How to Start a Lawn Mower

In this article, we’re going to cover something that probably seems like a relatively simple process, starting a lawn mower. It’s something that sounds pretty simple but if you’re one of the millions of people who have ever found yourself getting nowhere while pulling and pulling on a lawn mower cord you’ll understand it’s not always as simple as it sounds. Lawn mowers have been known to be incredibly hard to start and to make matters worse, every model seems to have its own unique procedure for getting it started. This means it’s almost never the same process from one mower to another. This makes the seemingly simple task of starting a lawn mower becomes complicated for even yard cutting veterans.

Check Your Owner’s Manual

The best way to know the startup procedures for your specific lawn mower model is to check the owner’s manual. In it, you will likely find step-by-step instructions on how to start the exact mower you have. In many cases, consulting your manual should be your first course of action when attempting to work through a problem that makes you baffled. It can be helpful if you have a lawn mower that is loaded with safety features. It could save you hours by giving you the procedure you need instantly instead of learning it through trial and error.

Starting Your Push Mower

Here, we will cover the general standard that will need to be followed for most push mowers. A couple of the variations you may find is that some models may have a choke mechanism and some sort of safety setting, or perhaps just one or the other. It’s the older models that typically have a choke that you have to manipulate during the start-up process. While the newer models come with a safety bar that you have to press in order to be able to start the mower. Be aware that many of these models are designed to automatically shut off if you release or stop holding the safety bar. To operate most choke systems, it’s just a matter of putting it on the start setting and pulling the starter cord. There are things that are different from each model that is why it’s a good idea to have a look at your owner’s manual to get the specifics on your particular lawn mower model.

Starting a Riding Mower

Trying to start a riding mower is just a few subtle differences from a push mower that you’ll need to be aware of. For starters with a riding lawn mower, you’ll be dealing with a key starter where there is almost never the situation with a push mower. Another point to consider will be the use of foot pedals for the operation of the mower. Just like with driving a car, we’re talking about automatic transmissions versus the use of a clutch and the learning curve that involves.

So as you’ve discovered, know the procedures for the specific model and type of lawn mower you’re dealing with is extremely important when it comes to starting a mower. The good news is the information you need to know is right at your fingertips in the form of the owner’s manual.

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