How Long Does A Lawn Mower Last?

A lawn mower is not a cheap product. It’s an investment. If you could go for a cheap mower that doesn’t last long,  then you will need to replace it after a few years. So you’ll have to buy another one, which will increase your cost.  So you should choose a high-quality mower that will last 10+ years.

As a lawnmower is an investment, you must have to pay attention how much it will last. Well, a lawn mower should last more than 10 years.

With every investment, you want to get the most bang for your buck. The longer your lawn mower lasts, the more benefits you will get. Surely it would be really great if your lawnmower lasts forever. 

But the unfortunate thing is that nothing lasts forever. However, you can take some important steps to increase the life of your lawnmower. But before we get into that, let’s take a look at the normal lifespan of a lawnmower.

The Life Expectancy Of A Lawnmower

A lawn mower will easily last more than 10 years with proper maintenance. In fact, you have to pay special care and attention to increase the longevity of your lawn mower. 

However, a lawn mower won’t last more than 5 years if its user doesn’t maintain it properly. It may even last only 2 years if you use it roughly. 

With proper care of your lawnmower, it will last at least 5 times longer than if you roughly use it.

“ You can save around 80% of your lawnmower purchase costs over 10 years just with outstanding care and attention.”

What Affects The Life Of Your Lawnmower?

Surely there are a few variables at play here, and there are no guarantees that your lawnmower will last that long. Most manufacturers measure the useful life of their products in hours and average them based on usage over those years.

“A lawn mower that is used more than three times a week won’t last as long as one which is only used less than three times a week.”

You should also think about the type of grass you are cutting. If you use your lawn mower to cut long grass once a week instead of cutting short grass once a week, it will affect the lawnmower’s blade and engine.

You need to consider the size of the lawn. A lawnmower will last much longer if it only cuts a small area once a week than a larger area.

There are a number of variables that determine the lifespan of your lawn mower, however,  you can also take some important steps to increase the life expectancy of your lawn mower.

How To Increase The Lifespan Of A Lawnmower?

There are several things you can do to increase the many things that you can do to improve the lifespan of your lawnmower. Let’s have a look at the factors.

Buy High-quality Mower

The first way to get a long-lasting lawnmower is to first buy a high-quality, long-lasting lawnmower. This way you have the best chance of not having to buy a lawn mower anymore.

High-quality, durable lawn mowers are made up of the highest quality parts and accessories with robust construction.  Although they may cost a little more, the cost is surely an investment.

A cheaper mower breaks down faster and needs to replace sooner. Spending more upfront will save you more money in the long run.

Once you have bought a durable lawnmower, what else you need to do? Well, keep continuing.

Fuel

If you would like to maintain your lawn mower properly, then you must have to use high-quality fuel. So you have to spend a little more here to purchase top-quality oil. However, this extra cost will save the inside of your mower and save you from having to replace parts.

You may know that gasoline contains ethanol which can wear out and damage several parts of your lawn mower such as rubber as well as plastic parts. Gas can also get stuck inside your engine.

Adding a stabilizer prevents ethanol from wearing out parts and also prevents gasoline from sticking inside. So you should opt for a product that is designed to be used with ethanol.

Moreover, you will also need to extract the remaining fuel at the end of the season so that it does not stay in the mower over the winter season.

Oil

If fuel is energy, oil would be considered as the life-blood. You must have to have both to run a mower. In fact, you won’t be able to run a mower without any one of these two.  

Having clean, and high-quality oil in your lawn mower is a must. So you should choose the premium oil, and you also need to change the oil regularly. Moreover, you have to make sure regular maintenance based on the operating instructions.

You need to make sure that the fuel tank is empty while changing the oil. This will help prevent spills as you may change the position of your lawn mower.

Use something to collect the used oil from your mower when you remove the oil cap and add new oil after it is drained

However, you may follow the instruction manual to maintain a perfect oil change schedule.

Filters

Sometimes we overlook this option while maintaining a lawn mower. Basically, filters are very cheap and easy to replace as well. So you should not come with any excuse for this issue. 

Most lawnmowers consist of a couple of filters: one for filtering fuel and another one for filtering oil. However, you can easily remove both filters and replace them within seconds. Please follow your manual instructions to find out exactly which filters to use.

I think it’s better to change the filters while changing the oil. It’s better to maintain a lawn mower.

Spark Plugs & Batteries

These are also important parts of a lawn mower. 

In general, you should change the spark plugs after 100 hours of usage. However, it is better to follow your manual guides as they may vary from model to model. Old spark plugs may affect the overall performance of a lawn mower. So you should change it on time. 

If you own an electric lawn mower, you can extend battery life by charging the battery several times during the winter when the lawn mower is not in use. If a lawnmower battery is left dead, its ability to fully charge will decrease and it will no longer be as beneficial when you use it. So in this case you need to change the battery of your electric lawn mower.

Care For Your Blade

Why do you need a lawn mower? Well, you need a lawn mower to cut the excessive grass of your lawn. Alright, the blade of a lawn mower does all of the cutting work. Apart from taking care of your engine, you also need to extend the life of the blade of your mower. 

One of the best things you can do is sharpen it regularly. You should try to sharpen the blade three times during the cutting season. A sharp blade cuts grass more easily and has less impact on the engine.

Sharpening your own blade with the right tool is easy and it doesn’t cost much to have someone else do it for you.

In addition to sharpening the blade, you need to protect it to make sure it doesn’t get dull. Be careful to stay away from sharp corners (i.e. the corner of a deck) and remove large rocks and stones that get in your way.

Many mowers have a wash port that allows you to wash away grass clippings that have got stuck in the mower. Removing this debris will encourage airflow to your mower, resulting in a smoother cut and less corrosion.

In the absence of a wash port, you can still remove dirt and debris from the underside of your mower. You just need to make sure that the mower is turned off first. Moreover, you can also use a spray lubricant if the bottom of your mower is full of derbis.

Conclusion

Getting started with a top-quality mower and taking care of it properly is the best way to get the best experience with a mowing device. Although you have to pay more to purchase a robust and powerful lawn mower, you will be benefitted in a long run.  

When your lawn mower needs cleaning, clean it properly. When you need to tighten something, tighten it properly. If it needs lubrication, lubricate it. After all, you must have to take care of your lawnmower to make it long-lasting. 

If you can’t afford the high-quality lawn mower that is much pricy, you may still find a good-quality lawn mower at an affordable cost. However, you can make your mower long-lasting by following these tips.

Alice Cook
 

Hi, I am Alice Cook, a professional landscaper, and gardener. Taking care of your lawn in an effective and secure manner is my main goal. Well, I am here determined to help other lawn carers by sharing effective lawn caring and gardening solutions.

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