How Often Do I Maintain My Mower?

Commercial lawn mowers are much like our own vehicles.  It’s very important to keep up with the maintenance on your mower, otherwise you could end up with a mower which doesn’t work.

To find out how often you should perform your basic mower maintenance tasks, the best place to consult is your operator’s manual.  As an example, the Husqvarna PZ-54 Mower requires an engine oil change after 50 hours of operation.  You should also be checking your engine oil levels on a daily basis to ensure that these levels don’t fall below acceptable amounts.

Bearings are another part of the mower which should not be neglected.  This is what reduces the friction caused by the normal operation.  This takes a little bit longer to be necessary: this is typically performed after every 200-250 hours.

In the case of the Husqvarna PZ-54, the bearings to be lubricated include the front wheel mounts/bearings wheel and deck zerks, and the deck spindles.  The advice of the manufacturer is to use high quality grease only to ensure that the deck is properly lubricated.

The Husqvarna PZ-54 also features a transaxle fluid filter and transaxle fluid.  This is to also be changed every 500 hours to ensure that the transaxle fluid is fresh and will last for a longer time.  The regular oil filter should be changed every time you change the engine oil on the mower.

Changing oil and performing maintenance tasks are two items which are very easy to fall behind on with regard to your maintenance. You don’t want to get caught behind, otherwise you could end up with more mower problems which will keep you off the job.

Here are links to some of the user manuals for the more popular brands.  You’ll definitely want to periodically consult your manual to determine any maintenance needs:

Exmark Mowers Feature RED Innovation For Better Efficiency and Longer Life

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Exmark has a patented technology (RED) which is designed to increase efficiency and life expectancy of their mowers.  It’s an onboard computer system which features a switch that allows for an optimal setting for efficiency to be used.

RED Monitors Onboard Systems

The RED monitoring system keeps track of the critical onboard systems.  These include: temperature of the engine, the electrical system, and oil levels.  If anything exceeds a certain threshold, the mower is automatically put into a mode which prevents engine damage and allows the mower to be serviced.

Clutch Automatically Engaged or Disengaged

Another feature which the PTO/RED system allows for is the automatic engagement or disengagement of the clutch.  The idea behind this innovation is to reduce the wear and tear on this critical system to prevent any additional damage in the event of a failure.  Even if the throttle is engaged, the clutch is automatically disengaged at 2500 RPM.  Mechanical governors have also been replaced with electronic versions, which has increased fuel efficiency since electronic governors are quicker to respond than mechanical versions.

Operational Modes

The RED system also features a variety of different operational modes for ensuring a optimal cut.  With a simple flip of the switch, it is possible to toggle between Max/Efficient/Low modes.  The appropriate option to be used depends on the type of grass which is to be cut.  Low mode is best suited to wet grass and ensures that the mower is optimally operated.  Max mode is for the more challenging conditions.  This switch was designed to replace the throttle in order to make the job simpler.

Here Is A Video From Exmark Explaining the RED Technology

Do you like Exmark’s RED technology?  Come by our Exmark Dealership in Matthews NC today.

What is the Difference Between a Zero-Turn and a Lawn Tractor?

Have you ever seen a lawn mower without a steering wheel? If so, did this make you curious as to how it would be driven?

Mowers With No Steering Wheels?

The mowers without steering wheels which you have seen are commonly referred to as zero-turn mowers.  These lawn mowers are designed to reduce the amount of time which is spent mowing a lawn.  The reason for this is that they are easily able to maneuver around many of the obstacles which are in your way in the yard.

Additional Training Advisable

Many first-time operators would want to consider additional training and experience before operating a zero-turn mower.  A Zero-Turn mower is simple to drive, but the controls can take a little getting used to.  There are essentially two bars on the zero-turn mower which are used to control the steering.  It’s much like driving a shopping cart, but caution is required since it can still be a little bit different than that.  You could tear out a chunk of your lawn or drive into something if you aren’t careful.  It’s a little bit strange for a person whom has never driven one before:

Zero Turn Mowers are not made equally: the professional varieties are designed for those steep curbs which are difficult to climb.  The professional ones are designed

Lawn Tractors:

Lawn tractors are designed for relatively smooth and flat yards.  These are a little bit easier to drive than zero-turn mowers. Regular lawn tractors have a steering wheel, so driving one isn’t much different than driving a car.  Lawn tractors are less-expensive than a zero-turn mower, but don’t offer the same maneuverability.

Bottom Line

If you’ve got a relatively simple lawn to mow: the regular lawn tractor is best suited for you – especially if you’re not as experienced as someone else.  Zero-Turn mowers can still be suited to a simple lawn, but there is still the learning curve associated with them.