As many of you will already know, a ride on mower is quite a big investment and will require a certain level of maintenance to ensure that it remains in good condition. Did you know that your mower will last longer and run better if you properly winterise it before putting it away at the end of autumn? We have compiled a list of steps to help you achieve this perfectly:
Step 1: Give the mower a thorough clean, making sure that you have removed all of the old grass from beneath the deck and around the blades. A good rinse with the hose will remove any remaining dust and grime.
Step 2: Prepare the engine for the upcoming period of unuse by changing the oil and the oil filter. You should also replace the air filter and inline fuel filter (if your machine has been equipped with these things).
Step 3: Add a fuel stabiliser to the fuel tank and run it through the system for a few minutes. This will ensure that the stabiliser is properly distributed and will help to prevent the fuel lines from gumming in icy weather.
Step 4: Siphon the remaining fuel from the tank or turn the mower on its side to drain it out. The other option is to just start the machine up and run it until it stops on its own. It is best to store with an empty tank.
Step 5: It is a good idea to remove the blades and examine them for any signs of damage. If they are damaged, make sure you replace them before the next mowing season. You could also sharpen dull blades now.
Step 6: Read through your instruction manual and lubricate or grease all of the areas that have been indicated (like the chassis). Tighten all of the screws and bolts on the mower and its accompanying deck.
Step 7: Prepare the battery for storage by removing it from the machine and charging it completely. Then, you will need to store it in a cool dry place until it is time to begin mowing again.
Step 8: When actually storing your mower, make sure that you have chosen a dry and covered area that will protect it from the elements. A tarp can provide ample protection if you don’t have a garage or shed available.
Whilst winterising a ride on mower may actually sound like a time extensive and difficult task, this couldn’t be further from the case. You should be able to completely winterise your machine and put it into storage in a few hours – it’s a great way to spend a Saturday or Sunday afternoon. Just remember that your efforts will all be worth it when spring rolls around.