By: Jackson Blythe-ONeill

The lawn mower is a fairly expensive piece of equipment and it warrants some care so that its lifetime can be extended. A properly maintained lawn mower will last for years, and will provide optimum performance when used. On the other hand, a poorly maintained machine will be troublesome to operate and won't last very long.
Below are a few tips to keep in mind that will help to keep your lawn mower running in great condition.
Care After Mowing the Lawn
After every use, you should clean the top and also the underside of the lawnmower so it stays free of dirt and help it to stay free of debris that can clog the underside and cause issues for bagging. Another good idea is to clean the grass out from under the wheels each time you cut the grass and also clean the grass that may be trapped under the blade. If you were to leave the grass there, after time the lawn mower will rust and you will need to purchase a new mower. If you own a water cooled mower, make sure to check the coolant level after use and also clean the radiator. For 4 stroke mowers, make sure to check the oil and add oil if it's low as low oil level will cause the engine to fail.
Winter Storage Maintenance
In most climates you won't need to cut your grass all winter so you will want to prepare the mower for storage over the winter months. Make sure to drain all the fuel out of the lawn mower before storing for the winter. Gas will evaporate, but because it's sealed in the gas tank, it will cause issues with the carburetor. Once you have drained all the fuel out, start the mower and ensure that all fuel is out of the fuel line.
Oiling Your Lawn Mower
Oil and lubrication Most mowers require an oil change every year. It is also a good idea to lubricate the choke and throttle linkages and apply grease to all fittings.
Blade Replacement
If your mower has dull blades, you will want to replace them. A dull blade can cause damage to the grass and also causes poor, uneven cuts. Make sure to check the blades fairly regularly and if they are dull, replace them. Replacement should be done one time each year.

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Researching riding lawnmowers before you buy them is a great idea. Finding good lawn mower reviews is hard to do, but they are available online. Jackson has written for other sites and often helps local neighbors with their own mower maintenance.

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