The article describes the essential spares that you need to have so that your lawn mower continues to function as a new one. Some of the parts are cheap and require them often, so keep them with you all the time.
Necessary Lawnmower Parts
You need some of the parts for continued availability of your lawn mower. These parts are cheap and easy to replace and you will be able to do it yourself at home without requiring any major tools. It is possible that you would get these spares at the at the neighborhood shops but it is frustrating experience to stop your work, go to the shopfor a part, and come back again to restart your work in your garden. Some times the spare part is not available at the shop as the model has changed and the part is no longer available.
You may curse yourself for not buying the part when it was available, just because you thought since it is available, you need not buy it. The part cost may be very little but your mind will continue to curse you until the part is available and your lawn mower starts working once again
Gasoline Engine Parts That You Should Have
For your gas engine lawn mower, it is advisable to have the following parts with you and you should be able to replace these parts yourself without help of a mechanic
Spark plugs: The spark plugs of lawn mowers are small compared to the spark plug of your car and it is never possible to get it in morning at seven O’clock on a Saturday morning when you have just started mowing work with a lot of zest and the spark plug fails. You know that the plug has failed and you cannot replace it, as you do not have a spare one with you.
Belts: Belts can and do break at the most inconvenient time. The belts and spark plugs seem to have a contagious disease. When one fails the other also follows suit. Belts are easy to change if you have them with you.
Cutting blades: Cutting blades may give you trouble when you in a hilly area. A stone may be lodged in the body and blade. If you have a spare blade you will be able to change it easily.
Various control cables: The throttle and the choke operate on cables. Keep the control cables with you. Control cables operate inside a sheath also called as outer cable. It may not be necessary to have the outer cable with you as stock, keep only the inner cable
Spare nuts and bolts : If the controls operate by levers, keep a spare set of connecting bolts, as the bolts go off due to vibrations and cannot be found if lost
Panel indications: it is not necessary to have panel indications and meters on the panel as stock as your lawn mower will continue to function without panel indication. You can always take the mower to a mechanic at a time of your choosing.
Spare tires are necessary for the lawn mower on wheels. Keep one ready and fully inflated for use during flat tire on the lawn mower. For the walk behind ones, you may need a solid rubber tire, but lawn mower can limp and work for some time.
Parts For Electric Lawnmowers
You do not need many spares for your electric lawn mowers. A set of fuse holders, cable and cable winder spares, switches, cable connectors and insulation tape will however be necessary for use in emergency
Parts For Battery Lawnmower
Such lawnmowers require least parts to be stocked. You may stock only the switches and battery leads etc.
Trouble shooting for lawn mowers:
Troubleshooting for gas engine:
Failure to start – look for fuel flow, switch malfunction, spark plug full of deposits, spark plug cable not connected, spark plug porcelain cracked
Starts but does not take load: Fuel flow not proper, plug cable loose, engine temperature too low, belts loose
Noise from engine: mechanical problem, fan loose, belts loose, stone lodged with the cutter,
Overheating and smoke from engine: cooling system malfunctioning, mechanical systems malfunction etc.
Troubleshooting for electric lawn mowers
Does not start: Problems with power supply, check power supply
Starts but speed slow: Check carbon brushes
Shocks: Check power supply, check supply cable. Kinks and cuts in power supply cable
Troubleshooting for battery operated lawn mowers.
Does not start: Dead batteries, charge them
Battery life to short: Charge after completely discharging, change batteries if performance does not improve.
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