Operating a lawn mower doesn’t have to be a complicated process, but it can be a bit daunting for newbies or those switching to a new type of lawn mower. Below are some basic instructions on how to cut, start to finish.
Please note that not all of these materials are necessarily necessary, only certain materials for certain types of mowers.
1 – Gasoline mowers
Before starting the mower, inspect to make sure there are no liquid leaks, such as gas or oil, and that the spark plug is inserted correctly and shows no signs of damage or corrosion. Also, check your fuel level and refill if necessary.
Prepare your engine. When you prime the engine, you dump small amounts of fuel into the carburetor to ensure you get the proper combustion reaction that is necessary to run the mower.
Pull your cutter cord. Most gas mowers have a starter cord or pull cord that you need to pull. When it does this, it spins the blades and, if it is working properly and spins fast enough, it causes a spark from your spark plug, which ignites the fuel in your carburetor. As a side note, most lawn mowers have a safety bar or lever that can be held pressed against the push bar of your mower. This safety bar must be held down while pulling the cable and during operation. If you release it, it will turn off and will not start unless it is held down again.
During the operation; never walk away from a running mower. When mowing on an incline, it is better to mow from side to side, rather than up and down the hill, because if you or the mower were to slip when mowing and going up there is a great risk of personal injury.
2 – Electric mowers
Before starting, check that all connections look good, no broken or frayed wires, no corrosion, etc. If it is battery powered, your battery must be fully charged before use. If it works with an electrical outlet, make sure there are no tangles in your cord and that the cord is securely in place at both ends.
Beyond that, most electric mowers start with the push of a button. The actual mowing is done just as you would a gasoline lawn mower.
3 – Mowers
As with push mowers, inspect your mower for leaks and other obvious signs of damage, and refill with gasoline if necessary. Lawn mowers generally function like any car with a gear stick. To begin, disengage the clutch and shift the mower into neutral. Continue to hold the clutch until pressure is applied to the accelerator pedal, and re-hold the clutch before shifting again. If at any point you release the clutch without stepping on the accelerator, or vice versa, your engine will stall.
Raise the mower to its highest level to cut on uneven terrain. Reduce speed on turns and slopes. Due to the added weight of the mowers, you must cut the slopes up and down, never side to side. It is very easy to tip a lawn mower on a slope that veers sideways, especially when it comes to turning.
4 – General guidelines
Whether you are operating a mower or push mower, there are a few additional things to consider. Always remove rocks, sticks, and foreign debris from your yard, as they can damage your blades or cause injury if thrown. If you use a bag, empty it often. Always read the manufacturer’s manual before operating for the first time.
Follow these simple guidelines for the mower you have and you will have no trouble maintaining a beautifully trimmed garden.