Annual Lawn Equipment Maintenance Checklist: Get Ready for Spring

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Annual Lawn Equipment MaintenanceWarm weather is on the way! Time to knock the dust off the lawn equipment that’s been sitting in storage waiting for the seasons to change. Hopefully everything was stored properly in the fall, otherwise we might have a chore on our hands.

To help simplify the maintenance process a little bit, we’ve developed a short checklist to make sure that nothing major gets overlooked. You can even download the file here so that you can physically check off each line item as it gets completed.

Mowers (and other motorized equipment)
1. Re-read the owner’s manual
2. Clean under mower deck
3. Change oil & filter
4. Sharpen/replace blade(s)
5. Change air filter
6. Stabilize fuel if not stored empty
7. Inspect/change spark plug(s)
8. Clean carburetor
9. Check pneumatic tire pressure
10. Replace fuel filter
11. Clean engine cooling fins
12. Clean and lubricate gears

Attachments
1. Re-read the owner’s manual
2. Clean spreaders and sprayers after each use
3. Lubricate wheel bearings and other moving parts
4. Inflate pneumatic tires
5. Tighten any bolts that have worked their way loose
6. Calibrate spreaders
7. Order spares of serviceable parts
8. Straighten or replace damaged aerator spoons/tines
9. Inspect dethatcher tines and safety wire
10. Drain rollers to prevent deformation
11. Inspect sweeper brushes and gears


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