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Taking Good Care of Your Lawn Mower

by Kelly Richardson, All About Lawns Columnist

A lawn mower is one of the biggest investments you will make in the care of your lawn. It only makes sense that you should take good care of your lawn mower. Your lawn mower is a tough machine that is designed and built for many years of use.
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You can increase the life of the lawn mower by following some simple maintenance rules. Even the toughest lawn mowers will wear out if they are not properly cared for throughout the year. Some of the major problems that lawn mowers experience deal with things like the blade, the motor, the wheels, or the catch, if it has one.

Lawn mower repair shops make a lot of money fixing lawn mowers that have broken down due to excessive wear and tear. By following some simple guidelines, you can keep the money you will pay to the lawn mower repairman and enjoy a working lawn mower for many years to come.

Keeping Your Lawn Mower in Top Condition:
  • Checking Nuts, Bolts, & Screws. By simply tightening the nuts, bolts, and screws on your lawn mower regularly, you will prevent problems with the mower steering and attachments.
  • Sharpening the Blade. You can sharpen your lawn mower blade with a kit from your local hardware store. Removing the blade is relatively easy, and sharpening it yourself will safe you money or your lawn mower bill.
  • Checking the Tires. The tire pressure in your lawn mower is important. Lawn mower wheels are small and easily damaged if the right tire pressure is not kept. See your owner's manual for the proper pressure.
  • Washing It Regularly. Washing the lawn mower after each use will keep it free of debris and keep the paint looking new.

Try these suggestions and see the difference it makes in the look and operation in your lawn mower. If you can think of any other lawn mower care tips, please let us know.

About the Author
Kelly Richardson has obsessive compulsive lawn disorder and is afflicted with the need to share his knowledge with the world. Kelly writes lawn columns for a variety of home and garden magazines and e-zines.

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