DIY - Maintenance Part 1
PART 1-------------DIY- Do you want to Do It Yourself?
Hi Bryan here, with my latest blog post for the regular everyday homeowner. Some people enjoy the fact that we have a service department that will pick up and deliver. While others enjoy working on their own equipment. Personally I enjoy learning how things work and working on my own equipment…to a point. After the 4th or 5th time trying to get the PTO off without a fly wheel puller, I am more than ready to turn it over to the factory trained professionals at the shop.
Some routine maintenance items are very easy to do, and doing the work yourself is a great way to save money. There are many instructional tools that can help you get the job done, and get it done right. You should always start with your owner’s manual. There is one caveat however, with more and more consumers NOT doing their own work many manufactures have simplified the owner’s manuals to the point where the paperwork is more of a safety manual than an owner’s manual. Luckily today, every manufacturer has a great web sites packed with information; you can click on the link here to see some of these websites.
Also, online videos work great, in walking you step by step through your project. Especially if you have a portable tablet that you can bring out in the garage and place next to your work station to review while you do the work. For new mower owners who are just getting started with your own maintenance here is great video from Husqvarna: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kfj_TLjxTKw.
So let’s imagine you want to take the leap and do some basic maintenance on your mower. Basic maintenance would be new oil, oil filter, air cleaner, spark plugs, and sharpening or replacement of your blades. Some older owner’s manuals have a parts schematic at the back of it showing a picture of your unit, a diagram of where the parts are located, along with the OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) part number. If your owner’s manual does not have that, or if you can’t find your manual anymore, (I put all my equipment manuals in 1 drawer in my work table after I write the model and serial number of that unit on the cover, this way they are all in one spot for easy reference) you have two choices. You can go on line and find your parts schematic, or you can come into the dealership and have us find the right parts for you. BUT!!!!! Before you do that you will need to collect, or lookup some information so you and/or your dealer can find the right parts. You will need the Model & Serial number for both the mower and the engine…Yes, they both have separate model and serial numbers…Yes, it seems crazy but the WHY and HOW…Will be in our next post. Remember Kent Equipment for all your lawn and garden needs, we love turning work into play! Thanks again. - Bryan