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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Green Grass

 

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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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11875 Northland Dr.
Cedar Springs, MI 49319
(616) 696-2913
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8 Best Practices for Effective Mowing

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

Mowing Tip #1 – Take care of your mower

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

Mowing Tip #2 – Clear debris before mowing

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

Mowing Tip #3 – Mow in the morning

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

Mowing Tip #4 – Choose the correct mowing height

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

Mowing Tip #5 – Do not mow wet grass

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

Mowing Tip #6 – Change directions when mowing

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

Mowing Tip #7 – Keep grass clippings

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

Mowing Tip #8 – Call on the pros

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

 

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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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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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How to Install a Briggs & Stratton Maintenance Kit – Using Briggs & Stratton Part # 5140B

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Just as a motor vehicle must undergo regular maintenance and upkeep, so must your Toro walk behind lawn mower. A little maintenance goes a long way, but regular maintenance extends the life of your lawn mower. Regular maintenance is key to keeping your machine running quietly and efficiently. A Briggs and Stratton do-it-yourself maintenance kit is a handy, inexpensive kit to make the job extra convenient. Here’s how to install a Briggs and Stratton maintenance kit using Briggs & Stratton Part #5140B.

Before performing any repair or maintenance on a walk behind lawn mower, follow these safety precautions: shut off the lawn mower engine, allow the engine to become cool to the touch, and disconnect the spark plug wire to prevent accidental starting.

Change the spark plug

To carry out this task, you’ll need these tools: 13/16 spark plug socket, spark plug gapper, and Briggs and Stratton maintenance kit. This maintenance kit includes an air filter, spark plug, oil, and Briggs & Stratton stabilizer, which is specially made for ethanol protectant. This is especially important for today’s fuel with the ethanol they have does a number on the carburetors that they use in today’s machines. We recommend using the Briggs & Stratton ethanol protectant stabilizer. You can purchase along with the maintenance kit at any Weingartz location.

To install a Briggs & Stratton maintenance kit using Briggs & Stratton Part #5140B, disconnect the ignition wire, remove the spark plug and discard it. Check the spark plug gap before installing the new spark plug from the Briggs and Stratton maintenance kit. Briggs & Stratton recommends between .28 and .30 for a gap in this measurement.

When installing the new spark plug, thread it in by hand instead of with the ratchet. If you try to install it with the ratchet you will cross thread the head. Install the spark plug finger tight and tighten it down with the ratchet. Once it’s snug, give it a quarter turn to fully tighten down the spark plug. Reinstall the ignition wire and you’re done changing the spark plug on your lawn mower.

Replace the air filter

To replace the air filter on your Toro walk behind lawn mower you will only need a flathead screwdriver. Use the screwdriver to take the fastener off the front of the air filter cover. Pull the cover down and out of the way, and remove the old air filter. Inside the cover, there’s a foam pre cleaner that you should take out and clean with soap and water. If you need to clean the air filter do not use compressed air because you will rip the paper filter. If you need to clean the air filter out, simply tap it out and remove any bigger dirt or debris.

Once you’ve clean your pre filter with soap and water replace it along with the new air filter provided in the Briggs and Stratton maintenance kit. When installing the pre filter, there are two sides – there’s foam on one side and a grate on the other side. Put the grated side towards the outside of the air filter cover, away from the engine. Install that first. Make sure you clean the outside of the air filter cover and also anything on the inside of the filter to prevent it from getting sucked in the engine when you start your mower.

Insert the new air filter. When you do so, there’s a sealed side and an air filter side. The sealed side should face the engine and the plated air filter side should face away from the engine because that’s what’s going to catch all your dirt. Install the air filter, move the cover up and tighten it down with the flathead screwdriver. Once snug, you’ve successfully replaced the air filter on your lawn mower.

Change the oil

To change the oil on this Toro walk behind lawn mower, you don’t need any tools. It’s best to run the machine for 10 or 15 minutes to let the oil get warm. Once the oil is warm, shut your mower down and disconnect the spark plug wire.

Tip the mower on its side, but make sure the air filter side is up, which will put the dipstick side down. Remove the dipstick and tip the machine over a drain pan to catch all the old oil. Once the oil has drained into the oil pan, flip the mower back on its wheels and properly dispose of the used oil. To dispose of the oil, you can take it to a local auto parts store or Weingartz. We accept used oil for a small environmental charge.

Use the SAE 30 oil supplied in the tune-up kit from Briggs and Stratton. The kit comes with an 18 ounce bottle of oil that will properly fill your mower. Once the bottle is empty, clean the dipstick to make sure there’s no dirt or debris on it when you insert it in the mower’s engine. Lightly seat the dipstick, pull it back out and check the oil. The oil should be at the very top of the second dot on the dipstick. Reconnect the spark plug wire you’re done.

Again, regular maintenance is vital to longevity of your lawn mower. While installing a Brigss & Stratton maintenance kit is a seemingly simple task, if you are uncomfortable repairing the mower yourself, bring it to us and we’ll perform the maintenance is no time.

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Why Weingartz?

Weingartz, family owned and operated, began in 1965 as a farm supply store for local Michigan families. In the 1970s, we began to focus exclusively on outdoor power equipment. Over time, we morphed into the “power equipment superstore” that now defines all of our locations. The staff and experts at Weingartz work diligently to provide the best service possible and give honest and helpful advice to each and every customer.

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

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

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

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Farmington Hills, MI 48335
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Essential Equipment For Lawn Maintenance

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Many people that are mowing their lawn for the first time are curious what equipment they might be able to use to help make their yard look great. Besides a lawn mower, here are some things that can be useful for lawn maintenance.

Lawn Care Essential – Line Trimmer

A line trimmer and blower are almost as essential as a mower when it comes to maintaining a great yard. The line trimmer cuts down the straggling grass around your trees and fences. Line trimmers are easy to use and aid in hard-to-reach areas that mowers leave behind.

Lawn Care Essential –Leaf Blower

Leaf blowers make lawn cleanup a breeze. They take care of lawn clippings, leaves, and other debris, quickly clearing sidewalks and beds. They are available in handheld and backpack models.

Lawn Care Essential – Edger

Using a lawn edger gives that manicured finishing touch around walks and driveways – they are available in handheld and walk behind models. Use an edger along your driveway, patio, or sidewalk for crisp lines and borders that frame your yard perfectly.

Lawn Care Essential – Chainsaw

When the trees start to get overgrown or wind causes damage, a chainsaw can be a huge time saver to make quick work of trimming trees and cutting up fallen branches. Chainsaws take care of messy fallen limbs and allow you to tackle tree felling and cleanup, firewood cutting, and other light to large cutting jobs.

Lawn Care Essential – Hedge Trimmer

A line of shrubs can be beautiful in the landscape, but when they are uneven and overgrown, a hedge trimmer can make a tough job much easier. This tool is lightweight, easy to use, and designed to deliver the cutting power you need for large and small tasks. Whether you’re a homeowner or landscape professional, a hedge trimmer is a perfect tool to add to your arsenal.

Lawn Care Essential – Multi-Tool

If you’re limited on space, a multi-tool can be a great option due to the ability to convert to several different power tools.

You don’t have to be a professional to have your lawn look great. If you want advice from the experts, contact us here.

 

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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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Sea Foam Motor Treatment

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Every once and awhile there is a miracle product like duct tape or WD-40 that seem to have all the solutions for our mechanical problems. “Sea Foam Motor Treatment” is one of those products. It’s the solution for many fuel and oil-related issues. The Sea Foam Sales Company’s Motor Treatment has been tried and tested by mechanics for over 70 years with excellent results.

What Does it Do?

  • Clean entire fuel system, including carburetor jet or fuel injectors
  • Clean deposits from the combustion chambers and pistons
  • Stabilize fuels for up to 2 years
  • Lubricate the upper cylinders
  • Control moisture in fuel
  • De-ice frozen fuel lines
  • Quiet noisy lifters

All fuels leave varnish deposits, which over time build up, collecting deposits from the exhaust and impairing the efficiency and effectiveness of your fuel system and combustion chamber components (pistons, valves, spark plugs). Sea Foam Motor Treatment was originally designed to remove this varnish build-up, and nothing does it better or safer than Sea Foam.

Is it Safe and What Can I Use it With?

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Sea Foam is an EPA-registered product, and will not harm engine components, seals, gaskets, catalytic converters or oxygen sensors.

It’s safe to use in all 2-cycle and 4-cycle applications like your lawn mower, lawn tractorchainsaw, line trimmer, snow blower, and diesel engines – and even extends its use to your car, truck, motorcycle, industrial and marine engines!

Sea Foam is composed solely of three specially blended petroleum oils – each having specific functions such as lubricating, cleaning or moisture control.

There are no other chemicals (not even color dyes) included in the formulation. Being of the same basic petroleum chemistry as the motor oils and gasoline you already use in your engine, Sea Foam is completely compatible with all engine components, fuels, lubricants and other additives you may have in your engine.

 How Does it Work?

Sea Foam helps liquefy gum and varnish deposits when added to fuels or oils. As a fuel system additive, Sea Foam helps clean carburetor jets, clean passageways, clean fuel injectors, clean deposits, stabilize fuel for up to 2 years, control moisture and adds lubricity to fuel. As an oil system additive, Sea Foam helps prevent and clean oil residue deposits.

For more information, please visit www.seafoamsales.com

 

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

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When Should I Use Starting Fluid?

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Starting fluid is a chemical spray product containing a blend of volatile hydrocarbons, diethyl ether, and carbon dioxide (as a propellant).

What is the Purpose of Starting Fluid?

Its name suggests its use – to assist you in starting a stubborn engine. It’s especially helpful with equipment that rarely gets used and on cold-starts for snow blowers and even lawn mowers late in the fall season. Since the engine does not need to be cranked so much, starting fluid has the added benefit of prolonging the life of your battery.

It can be used as a diagnostic tool as well. If your machine’s engine does not start, and starting fluid helps it start momentarily before quitting, you know that the engine isn’t getting its proper fuel delivery and it’s likely the carburetor may need to be cleaned and/or rebuilt.

How do I use Starting Fluid?

In 4-stroke applications, the easiest location is the intake. After removing the air cleaner, the fluid should be sprayed directly into the intake port. Another location is directly into the spark plug port of the cylinder. A short burst is all that should be necessary for either location. Depending on the equipment you’re trying to start, there are some cautionary instances that should be considered before using.

When Not to Use Starting Fluid

It’s generally not recommended for some equipment with diesel engines that use glow-plugs or have a preheating system. Using ether spray in this application can lead to engine damage due to its highly flammable properties.

Some 2-cycle engines can also be damaged by using starting fluid since most contain no lubricating properties. It would be like using ‘straight’ (unmixed) gasoline. For the purpose of cold-start in a 2-cycle snow blower, a short burst will suffice. A recommendation would be substituting starting fluid with a carburetor cleaner since most carburetor cleaner products contain lubricants, but please refer to the contents before use!

What Product Would You Recommend?

We would recommend “John Deere’s 80% Premium Ether Starting Fluid”. It’s a colorless, odorless fluid that contains just the right amount of diethyl ether, petroleum gas, and upper cylinder lubricant that can be safely used in all of our equipment. Even in 2-cycle applications like your snow blower!

Do not use starting fluid on your machine over and over again. Again, use this fluid as a diagnostic tool. It is for temporary use until you can bring your machine in for service.

Exercise extreme caution when using starting fluid. It is a highly flammable substance. Do not use it when your machine’s ignition is on or the engine is running. Store this fluid away from heat and only use in a well-ventilated area. Wear a mask or properly fitted respirator to avoid the harmful vapors.

 

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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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5 Chainsaw Maintenance Tips

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As we move from an icy winter to a windy spring the best tool in your arsenal has to be your chainsaw. Trees can fall at any given moment with little help from outside influences. Ice and snow from the winter months build up on the branches and the high winds of spring increase their odds of breaking and making a mess of your yard. This is why it is important to have your chainsaw prepped and ready in the winter and spring months.

Chainsaw Maintenance Tip #1: Correct fuel and oil ratio

When it comes to making sure your chainsaws are ready a little regular maintenance goes a long way. Maintenance is not only simple; it takes almost no time at all to perform. The most important thing is to make sure you have the correct ratio of fuel and oil in your fuel tank. Without the proper ratio, you run the risk of doing serious damage to your saw.

Chainsaw Maintenance Tip #2: Bar oil reservoir

Next thing to look at is your bar oil reservoir, this keeps the chain well lubricated and reduces the friction between the chain and the bar. Typically you can expect to fill this oil every time you fill it with fuel. Doing this will extend the life of your chain, bar, and sprocket. It is important to remember to use the proper bar oil for the season. If it’s winter you use winter grade oil and if it’s summer you use summer grade oil.

Chainsaw Maintenance Tip #3: Proper chain tension

Proper chain tension can be determined if you can lift the chain out of the track to where you can just barely see the bottom of the tooth on the chain. It should snap back into place if the right amount of tension is applied.

Chainsaw Maintenance Tip #4: Sharp chain

The saw chain on your chainsaw may become dull over time. If your saw is dull and needs to be sharpened there are a few things to look for.

  • The saw chain will not pull itself into the wood. You will have to force it to cut by applying pressure to the engine unit.
  • When making a vertical cut the saw chain will create fine sawdust instead of coarse strands.
  • Smoke rises up even though the chain lubrication is in working condition and the chain tension is correct.
  • The chainsaw rattles and bounces while cutting, making it difficult to get precise positioning.

If you notice these signs while using your chainsaw it’s time to sharpen and possibly replace the saw chain.

Chainsaw Maintenance Tip #5: Clean air filter

The air filter on your chainsaw keeps dirt, dust, and other debris from entering your chainsaw’s carburetor, which can negatively impact the engine and hinder performance if not properly maintained. Make sure to regularly clean or replace your air filter to ensure optimal performance and to prevent more costly repairs down the road.

There is nothing more frustrating than having a piece of equipment that isn’t ready for the job ahead. If you take a few moments you can save yourself a lot of time and hassle.

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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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Common Generator Mistakes

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When it’s time to break out your generator, it is important to know that it’s ready for the task ahead. Stay on top of power outages with this guide to common generator mistakes. Recognizing a mistake early on and knowing how to fix it can make all the difference.

Mistake #1: Fuel

Old fuel in your generator is one of the most common mistakes made by generator owners. Fuel will oxidize and deteriorate in storage; old fuel can cause hard starting and leave gum deposits that clog the fuel system. If that happens you may need to have you fuel components serviced or replaced.

The length of time that gasoline can be stored in the generators fuel tank and carburetor depends on many factors, gasoline blend, very warm storage temperatures and whether fuel tanks are partially full or filled to the top. Air in a partially filled fuel tank promotes fuel deterioration; warm air accelerates deterioration. Fuel problems can occur within a few months, or quicker if the gasoline was not fresh at the time of filling the tank. Fuel stabilizers are formulated to extend storage life.

Mistake #2: Improper storage

Recommended service and storage procedures: (Fuel stabilizers are formulated to extend storage life)

1 – Fuel that is less than a month old – Needs no preparation.

2 – Fuel that is one to two months old – Fill with fresh gasoline and add fuel stabilizer.

3 – Fuel that is two months to a year old – Fill with fresh fuel and add fuel stabilizer, turn the fuel off and drain the carburetor float bowl.

4 – Fuel that is more then a year old – Drain the fuel tank and carburetor, and always store your generator upright.

Mistake #3: Fuel Vent

Most generators have a self venting fuel cap on top of their fuel tank. Some generators have a fuel vent that is located on the top of the fuel cap that can be turned off. This is a safety mechanism. If you make the mistake of not turning the vent on, you will know in a matter of minutes. The generator will run for two to three minutes before shutting off because the vent is not open, causing the fuel not to flow into the carburetor and starving the engine of fuel. If this happens simply turn the vent on and restart the engine.

Mistake #4: Engine oil maintenance

Improper engine oil maintenance is another common mistake which can lead to poor lubrication. This can cause premature wear on your generator’s engine internal parts, and can eventually result in permanent engine damage and generator failure. Always check your engine oil before you start your generator’s engine.

Oil is a major factor that affects performance and engine life. Use 4-stroke automotive detergent oil that is certified by the Society of Automotive Engineering. SAE 10W-30 is recommended for general use. Depending on the ambient temperature other viscosities may be recommended. Always follow your owner’s manual for the recommended oil change schedules and drain the oil while the engine is warm to assure rapid and complete draining.

Note: Over filling your engine can cause engine problems. If the engine is overfilled with oil, the excess oil may be transferred to the air cleaner case and air filter causing the engine to choke out and stall.

Mistake #5: Watt Requirements

Add up the watts for each appliance that you intend to run off of your generator to find out if your generator is large enough to support all your needs. If all items are turned on at once and are pulling more power than your generator produces the circuit breaker will trip and power will stop. To fix this problem unplug all items and reset your circuit breaker then turn the needed items on one by one being careful not to over load you generator. Knowing your watt requirements will help you avoid tripping a circuit breaker.

Mistake#6: Back feeding

Do not back feed because it’s a very dangerous practice. Back feeding can harm family members, and cause serious injuries to power company line men working on the pole trying to restore your power.

Back feeding occurs when electrical power is being induced into the house power grid. This is done by using a double-ended extension cord to run power backwards into a wall receptacle to power up the circuit. When power is restored it dead heads causing damage to your generator and a possible fire. If you want to avoid running multiple extension cords to run appliances around your house then hire an electrician to install a transfer switch.

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Why Weingartz?

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

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

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39050 Grand River Ave.
Farmington Hills, MI 48335
(248) 471-3050
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5 Lawn Mower Tune Up Tips For Spring

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After a long, cold winter, there’s no doubt that many people are breathing a collective sigh of relief as we greet spring. With this change in season comes warmer days, and ultimately, more time spent mowing the yard. For effective mowing, don’t let common mishaps such as clogged air filters, fouled spark plugs, or flooded carburetors stand in your way—instead, prevent these and other potential problems with our simple lawn mower tune up checklist, outlined below.


Lawn Mower Tune Up Tip #1: Dispose of Old Fuel & Change Oil

If you didn’t empty your fuel tank before storing your lawn mower for the winter, now is the time to do so. Failing to dispose of old gasoline can lead to a clogged carburetor and overall degraded mowing performance (click here to learn more about draining fuel from your small engine equipment). Remember to use mid-grade fuel that has been stored in a tightly-sealed container, with no higher than an E10 ethanol level. Higher ethanol levels can also contribute to build-up problems, leaving another problem on your hands. In addition, take this time to change the oil, which will increase engine life and overall performance.


Lawn Mower Tune Up Tip #2: Check the Air Filter

Figuring out when it’s time to replace your air filter is simple. After removing the filter from your mower, tap to remove any loose debris, then hold it up to the light. If you can see light shining through the filter, it is okay to reuse. If you cannot see light through the filter, it is dirty and needs to be changed (click here to shop all air filters).


Lawn Mower Tune Up Tip #3: Change Spark Plug

If it has been over a year since you last replaced your spark plug, take this time to stay up-to-date. For how-to-instructions, click here.


Lawn Mower Tune Up Tip #4: Sharpen Dull Blades

Sharp lawn mower blades can make all of the difference when cutting your lawn. To keep your grass healthy, inspect your lawn mower blades for any chips, dents, or thinning. Click here for more details on blade sharpening.


Lawn Mower Tune Up Tip #5: Check Bolts, Wheels, Cables, & Belts

Last, but not least, make sure to tighten all bolts and check wheels, cables, and belts to make sure they’re not overly-worn. Keeping an eye on all lawn mower parts before you get too busy with mowing can be a big help in avoiding problems later on in the season.

For more lawn mower tune up tips, watch the video below or contact us here. Happy mowing!

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About Weingartz

Family-owned and operated since 1945, Weingartz continues to serve as an industry leader in outdoor power equipment sales, service, and expert advice. A long-time advocate of commercial and residential buyers, Weingartz carries top-name equipment and replacement parts at each of its five Michigan locations and online at www.weingartz.com.

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