Power equipment can help you get the yard work done in record time and with less effort, but only if it’s maintained properly. Fortunately, taking care of your lawn mower, leaf blower, or chainsaw doesn’t take much time or money. All you need to do is follow these 5 tips to get the most out of your power equipment this season, so you can put your free time to better use!

Maintain All Parts Before and After Use

Before starting your equipment, check all bolts and screws for tightness. If any seem loose or damaged, fix them immediately so that your machine works in optimal condition and doesn’t malfunction during use. After use, thoroughly check all parts again, looking for anything that may have been damaged or worn down. If any problems are found, contact a professional for servicing—never attempt repairs yourself unless you are absolutely sure about what you’re doing. You never know when something is going to be more complicated than it seems! Working with gas-powered machinery can be dangerous if you don’t know what you’re doing; always let someone else deal with repairs if possible.

 Proper Storage When Not In Use

Anderson Outdoor Power Equipment uses all of our power equipment with care so it’s still performing at peak levels come spring and summer. That said, there are a few simple things you can do throughout fall, winter and early spring that will help you get an even better performance when you start using it again. Anderson Outdoor says: One easy way is to always store your gas-powered equipment in a well-ventilated area; high temperatures and moisture combine to damage engines quickly. Storing indoors, such as in a heated garage or shed, is ideal for most models but isn’t feasible for everyone.

Staying Safe on Snow And Ice

Cold weather brings a lot of ice and snow, which is usually a welcome sight for most people. But if you’re using any power equipment, such as chainsaws or lawnmowers, you need to take care when working in icy conditions. Even on sunny days, snow and ice can form in some unexpected places due to high winds or other factors. That makes it easy for your clothing or safety gear (gloves and goggles) to get caught in moving parts—in fact, that’s why so many people end up with nasty injuries during their first time using their power equipment after winter arrives. To ensure that doesn’t happen to you, here are 5 tips for staying safe while operating your gas-powered equipment on snow and ice

Keep It Clean

Wash your equipment after each use. Keeping your tools clean not only keeps them looking like new, it also helps with safety. And, although power tools are generally built to withstand all sorts of weather, wash them before putting them away for storage. Some experts even recommend that you disassemble some parts and coat them with a light oil or WD-40—whatever works best for your needs. It’s easy enough to wipe down a chainsaw or string trimmer with a rag when you put it up for winter, but getting into small areas can be tricky if you don’t know what you’re doing. If you run into trouble cleaning something, Anderson Outdoor Power Equipment can help!

Don’t Forget About Regular Maintenance

Regularly check, clean and maintain all your equipment before putting it away for winter. Getting an early start on these tasks now will make next season more efficient and stress-free—saving you both time and money. Also, if you don’t use your equipment frequently, have a service professional come out and give them a good run through; that way you can be sure they’re in top form for when spring rolls around again. Anderson Outdoor Power Equipment is an authorized dealer with new products as well as used power equipment for sale at their showroom in Knoxville, TN. They also provide service throughout East Tennessee, including Maryville, Sevierville, Lenoir City and Oak Ridge.

By Syed Khubaib Saifi

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