand pruners cut like scissors. One blade slides past another blade resulting in a neat and clean cut. Hand pruners are able to cut wood ½ to ¾ inch diameter.

LoppersLoppers, like hand pruners, cut like scissors and are designed with larger blades and longer handles. These lightweight tools are able to cut wood ¾ to 1 ½ inch diameter.

Pole sawsPole saws enable you to reach tall branches. They allow for extended reach with a long handle and can cut wood up to 3-inch diameter.

How to prune?

Before removing any limbs or branches, map out what portions need to be pruned.

The act of pruning wounds trees, but when done properly, pruning helps trees. When done wrong, pruning harms them.Trees never heal their wounds. When branches are cut off, they are gone forever. While trees do not heal, they do seal their wounds. When pruned properly, a callus grows, starting at the edge and growing in until it covers the cut.

Inside the tree, a chemical boundary is formed around the wounded area that compartmentalizes the wound, eliminating the chance of decay forming from the wound. Flush cuts and leaving a stub are examples of improper pruning and will cause wounds that will not callus or limit decay. The tree will begin to rot in these areas.

How to Prune and Care for Trees

When pruning, avoid damaging the branch collar and branch bark ridge. The branch collar is a swelling that forms around the base of the branch, and the branch bark ridge is slightly raised, dark bark that forms where the branch and trunk tissue meet.

These are the areas that contain the chemicals needed for callus growth and the compartmentalization that protects the wound.

When pruning large branches, three or four cuts will be necessary to avoid tearing the branch collar and bark. Make the first cut on the underside of the branch about 18 inches from the trunk. Make the second cut an inch further out on the branch.

The third cut can be made by cutting down through the branch, detaching it. If there is a possibility of tearing the bark on the branch underside, make an undercut and then saw through the branch. Finally, be sure not to take away too much of the tree at any one time.

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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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6585 Dixie Hwy.
Clarkston, MI 48346
(248) 620-5258
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Buyer’s Guide to Chipper Shredder Vacs

Buyer's Guide to Chipper Shredder Vacs

Maintaining a neat looking yard can be difficult, but if you have the right equipment in your arsenal the task becomes less challenging. When you’re stuck with unwanted leaves, branches, and other debris, chipper shredder vacs come in handy. There are multiple aspects to consider when buying chipper shredder vacs and this guide will help simplify the buying process.

Vacuums are available in push or self-propelled models. With push vacuums, you would need to physically push the machine while self propelled models have a drive system to pull the machine for you.

If you’re looking for a push vacuum, it’s important to purchase a machine with larger diameter wheels because these wheels will make the machine easier to push, especially over rougher terrain. It will also help to support the weight of the bag as it starts filling with debris.

Self propelled models are more popular for lawn applications. The added weight of the bag makes the job easier for you. A push vacuum, on the other hand, is oftentimes used for parking lot cleaning. A push machine is very adequate for smoother surfaces.

When looking for a vacuum to purchase, you may want to consider that optional hose kits are available. With the hose kit, you can shut off the front snout and direct all the vacuum action into the hose, and then use it to get around shrub beds and other areas you can’t reach with the standard vacuum snout.

There are also shredder vac options that allow you to easily adjust your snout opening. If you work with heavier debris, you want to open that snout up to allow the heavier debris in. if you want to create more vacuum action for better cleaning, maybe on a flush surface, you can lower the snout down and it creates more vacuum action and better clean up on the lighter use.

Many vacuums have a chipper option. With chippers, you can feed your limbs down into the machine and then use the vacuum for picking up the leaves and other debris.

With your typical vacuum system, as the debris runs through the impeller, you’ll get an approximate 4 to 1 reduction, meaning you’ll fit more in the bag than you would if you were just bagging the material manually. Note, you’ll get an approximate 4 to 1 reduction depending on the material you want to remove.

Chipper shredder vacs are dedicated machines designed for chipping and shredding. The key advantage with these machines is you’ll get a much better reduction, typically a 10-12 to 1 reduction in debris. Chipper shredder vacs have a series of swinging knives down in the hopper that will shred the debris versus just running it through the vacuum and impeller.

With the chipping option, the typical size limbs these machines will handle are 2 to 3 inch depending on the machine.

Chippers are equipped with different horse power. If you have a lot of debris, especially a lot of heavy chipping, you’re going to want something with a large engine because it does require more horse power, especially with a chipping application.

A nice feature on the larger units is a tow bar. You can attach these very easily and hook it to your lawn tractor or utility vehicle for easy travel.

On some of the heavy duty machines, you’ll notice they have a much larger opening and will handle limbs more effectively. They also have a larger diameter impeller and will have up to 30 pounds worth of weight in the impeller. The additional weight will help the momentum for heavier chipping. You may want to look for something with a nice, wide opening for feeding your leaves and other debris.

Shredders have different screens available. If you want smaller mulch for your beds, for example, or if you have a lot of wet debris to remove you can choose a shredder with a smaller or larger opening to help complete your task.

Chipper shredder vacs are 3-in-1 machines that are perfect for cleaning and compacting yard debris. These versatile chipper shredder vacs allows you to cover both wide patches of ground and smaller, hard-to-reach areas. They also simplify clean-up, condensing more material without frequent disposal breaks to make your workday go by more quickly.

To handle your fall tasks, find the chipper shredder vacs that will work best for your yard.

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

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Of all the maintenance that is done to lawn equipment, engine oil maintenance is generally the most important. The importance of checking, changing and using the proper crankcase oil cannot be overemphasized. Failure to use the correct oil and keep it clean can dramatically effect engine life and reliability.

The most important scheduled oil change over the life of an engine is the first one. Most manufacturers recommend performing the oil change after the first 5-10 hours of use. This helps flush out small particles that accumulate naturally during the break-in period. Flushing out those sediments will help get the engine off to a good start.

Refer to your owner’s manuals for viscosity, grades and time intervals for oil changes. Different equipment requires different types of oil and it is important to pay special attention to those recommendations in small engines.

Regardless of the type of oil, be sure to use high-quality detergent oil that has the American Petroleum Institute (API) rating. When changing engine oil allow ample time for a complete drainage. Oil in a lawn mower or small engine breaks down faster under tough conditions, such as wet grass, heavy dust, and high temperatures.

A small engine uses engine oil to help keep it cool in high temperatures, so be sure to pay extra special attention to maintenance when operating in those conditions. Check the engine oil before each cut, checking for both proper oil level and for color.

When engine oil is new, it has a golden amber color. Gradually, heat and dirt particles along with agitated air cause the oil to darken. Combustion byproducts, contaminants, and oxidized lubricant build up over time to form sludge, which will cause the oil color to darken. Dark oil is a good indication that an oil change is overdue. A small engine with clean oil and at the proper level will run cooler and use less fuel.

Engine oil maintenance is not the only maintenance that keeps your equipment in working condition.

Other important maintenance includes:

  • Air filter maintenance – Air filter maintenance is just as important as engine oil maintenance. A dirty or clogged air filter can result in higher fuel consumption and a rough running engine. A clean filter will save fuel. Replacing the air filter can be as simple as removing the cover and cleaning out the area with compressed air or a brush, followed by installing a new air filter. If the air filter is made of foam, you can wash it out with soap and water. Let the filter dry completely before reinstalling it into your machine.
  • Gasoline maintenance – The gasoline in your outdoor power equipment does expire. Once your gasoline has reached its expiration date it will start to have an adverse effect on your equipment.
  • Mower maintenance – Many lawn mowers do not receive the recommended maintenance. Whether you are a commercial landscaper or a residential user, basic lawn mower and engine maintenance are essential.

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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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39050 Grand River Ave. 
Farmington Hills, MI 48335
(248) 471-3050
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Fall Lawn Care Tips – Things To Do Before The Season Ends

FALL LAWN CARE TIPS- THINGS TO DO BEFORE THE SEASON ENDS

Summer may be over, but we’re still seeing periods of high temperatures mixed with low rainfall. That being said, now is the perfect time to groom and prepare your yard for fall and winter. Here are fall lawn care tips on what to do with your lawn to help you navigate through the fall season.

Fall Lawn Care Tip #1 – Mow but keep the grass tall.

This may seem like an obvious lawn care tip but here’s something you may not have known – tall grass helps keep moisture during warmer temperatures. Mowing high is also good for your lawn because it decreases turf damage from mowing too short, the grass is more drought tolerant, and more weed and grub-tolerant. So when mowing, keep in mind that the end goal is not to cut the grass as low as possible. In fact, most grass types should remain at the height of 2 to 3 inches for maximum coverage.

Fall Lawn Care Tip #2 – Fertilize the lawn.

While there are a variety of blended fertilizers in stores, fertilizing starts with you and your mower. Mow your lawn as you normally would and leave the finely-chopped grass clippings on your lawn as mulch. Mulching allows the grass to naturally decompose while allowing nutrients to reach your soil and improve the health of your lawn.

Fall Lawn Care Tip #3 – Overseed when needed.

Fall is here, and soon your lawn will be covered in leaves, and shortly after covered in snow once winter hits. Though you won’t be seeing much of your lawn once we’re in the midst of these seasons, you should still follow through with certain lawn care practices. You don’t want bald spots on your lawn when fall comes to an end so it’s time to overseed. Earlier we mentioned that your grass should stay at a height of s to 3 inches. This is true, except if you are overseeding.

In this case, cut the grass at your mower’s lowest height and bag the mower clippings instead of using them as mulch. This way, the seeds will get maximum contact with the soil and new grass will grow, evening out your lawn.

Fall Lawn Care Tip #4 – Dethatch the lawn.

Controlling the thatch on your lawn is important, and many times overlooked, part of lawn care. The thatch layer is the layer of dead grass, roots, and debris that accumulate on the surface of the soil. Over time, a thick mat forms and this prevents air and water from reaching the soil. Consequently, your lawn is more susceptible to diseases and pests.

If the thatch layer is over a half inch thick, it should be removed. Most lawns need dethatching once a year. To check if it’s time, work your fingers into the grass and take note of the thatch layer. To remove thatch from your lawn, use a dethatching rake or power dethatcher.

Fall Lawn Care Tip #5 – Aerate compacted soil.

When it comes to fall lawn care, aeration is a must for some. Aerating involves punching holes into the lawn to allow oxygen, water, and nutrients to reach the soil. The goal of aeration is to loosen compacted soil and is needed for lawns that experience a lot of foot traffic and construction.

Fall Lawn Care Tip #6 – Trim.

Hedge trimmers and pruners are great lawn care tools to use this time of year because fall is the perfect time to tame those overgrown bushes and shrubs. Cutting old and thick branches promotes the growth of new stems. Also, shaping your plant, so the base is wider than the bottom increases sunlight exposure.

Fall Lawn Care Tip #7 – Clean up those edges.

Grab an edger, string trimmer, or brushcutter before summer ends. Much like trimming, these tools are designed to enhance the look of your yard by adding bold, new definition to the area. In addition to helping the features of your yard stand out, our great lawn care tools because they stop the entrance of plant roots into your sidewalk and driveway. After winter comes and goes, it will be easier to reestablish the beautiful lawn and garden that you’re used to.

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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
(586) 731-7240
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Lawn Mower Engine Overheating

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Your lawn mower works hard in the summer heat to keep your lawn beautiful. The combination of heat and long hours of operation can put thermal stress on your lawn mower engine, but your machine should be able to keep hot temperatures under control. Under certain circumstances, there are a few issues that can cause lawn mower engine overheating.

A lawn mower engine overheating can lead components to expand, seize up, and combust. Read more to see what can cause your lawn mower engine to overheat, and how to resolve the issue.

Dirty lawn mower engine

One of the main causes of a lawn mower engine overheating is a dirty engine. Dirt and debris may get into the vents, blocking the air intake. This means the cool air cannot get to the engine to cool it.

The solution: Remove the mower casing and clean the dirt and debris caught inside. Use compressed air or a soft brush to knock debris loose. Avoid using a pressure washer because this can push water into the lawn mower engine and contaminate the fuel and oil.

Low oil level

Always check the oil level before starting your lawn mower. Another major cause of a lawn mower engine overheating is a low oil level. A low oil level is the result of lubricant not circulating through the enough. This means internal friction that generates heat is not being reduced. Friction causes heat and too much friction will lead to overheating.

The solution: Check the oil level before you start the machine and add oil if necessary. If your lawn mower is already in use, allow the lawn mower engine to cool down and then add oil. Refer to your owners manual for the correct amount of oil to add.

Damaged cooling fins or shroud

The cooling fins and shroud work to disperse heat and move it away from the lawn mower engine and into the airstream. Broken cooling fins don’t properly direct the heat away, which increases the risk of overheating.

To keep cool air around the cooling fins, the flywheel has fins that act as a radial fan. When the lawn mower engine is running, these fans bring air in from the shroud and push it around the engine to remove heat. If anything gathers on top of the shroud it can cause airflow problems.

The solution: Once this issue has been found, replace these parts to avoid overheating the lawn mower engine. Fixing this issue will also save your engine from needing a rebuild.

Fuel-air mixture

Fuel plays a role in cooling as well. It absorbs heat from the combustion chamber and keeps combustion heat at a sufficient level. If your lawn mower engine runs lean, temperatures can increase and lead to overheating.

The solution: A lean mix is commonly caused by a dirty air filter so make sure the one in your lawn mower is clean. Also, consult your owner’s manual and adjust the carburetor for a mix that is heavier on fuel.

Keep an eye on signs or overheating. As you know, this can lead to lawn mower engine failure and expensive repairs. If your lawn mower is in need of repairs or maintenance feel free to bring it to our service experts.

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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
(586) 731-7240
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How to Lubricate a Cub Cadet 999ES Lawn Mower

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It is normal for your 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 regular maintenance on your lawn mower when no issue is present. Regular maintenance extends the life of your machine’s engine as well as the machine itself. Use this as your guide to learn to lubricate the cables on your Cub Cadet 999ES Lawn Mower.

Here’s how to lubricate the cables on a Cub Cadet 999ES Lawn Mower.

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 silicone spray for the cables
  • grease gun
  • grease for the front casters

To lubricate a Cub Cadet 999ES Lawn Mower, begin by lubricating the front casters of the machine. There is one zerk fitting on both sides of the front casters. Plug the grease gun into the zerk fitting and give it 2 to 3 pumps of grease. Do the same thing on the opposite side.

Once the front casters are lubricated, lubricate the cables on the Cub Cadet 999ES Lawn Mower. Use your can silicone spray. There is a straw that comes with each can. On the lawn mower handle there is an operator presence cable, which you will need to lube.

Place the straw at the top of the cable and apply lube. Work the cable back and forth a couple of times to allow the lube to move down the cable of the lawn mower. At the engine, there is another lubrication point that you should spray lube into.

Place the straw in at the end of the cable and give it a squirt. Again, work the cable back and forth a couple of times to give it the proper lubrication.

At the top of the lawn mower handle, there are 2 pivot points for the operator presence pivots. Give that a spray as well and work it back and forth for proper lubrication.

Again, regular maintenance is beneficial and results in a long-lasting lawn mower. Always 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 all outdoor power equipment at https://weingartz.com/parts-lookup.

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Spark Plug Maintenance

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Just as a motor vehicle must undergo regular maintenance and upkeep, so must your outdoor power equipment. Regular maintenance keeps your machine running quietly and efficiently. If your lawn mower, snow blower, or other outdoor power equipment won’t start, a damaged spark plug may be the problem. Worn or dirty spark plugs can also cause issues for your machine, so be on the lookout for these as well. Read more to learn about  spark plug maintenance.

When to replace your spark plugs

As a rule of thumb, you should check and/or replace the spark plug on your small engine machine every year to ensure easy, reliable starting, and improve fuel economy. You may also check the spark plug every season or every 25 hours of use to determine whether it should be replaced. Lastly, if your outdoor power equipment won’t start, we recommend checking and/or replacing your spark plug.

How to check for a damaged spark plug

  • Turn your machine off and allow the engine to cool to the touch, and then disconnect the spark plug wire to prevent accidental starting.
  • Blow or clean off the area around the plug with compressed air or a brush, making sure the area is clean. This will prevent debris from getting in the combustion chamber when removing the spark plug.
  • Remove the spark plug with a spark plug socket and clean any deposits from the plug.
  • Use a wire brush or spray-on plug cleaner to remove the deposits, or a sturdy knife to scrape off tougher deposits.
  • Check the spark plug for cracked porcelain, electrodes that have been burned away, or stubborn deposits. If you find any of these issues, change the spark plug.
  • Check the spark plug gap and adjust if necessary. (While many manufacturers package new spark plugs with the cap pre-set, it is still a good idea to double-check the gap and torque according to the owner’s manual.)
  • If the spark plug is in good shape, re-attach. Make sure you don’t over-tighten the plug when replacing it.
  • Reconnect the spark plug wire and start your machine’s engine.

How to replace spark plugs

  • Disconnect the spark plug wire and clean the area around the spark plug.
  • Use a spark plug socket to remove the spark plug.
  • Check the gap on the new spark plug and replace it. Tighten the spark plug but don’t over-tighten it.
  • Reconnect the spark plug wire.

It is estimated that each Spring, over two-thirds of all lawn mowers do not receive the recommended maintenance. Knowing how to check and change your spark plugs is an important piece of information. Don’t fall behind on maintenance and do what needs to be done to keep your machine running properly all season long.

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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.

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Clarkston, MI 48346
(248) 620-5258
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Have you ever found yourself wondering why the neighbors’ lawn is more green or well-kept though little maintenance appears to be done? It’s possible that your neighbor does not do much yard work, and this is likely a result of your neighbor having a different grass type than you.

The type of grass and the environmental conditions in which grass grows has an impact on the amount of maintenance that needs to be done.

Different types of grasses require different levels of care, for example:

Partially shaded grass – If your lawn is growing in partial shade, or four to six hours of partial shade, your grass grows slower and requires less water and fertilizer. Keep in mind that grass does require sunlight to stay healthy so consequently, your partially shaded grass may never fill in and become the envy of the neighborhood.

Turf-type tall fescue, fine fescue grasses – These types of grasses require less fertilizer than bluegrass and perennial ryegrass lawns.

Kentucky bluegrass – Lawns with Kentucky bluegrass require two to four pounds of nitrogen fertilizer yearly to maintain a beautiful appearance. To achieve this, apply two to five applications of nitrogen to the grass each year.

Here are turf-grasses that require less maintenance:

Lower maintenance lawns in Michigan have a higher percentage of fine fescues or turf-type tall fescues and need one-third to half the nitrogen that a bluegrass lawn needs.

Fine fescue – Fine fescues are a group of grasses with various needs. Creeping red fescue mixed with Kentucky bluegrass provides good turf for lawns with sunny and shaded areas. Shade-tolerant fine fescues require less fertilizer and water, and fine fescues do not grow well under wet soil conditions.

Hard and sheep fescue – Fine fescue grasses that require lower maintenance practices are hard and sheep fescue. These are stiff, bluish-green grasses that grow in clumps. This fescue is usually mixed with Kentucky bluegrass that fills in between. Hard and sheep fescue grow slow, require less fertilizer, and grow well in dry conditions.

Turf-type tall fescue – Turf-type tall fescue grasses are able to survive heat stress and grub damage. This grass requires less fertilizer and one to three applications of nitrogen. Turf-type tall fescue turf can be thick and healthy with lower maintenance practices, but it won’t have the carpet-like look of Kentucky bluegrass.

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To promote the health of a low maintenance lawn, give these gardening practices a try:

Watering - Lawns require about one inch of water each week, but split into multiple applications. This amount of water includes natural rainfall. Grass won’t flourish if it does not receive water from rain or irrigation.

Mulching - After mowing, collect the grass clippings to use as mulch. These clippings are great for your lawn and provide about one-third of the nitrogen needed by the lawn. Grass clippings should occasionally be returned directly to your lawn because they act as a natural fertilizer.

Mowing height - Mow the grass at three to three and a half inches tall to reduce the possibility of weed seeds developing, and to lessen the amount of water lost to evaporation. Mowing the grass at this height also helps build a larger root mass which is more tolerant to drought.

 

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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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Cedar Springs, MI 49319
(616) 696-2913
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How to Replace a Cub Cadet 999ES Lawn Mower Blade

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A lawn mower is one of the best pieces of equipment to have in your arsenal this spring and summer. However, without a sharp lawn mower blade your machine is defenseless against rapidly growing grass. Since grass grows like crazy this time of year, having easy access to an efficient mower can make all the difference, but it’s not enough to just own a lawn mower. Your machine must undergo regular maintenance and upkeep, and replacing your lawn mower blade is a must so read our step-by-step guide to change the lawn mower blade and get your yard in tip top shape.

Here’s how to replace a Cub Cadet 999ES Lawn Mower blade.

 

Before replacing or repairing anything 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 and tuck it out of the way so the wire doesn’t make contact with the spark plug.

To carry out this task, you’ll need these tools: 5/8 socket, ratchet, breaker bar, torque wrench, and a block of wood.

To replace your Cub Cadet 999ES Lawn Mower blade, tip the mower over to access the blade but keep the air filter side up to prevent the oil from going into the air filter and carburetor , which will prevent the mower from running when you tip it back over.

To remove the bolt off the bottom of the blade, take your block of wood and wedge it between the lawn mower blade and the frame of the mower.  Make sure it’s good and steady because you’ll be applying force when you loosen and remove the bolt. Once the block is firmly in position, use the 5/8 socket and ratchet to remove the bolt holding the lawn mower blade in place. If you have issues removing the bolt, use a breaker bar twist to loosen the bolt.

Remove the block of wood once the bolt begins to loosen. Set aside your breaker bar and socket, and use your hand to continue twisting the bolt loose. When you’re able to remove the bolt, check for any gnarring or missing threads. If any threads are missing there’s a chance that the bolt could come loose and the lawn mower blade could come off and injure you and others. If your bolt is worn or damaged, purchase a new one before putting it back on the mower.

Now that the bolt has been removed, you may remove the lawn mower blade adapter and the blade itself. Before installing the new lawn mower blade use your scraper to scrape out any type of debris from the mowing deck that can cause the mower not to recycle correctly.

With the lawn mower blade now off of the machine, you can either replace it or sharpen it. Feel free to visit us at any of our locations or order the lawn mower blade online at Weingartz.com.

When replacing the lawn mower blade, put the blade adapter back through. The adapter has 2 pins on it, and you should put those pins into the lawn mower blade. A lot of blades say “bottom” or “grass side.” When putting the blade back on the mower, make sure the grass side or bottom is facing you.

Put the bolt through the lawn mower blade and the adapter. On the mower, there is a plate that you’re going to bolt it to. It looks like a bow tie pattern. Put that bow tie pattern into the lawn mower blade – this helps put the blade in place so when it’s spinning it does not come loose.

Thread the bolt in by hand to prevent t from cross threading, which will cause you to replace the crank shaft. Place the block of wood between the lawn mower blade and the mowing deck housing again. Use your 5/8 socket and torque wrench to torque down the blade bolt. Set your torque wrench for 40 to 50 foot pounds to torque it down.

Once you torque the lawn mower blade on, remove the block of wood and place the mower back on its wheels. Replace the ignition wire and start the mower to check for proper operation.

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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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Ann Arbor, MI 48103
(734) 239-8200
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