Category Archives: Lawn Mower

All About Riding Lawn Mowers

All About Riding Lawn Mowers
All About Riding Lawn Mowers

Most riding lawn mowers are machines fun to ride and extremely cool to look at. However, they are just a dream for many gardeners who can not afford one of these powerful gardening equipment. A riding mower can be a practical time saving machine for professionals as well as for beginner or amateur landscapers. If you are on of those homeowners, lucky to maintain a large yard, it can be a good idea to invest in a riding mower.

Basics of lawn mowers

We will explain first the type of mowers on the market and then which one would fit better with your current needs. Basic riding mowers are actually those featuring rear engines. They use to come with small horsepower engines, usually mounted under the operator’s seat. These mowers have reasonable power sized cutting blades and fit perfectly into small lawns with less than 1 acre.

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How To Sharpen Lawn Mower Blades

Is your lawn mower tearing of the lawn grass blades instead of cutting it? Does your lawn look like it has been eaten by a goat, in spite of being cut by the lawn mower? Wait; do not pull your hair by the root. Help is at hand. We will teach you how to sharpen the lawn mower blades at minimum price and effort.

Your Manual Lawn Mower The Faithful Walk Behinds

Tools: The tools that your will require for doing this job are

– You and your time of about 2 hours or less

– A bastard file of about 12î long

– A small crow bar to prevent movement of rotor of lawn mower.

– A worktable will be useful for dong the job comfortably.

Procedure: You can use the following procedure as a general guide and make changes to it to suit you. Remember the procedure is not sacrosanct. The results are important, not the procedure.

1. If possible, remove the handle of lawn mower and place lawn mower on the table.

2. Secure it if possible in the clamps. If you do not have clamps, do not bother, secure it against any block, so that the movement away from you is restricted.

3. Fix the crowbar in the blades so that it will not rotate

4. With the help of the bastard file, file the edges of blades so that they look sharp. Work at an angle of 45 degrees

5. When one blade is sharpened, remove the crowbar and turn the rotor to work on another blade. Repeat the procedure until all blades are sharpened.

6. If you have a flexible shaft grinder in your DIY workshop, you will be able to complete the work within 5 to 10 minutes per blade. Make a template of blade profile before you start your work and compare frequently. This is necessary to ensure that you do not over cut at a place.

Safety Tip For You

While sharpening the blades ensure that the stroke is not too long otherwise, you may injure yourself.

Sharpening Blades Of Power Mower

Depending upon the lawn mower the procedure may vary. We have included general statements in this procedure; you would have to change the procedure slightly. Keep the maintenance manual of lawn mower handy if you have one.

Tools required.

– Siphon hose and clean container

– Heavy work gloves and goggles

– Double-cut (medium-rough) flat file

– Lumber scrap

– Socket wrench set

– Rubber mallet*

– Bench vise or C clamps

– Rotary blade sharpener accessory

– Electric drill*

– Screwdriver, or 1/4-in. rod or bolt*

– Blade balancer

– Replacement blade*

* Only if required

The list may look formidable, but tools are generally available with every DIY enthusiast.

Procedure:

The procedure is given for the simple single blade lawn mower, but the same will apply to all types of blades, whether single or double

– Wear hand gloves and clean the engine and the gasoline tank from outside

– Remove spark plug from the engine

– Remove all the fuel from the tank of the gasoline engine. Use the siphon hose so you do not spill gasoline on floor.

– Completely empty out the oil from gearbox if you have one

– Invert the engine and have access to the blade.

– Clamp the engine so it does not move and clean the blade area thoroughly

– With help of a box spanner, remove the nut holding the blade. Usually the nut will be unlocked in the reverse to direction of rotation of engine. You may engage the screwdriver in the cooling fan of engine to stop rotation of engine.

– If you find that you are using too much force to unlock the nut, put one or two drops of rust removing chemical, and try after 30 minutes

– After you remove the blade, clamp it in the bench vise and sharpen it with a file or a grinder. Sharpen only the outer 2 to 3 inches. The area to be sharpened will be known if you see the blade.

– Sharpen only to the required extent. Too much sharpening is not necessary. This is not the knife. It works at the speed of the engine

– After sharpening, check with your thumb. Be careful not to cut thumb. If you have done sharpening before, or seen some one doing it, you will know what we mean by this.

– Balance the blade with help of a small balancing tool on VEE blocks, or even on two foot rulers placed side by side

– Refit the blades, refill engine oil and gasoline and test the sharpness of blades on uncut portion of your lawn

Safety tips:

– Always use safety goggles and hand gloves when working with power tools.

– Be sure to remove the spark plug before starting. Serious accidents can happen if you do not do this.

Easy Does It With Robotic Lawn Mower

Everything is automated nowadays. Seems like every manufacturer’s aim in innovating a product is to make it all faster and simpler. Washing and cleaning has been automated since long ago. Now here comes robotic lawn mower. You thought that mowing the lawns was a breeze after those industrial machines came out right? Well, those became obsolete with the entry of these intelligent robotic lawn mowers.

Imagine mowing the lawn right there under the cool shade of your front porch. All you need is to push the button on the remote, look at the robotic lawn mower, and make sure it is right where the grass is thick.

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New WORX 17-inch, 40-volt, Max Lithium-ion Lawnmower Is Lightweight, Compact, Top-performer

WORX 40V 17in. Mower
WORX 40V 17in. Mower

The new WORX® 40V Max, 17 in. lawnmower adds another top performer to the brand’s cordless mower line that’s lightweight, maneuverable, time and labor saving, user and eco-friendly, low maintenance and a highly efficient mulcher/ bagger. The compact push mower is powered by two, removable, 40V, 2.0 Ah, lithium-ion batteries and cuts up to 5,500 sq. ft. per charge, which is approximately the size of two regulation tennis courts.

Development of this newest WORX cordless mower parallels increasing consumer demand for more convenient and environmentally friendly lawn care solutions, as well as significant advances in battery technology over the past 15 years. It parlays the proven track record of its popular predecessor, the WORX 14 in., 24V mower, with a wider deck for fast cutting and higher voltage for added cutting power (torque).

The sophisticated, cordless mower has plenty of power to keep a small to medium-sized yard perfectly manicured. It features Intellicut™, the exclusive WORX torque-on-demand system that maintains constant cutting efficiency by electronically monitoring the need for torque. Sensors adjust to higher torque for thicker grass and reduce torque automatically when it’s no longer needed to handle everyday mowing conditions.

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When and How to Mow Your New Lawn

New lawns require time to become established and set down a root system before they are mowed. If you’ve seeded your lawn, it may be as long as two months before it can be mowed. Sod, on the other hand, may need to be mowed within three weeks of being laid. Plugs, sprigs and stolons can take as much as six weeks to become firmly established. If you’ve seeded your lawn, all seeds must have germinated before you mow. Plugs, sprigs, stolons and sod must have roots firmly set before they’re mowed to prevent damage.

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Tips For Preventing Lawn Mower Problems

Tips For Preventing Lawn Mower Problems
Tips For Preventing Lawn Mower Problems

If your lawn mower is what’s choking instead of your weeds, you have lots of company. More than 63 million lawn mowers are revving up for lawn season, and many will need a little TLC. Experts advise that an hour or two of maintenance a year can make a big difference in how well your equipment operates and how long it will ultimately last.

For a trouble-free season of lawn care, here are some tips from the experts at small-engine maker Briggs & Stratton Corporation on how to maintain your lawn care equipment so it will start easily and run trouble-free:

Use a fuel preservative. Gasoline goes stale in about 30 days, making your mower or other outdoor power equipment difficult to start. The FreshStart gas cap is a convenient way to keep fuel fresh for six months. The cap, which replaces the equipment’s original gas cap, contains a replaceable cartridge of concentrated fuel preservative that drips into the fuel tank.

Check and change your oil. Check your mower’s oil level regularly and change the oil after 25 hours of operation under average mowing conditions. Use a 100 percent synthetic oil, which is made for use in all engines, or use an SAE 30 detergent oil for your mower-look for the bottle that says “Lawn Mower Oil” and you can’t go wrong.

Add oil to new equipment. When you purchase a new mower or another piece of power equipment, be sure to check the oil before you run it for the first time-new equipment is often shipped without oil. Running power equipment without oil will damage the engine.

Tune up your lawn mower once a year. It takes about 30 minutes, and you can purchase convenient Tune-Up Kits that contain everything you need: oil, spark plug, filter(s) and fuel preservative.