Electric lawnmowers are the safest and best tools for cutting grass. They are also the best ecological and economic tools to use as a homeowner. In case you have one, or when purchasing one, you should consider ways of extending the life of the electric lawnmower. Some lawn mowers are cordless, meaning they do not have a power cord, while others use a power cord. Electric lawn mowers have many parts, and it is essential to dedicate some time and inspect each one of them. These parts include the blade, cutting deck, ventilation system, electrical system, accessories, and wheels. Maintaining an electric lawn mower is not a straightforward task, and many homeowners find it challenging. Fortunately, below is an outline of 6 tips to maintain your electric lawn mower, helping you extend your mower’s life and use it in good condition.
- Pay close attention to the battery
The cordless trimmer works mainly on primarily rechargeable batteries, and, in most cases, they come with the lawnmower. The battery is the primary source of mower power, and you need to keep it in good working condition. It is very costly to replace batteries, so you need to be very careful when using them. When charging the battery, follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Please do not attempt to use the battery until you recharge it fully. The cutter’s power display shows the exact battery charge. Also, remove the battery from the mower if you plan to store it for a long time without use. Typically, this is mainly in winter or when you will not be using it for a long time.
- Take good care of the power cord
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The corded lawnmowers’ power cord exposure to the same environmental and weather conditions as the lawnmower affects it. We recommend you check all cable information before each use. However, make sure that the cutter is not in use, and the cable is not connected. The line must have the proper insulation to protect it from a short circuit. Use electrical tape to insulate the damaged parts of the cord. If the damage is more serious, refer to the instruction manual, and look for the necessary measures.
- Inspect the fasteners and wheels
Fasteners such as screws and nuts can loosen over time, which can be a severe problem if you lose a part during mowing. Your lawnmower may be less functional and even cut a piece of a lost fixer, and the blade can push you in different directions. It can damage the cutting deck or even injure you. Also, check all the locks and make sure they are secure or otherwise, tighten them before each use. The wheels do not require regular maintenance, but they must spin smoothly, and you can do this with oil to lubricate the wheel axles several times a year. If the wheels use screws and nuts, take care and tighten them too.
- Unblock the ventilation system
The lawnmower needs a ventilation system to ensure adequate air supply to the lawnmower’s parts that become hot when the machine runs due to friction. If these openings are kept clean, the device will operate correctly. The airways must always be clean so that the device does not overheat during operation. Clean the blocked grooves using a soft cloth, brush, or compressed air to expel debris that clogs the slots and airways. Clean the ventilation system after each use and if you suspect that the airway is blocked. In such cases, ensure you first switch off the device.
- Take good care of the mower deck and blade
The lawnmower box is one of the most vital parts of a lawnmower. After use, the mower deck is full of dirt around the perimeter of the base. You can utilize the same tools you use to clean the blade to remove debris. Do not use metal tools when the cutting deck is made of metal, as this can damage the cutting deck by removing the protective paint and will rust over time due to moisture. It is also advisable to spray cooking oil on the bottom of the mower deck before cutting, making it cleaner after work.
The blade can be very sharp, and therefore, you need to be careful when cleaning to avoid injuries and cuts. It is best to clean the cutting-blade after each use, as it is necessary to remove grass and debris. Typically, this residue can reduce the sharpness of the blade. We recommend using a plastic tool or wooden stick to remove them as metal tools can damage and blind the cutting-blade. If the cutting-blade becomes too blunt, you should sharpen it. You can identify a dull cutting-blade if you require more time than usual to cut grass.
Check the mowing area before cutting and remove anything that could damage the electric lawnmower. Examples of such objects include sprinklers, children’s toys, dog bones, and hoses, which are very dangerous if you cut them. Cutting these objects damages the cutting blades and the electric lawn mower case. You must take care around the edges of the garden and fences, and remember to turn off the electric lawn mower when crossing places or paths where there is no grass.
- Store the lawnmower correctly
When you finish mowing, please do not leave the lawnmower there as the weather can affect it. The electric mower will have a shorter life due to the wear and tear because of hail, sleet, snow, and rain. An excellent place to store your lawnmower is in a garage or shed. Proper storage ensures protection against such wear and tear. There are several electric cutters with folding parts, allowing you to keep them in a small space.
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In conclusion, an electric lawnmower is easier to maintain than a gasoline lawnmower. Always check for loose parts and wheels as it may be necessary to adjust. Ensure you carry out the maintenance procedures following the manufacturer’s instruction manual. With proper care, a lawnmower should give you service for about a decade. Pay attention to all parts of the mower and, if you are unsure of how they should be, refer to the lawn mover’s instruction manual. Hopefully, the above tips for maintaining your electric lawn mower will guide you in taking good care of your mower without complexities.