With the latest technology in lawnmowers, unless you have a massive garden an electric lawnmower will be fine to keep you garden in check and your grass in peak condition. That all said, even an electric lawn mower problems can still occur if you don’t look after your electric lawnmower. The good news is that with the right maintenance and care, you can ensure that you have as few problems as possible.
In the past we have reviewed the best electric lawnmowers in the UK and have found that with the latest technology, it’s now possible to buy a cordless electric lawnmower that will allow you to run your lawnmower around your lawn without worrying about running over wires or more importantly, not having a long enough cord to reach the whole of your garden.
In this article, we’re looking at ways that you can keep your electric lawn in top condition and running smoothly.
It’s of course important to maintain your mower health for a number of reasons. Firstly, and most obviously, you want to make sure that your mower lasts a while, so that you spend less money on replacements and undertake less costly repairs. A good maintenance regime can also help the environment by using less energy and preventing irresponsible battery-dumping in addition to keeping you, your home and your family safe.
In order to maintain your electric mower, prevention is of course better than cure, so it’s good to break any bad habits that you may have developed. The most common bad habits are as follows:
- Not storing your mower properly. If you keep it in the rain or humidity, it’s going to rust.
- Not having the right batteries and cord. Make sure you’re using the correct battery, and try to buy as long a cord as possible.
- Having blunt blades. Sharpen your blades! Sharp blades mean a better and easier cut, which also means that your mower has to undergo less of a struggle to maintain its health.
- Not properly setting the bed neck. If you don’t set the bed neck, you can really put strain on the blades.
- Leaving your mower with kids. Not only is this dangerous, but kids also might not use the machine properly, which can lead to unnecessary damage.
Make sure you avoid all of the above!
No matter how well you maintain your mower, you will of course still need to clean and check it from time to time. When cleaning it, it’s important to follow these tips:
- Follow the manual! All mowers have different needs, so it’s important to consider the exact machinery you’re using.
- Wear protective clothing on your hands and, if necessary, on your eyes and other parts of your body.
- Unplug the mower. This is an obvious one, but so many people take the risk of not doing so.
- When cleaning, you want to flip the mower over to give it a thorough clean. Clear all of the grass, including from the vents, and check that the blades are still nice and sharp. Use a damp cloth and a light brush.
When cleaning, it’s also good to ensure that your machine is still tightly assembled. Here are some things to look out for:
- Tighten and check all nuts and bolts.
- Check that the power cord is in good condition.
- Tighten the blades.
- Make sure the air filters are clear.
- Check the belts to make sure that they are not worn.
If you need any major repairs, then you should employ a professional – but the above will keep your machine in good condition for the most part. Your mower will be clean and tidy, and so will your lawn!