Taking Care of Your Push Lawn Mower

We found some good push lawn mowers. And for those who really want to go green, check out our manual recommendations.

  1. GreenWorks 25022 12 Amp Corded 20-Inch Lawn Mower
  2. Great States 815-18 18-Inch 5-Blade Push Reel Lawn Mower
  3. Craftsman 37430 21 Inch 140cc Briggs and Stratton Gas Powered 3-in-1 Push Lawn Mower
  4. Honda 21” 3-in-1 Self Push Gas Lawnmower Lawn Mower w/ Twin Blade – HRR216PKA
  5. Gardena 4025-U 15-Inch 25-Volt 3.2 amp Lithium-Ion Cordless Push Reel Lawn Mower
  6. American Lawn Mower 1304-14 14-Inch 5-Blade Push Reel Lawn Mower
  7. Lawn-Boy 10730 Kohler XT6 OHV High Wheel Push Gas Lawn Mower, 21-Inch
  8. Husqvarna 7021P 21-Inch 160cc Honda GCV160 Gas Powered 3-N-1 Push Lawn Mower With High Rear Wheels (CARB Compliant)
  9. Great States 415-16 16-Inch Reel Mower Standard Full Feature Lawn Mower With T-Style Handle And Heat Treated Blades
  10. BLACK+DECKER CM1640 16-Inch Cordless Mower, 40-volt
  11. Sun Joe MJ401E Mow Joe 14-Inch 12 Amp Electric Lawn Mower With Grass Bag
  12. GreenWorks 25223 G-MAX 40V 19-Inch Cordless Lawn Mower, (1) 4Ah (1) 2Ah Batteries and Charger Included
  13. Troy-Bilt TB370 163cc 21-inch In Step RWD Self-Propelled Lawn Mower
  14. American Lawn Mower 1204-14 14-Inch 4-Blade Push Reel Lawn Mower
  15. Scotts 2000-20 20-Inch Classic Push Reel Lawn Mower
  16. BLACK+DECKER EM1700 17-Inch Corded Mower with Edge Max, 12-Amp

Check the motor oil before every use. This step is especially important if your lawnmower hasn’t been used for a long period of time. Look for a cap on top of the mower body displaying the word “oil” or a picture of an oilcan. Unscrew this cap to begin checking the oil.

  • If your lawn mower doesn’t have a dipstick attached to the oil lid, look for a “fill” line inside the oil tank. If the oil level is below that line, add more oil.

Insert the dipstick into the oil. There will be a dipstick attached to the lid to help you measure the oil. Wipe the dipstick clean and reinsert the dipstick completely. Remove the dipstick again and check the oil level on the stick. If it’s below the “fill” line, add more motor oil.

  • Refer to your user manual if you don’t know what kind of oil your mower uses.

Maintain the condition of your lawnmower. Change the oil at the recommended service interval (around 25 hours of normal operation is a good rule of thumb if you’re not sure). Changing the oil yourself can be difficult and messy.

If you’re inexperienced and have the funds, save yourself the headache and take the lawnmower to a professional lawnmower mechanic. Similarly, your lawn mower blades need to be sharpened every few months. This process is very dangerous and should be done by a lawnmower mechanic.

  • If you decide to change the oil yourself, remember to properly dispose of the leftover oil by taking it to a recycling facility. Used oil can contaminate groundwater and damage the environment.
  • Never attempt to work on machinery alone. If you get hurt, no one will be around to help you.

Fill the gas tank. This is the most common cause of lawnmower “failure.” Open the gas cap and take a look inside. If you don’t see any gas in there, fill it up to the recommended level. There should be markings on the inside to show you where that is; if you don’t see one, fill until the level of gasoline is just below the filler tube.

  • Avoid filling the gas tank too high. If you do, the gas may spill out and cause a fire.
  • If you’re not sure what kind of gas to use, refer to your user manual.

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