by Carla Hill
It's Spring and that means warm weather, beautiful blooms, and, of course, mower and machine maintenance.
In a recent survey by Gold Eagle, an industry pioneer in the production and distribution of aftermarket fluids and additives, it was found that nearly 70 percent of Americans dread the process of getting their equipment ready for use. These people would rather have to clean their house than get equipment up and running!
"Springtime preparation of small engine equipment can be challenging, time consuming and expensive if not done properly," said Tom Bingham, director of marketing at Gold Eagle. "It's important to thoroughly inspect, clean and properly lubricate your equipment before flipping the ON switch or you could find yourself standing in line at a repair shop."
The survey also found:
1. More than 1/3 of survey respondents reported they would be willing to pay more than $100 on average to have someone do the maintenance for them.
2. Four out of five respondents who experienced mechanical issues found themselves paying just under $300 on average to fix the problem.
"When it comes to proper seasonal storage and maintenance, it literally pays to take care of your machinery between seasons and makes for an easy, stress-free transition," said Bingham.
In order to keep machines running smoothly you should take special care storing (covered by tarp or in a garage) and maintaining machines all year round.
Gold Eagle recommends:
1. Properly educate yourself on the steps you should take to store your small engine equipment or machines in the fall.
2. When taking your equipment out of storage in the spring, make sure you check that all fasteners are tightened and cutting blades are sharp and you have ample oil in 4-cycle engines. It's also important to lubricate any wheel bearings, grease fittings, etc. and ensure your fuel in the tank is still fresh.
3. If you have trouble starting your engine, add the appropriate fluids.
4. If you think something is wrong and you aren't sure how to fix it, save yourself the hassle and ask an expert!
Finally, don't become overwhelmed when it comes to servicing and preparing your machines for warm weather. Does you mower need new blades or a battery? Is there water or gunk in the air filter? Does your engine need an oil change? Almost 75 percent of those surveyed say they have trouble getting things running come Springtime. So, just remember — it's normal!
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