Going from one season to another is a critical time for all of the power equipment we use around our homes. Regular maintenance is the key to keeping your equipment in great working order and will extend the life of your equipment. Luckily, most of the routine maintenance can be performed by the homeowner, just as I do.

When you finish using your lawn mower for the season I would change the oil and probably the air filter, although a quick look at it might let you use it another season. Take a moment to think about the conditions around your home during the summer. If it was a very dry season, you might have picked up a lot of debris which would be a good reason to swap out that air filter. Similarly, a season of heavy use in hot weather really does a job on the oil and means you should change it.

You will also want to sharpen the blade on your lawnmower. Whether you do it yourself or have someone do it for you, it is essential to use a sharp blade to cut your lawn for a great look. You should get 4-5 years out of a blade if you keep it sharp.

Final item, start the mower and let it run until the gas is gone. 9 out 10 problems with power equipment are related to old or bad gas. Do yourself a favor and run it until dry.

If you have any questions about maintaining your lawnmower, don’t hesitate to stop in and talk to one of us in the hardware department, or call 781-749-4200. You can also visit the Honda Power Equipment page for a series of lawnmower videos.

Written by Jay Barry, Hardware Dept. at Hingham Lumber