Lawn Mower FAQs

I stored my lawn mower in my garage all winter and now it won’t start. What’s wrong?
This is a common problem often due to not winterizing the lawn mower prior to storage. The most common problem is old fuel which has become thick in the carburetor and clogged the fuel ports. Enter your lawn mower model for troubleshooting help. Prior to off-season storage, lawn mowers should be cleaned, and degreased, key parts should be replaced and fuel stabilizer should be added to fresh fuel to prevent clogging in the carburetor.
Are there any safety precautions I need to take?
My lawn mower tipped over and now it won’t start. What do I do?
What’s the difference between high-lift and mulching blades?
Can I use a universal blade on my lawn mower?
How do I clean the buildup around the fuel cap?
I stored my lawn mower in my garage all winter and now it won’t start. What’s wrong?
This is a common problem often due to not winterizing the lawn mower prior to storage. The most common problem is old fuel which has become thick in the carburetor and clogged the fuel ports. Enter your lawn mower model for troubleshooting help. Prior to off-season storage, lawn mowers should be cleaned, and degreased, key parts should be replaced and fuel stabilizer should be added to fresh fuel to prevent clogging in the carburetor.
Are there any safety precautions I need to take?
Lawn mowers can propel debris such as stones, plastic edging, wood chips and pieces of broken blades –at speeds of up to 100 miles per hour. • Walk the area before beginning a lawn care routine. Relocate toys, hoses, rocks and sticks. • Check the lawn mower blade regularly. Look for damage, bends and dullness. Blades should be replaced every year or two, depending on usage. • Make sure the mower’s trail shield is working properly and free of tears. • Leave the mower’s deflector in the position set by manufacturer. • Keep children and pets inside when the mower’s in operation. • Be attentive to joggers, bicyclists, cars passing by and other people or pets in the area that might be struck by a flying piece of debris.
My lawn mower tipped over and now it won’t start. What do I do?
It’s common for mowers to stop working when people tip them to replace blades or complete some other kind of maintenance. Let the lawn mower sit for 30 minutes, check the fuel level and try starting it again. For additional troubleshooting information, see our lawn mower repair help.
What’s the difference between high-lift and mulching blades?
High-lift blades, a.k.a. standard blades or two-in-one blades, are the most commonly used blades for push and riding lawn mowers. Their “high-lift” design allows for greater airflow, enabling cleaner cutting and faster discharging of the grass clippings back to the lawn or into a bag. Note that high-lift blades are not an option if your lawn mower exclusively mulches or if you’ve installed a mulching kit on it. Mulching blades, also known as all-purpose blades or 3-in-1 blades, are designed for push or riding lawn mowers that mulch clippings. Mulching blades cut the grass and then chop the clippings into finer pieces. This mulching enables faster grass decomposition so your lawn will reap the benefits of the nutrients sooner.
Can I use a universal blade on my lawn mower?
No. For safety reasons, you should only use blades recommended for your model by the manufacturer.
How do I clean the buildup around the fuel cap?
The most efficient way is to use a paint brush. By simply brushing off the particles rather than rubbing with a rag, this reduces risk of dirt or other contaminants getting into the fuel system.