EAST LONGMEADOW, Mass. (WWLP) - With no snow on the ground and an early feel to spring, many people are thinking about mowing the lawn. Unfortunately, however, mowing your lawn after the winter isn't as simple as just pulling the cord.
At Acres Power Equipment in East Longmeadow , hundreds of mowers await preparation and repair before the mowing season.
Service Manager Christoper Gaumond told 22News that if you have left gasoline in your mower for more than 30 days, your mower may not work.
"The shelf life on fuel these days is not what it used to be. The ethanol, basically it attracts the water, and makes a puddle of water in the bottom of your fuel tank or in your carburetion, and that's just causing all kinds of problems for us," Gaumond said.
In order to get the most of your fuel, there are things you can do.
The shelf life of the gasoline that you put in your lawnmower is very much dependent on the type of gasoline you buy for it. In fact, regular unleaded probably won't cut it. You've got to start with at least mid-grade gasoline, which will last you longer.
Fuel additives known as stabilizers can also increase your fuel's life, but only if you put it in your mower before you put it away.
Sharpening blades, oil changes, tune ups and battery replacements are other common repairs, but if you go with a "green" mower, maintenance might be easier, says Acres Power Equipment owner Conrad Wiezbicki.
"Electric mowers, they do require charging systems obviously, but you're getting away from the fuel, you're getting away from the noise and the cost of rehabs on engines," Wiezbicki said.
To get the most out of your fuel, don't buy too much of it, and drain your mower at the end of the season.