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Posted: 8/22/2017 9:45:55 AM EST
Or the oil or spark plug?  How about the blade?  Do you keep it sharpened?

One of the simple joys in life is plowing through tall grass with a lawn mower that is running in tip top shape.  Agree?
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 9:46:39 AM EST
Had the same mower for almost 5 years.  Haven't done any of that.
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 9:47:28 AM EST
About 15 years ago. A few years before I gave it to my neighbor and started having someone else mow my yard.
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 9:48:35 AM EST
Every other year. Write the date on the cover with a sharpie.
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 9:49:01 AM EST
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 9:49:10 AM EST
This past spring.   I know how engines work.
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 9:49:19 AM EST
Glad you brought this up! Mine is due for a new filter and oil before fall.
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 9:49:25 AM EST
When I had a gas mower, yes, yes and yes

With the electric mower, I just welded a motor mount which broke when hitting a metal object. I was honored to take the whole unit apart.
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 9:50:36 AM EST
Never. I took it out in 2004
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 9:52:11 AM EST
I'm cheap.  I just clean them......Dawn, hot water, a good rinse, let 'em dry.   Good to go for another decade.  

It's a piece of damn foam.  It just keeps the big chunks out.
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 9:53:33 AM EST
I do plugs, oil, and filters every spring, but my I do need to sharpen my blades.
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 9:54:32 AM EST
I use a 16 year old Stanley mower to mow 2 acres twice a week.

Bought it for 100$ in 2006.

It stays outside covered by floor mats and an atv tire

I change oil, filter and air filter every year.

And adjust the valves every other year on the 21hp briggs vtwin.

All my friends have offered to buy me a new mower out of pity.

Muffler rusted off several years ago.

Guy was at my shop a couple of weeks ago and heard it start up.

He said "only you would have a straight piped, cammed vtwin".

I said "nope, just needs a muffler and the valves adjusted".

I love that nasty old bitch, EVERYONE else hates it.

My wife and son refuse to mow with it and have both offered to buy me a new one.
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 9:54:42 AM EST
I guess when that wall gets built i will learn....

Link Posted: 8/22/2017 9:54:50 AM EST
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I do plugs, oil, and filters every spring, but my I do need to sharpen my blades.
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This although I did do the blades on my push mower.
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 9:57:10 AM EST
I always buy a Deere maint kit yearly that has oil, filters, and plugs. I also sharpen the blades during the winter. I just got my current Deere this Spring and changed the oil/filter after 8 hrs. It will get everything changed again this winter before mowing season.
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 9:57:28 AM EST
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Had the same mower for almost 5 years.  Haven't done any of that.
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Link Posted: 8/22/2017 9:59:41 AM EST
I change all air filters once a year, the same with windshield wipers.
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 9:59:49 AM EST
this year
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 10:00:14 AM EST
Paper filter, buy multiples online, run a batch with my Shark Vacumn and reuse one every mow.
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 10:00:43 AM EST
it is electric....
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 10:01:37 AM EST
You'd be suprised how much of a difference it makes... Same with the cabine air filter in your vehicle.

Had a Honda riding mower, when a gf moved in, the mower moved to the side of the house. It always ran, but sometimes sounded sick. Bored, I changed the oil, filter, and plug, friggin' thing purred like a kitten. Good mower considering I treated it like shit.
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 10:02:26 AM EST
Did it all this spring including new blades and fuel filter. Usual routine every spring though blades get changed every other year.
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 10:02:42 AM EST
Never, in fact remove it. You will gain power anything sucked into the motor will be burned in the combustion cycle and spit out the exhaust as ash (carbon) run some seafoam through every now and then and enjoy your free horse power. I also split my muffler and remove all the baffles.
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 10:03:33 AM EST
I changed the oil and air filter this spring

The blade does need sharpening
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 10:03:45 AM EST
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Had the same mower for almost 5 years.  Haven't done any of that.
I last changed my oil in 2009.
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 10:06:04 AM EST
I bag my clippings and noticed I wasn't getting as much in the bag. Figured the blade needed sharpening (less than one year old mower). Sharpened the blade, no better. I took the blade back off and took a closer look. About midway from the center on both ends there was a small "wave" in the leading edge, both sides. I ordered a new blade and compared them. No wave. There was no other damage in the wave area but I must have hit something and buggered up the dynamics. I turn the mower over about mid season and change the oil, sharpen the blade. Usually let the spark plug go until I have a problem starting the mower, chain saw, etc.

I check the air filter before each use. There's always fine dust around the seal.
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 10:07:53 AM EST
I cleaned it in the spring and changed the plug. I sharpen my blades every 3 or 4 mowings. The soil here is very sandy and it's hell on the blades.

My mower is on the downslope of its lifespan. The deck is falling apart and it's starting to burn oil so I'm thinking of replacing it. I only paid 400 bucks for it six years ago so it doesn't owe me anything.
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 10:07:55 AM EST
I clean my filter as needed, change it when it appears to need changing. Change oil once per year. New plugs every year is a waste unless you mow every day.
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 10:10:05 AM EST
I follow the schedule that I used when I did lawn maintenance as a profession, so roughly every 40 hours of use I change the oil, plug, and clean the filter.
In other words, once a season.
I do sharpen the blade after about 4 cuts unless I have been mowing wet grass, then I do it a little more frequently.
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 10:11:30 AM EST
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Had the same mower for almost 5 years.  Haven't done any of that.
My dad had a mower he bought from a guy who trash picked them and got them running. It was the cheapest one the guy had and it had no controls, you turned it off by shorting the plug to the deck with a shovel. Once changed the oil and plug, lasted 20 years. The replacement was the cheapest store bought mower he could find and we never did any maintenance to it, I had it 10 years before it got run over. I replaced it with the cheapest one I could find and changed the plug and filter once after about 10 years.

We may have topped them up a couple times.
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 10:11:33 AM EST
1-1/2yrs ago.
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 10:12:23 AM EST
I change the filter, oil, and grease spindles every spring.
I shake out the air filters before I mow.
I'll change out the blades a few times during the mowing season.
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 10:12:29 AM EST
I don't do shit.

I thought it was starting to have issues, but then I finally finished off my 3 year old gas and now it runs like new again.
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 10:12:33 AM EST
I only have 2 gallons of fuel through the replacement engine.
I didn't break the old one.
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 10:13:13 AM EST
every fall before it get put away for the winter.
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 10:13:43 AM EST
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 10:14:57 AM EST
Never.  Mine's battery-powered.
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 10:15:27 AM EST
I bought my mower in 2001, have never done anything but put gas in it.  No oil changed or added, no air filter, no blade sharpening, no spark plug.  Still starts first pull.  Snapper with 6.5 hp Briggs.  Half acre lot.
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 10:15:44 AM EST
New blade, air filter, spark plug, and oil change at the beginning of every mowing season.
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 10:17:05 AM EST

Mower is my dad's and he lets me use it, brand new in 2000.
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 10:18:52 AM EST
once a year in the JD rider, clean it often throughout season, push mower, I changed last year, cleaned it this year, looks OK.
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 10:19:03 AM EST
Or the oil or spark plug?  How about the blade?  Do you keep it sharpened?
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Change it once a year, it doesn't have one, sharpen once a year also
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 10:19:30 AM EST
Every fall when it gets put up for the winter.

Oil change
Spark plug
air filter cleaned (just a damn foam one)
and cylinder misted with oil.

Still runs strong no smoke after 20 years.

Link Posted: 8/22/2017 10:20:17 AM EST
I do a once over every year ( filters, blades, oil etc) and just TLC (grease, wash, inspection, etc) during the mowing season.  

Seems to work.
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 10:21:34 AM EST
I change oil every 25 hours or so, I clean and re-oil the air filter at the same time.
I have 2 sets of blades which I swap if dull when I remove the deck. That can be every two or three mowings. This year has been harder on the blades, the grass has been heavy and wet almost every time I've mowed. I'm also converting an old pasture to lawn, and I find a new rock almost every mowing. I've also had the problem of waiting over 2 weeks to mow a couple of times because it was raining when I should have been mowing.

The mower is a 1968 Allis Chalmers B110 with push blade, snow blower, tiller, and cultivator. Mowing takes about 4 hours if I mow weekly, 8-12 if I let it go a bit too long. So it's not unusual for it to be run 5-15 hours per week between mowing, cultivating, or and tilling. Last winter I probably ran it less than 20 hours moving snow.

I bought it a year ago and replaced the spark plug back then. I probably will do it yearly based on the number of hours I put on it.
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 10:23:29 AM EST
Oil and sharpen blades twice a year. Unless it extra dry and I don't have to mow during summer.
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 10:24:47 AM EST
Every spring.  oil/filter(s)/plugs/sharpen blades/check tire pressures/grease zerks
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 10:32:05 AM EST
Once each year, usually in the spring.
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 10:34:26 AM EST
Never.  It's a sponge.  Wash, let dry, done
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 10:34:53 AM EST
Don't have one but most are little pieces of green foam like my off road motorcycles....right.?

I see my yard guy sharpen his stuff once in awhile.
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 10:35:38 AM EST
I don't think he has one, and I'm not keen on poking around inside him to look for one.

He might take it poorly.
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