We don’t often realise how much we would miss something until it’s gone, including our power equipment. They are so quick to get the job done that we take it for granted. Believe me, if your leaf blower vacuum was to break down, sweeping your whole back area or shed would take forever and that is not how you want to spend your Sunday afternoon!
It’s important to keep your equipment running to the best of its ability and make the most of your investment. Here are some tips for caring for your power equipment.
1. Fresh & clean fuel
Always make sure your equipment has plenty of fresh clean fuel. Avoid using fuels that contain ethanol in your outdoor power equipment like your hand post hole digger. A post hole digger is a fencer's best friend, great for installing fences, retaining walls, plumbing or tree planting. However, they are no good to you if you don’t take care of them!
Before opening any fuel containers ensure they are oil free with no dust or dirt around the nozzle. Wipe everything down before pouring, including the equipment itself. After 2-3 months the fuel is no longer good to use and can cause engine damage.
2. Don’t cut your lawn too short
When you try to cut your lawn too short, there are areas of your lawn that may rise and you risk damaging your lawn mower. It’s also not a good idea to cut your lawn shorter than around 5 cm, as it will take more water to keep it healthy. This length allows your ground to retain more soil carbon which makes it harder for weeds to grow through your lawn.
3. Pick up any hazards
Just like cutting your lawn too short, picking up anything in the lawn mower other than grass, is not a good for the machine. Take the time to pick up any large rocks, sticks, pegs, toys or hoses before you begin mowing. It’s not good for your lawn mower but it can also be a hazard to pets or anyone in the way.
4. Keep your equipment clean
Keeping your outdoor power equipment clean will not only make your equipment last longer but it will also ensure it runs smoother. It is also a good way to ensure that if it does break down, it will be easier to repair.
For example, if your electric pressure washer is covered in oils, grease, soap, grass or other grimy substances, the engine may overheat. This can become a serious hazard and should be taken seriously. Don’t submerge your power equipment in water but you should regularly wipe down your equipment with a wet cloth.