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How to Replace a Lawn Mower Blade

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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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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Buyer’s Guide to Cub Cadet CC 30 H Rider

Buyer's Guide to Cub Cadet CC 30 H Rider

The Cub Cadet CC 30 H rider features a 382 cc Cub Cadet OHV engine and an exclusive telescoping steering column that allows you to easily adjust the size of the operator area, creating a more comfortable ride for all users. Its compact size allows you to maneuver through narrow spaces. The hydrostatic transmission makes operating the machine a breeze.

The Cub Cadet CC 30 H rider is a rear-engine mower. The advantage with the rear engine riders is it gives you exceptional visibility when you’re mowing, you’re not looking over the hood of an engine. These mowers are very comfortable to get on and off for a small rider. They have a hydrostatic drive transmission which is typically what you find on the larger lawn tractors. A foot pedal controls your forward and reverse drive, there’s no clutching or shifting.

The parking brake lever on the Cub Cadet CC 30 H rider makes it easy to lock your parking brake. Headlight comes standard on the Cub Cadet CC 30 H. This machine is great for you if you have a smaller lawn and maybe you just don’t want to walk anymore or if it’s too hard to walk around your lawn. It’s also a great option if you have a storage issue and just really don’t have enough space for the bigger lawn tractors. This mower has a 30-inch cutting deck so it’s small but it’s a considerate improvement over your typical 21- or 22-inch mower.

The Cub Cadet CC 30 H rider makes quick work of your lawn and are very comfortable to ride and operate. A single lever adjusts your mowing height. To engage your mower deck push forward and to disengage push back.

The Cub Cadet CC 30 H rider is also a good option for somebody that’s in-between a walk behind lawn mower and a lawn tractor or, like we mentioned, just needs a little more storage space. Also, another great feature is Cub Cadet’s patented SmartJet Deck Washing System. This mower is designed with a garden hose attachment right on the deck. Hook your garden hose on when you’re on the mower, fire up your hose and when you’re sitting on the seat turn on your mower deck and that water will propel around the deck to keep your deck clean and free of rust buildup. A clean mower deck promotes better cutting performance. That SmartJet Deck Washing System is a great feature on all Cub Cadet riding mowers and lawn tractors.

 

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

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Buyer’s Guide to Toro TimeCutter MX Series Zero Turn Riders

Buyer's Guide to Toro TimeCutter MX Series Zero Turn Riders

In Toro’s TimeCutter line, the MX series is a step up from their SS series mowers. The Toro TimeCutter MX series zero turn riders are on the larger chassis to accommodate the larger mower decks. The most common is the 50-inch mower deck, but decks are available starting at a 16-inch mowing deck.

All the Toro TimeCutter MX series zero turn riders now come with the fabricated mower deck for more structural strength and durability. There are larger tires on the MX series with the larger frame. The Toro TimeCutter MX series zero turn riders have all the same features of the Toro TimeCutter SS series mowers including the Smart Speed Control System, and all your controls operate the same as the SS series.

In the Toro TimeCutter MX series, the MX the 5000 models, anything with a 50-inch deck, would be the deluxe models which come with an upgraded transmission, deluxe seats with the armrest and larger tires. These models are a nice upgrade still on the same chassis in the MX series.

Toro TimeCutter MX series zero turn riders are powered by powerful and durable engines that provide dependable performance and reliable starting. They are designed with high-quality cutting decks that deliver unbeatable cutting performance in all conditions.

Toro TimeCutter MX series zero turn riders boast incredible features including heavy-duty rear engine guards, washout ports, dual hydrostatic drive systems, and a braking system that automatically stops the mower deck and sets the parking brake when you need to get off the mower while keeping the engine running.

These zero turns are designed for both homeowners and landscape professionals looking for powerful and durable machines.  Toro TimeCutter MX series zero turn riders also provide enhanced comfort while delivering the performance and reliability needed to handle tough yard tasks.

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

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Buyer’s Guide to Toro TimeCutter SS Series Zero Turn Riders

Buyer's Guide to Toro TimeCutter SS Series Zero Turn Riders

The Toro TimeCutter SS series zero turn riders are Toro’s smaller chassis models. These mowers come with 32 or 42 inch cutting widths. The 74726 is a very popular model with the 42 inch deck. It has a very compact size for those smaller yards that still want the productivity of a zero turn.

All the Toro TimeCutter SS series zero turn riders have the swing on handlebars. The controls for your height is spring-assisted and is marked inside for your height of cut. TimeCutter SS series zero turn riders all come with the Smart Speed Control system which is a unique system. With this system you can select different speeds depending on your conditions.

The Toro TimeCutter SS series zero turn riders have a trim, tow and mow speed. With the trim speed, if you have a lot of tight mowing it basically slows your overall ground speed down, so it makes it easier to operate when doing trim work. The tow speed is kind of a mid-range but still gives you a little more power to the transmission, and then you have your regular mow speed for your conventional mowing or if you have a lot of straight, open mowing this gives you a higher ground speed.

Toro TimeCutter SS series zero turn riders boast incredible features including heavy-duty rear engine guards, washout ports, dual hydrostatic drive systems, and a braking system that automatically stops the mower deck and sets the parking brake when you need to get off the mower while keeping the engine running. These zero turns are designed for both homeowners and landscape professionals looking for powerful and durable machines.

Toro TimeCutter SS series zero turn riders also provide enhanced comfort while delivering the performance and reliability needed to handle tough yard tasks.

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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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Ann Arbor, MI 48103
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Buyer’s Guide to John Deere X700 Series Lawn and Garden Tractors

Buyer's Guide to John Deere X700 Series Lawn and Garden Tractors

John Deere X700 series lawn and garden tractors are really the premium in garden tractors. When you hear about those old John Deere tractors that have been around for 30 years, this is kind of what you see. The X700 tractors have considerably larger tires, a beefed up heavy-duty front axle, beefed up steering system, and power steering is standard on most models.

John Deere offers a wide range of different engine options from air-cooled engines to liquid cooled gas to a liquid cooled diesel. There are also models available with four-wheel drive and four-wheel steering for increased maneuverability.

All John Deere X700 series lawn and garden tractors come standard with the 2-pedal hydrostatic drive transmission for ease of operation. From your control panel you’ll have an adjustable seat, and adjustable backrest, so you can tip it back to find a spot that’s most comfortable for you. The X700 series has hydraulic lift for all your attachments so with the flip of a lever you can raise and lower your attachments, and there’s a portal on the side you can plug in for a hydraulic angling. So, for example, if you had the snow blade attachment, you can hydraulic angle versus having to get off the tractor.

These John Deere tractors are very comfortable and easy machines to operate. They have mechanical differential lock so if you get stuck and the wheels start spinning in the snow or mud for instance, just tap the pedal and it will lock the two rear wheels together to give you exceptional traction. Tilt steering comes standard on these machines and it’s easy to adjust for your comfort. It also makes it easy to get on and off the machine with the tilt steering control panel.

Cruise control comes standard on John Deere X700 series lawn and garden tractors as well. Electric power take-off comes with a 12-volt outlet for plugging items in, so if you need to charge your phone or anything like you that, you can. There are very nice sight lines for a big tractor with the sloped hood. This hood design makes it easy to see your front attachments.

On the John Deere X700 series lawn and garden tractors the mower decks and all your attachments are optional, so you can pick the size tractor and then the size of the deck. For example, you can get a mower deck from 48, 54, on up to a 60-inch deck for those bigger areas. John Deere offers a variety of front and rear attachments.

As mentioned before, there are a lot of different engine options available on the X700 series tractors. The X730 comes with the Kawasaki twin cylinder liquid cooled engine. Liquid cooled engines give you better heat dispersion versus an air-cooled engine and has electronic fuel injection for better cold-weather starts, better fuel economy, more lugging power, and it comes standard. This is the heavier engine, so you’ll receive high efficiency cooling and a better air filtration system. This engine gives you the longer life that you’d expect out of a heavier tractor that’s going to get extended use.

In the X700 series, the X739 has its back wheels turned. This is a four-wheel steer model to give you better maneuverability and this machine also has four-wheel drive for exceptional traction in muddy or snow conditions. Again, John Deere offers a lot of different attachments but what’s unique to the John Deere X700 series tractors is they have a quick hitch system. It’s just a matter of a couple pins, pull the spring load of pins and you can drop the attachments off, quick coupler on the drive shaft so you’re buying a tractor that’s versatile. You want to be able to easily change from your different attachments and this quick hitch enables you to do that. It’s an excellent feature that John Deere offers on their X700 series lawn and garden tractors.

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

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Buyer’s Guide to Exmark Quest S Series Zero Turn Riders

Buyer's Guide to Exmark Quest S Series Zero Turn Riders

Exmark is the undisputed leader in commercial mowing and they bought a lot of commercial-grade features and qualities to a residential mower designed for the higher end residential user.

Exmark Quest S Series zero turn riders have nice, large, smooth front tires for less turfing when you turn, and double-sided, heavy-duty forks on the front caster wheels for strength and durability. The nice walk through platform makes it easier to step on the machine. You don’t have to take a big step to get on and off, so it’s easy to step on the front to climb on the perforations for less slip. It gives you a lot of comfort with the footrest forward, or you can lay your feet flat, whatever is most comfortable.

The Exmark Quest S Series zero turn riders have a height of cut, foot assisted, so your foot can help raise and lower the height of the mower. It’s easy to mark your height of cut with the lever on the side of the mower. These zero turns feature nice large lap bar handles for added comfort and a very smooth drive when you move in forward and reverse. These levers are also adjustable. They can move up or down so based on the size of the operator you can lower or raise them for your comfort.

The seat on these Quest S Series mowers easily slide forward and backward, again, accommodating different size operators. There are three springs to give you some added comfort and absorb some of the shock from the terrain. The Exmark control panel is very easy access from the side. These Exmarks also feature a flip up armrest, nice comfort seat, choke and throttle, key switch, hour meter is standard, and the electric PTO switch. The electric PTO switch will engage and disengage your mower deck. This eliminates other pully and linkages, gives you a longer belt life, and is also very easy to operate.

The Exmark Quest S Series zero turn riders have a fabricated mower deck. Decks are available in a 42, 50 inch and 60 inch width based on your application needs. The fabricated decks offer strength and durability like you’d find on some larger commercial machines. The anti-scalp rollers on the corners of the deck are adjustable so if you’re using really high or low height of cuts, it’s easy to adjust, just one volt to move the wheel up or down. The benefit of these anti-scalp rollers is if you hit a high spot when mowing, it just pops the mower deck up to eliminate any scalping in your lawn.

The Quest S Series zero turn riders are an upgrade from your standard mower. They use an upgraded ZT 2800 charged pump system. The charge pump system is for smoother operation and the 2800 series is an upgrade over the standard 2200 for strength and durability. It also gives you increased ground speeds which gives you a ground speed of up to 7 miles per hour, so it makes quick work out of those larger jobs.

Exmark uses their own 708 cc V-Twin engine. Other commercial-grade features that promote longer life include a bearing supported crankshaft, a 2 belt carburetor for more efficient running, and a heavy-duty air filtering system for longer run times before having to clean the air filter. Depending on the model, the engine is available in 22 ½ or 24 ½ horsepower range. For the oil change there’s no tools required, just remove the hose and your oil will drain. The oil filter is easily accessible, it’s right in front. The engine oil check is also easily accessible. It’s marked with the yellow cap which has a dipstick to make sure your oil is filled to the proper level.

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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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Buyer’s Guide to Cub Cadet RZT SX Zero Turn Riders

Buyer's Guide to Cub Cadet RZT SX Zero Turn Riders

Cub Cadet RZT SX zero turn riders are designed for both residential homeowners and professional landscapers. With high-performance decks and ergonomics that reduce vibrations and fatigue, these mowers are built to deliver quality cut and smooth maneuvering while delivering an unbeatable level of comfort to the operator. Cub Cadet zero turn riders are designed to with lap bar and steering wheel control, and four-wheel control to deliver unmatched handling and stability on hills.

The Cub Cadet RZT SX series zero turn riders have a steering wheel not typically found on most zero turns, but Cub Cadet incorporated the two hydrostatic steering pumps with linkage to the front steering wheels. The advantage of this is you get all the benefits of the zero turn rider such as the exceptional maneuverability when going around obstacles in your yard. The RZT SX zero turns with the steering wheel drive more like a conventional tractor so it’s very easy to operate, and more importantly it’s much better on hillsides.

One of the inherent problems with a lap bar machine that does not have any steering on the front is they tend to want to wander down a hill. These RZT SX mowers give you much better stability so if you have any hillside applications this might be a good option to look at.

The Cub Cadet RZT SX zero turn riders replaced the Cub Cadet RZT S series mowers. The mowers in the SX and S series are basically the same mechanical machine. With the SX models, however, Cub Cadet cleaned up the operator controls, cleaned up the foot pedals, and provided a cleaner design on the dash panel. Cub Cadet made LED headlights come standard on the RZT SX mowers.

Cub Cadet RZT SX zero turn riders have tilt steering which makes it very easy to get on the machine. The foot pedals on these mowers allow you to set the steering column to the desired height. These mowers drive more like a tractor. Use the foot pedal to control the mower’s speed. The more you push down on the pedal the faster you go. The reverse pedal is on the side of the drive pedal and there is a brake pedal on the mower in case you need to make a sudden stop.

The RZT SX models have cruise control. If you have a lot of straight open mowing, set the pedal, push the foot pedal down to set the cruise, and a quick tap on the pedal removes the cruise control. All your controls are off to your right. The height of cut is controlled with one lever and it’s clearly marked so you know what position your height of cut is at.

Cub Cadet RZT SX zero turn riders come standard with armrests for comfort. The RZT SX mowers are available in different size widths from 42 on up to 54 inch mowing widths. The Cub Cadet RZT SX 50 inch is powered by Cub Cadet’s EFI, electronic fuel injection, engine and is a Cub Cadet engine designed for their products. The EFI is an excellent option because the electronic fuel injection eliminates the need for a choke for starting and is also much better in cold weather starts. It gives you better fuel economy, more consistent power, and a higher torque curve than a conventional carburetor engine. It’s a great step up and you’ll start to see this engine on not only the RZT SX 50 but on many of the Cub Cadet lawn tractors as well.

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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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5436 Jackson Road
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
(734) 239-8200
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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Lawn Mower Maintenance Checklist

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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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