To keep your lawn mower ready for spring and running strong for years, it's important to store it well during the off-season. From replacing lawn mower blades and parts to changing the oil, fall maintenance for walk-behind and riding lawn mowers is a simple way to ensure you're prepared for the first cut in the spring. As the weather cools and you get ready to put your lawn mower in storage for the winter, MTD Parts has some helpful tips for proper lawn mower maintenance.
Unlike your self-propelled or push mower, riding lawn mowers don't always need to be stored throughout the winter. With blade and blower attachments , tire chains and more, you can put your riding lawn mower to use year-round. However, if you choose to maintain a separate snow blower, you'll need to follow the above tips for storing your lawn mower for winter. When storing a riding lawn mower, you?ll also want to charge the battery, clean the terminals and remove it, storing it in a different spot in your garage for the winter. Then, cover your snow thrower to keep extra moisture out and store it on a level, dry surface. You may not want to store it directly on top of the concrete in your garage as the cold can damage your tires, so consider laying down a tarp or cardboard first.
There aren't many different tips specific to storing your walk-behind lawn mower for winter. You still want to add fuel stabilizer, check the lawn mower blades and clean the undercarriage. However, the process for doing each of these steps may be different depending on your model number, and will of course be different between walk-behind and riding lawn mowers. (With the major difference being that you can tip your walk-behind mower on its side (air filter up) to do most of your maintenance.) You may also be able to find walk-behind lawn mowers with collapsible handles to make them easier to store in tight spaces, if that's a concern for you.
To prepare for winter lawn mower storage of your walk-behind or riding lawn mower, stock up on the replacement lawn mower parts you need by entering your part or model number in the tool on the left. You'll also find helpful, in-depth tips for all the steps above, specific to riding and walk-behind mowers in our Knowledge Center . Remember to refer to the owner?s manual of your specific model for tips when changing the oil, blades and more as these are just general tips.