I have been so focused on selling homes that past couple of weeks, it finally dawned on me it was spring time. Yesterday I was speaking to one of the areas largest small engine repair shops, Frank Waters at Boiling Springs Small Engine Repair. It is time to awaken your yard equipment from its winter slumber. Before you pull your tools out of storage and put them to work, make sure you've prepared them for your spring workload. Here is a swift checklist of proper maintenance tips will help get your equipment out of hibernation and ready to run.
- Check the condition of your spark plugs and replace if necessary.
- Check air filters for dirt and damage to determine if any need cleaning or replacement. Clean debris from blowers and trimmers as well.
- Inspect your equipment for broken parts, and replace any that are broken or damaged.
- Check screws and nuts, and retighten them if necessary.
- Now is a good time to sharpen or change saw chains, as well as replace trimmer line.
- Lubricate parts where friction will occur.
- Check power cords on electric tools for damage or wear.
- When mixing fuel, use fresh fuel (stored for less than 2 months) and
new 2-cycle engine oil.
- Don't put your power tool to work immediately-after a season of storage, let it warm up for a few minutes before use.