Few pieces of lawn equipment take a beating like your outdoor power tools.  Yet, this important piece of equipment is often neglected until it won’t start or something breaks.

A lack of preventive maintenance almost guarantees an early death for your favorite tool. You can avoid many small engine problems and save money on parts and repairs if you follow a regular maintenance schedule. Make good maintenance a habit when your engine is new, and always consult your operator's manual for special guidelines for your make and model. Service the engine more frequently if you use it heavily or under dusty or dirty conditions.

Most manufacturers recommend the following maintenance schedule. 

We would be happy to look up the schedule that is specific to your machine for you, if you are unsure on the proper maintenance required for your machine.

After the first five hours of use:

    Change the oil and filter

After each use:

    Check the oil

    Remove debris around the muffler.


Every 25 hours or every season:

    Change the oil if operating under heavy load or in hot weather.

    Service the air cleaner assembly.

    Clean the fuel tank and line.

    Clean the carburetor float bowl, if equipped.

    Inspect the rewind rope for wear.

    Clean the cooling fins on the engine block.

    Remove debris from the blower housing.

    Check engine compression.

    Inspect governor springs and linkages.

    Inspect ignition armature and wires.

    Inspect the muffler.

    Check the valve tappet clearances.

    Replace the spark plug.

    Adjust the carburetor.

    Check the engine mounting bolts/nuts.



Every 100 hours or every season:

    Clean the cooling system.

    Change the oil filter, if equipped.

    Decarbonize the cylinder head.
  
    Sharpen the blades, if equipped

    Grease all fittings, if equipped.



*Clean more often if the engine operates under dusty conditions or in tall, dry grass

We would be happy to look up the schedule that is specific to your machine for you, if you are unsure on the proper maintenance required for your machine.