Winter is almost in the rear view and spring is on its way! Yards are cluttered with leaves, downed limbs and sticks, patiently waiting for their yearly manicure. While some would wait until early summer to begin prepping their mower for the weekly mowing routine, serious owners begin to get things ready in March. Now.
Here are some basic guidelines when it comes to getting your Spartan mower ready for action:
For every Spartan owner, getting the most out of your machine is paramount! You will get more miles from your mower by following a few basic pre-season tips:
Review and follow the owner’s maintenance manual instructions.
Clean the mower deck using compressed air.
DO NOT pressure wash the machine. Avoid washing the control panel and electronic components with excessive water.
Change the oil and oil filter. (Oil Change Kits available from your Spartan dealer)
Change the fuel filter and air filter. (Also available from your dealer)
Check the hydraulic oil level.
Grease fittings (deck height pivots, front wheel bearings, deck idler pulley, pump idler pulley, and the anti-scalp wheel).
Check pump and deck belt tension and condition.
Check tire pressure.
Tighten lug nuts on wheels.
Ensure the battery is fully charged. Replace if necessary. Inspect battery connections.
Inspect the blades. If they have several nicks and dents, consider replacing them. If not, sharpen according to maintenance guidelines. (Order your Spartan blades from your dealer)
Visually inspect ROPS and mounting hardware.
Fill the fuel tank with fresh fuel. If you didn’t treat the fuel in the fall, consider draining it first.
Start the engine, running at half throttle for 5 minutes.
Check steering control levers.
Stop the engine and check for any leaks, loose fittings, loose bolts or pins. Tighten/adjust as necessary.
Not everyone is comfortable servicing your mowing pride and joy. Not to worry! At every Spartan dealership, you will find a solid team of skilled professionals, willing and able to give you a helping hand when it comes to readying your mower this spring. For the maintenance tasks you don’t know how to do, don’t have time to do, or just need some basic advice to assist you in getting your mower ready, your local Spartan Dealer is just a phone call away.
Harnessing the know-how from a company that prides itself in building these incredible machines from the ground up, is quite an advantage. For a full tune-up and multi-point inspection, give your dealer a call. Leverage the skills of a Spartan service professional, and give your mower the TLC it deserves this spring!