We don’t know for sure if we’re going to have a "BIG" snow storm this year, or if it’s going to avoid us and go to New England, but what we do know is that the grass will turn green and be growing very quickly in just a few short weeks! So I ask, "Is your mower ready?"
(In my last article I talked about some basic maintenance tips for your mower deck. If you missed it, take a moment to go to www.DavesTractorWorldLLC.com and look it up. Our other recent articles are there, also—click on the “Dave’s Corner” tab and check them out.)
Moving right along---here are some basic tips for your mower.
Tire pressure is very important! Tire pressure in your car tires may be low and you could drive around for days or weeks and not realize it. What is a couple pounds of low tire pressure on your automobile? Well, on lawn equipment low tire pressure can mean a lawn that looks beautiful OR a lawn that looks awful!
When your rider has a low tire it will not mow evenly. This is not only harmful to the grass by causing the mower to scalp it, but it can also be expensive. If there is a tree root or another object in your yard, the uneven deck or a blade can catch on it, thus possibly bending a blade or even doing more substantial damage to the mower. (Some lawn equipment manufacturers have lightened up on the gauge of the steel used in their mower decks. When you hit something hard with this thinner steel, it doesn’t take a lot to do damage to the deck shell. A blade, spindle assembly and deck replacement can cost $500.00 or more!)
To make sure your tire pressure is properly inflated, keep a tire pressure gauge handy. Measure the pressure in the tire, and inflate or deflate it to reach the specifications listed in your owner’s manual.
As far as flat tires go (pardon the pun), it isn’t always necessary to replace them. Sometimes they can be tubed; a tubed tire will last for years. However, sometimes replacement is needed due to dry rotting or other issues with the tire.
When you have your equipment serviced, make sure that the service center checks tire pressure. If they don’t do it as a regular part of the service, you can always ask them to do it. Or, you can send your unit to a Dave's Tractor World and let us service your equipment! Then you’ll know for sure that when spring turns the grass green, you are ready to mow!!!