Many homeowners have already started gathering their tools to prepare for the busy yardwork that lies ahead. Before you start those engines, your outdoor power tools will benefit from a quick tune-up after hibernating all winter.
Proper and regular maintenance ensures your tools are consistently running at peak performance and extends the life of the products. Dealers from Husqvarna Canada offer tips and maintenance pointers so you can have a hassle-free start to your yardwork this season.
Sharpen/replace the blades. Before you start cutting, always sharpen or replace your mower blades. Using dull mower blades will damage your grass and make it more susceptible to pests and disease. Getting your mower blades sharpened or replaced before the first run ensures your lawn is getting a clean cut to start healthy growth.
Drain the fuel and change the oil. Gasoline left in fuel tanks over the winter will break down and can create a build-up that will clog the fuel system. If you’re having trouble starting your mower, it’s usually due to either old gasoline being left in the machine or because your machine needs an oil change. The best practice is to drain all the fluids, both gas and oil, and replace with a fresh product before you start working.
Reduce any friction. Use an oiled cloth to wipe metal areas and add a couple drops of machine oil onto moving parts to reduce friction and surface damage.
Check the filter. A dirty air filter puts extra stress on your lawn mower and slows its operation efficiency. Replacing air filters helps to maintain your machine’s optimal performance and as it is very affordable, it should be done at least once a year.
Soak the trimmer line. To keep your trimmer running in top shape, use the professional trick of removing the trimmer line and letting it soak in fresh water. Giving your trimmer line a quick dip during the tune-up keeps it flexible so it can handle more strain and last longer.
More information is available at www.husqvarna.ca or by visiting your local dealer.