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Of all the maintenance that is done to lawn equipment, changing the engine oil 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 affect 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 by products, contaminants and oxidized lubricant build up overtime 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 lawn mowers in working condition.

Other important maintenance includes:

  • Gasoline maintenance – Lawn mower gasoline does expire. Once gasoline is pumped at your local gas station you have about thirty to sixty days before it goes bad. Once your gasoline has reached its expiration date it will start to have an adverse effect on your equipment.
  • Mower maintenance – It is estimated that over two-thirds of all lawn mowers do not receive the recommended maintenance. Whether you are a commercial landscaper or a residential user, basic lawn mower and engine maintenance is essential.
  • Blade maintenance – It is imperative to regularly sharpen or replace your lawn mower blade. Paying close attention to your lawn and your mower will help in determining when to sharpen or replace your blade.

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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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Farmington Hills, MI 48335
(248) 471-3050
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Is Your 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, however, there are a few issues that can cause the lawn mower engine temperature to rise to an unsafe level.

An overheating engine can cause components to expand, seize up, and combustion. If you handle these issues early on you can keep the lawn mower engine intake and avoid costly repairs. 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. Again, 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 to bring the level up to a sufficient point.

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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46061 Van Dyke Ave. 
Utica, MI 48317
(586) 731-7240
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Late Summer Lawn Care – Things To Do Before The Season Ends

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Summer isn’t over yet, but it will be soon. During this midsummer period we’re seeing high temperatures mixed with low rainfall and know that now is the perfect time to groom and prepare your yard for fall and winter. Here are lawn care tips on what to do with your lawn to help you navigate through the remainder of the season.

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 summer 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 a height of 2 to 3 inches for maximum coverage.

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.

Lawn Care Tip #3 – Overseed when needed.

When fall arrives your lawn when 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 summer 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.

Lawn Care Tip #4 – Dethatch the lawn.

Controlling the thatch on your lawn is an 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.

Lawn Care Tip #5 – Aerate compacted soil.

When it comes to 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.

Lawn Care Tip #6 – Trim.

Hedge trimmers and pruners are great law care tools to use this time of year because late summer 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.

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, are 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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46061 Van Dyke Ave. 
Utica, MI 48317
(586) 731-7240
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Be Prepared for Storms – How to Choose a Generator

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In the last few years we’ve had at least one major ice storm every winter or spring that has wreaked havoc with our electrical supplies. When these storms occur, our generator business picks up significantly, but many people are forced to make quick decisions in the interest of protecting their homes and belongings. Having the right generator handy can make all the difference so before you have an urgent need to invest in a backup power system, here are some things to consider while you have time, so that you feel comfortable with your decision.

Generator Tip 1 – Determine your power requirements.

Typical priorities include the sump pump, furnace and refrigerator/freezer. Power failure of these things creates more than an inconvenience. It can cause very costly problems within your home. Other items like ventilators, well pumps, lights and televisions should also be considered – either for necessity or convenience.

It is important to realize that products with electric motors generally take about three times the amount of power to start up as they do to run, so be sure your backup source can handle the starting requirements.

Generator Tip 2 – Decide whether you want to run multiple items at once or if you will switch from one item to another.

More powerful generators can handle most of the essentials of your home without switching from circuit to circuit. A smaller generator will require some manual work on your part, but will still be able to run most items individually.

If you choose to use a larger generator for convenience, a good rule of thumb for calculating size is to add the start-up wattage for the two highest-requirement appliances and the running wattage of everything else that you want to run simultaneously. This will give you a number that you can be confident won’t trip the circuit breaker.

Generator Tip 3 – Consider which type of generator best fits your circumstances.

Portable generators are relatively low-cost and can be transported to multiple locations (you can help out your friends and family when they are in a bind – or use it on a camping trip). Wattages of these units vary from 1000 to 6500 watts. This is usually powerful enough to run almost everything in a typical home.

Home standby units are stationary units that are more expensive, but offer the convenience of running on natural gas. They are generally available in higher wattages than portable generators and can power your entire home, including central air conditioning units.

Generator Tip 4 – Noise level.

In addition to factors such as size, portability, run time, low oil warnings, etc., the most sought-after feature in a generator is unquestionably sound level. The nature of most power outages requires that your generator run all night long, so the noise level is a real consideration. After all, it’s not very satisfying to spend hard-earned money on a generator and then have it keep you (and your neighbors from two streets over) up all night. Quietness is most often near the top of the list of features to consider.

Generator Tip 5 – How to connect the generator to the items that need power?

There are only two safe ways to provide power from a generator: use high quality extension cords or install a transfer switch. The extension cord option is self explanatory; just make sure to use heavy gauge extension cords, especially if it is a long distance from the generator to the appliance. It is important to note that the only safe way to connect a generator directly to your home electrical system is through a transfer switch.

Generator Tip 6 – Do not back-feed.

People ask us about back-feeding power through their home and we strongly urge customers not to do that. It is dangerous to power line workers, can damage the generator and can cause fires. It’s just not worth the risk, regardless of the precautions that you take, to back-feed power from a generator.

A transfer switch isolates the generator’s power from these hazards and creates a convenient way to switch from line power to generator power. While someone with basic electrical skills can figure out how to install a transfer switch, a licensed electrician is highly recommended.

Our salespeople are experts in helping customers make educated decisions about the generator that is right for them. Stop in or give us a call and we can help you through the process.

 

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How To Winterize Toro 20332 Lawn Mower – Using Briggs & Stratton Part #271716

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It’s important to prep your lawn mower for the winter. At the end of mowing season, take your time tending to your mower. It will make starting and using the machine much easier next spring if it is well prepared for storage during the cold season. Follow this how to guide on winterization and fuel system cleaning to get your machine set for winter.

Safety Precautions – Before performing any repair or maintenance on your Toro walk behind lawn mower:

  • Shut off the lawn mower engine
  • Allow the engine to become cool to the touch
  • Disconnect the spark plug wire to prevent accidental starting

Tools you’ll need:

  • Briggs & Stratton Part #271716
  • Flathead screwdriver
  • Ratchet
  • 8 mm socket
  • 13 mm socket
  • Extension
  • Set of fuel line clamps
  • Set of pliers
  • Float bowl nut
  • Extra set of rags to accommodate working with fuel (The fuel is flammable. Do not smoke or have any type of open flame near the fuel or the vapors of the fuel)
  • Drain pan

Here’s what to do:

Take air filter off with the flat head screwdriver, and then take the fastener off the air filter itself. Pull the air filter cover down and out of the way and remove the air filter. Use your ratchet and 8 mm socket to take the air filter base off in order to access the fuel line.

There are two bolts on the carburetor to hold the air filter base on and one more bolt that holds the base to the engine. Connect the ratchet and 8 mm socket, and remove all three bolts. Access the fuel line and drain the fuel into the drain pan. To take the fuel lines off, use the fuel clamps. Clamp down on the fuel line to stop any fuel from flowing out. There is a fuel line clamp on the fuel line where it meets the carburetor. Take that clamp off with the pliers and put the hose into the drain pan.

Once you remove the fuel line you may get some fuel on the deck itself. Use your extra rags to clean the deck, then take the fuel hose clamps off and drain the fuel into the drain pan, removing any fuel that’s in the tank and allowing for proper storage during the winter. Once the fuel is drained, put the drain pan aside and make sure there’s nothing left in the tank. Take the float bowl nut off the bottom of the float bowl, allowing any fuel that’s in the carburetor to drain out so it doesn’t create a varnish when it’s sitting over the winter.

Hold the float bowl on – if you let the float bowl fall you’ll have to replace the gasket and reset your flow. Hold onto the bowl and release the nut to relieve any fuel that’s inside. Use your 13 mm socket and ratchet to remove the float bowl nut and allow any fuel that’s inside it to drain. Take the float bowl gasket and reinstall it or replace it with a new one. Install the new washer gasket on the float bowl nut, and reinstall the nut. Get the nut finger tight and use the 13 mm socket to make it snug.

Now it’s time to put your machine back together. Reinstall the fuel line. Use your pliers to reinstall the fuel clamp where the fuel line meets the carburetor. Put the air filter cover back on – when you reinstall the air filter base note that there is a breather hose on the bottom of the base. When putting the air filter base back on make sure the breather hose gets reinstalled. If not, it will suck dirt into the engine, causing failure to your engine.

Reinstall the three bolts back in the air filter base. Put the bolts in finger tight – if you use the ratchet you run the risk of stripping it out. Use the 8 mm socket to make the bolts snug – because the bolts are going into an aluminum base you don’t want to over tighten them. Once they’re snug, give them a quarter turn to make sure they’re tight. Reinstall the air filter – when reinstalling this there are three little tabs at the bottom. Put the tabs in first and bring the air filter base up to cover up to the base.

Now your Toro lawn mower is set for winter. In the springtime, make sure any fuel you put into the machine is not from last fall – fuel any older than 30 days does expire. Dispose of fuel properly and get fresh fuel for the spring – at least 89 octane of higher.

 

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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
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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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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
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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 when to check spark plugs and how to replace them.

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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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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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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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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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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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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Cedar Springs, MI 49319
(616) 696-2913
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