How to Prep Your Mower for the Summer Marathon
Like a marathon runner in Mile 1 or 2, lawn mowers around the country
need to be primed and ready for the long spring, summer and fall 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.
- 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.
- Check the spark plug and replace if needed.
A worn plug makes starting difficult, increases fuel use and can even cause engine
- Check and clean or replace the air filter.
Airflow is key to efficient mower operation, especially in the heat of the summer.
- Check the fuel filter and replace if needed.
A worn fuel filter causes hard starts, and increases fuel use.
- Change the oil and oil filter.
See your BOB-CAT® owner’s manual for the manufacturer’s recommended oil
- 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 good
time to clean the underside of deck. Use a putty knife to scrape off any
- Grease the fittings.
See the BOB-CAT® owner’s manual for the location of the fittings, the
recommended type of grease and service intervals.
- Inspect the tires.
Check the tires for excessive wear or damage. You should also inflate the tires
according to your BOB-CAT® owner’s manual. If needed, see your BOB-CAT®
dealer for replacement tires.
- 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.
- Fill the fuel tank with fresh gasoline.
Old gasoline 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
If you have any questions on the above BOB-CAT service tip, please
contact BOB-CAT Customer Service toll-free at 866-469-1242.