How to Perform a Spring Mower Safety Check

 April 19, 2018

Before you head out to mow for the first time this spring, take the time for a safety check as part of your spring mower maintenance. Beyond making sure your mower is operating properly, some quick checks could help make you and your loved ones safer. Here are seven essential things to check before you head out to mow the grass:

Visually check the machine for signs of damage. This includes wear and rust on cables, belts and brakes, all of which could create safety hazards if they failed while the mower was running. Tighten loose belts, and replace belts with cracks or that show signs of separation.

Make sure parts are securely attached, especially handles on walk behinds, and seats and rollover protection systems (ROPS) on riding mowers. Tighten any loose screws and bolts. Pay attention to baggers and other add-on accessories, and check that they are correctly and securely attached to the mower.

Replace nicked or damaged blades, and check that blades are properly installed and correctly balanced. An unbalanced blade can damage the mower deck; a blade that comes loose during operation could cause significant injury.

Look for cracks, places where the metal is rusting through, and other signs of structural damage to the mower, especially older mowers.

Check that wheels are in good condition and that tires are properly inflated and show no signs of balding, flat spots or other wear. Tighten lug bolts.

Replace all fluids and lubricate the machine, and check for leaking fluids. Clean any accumulated grease or debris, especially from the engine, as this can be a fire hazard.

Start the mower and let it run for a few minutes. Take note of unusual vibration and noises, as these can indicate a problem that needs attention.

Paying attention to the condition of your mower can extend the life of your mower and help keep you safer while operating it. If you’re running short on time, your Exmark dealer may be able to complete a spring tune up and safety check for you. For complete mower safety information, refer to your owner’s manual, or check out our Safety Resources.