What are the Benefits of Pre- and Post-Season Mower Inspections?

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Mower inspections increase your equipment’s performance and lifetime, prepare them for work, and save time and money.

Learn about the importance of pre-and post-season mower inspections, key components that are checked during each inspection, and routine maintenance that should be performed throughout the mowing season.


What lawn equipment should be inspected before or after mowing season?

The following equipment can and should be inspected prior to the first mow of the season or before storage at the end of the season:

  • Riding Lawn Mowers
  • Front Mount Mowers
  • Zero Turn Mowers
  • Commercial Mowers
  • Compact Utility Tractors
  • Push Mowers

All makes and models can be serviced by Koenig Equipment’s highly trained team of technicians.


What are the benefits of pre-season inspections?

Pre-season inspections take place in January and February, leading up to the busy mowing season. There are many benefits to scheduling your service during this time, including saving time and money.


Why is it important to have pre-season mower inspections?

Having your mower inspected by a qualified professional before mowing season begins sets up your season for success at a discounted price. Wear and tear, off-season storage, and other issues can be taken care of before the first mow of the season.

Addressing these problems before they escalate helps avoid unexpected breakdowns during the mowing season. Regular inspections also help the equipment's longevity, the operator's safety, and the resale value of the mower.


What key components are checked during a pre-season mower inspection?

Several key components are thoroughly checked during a pre-season inspection to help limit in-season downtime. These include:

  • Engine Check: A thorough analysis of the engine starts with checking the spark plugs and air filter to see if they need to be replaced. Once the spark plugs and air filter have been addressed, the next step is to inspect the fuel lines and carburetor for any signs of wear, clogs, or damage. The oil levels are checked, and the oil is changed if necessary.
  • Blade Sharpening: Your lawn is only as sharp looking as your blades. During an inspection, mower blades will be inspected to see if they need to be sharpened or replaced to help ensure a clean, smooth cut.
  • Belt Examination: Belts will be examined for fraying, cracking, or excessive slack, and if needed, they will be replaced. If the belts are still in good condition, they will be adjusted to the proper tension and alignment to provide consistent cutting and limit additional strain on the engine.
  • Tires and Wheels Check: Your mower’s maneuverability and stability depend on the condition of your tires and wheels. An inspection includes checking tire pressure, wheel alignment, and tread wear.


What are the benefits of post-season inspections?

Post-season inspections take place in August, September, October, November, and December following the mowing season. Preparing your equipment for proper storage ensures it will be ready for the next mow the following spring.


Why is it important to have a post-season mower inspection?

Post-season inspections are equally important to address any issues that could have occurred during the season and perform maintenance to prepare the mower for storage during the off-season.

These inspections help identify any damage, wear and tear, or parts that need to be replaced from extended use. Addressing these concerns before putting your mower away for storage allows you to prevent problems from compounding.


What maintenance should be performed routinely between the pre-and post-season inspections?

Inspections are smart to have, but they do not limit the need for routine maintenance throughout the mowing season. These simple maintenance tasks will keep your mower in top shape between pre- and post-season inspections.

  • Regular Cleaning: Clean your mower thoroughly by removing grass clippings, dirt, and debris after each use. Be sure to check the undercarriage, cutting deck, and air intake areas. Keeping your mower clean prevents buildup that can hinder the mower’s performance or cause corrosion.
  • Blade Maintenance: Check the blades for sharpness and signs of damage. To ensure a clean, precise cut, sharpen or replace the blades as needed throughout the season.
  • Oil Changes: Regularly check and change your engine oil based on the equipment manual’s recommendations. Clean, fresh oil keeps your mower’s engine lubricated to prevent excessive wear and ensure smooth operation.
  • Air Filter Cleaning/Replacement: The air filter should be cleaned (or replaced when necessary) to prevent the engine from clogging with dirt and debris. A clean air filter protects the engine from damage and allows for proper airflow.



Where can I go to schedule a mower inspection?

Pre- and post-season mower inspections play a crucial role in maintaining your mower's performance, durability, and safety. Our lawn and garden inspections at Koenig Equipment offer peace of mind regarding your equipment’s performance and protection.

The trained technicians at Koenig Equipment know your equipment’s needs and will perform a thorough inspection, address any concerns, and provide recommendations for any maintenance or repairs. Contact your local Koenig Equipment or schedule your service online today!





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