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Mower Maintenance Before Summer

Before we start mowing this spring, we have to do a few maintenance checks. This lawn mower guide will help you get your mower in the true condition.
1. Replace the oil and use fresh gasoline. If you neglected to change the oil last season the gas has lost some of its energy and will cause starter problems. Consult your owners manual for oil recommendations.

If you don't have the owners manual then check with a local shop that sells and repairs lawn mowers.
2. Replace the spark plug. A new plug will save you a lot of future problems and is inexpensive to change. You can find the type and gap information in the owners manual, or you can take the spark plug to a service shop or gas station.
3. Replace air filter. If your air filter is dirty, it should be replaced immediately. Dirty air filters overwork the engine, which wastes fuel. A clean filter is also better for the environment.

As a general rule, air filters need to be replaced after 25 hours of use. Only foam filters should be cleaned with water.
4. Check the blade. Is it dull, broken or bent? A flat blade can be sharpened with a file or power tool but never try to do it on the mower. You can find a grinding tool for sharpening blades that can be attached to your drill or a utility tool, such as a Dremel.

If you are unsure about doing it yourself, then take the blade to a local mower maintenance store and, for a few bucks, you can have it done for you. If your blade is broken or bent, it needs to be replaced.5. Check the drive belt. If your lawn mower has a drive belt check it for lack of resistance and wear. A drive belt with correct tension should be able to move sideways about half an inch when pulled with one finger.6. Check the tires and wheels. Check tires/wheels and loose parts.

Check the air pressure in the tires and lubricate the wheels.7. Clean the mower deck. To prevent the engine from starting, disconnect the spark wire from the spark plug. Then use a soft brush and water to carefully clean the outside of the mower deck around the engine. Next, turn the mower 90 degrees on its side, so the carburetor is facing up and clean the inside of the deck, using a wooden stick to remove wet grass build-up.

How to Choose the Right Replacement Lawn Tractor Tires.

When you purchased your lawn tractor, it came with the manufacturer's all purpose tires, which can last a long time, but if you bought a used model, you might have to replace the tires right away depending on how long the previous owner had it. After observing the lawn tractor tires performance, you may find that the set may not be ideal for the terrain in your area. You might find that they aren't getting enough traction, or even worse, they may be damaging to your lawn.When looking for replacement lawn tractor tires, it would be best to select the same size tires that the tractor or mower came with. If you have a Poulan Pro pr500n21sh

These are labeled in metric measurements on the side of the tire, in the two or three number display method. In the 2-number method, the first number represents the width, and the second number is the rim size. In the 3-number screen, the first would be the height, the second would be the width, and the third represents the rim size.The next consideration would be choosing the right thread type for your terrain. Around shoulder, turf tire goes on the front of the tractor and is characterized by a low tread depth, which reduces the damage to your lawn. Square shoulder turf tires, on the other hand, are used on the rear, and these have a deeper tread for better traction or cornering.

Rib tread tires have the least tread, and Lug tread tires have the most and are used in looser soil, very uneven terrain, and even for plowing snow. With all the choices, it would be best to consult an expert at your local dealer.Once you have your new lawn tractor tires, you need to care for them properly to ensure they last. Make sure you keep them clean, and check the tire pressure before each use, following the PSI value on the side of the tire. This way you won't have to replace them as often.