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How Often Should You Get Your Lawn Mower Service and Maintenance?

There’s nothing quite like a well kept lawn. Whether you want to impress your neighbours or simply want a nice place to relax on a sunny day, keeping your grass in good condition is essential. Of course, a perfect lawn requires more than just mowing once a week. For the best results, you will need to make sure your lawn mower is in good working order, which means having it serviced regularly. But, how frequently should a lawn mower be serviced? Let’s take a look.

Lawn mower service frequency

As with any piece of machinery, how often you need to service your lawn mower depends on how often you use it. If you only mow your lawn at home weekly or fortnightly, you can generally get away with having your lawn mower serviced once a year. If you use it more frequently, however, for example in a commercial setting, you’ll need to have it serviced more frequently.

Even if you don’t use your lawn mower very often, it’s still important to get it serviced at regular intervals, exactly like you would your car.  Regular servicing helps to prevent issues that can lead to future breakdowns and ultimately prolongs the life of your machine. Servicing is also imperative to ensure that your lawn mower is safe to use and will not cause injury or harm to anyone. If you’re not sure whether your lawn mower needs servicing, it’s always better to err on the side of caution and get it checked out. Preventative maintenance is key!

How to Care for Your Lawn Mower

With proper care and maintenance, a lawn mower will last for many years. Regular maintenance and servicing will keep it running like new.  A comprehensive 4 stroke lawn mower service includes:

  • Full clean of machine;
  • Replacement of engine oil;
  • Replacement of air filter/s;
  • Replacement of spark plug;
  • Check and clean carburettor as required;
  • Check and clean fuel tank as required;
  • Adjustment of valves as required;
  • Replacement of blades, including nuts, bolts and washers, as required;
  • Inspection of chassis and underneath of machine for any signs of wear or damage;
  • Inspection and/or adjustment of all moving parts such as the starter assembly, cable/s, belts, wheels and axles;

In addition to having your lawn mower serviced as outlined above, we recommend undertaking routine maintenance at home such as checking your engine oil level prior to each use.  If your oil level is too low, ensure it is topped up before use so that your engine is protected. 

Routinely check your air filter and clean or replace it as necessary.  Air filters can get blocked particularly when mowing dusty, dry areas and your lawn mower will not be able to breathe properly, meaning it will not run at its optimum level.

Clean, fresh fuel is also essential to the efficient running of your lawn mower.  Fuel deteriorates after 30 days and can affect the performance of your lawn mower. Never buy large volumes of fuel and store it away in your shed; only buy what you will use in a 30 day period.

So there you have it, a quick rundown of how frequently you should service your lawn mower. By following these guidelines, you can help ensure that your lawn mower runs smoothly for many years to come.

STIHL Shop Fulham is a local Adelaide STIHL dealership that specialises in the sale and service of the entire STIHL product range, in addition to the sale of new petrol and battery powered lawn mowers and servicing and repair of all major mower brands and outdoor power equipment. Whether you’re a first-time buyer or a seasoned user, our team of passionate and knowledgeable staff can help you find the right product for your needs. You can be confident that your product is in good hands. Get in touch today or drop into our store to speak to us about your next STIHL purchase.


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