When to Take Your Lawn Mower in for Professional Service Thumbnail image

Most riding lawn mowers can last between 5 – 10 years before they break down for good. If properly cared for and maintained, they can last even longer. Regular lawn mower service, proper storage and deliberate maintenance can extend the life of your equipment and keep it running smoothly year in and year out. 

Whether you use your mower exclusively in the summer months for mowing and yard maintenance, or if you decide to convert your equipment into winter mode, it is important to conduct riding lawn mower repair and maintenance at regular intervals, as well as storing it properly to keep it up and running. Giving your equipment the time and attention it deserves will pay off for years to come.

When It’s Beyond Your Capabilities

Sometimes, you’ll be able to conduct equipment repair and maintenance in your own garage. Many owners enjoy getting their hands dirty and doing some light maintenance such as oil changes or minor repairs on their riding lawn mowers. There are plenty of resources available to conduct maintenance on your own.

However, sometimes the repairs, tune-ups and general maintenance may turn out to be too much to do on your own. This is the perfect time to consider bringing in your riding lawn mower to a professional. If you need riding lawn mower repair that is beyond your own capabilities, or if you need extensive lawn mower service, consider bringing your equipment into a shop that can conduct all the proper maintenance and repairs that will help get your equipment running like new. Knowing when to do equipment maintenance yourself and when to bring it in to a professional can make a difference in the life of your riding lawn mower.

At the Change of the Season

If you are only using your riding lawn mower during the summer months, bringing it in for a tune-up in the Winter  is ideal. You’ll maximize the productivity and capability of your equipment, and you can reduce downtime during summer when you need your mower the most. Taking care of your riding lawn mower ahead of time will ensure you reduce unnecessary strain and damage to your equipment.

You can also consider bringing in your equipment for lawn mower service as the mowing season winds down in the fall. This is especially useful if you plan on converting your equipment into a snowblower or using it for other winter tasks in Minnesota. Conducting equipment repair and maintenance during the change of seasons will maximize your time with your mower, and can keep productivity high on your property all year round. 

Every 100 Hours

Finally, it is common practice to conduct regular tune-ups and maintenance on riding lawn mowers every 100 hours or so. Just like you have to bring your car into the shop at regular intervals to ensure it is safe to drive and in ideal conditions, so too should you bring your riding lawn mower in for tune-ups and other equipment repair.

The 100-hour mark is a typical milestone that riding lawn mower manufacturers like John Deere recommend for lawn mower service. Depending on how big your property is, how often you use your equipment and if you use it during the winter can put the 100-hour milestone at different times. Generally speaking, this is about once per year, but if you find yourself running the machine nearly every day for example, you may have to bring it in more than that. Doing so will help extend the life of your mower and can maximize the efficiency of your property maintenance.

Your Local, Trusted Riding Lawn Mower Repair Shop

If you are unsure if you need to bring in your equipment for lawn mower service, give your local repair shop a call. They can walk you through the needs of your equipment, and they can help you understand when you should bring it in for a quick tune-up or for larger equipment repair. 

At Minnesota Equipment, we are experts in riding lawn mowers and other yard equipment. We know the ins and outs of the machines, and we work on mowers, tractors and other equipment every day. If you need help with tune-ups or other equipment maintenance and repairs, bring your mower into one of our four locations throughout the Twin Cities metro area. We can get you back on the road (or your yard!) in no time.