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How to Replace a Lawn Mower Blade

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.

Before performing any maintenance on your lawn mower, refer to your owner’s manual for maintenance instructions and safety information. Maintenance instructions vary by model, so depending on your lawn mower model our instructions may vary slightly.

Here’s how to replace a walk behind 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 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. 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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Clarkston, MI 48346
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Exmark RED Technology

Exmark RED Technology

Exmark’s RED Technology Onboard Intelligence platform ensures your zero turn operates effectively.

The next generation patented RED Technology platform enables communication among key systems on your mower with defined operation modes, system monitoring and clutch saver features. RED technology results in increased machine efficiency and long-term durability.

RED technology gives users the ability to control mower power and productivity with defined performance modes. The updated operating control panel has sealed key switch, PTO connections, and a new console-mounted LCD display screen which provides an easy way to monitor essential mower functions, mower health, and operating and property statistics.

Defined Operation Modes

The new RED control module includes a LCD display screen with three multi-function buttons. These buttons allow you to navigate through the menu screens or choose from three defined operating (RPM) modes.

Users can choose from six customizable engine speed set points for the Low, Efficient and Max modes. Low Mode allows optimal performance in wet or lush grass conditions. This mode delivers plenty of power with lower blade tip speeds, reliable performance, and the lowest fuel consumption.

Efficient Mode provides maximum performance power with reduced noise, emissions, and fuel consumption for maximum efficiency under normal mowing conditions. Max Mode maintains RPM and provides maximum power, speed, and fuel consumption for operating in demanding conditions.

RED Technology System Monitoring

The patented RED Technology system monitoring tracks oil pressure, engine temperature, and the overall electrical system. The machine is placed in Safe Transport Mode if critical engine or system issues are detected. The system will give you a visual warning of critical system issues.

Clutch Saver Feature

With the clutch saver feature, the patented RED Technology system increases clutch life and improves operator efficiency. This feature temporarily reduces engine RPM when the clutch is engaged to reduce component stress and wear.

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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Performing Proper Engine Maintenance

Performing Proper Engine Maintenance

Maintenance is an unavoidable part of a landscaper’s job but is necessary to keep your fleet prepared for productivity and reduce downtime. Here are top maintenance tips to keep your engine in great condition to maintain productivity on jobsites.

Maintenance Tip # 1 – Evaluate Your Fleet

At the beginning and end of the season, check your equipment fleet and their engines. Examine the condition of those engines. Are they old and no longer performing properly or experiencing issues? Can these issues be resolved with proper maintenance or are they just related to old age? If so, it may be time to invest in a new engine or machine.

Maintenance Tip # 2 – Check Spark Plugs Regularly

Over time, spark plugs can become susceptible to carbon deposits and other damage that hinders your machine’s performance. Worn spark plugs can lead to stalling, difficulty starting, and engine misfires. Remove and inspect your engine’s spark plugs on a regular basis and replace them when necessary.

Maintenance Tip # 3 – Change Engine Oil Regularly

You know the importance of regular oil changes. Skipping oil changes can result in engine damage and relying on old oil can lead to lower engine performance and long-term damage. Make sure you understand the guidelines for your fleet’s engines. Knowing your engine’s oil-change intervals and sticking to them keeps your fleet running and working properly.

Maintenance Tip # 4 – Change Filters

Replace your machine’s oil filter, air filter, and fuel filter regularly.

Change the oil filter in your machine every time you change your oil. The oil filter is designed to remove as much debris as possible to help the engine run smoothly.

Air filters help prevent dirt and debris from getting into your machine’s engine. A dirty air filter can reduce air flow, while a clean air filter can improve engine performance and fuel efficiency.

For the fuel filter to help keep contaminants from entering the engine through the fuel line, replace it annually, after each season, or every 200 hours of operation.

Maintenance Tip # 5 – Use Proper Fuel

It goes without saying that your outdoor power equipment needs fuel to operate properly.  Since the engine in your OPE is only as good as the fuel you put in it, make sure you know the right type of fuel to use in your machine.

Engines produced for use in outdoor power equipment are not designed for gasoline with more than 10% ethanol. Using higher ethanol fuel blends can lead to engine damage and performance issues.

Ethanol-free gasoline with an octane rating of 87 or higher is generally a good fuel choice. Choosing the correct fuel for your engine is the best way to ensure proper performance and avoid engine issues and long-term damage.

Maintenance Tip # 6 – Store Your Equipment Properly

If you need to store your equipment for a significant amount of time, use a fuel stabilizer to combat stale fuel. As you know, fuel starts to go bad after 30 days so do not let it sit in your machine for longer than that. After 30 days, the volatile compounds in the fuel start evaporating, and this occurs whether the gas is in your outdoor power equipment or in the gas can.

As fuel sits and grows older, it evaporates and forms brown sticky deposits that eventually turn into a hard varnish. Deposits and varnish can plug fuel lines and passages in the carburetor, preventing the engine from running properly.

Fuel stabilizers separate and create a thin film on top of the fuel to keep out air and moisture. They also help prevent varnish buildup and can combat the corrosion.

Maintenance Tip # 7 – Use Propane

Consider using propane for your machines. In some cases, fueling with propane can offer benefits for your business. Propane eliminates some elements of operator error. For example, gas spillage can cause dead or brown spots. With propane, spill­age will never be an issue.

Fueling with propane can also help avoid fuel storage issues. Unlike fuel, propane isn’t susceptible to going stale, so your equipment can be stored with propane in it for long periods of time.

Lastly, using propane can impact your maintenance schedule by reducing the amount of time spent refueling. When your crew stops to refuel, that can add up to hours of lost productivity. With propane, you can easily refuel on the job.

Performing proper engine maintenance is essential to ensuring your fleet is up and running.

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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32098 Plymouth Road
Livonia, MI 48150
(734) 525-0980
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Exmark Mowers: Measuring Mower Productivity

Measuring Mower Productivity

The productivity of your Exmark mower matters. As a landscape professional, you know how important speed and efficiency is when it comes to getting yard work done quickly. You also know speed isn’t the only important factor when selecting a new mower. Comfort, durability, cut quality, and ergonomics, among others, are important as well.

Business owners know time is money. By choosing the right mower(s) you can save both time and money. It’s important to remember that the investment you make in a new mower doesn’t impact your bottom line as much as other operational costs.

Exmark’s legendary durability, high performance and low maintenance will save you time and money. Additionally, reduced downtime, overall operating costs and resale value make choosing an Exmark a wise business decision. Your Exmark will allow you to concentrate on customer service and sales instead of mower repair bills so you can continue to build your business and keep valuable customers.

Exmark mowers are durable, efficient and reliable, and can increase your profits by:

  • Reduced downtime losses
  • Lowered repair costs
  • Higher resale value
  • Ease of maintenance
  • Increased employee productivity

Downtime, maintenance and labor account for 75% of production costs for landscape professionals.

Exmark Mowers: Measuring Mower Productivity

 

There are a lot of variables that can impact the productivity of your Exmark, but it’s easy to determine the potential of your mower if you know the cutting/application width and the speed that it’s designed to run.

Exmark.com offers productivity charts for mowers that help determine a mower’s potential, or the gains you can expect from a new mower.

Exmark Mowers: Measuring Mower Productivity

 

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Exmark publishes productivity numbers at two efficiency levels: 100% and 80%. This is because most landscape professionals operate at closer to 80% efficiency. You can’t mow at full speed all the time and the 80% figure more accurately reflects the everyday reality.

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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Exmark Hydro Drive Life Extension Program and Hydraulic Oil Change Intervals

Exmark Hydro Drive Life Extension Program

We know lawn maintenance begins with a well-maintained lawn mower, which means you need to have a variety of tasks performed to keep your Exmark machine in the best condition possible. A major task is maintaining your machine’s hydro system. With proper preventative maintenance, the hydro system can deliver long term durability for the extent of the warranty coverage and beyond.

Exmark is expanding their Hydro Life Extension program which increases the hydro coverage guideline on your eligible units by having your dealer perform basic hydro maintenance and service requirements. You can ensure a long and trouble-free ownership experience with your hydro system.

Who Is Eligible for the Hydro Drive Life Extension Program?

All commercial or residential owners of Lazer E, S and X machines equipped with a hydraulic drive system with less than 300 hours at the time of the first service and owners of Exmark’s new Radius E, S and X series units with less than 100 hours at the time of the first service.

Visit Weingartz and we will perform the hydraulic services at the appropriate intervals for your Exmark machine (see below).

Lazer Z E-, S- and X-Series

  • Change the oil and filters on your hydro system five times during the extended hour coverage guideline.
  • These changes should occur at 250, 750, 1250, 1750, and 2250 hours plus or minus a 50 hour window.
  • Consider additional loads put on your unit with accessories like an UltraVac or if the unit is operated in hilly terrain. If these conditions are present, 50 hours should be deducted from the change interval for each of these situations that may exist.

Radius E- and S-Series

  • Change the oil and filters on your hydro system two times during the extended hour coverage guideline.
  • These changes should occur at 75 hours plus or minus 25 hours and 600 hours plus or minus 50 hours.
  • Consider additional loads put on your unit with accessories like an UltraVac or if the unit is operated in hilly terrain. If these conditions are present, 25 hours should be deducted from the first service and 50 hours be deducted from the second service interval for each of these situations that may exist.

Radius X-Series

  • Change the oil and filters on your hydro system three times during the extended hour coverage guideline.
  • These changes should occur at 75 hours plus or minus 25 hours, 600 hours plus or minus 50 hours and 1100 hours plus or minus 50 hours.
  • Consider additional loads put on your unit with accessories like an UltraVac or if the unit is operated in hilly terrain. If these conditions are present, 25 hours should be deducted from the first service and 50 hours be deducted from the second and third service interval for each of these situations that may exist.

You will be charged for a maximum of .5 hours of labor. In addition to the oil and filters, your out of pocket expense for being in the program is less than $200.00 for the labor (based on a $75.00 posted shop labor rate).

Benefits

Exmark will extend the warranty coverage guideline on the hydro drive systems for units registered after August 1, 2016 as follows:

  • Lazer E and S Series units from 1250 hours to 2500 hours.
  • Lazer X Series units from 1500 hours to 2500 hours.
  • Radius E Series units from 500 hours to 750 hours.
  • Radius S Series units from 750 hours to 1000 hours.
  • Radius X Series units from 1000 hours to 1500 hours.
  • Note: Exmark is extending the hour guideline and not your warranty coverage period.
  • Minimize the chance of a pre-mature non-warrantable failure to your hydro drive system.
  • Maximize the performance and life of your hydro drive system.
  • Greatly reduce your chances of costly downtime for non-warrantable repairs which means you increase your productivity and reduce your cost of ownership.

See Exmark’s Hydraulic Oil Change Intervals Chart below and bring your machine to us at the proper intervals to ensure a long and trouble-free experience with your hydro system.

Hydraulic Oil Change Intervals

Hydraulic Oil Change Intervals

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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6585 Dixie Hwy.
Clarkston, MI 48346
(248) 620-5258
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How to Replace the Auger Belt on a Single Stage Snow Blower

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Winter is coming and you need to start preparing for it now. Now is the perfect time to break out your snow blower and inspect it for issues that need repair before snow hits the ground. Some issues, such as a damaged blade or auger belt, will prevent your machine from properly removing snow. A snow blower that cannot remove snow is essentially useless so use this guide to help  you replace the auger belt on your machine and avoid being buried in inches of snow when winter is here.

Safety Precautions – Before performing any repair or maintenance on your Toro single stage snow blower:

  • Shut off the snow blower engine
  • Allow the engine to become cool to the touch
  • Disconnect the spark plug lead wire from the engine to prevent accidental starting

Tools you’ll need:

  • Socket
  • Ratchet
  • Electric drill (optional)
  • Brush
  • New belt

Here’s what to do:

The auger belt is located behind the auger cover; therefore you’ll need to remove the cover. Remove the bolts that are holding the belt cover on using a socket and ratchet or an electric drill. Once the bolts are removed, take the auger cover off.

Remove the old belt and use a brush to clean out any belt shavings. Put the new belt onto the breaking mechanism. Place the belt around the auger drive pulley. Pull the idler down and go around the plastic bushing that is a part of the braking system on auger. Lastly, place the new belt around the engine belt.

Ensure that the new belt is on firmly. If the belt is too loose, it will need to be adjusted. Locate the adjustment cable.

Remove the cable from the handle and remove the cover from the bracket. Remove the cable from the current hole and move it down a couple of holes. Put the cover back over the bracket and slide the cable back into the handle.

After you properly tension the cable, replace the belt cover and bolts. Lastly, reattach the engine spark plug wire.

Just as your motor vehicle needs regular maintenance and upkeep, so does your snow blower. Occasionally your snow blower will have an issue that a pre-snow tune-up or end-of season repair won’t fix. It’s normal for your machine to have a hiccup every now and again but remember, where there’s a problem, there’s also a solution.

If you prefer not to perform any snow blower maintenance 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.

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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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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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.

Weingartz
6585 Dixie Hwy.
Clarkston, MI 48346
(248) 620-5258
info@weingartz.com

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Fuel Tips for Your Outdoor Power Equipment

Fuel Tips for Your Outdoor Power Equipment

It goes without saying that your outdoor power equipment needs fuel to operate properly.  However, not just any old fuel will get the job done. Make sure you know the right type of fuel to use in your machine and when to replace that fuel. Continue reading as our experts share tips on how to reduce fuel system issues with your outdoor power equipment.

Tip #1 – Don’t use gasoline with more than 10% ethanol

Engines produced for use in outdoor power equipment are not designed for gasoline with more than 10% ethanol. Using higher ethanol fuel blends can lead to engine damage and performance issues. Read your Equipment and Engine Operator’s Manual for information on the proper fuel to use in your machine.

Tip #2 – Use ethanol-free gasoline

Gasoline without ethanol will reduce the amount of moisture the gasoline can absorb from the atmosphere. Many areas carry ethanol-free gas. Visit https://www.pure-gas.org/ to locate ethanol-free gas stations near you.

Tip #3 – Only buy the amount of fuel that will be used in 30 days

Fuel starts to go bad after 30 days so do not let it sit in your machine for longer than that. After 30 days, the volatile compounds in the fuel start evaporating, and this occurs whether the gas is in your outdoor power equipment or in the gas can.

As fuel sits and grows older, it evaporates and forms brown sticky deposits that eventually turn into a hard varnish. Deposits and varnish can plug fuel lines and passages in the carburetor, preventing the engine from running properly.

Tip #4 – Use fuel stabilizer

Many of us use fuel stabilizers in our machines when we store them for the off-season to have an easier time starting them when the time comes. This is a good practice. When fuel stabilizers are added to fuel they separate and create a thin film on top of the fuel to keep out air and moisture. They also reduce the rate at which the fuel’s volatile compounds evaporate.

Try adding fuel stabilizer to your fuel the day the it is purchased. This way, the fuel will stay fresh longer.

When purchasing fuel stabilizer, make sure to purchase the right one for your needs. There are specific stabilizers for gas that does and does not contain ethanol.

Tip #5 – Purchase mid-grade gasoline with an octane rating of 87 or higher

Standard 87 octane gasoline is perfect for small engines like the ones found on lawn mowers. However, mid-grade or premium gas with an octane rating of 89 or higher can be used for engines that require the higher octane.

Again, read your owner’s manual for information on the proper fuel to use in your outdoor power equipment.

Using the correct fuel in your outdoor power equipment is very important. If you do not use the proper fuel, your machine will suffer. If you have questions or concerns about the fuel you’re using, feel free to contact us.

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Why Weingartz?

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Lawn Mower Maintenance Checklist

Lawn Mower Maintenance Checklist

A well-maintained lawn mower can provide years of reliable operation. To maximize the life of your mower, follow these checklist items.

Before performing any maintenance on your lawn mower, refer to your operator’s manual as it lists the required maintenance, safety information, and instructions for your machine. Maintenance instructions vary by model, so depending on your lawn mower model our instructions may vary slightly.

Before inspecting or repairing your mower, make sure you shut off the 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.

Checklist tip #1 – Check nuts, screws and bolts

Tighten all nuts, screws and engine mounting bolts frequently. Over time, they become loose due to the motion of your lawn mower.

Checklist tip #2 – Check for leaks

Inspect the fuel line, tank, cap and fittings frequently.  Look for cracks or leaks, and replace if necessary.

Checklist tip #3 – Make sure mower blades are sharp

A sharp lawn mower blade is crucial to keeping your lawn well-groomed. To achieve a quality cut and healthy lawn, it is important to check your mower blades to ensure they are sharp and able to cut. When working with mower blades, use caution. Wrap them or wear gloves when touching or removing them.

Checklist tip #4 – Inspect blades for damage

You should periodically inspect your lawn mower blade for damage. Look for large chips or dents in the cutting edge that cannot be smoothed out. Inconsistencies in the blade can tear grass instead of delivering a clean cut.

Pay attention to the thickness of your lawn mower blade. Over time, sand, dirt, and other debris can erode the blade, causing the metal to weaken and become thin. If you notice this, replace the blade to avoid breakage during mowing.

Checklist tip #5 – Inspect mower if you suspect trouble

If you strike a foreign object while mowing, stop the engine and disconnect the spark plug to prevent accidental starting. Inspect your lawn mower for any damage caused by the object and make repairs before starting and operating your mower again.

Checklist tip #6 – Frequently check other components

Don’t neglect other mower components like discharge covers, grass catchers and trail shields because these are likely to wear and endure damage that could expose moving parts or allow objects to be thrown. For safe operation, replace damaged components immediately.

By following a lawn mower maintenance checklist, you can ensure your mower operates properly and efficiently for many years. For help with any maintenance, feel free to contact us and our expert technicians will performance the maintenance for you.

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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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46061 Van Dyke Ave.
Utica, MI 48317
(586) 731-7240
info@weingartz.com

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How to Clean a Walk Behind Lawn Mower Deck

How to Clean a Walk Behind Lawn Mower Deck

Cleaning the underside of your walk behind lawn mower is a maintenance step that some of us may neglect. However, keeping the underside of your mower clean plays a role in the performance of the machine. Grass clippings and other debris cling to the underside of the lawn mower each time you mow. Cleaning the clippings maintains optimum airflow under the lawn mower deck and prevents corrosion over time. Remember to clean your lawn mower deck soon after you’re done mowing. If you wait and the grass clippings dry, they will be difficult to remove. Here’s how to clean a walk behind lawn mower deck.

Before performing any maintenance on your lawn mower, refer to your owner’s manual for maintenance instructions and safety information. Maintenance instructions vary by model, so depending on your lawn mower model our instructions may vary slightly.

Some walk behind lawn mowers are designed with washout ports. The deck washout port is a convenient feature that makes cleaning the bottom of the lawn mower deck easy. If your lawn mower has a washout port, park the machine on a flat, paved surface and lower the cutting height to the cutting setting. Remove the bag and attach a garden hose to the washout port.

Turn the hose on, start the lawn mower engine and stand behind the machine while you engage the mower blades. Run the mower until no more clippings come out from under the deck. When the lawn mower deck is completely clean, stop the lawn mower engine, shut off the garden hose, and disconnect it from the washout port.

Start the engine again, and stand behind the mower while engaging the mower blades.  Engage the blades for a few minutes to dry off the underside of the mower.

If your walk behind lawn mower is not equipped with a washout port, you can still clean the mower deck. Park the machine on a flat surface, shut off the engine, and lower the cutting height. Use your garden hose and aim it in front of the right rear wheel, right in the pavement.

After a few seconds, stop the hose and engage the mower blades. Run the machine until no more clippings disperse from underneath the mower. Once you’re completely done with the garden hose, run the mower again for a few minutes to dry the underside of the lawn mower deck.

If your walk behind lawn mower is not equipped with a washout port, you can also clean the deck by scraping the underside. To scrape the underside of your mower, use a scraper or putty knife.

Make sure the engine is off and all moving parts have stopped before you begin scraping the lawn mower deck. When you tip the mower on its side to access the underside of the deck, make sure the air filter side is up. This will prevent oil from flowing into the air filter and carburetor, which will prevent your mower from running.

Note: never use a pressure washer to clean your lawn mower deck. The pressure washer can force water into important areas of the mower that should not get wet.

Make cleaning your lawn mower deck part of your mower maintenance routine. Keeping a clean mower deck ensure maximum airflow and high performance.

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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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46061 Van Dyke Ave.
Utica, MI 48317
(586) 731-7240
info@weingartz.com

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