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How to Start a Lawn Mower

Posted on Oct 1, 2013 in Featured, Lawn Mowers

Lawn mowers are a great invention because they’re very useful; they are used for landscaping and cutting grass, and they’re mostly responsible for the beautiful green lawns you see in front of people’s houses. Maintaining a lawn healthy and green is not the easiest task in the world, and if you want you grass to be lush and thick you need to mow it as often as possible. The British are especially known for their perfect lawns, and they’ve perfected their techniques over hundreds of years of tradition. Golfing would never have been what it is today without those perfect lawns, and numerous other sports are played on grass: football, association football, rugby, cricket, and many others. Thus, if you want to have a great lawn, three things are very important: the grass that you choose, how you water it and the lawn mower you choose. In what follows we are going to see how to start a lawn mower, because many beginners have trouble with these machines.

Before explaining how to start a lawn mower, it is important to understand there are many types of mowers, of all shapes and sizes, for personal or industrial use. As far as powering them goes, there are two kinds: gas mowers and petrol mowers. Just like with cars, how you start the engine differs, and how the machine reacts will differ too. When you buy a new one, the first thing you have to do is read the instruction manual, which will teach you not only how to start it, but how to maintain it as well, thus ensuring it a prolonged life and optimum performance. The next step is to fill her up with oil, or petrol.

If you’ve had the mower for a while and now it just won’t start, first check to see whether oil levels and gas levels are okay, and that the tank is not empty. If winter has just ended and the mower hasn’t been used for a long while, it may need some priming before the fuel reaches the engine again; we know lawn mowers are started easily, by pulling the cord, but don’t do it endlessly waiting for a different outcome and try to find out what causes this. So pull the gas cap off that tank and see whether there is any remaining fuel, then complete it at the recommended levels, which on most mowers are indicated right inside the tank.

Check the oil levels as well, and complete them if more is needed; if you have a two-stroke engine mower, then it probably requires a mixture of fuel and oil in order to run, so you should re-read the instruction manual carefully. As for those with regular mowers, the next step in learning how to start a lawn mower is locating the primer and priming the grass-eating machine. On most models, the primer is a red or black button, usually made from rubber, but its location varies so you’ll have to use those eagle eyes to target it. Don’t push the button more than 3 or 4 times, as this should be enough; more than that can flood the engine, and then you’ve really got a serious problem.

Before you start the mower, you should also check the spark plug, and open the throttle mid-way, so the lawn mower doesn’t start too fast at once. Now, you’re ready to pull the cord and make magic happen, but again, practice some caution, especially if you’re inexperienced, otherwise the mower might get away from your hands and become a health hazard. Now you should know how to start a lawn mower, or at least have a general idea of what you need to do in case it gets fidgety.