Like a marathon runner in the first or second kilometre, lawn mowers around the country need to be primed and ready for the long spring, summer and autumn mowing seasons. Even if it’s not the beginning of the season for you, take a look at this checklist, and make sure you’re prepared.
With a mower as high quality as a BOB-CAT, you should take good care of it, and proper maintenance can make all the difference down the road.
|1||Check your BOB-CAT owner’s manual to determine what maintenance is needed, how it should be performed, and when it should be done.
We always recommend using genuine BOB-CAT replacement parts. You can be sure of their quality and compatibility with your mower, and your dealer will be familiar with them. Plus, your dealer can help you order whatever parts you need.
|2||Check the spark plug and replace if needed.
A worn plug makes starting difficult, increases fuel use and can even cause engine damage.
|3||Check and clean or replace the air filter.
Airflow is key to efficient mower operation, especially in the heat of the summer.
|4||Check the fuel filter and replace if needed.
A worn fuel filter causes hard starts, and increases fuel use.
|5||Change the oil and oil filter.
See your BOB-CAT® owner’s manual for the manufacturer’s recommended oil and filter.
|6||Inspect the mower blades for wear or damage.
Dull blades will tear the grass, causing grass blade tips to dry out. This can be potentially harmful to the health and appearance of the lawn. Dull blades also make the mower engine and belts work harder than necessary.
When you carefully remove the blade to check for dullness, this is also a good time to clean the underside of deck. Use a putty knife to scrape off any caked-on grass.
|7||Grease the fittings.
See the BOB-CAT® owner’s manual for the location of the fittings, the recommended type of grease and service intervals.
|8||Inspect the tyres.
Check the tyres for excessive wear or damage. You should also inflate the tyres according to your BOB-CAT® owner’s manual. If needed, see your BOB-CAT® dealer for replacement tyres.
|9||Clean the mower.
Use an air hose and a rag or brush to clean any debris from mower’s body and deck. Avoid using high-pressure water spray as it could force water in to fittings, seals, and other components.
|10||Fill the fuel tank with fresh fuel.
Old fuel that has been sitting in your garage all winter can be dirty or ineffective. Check the BOB-CAT® owner’s manual for the recommended octane. As always, handle fuel carefully.
If you have any questions or concerns with the maintenance of your mower, don’t hesitate to contact your local BOB-CAT dealer. They’d be happy to help you order parts, give you advice, and make the most out of your mower’s performance.
If you have any questions on the above BOB-CAT service tip, please contact BOB-CAT Customer Service toll-free at 1800 088 567.