Preparing for Spring
Six more weeks of winter really just means six more weeks to prepare for spring. It's only inevitable that winter is slowly but surely coming to an end (unless you're in Winterfell) and we should be getting ready for spring. Mowing lawns, tilling gardens, aerating your yard are all things we do in the spring time. Of course there's also spring cleaning to worry about as well. Now is the best time ever to begin taking your spring/summer equipment out of storage, start your equipment, and make sure everything is in good running order.
Finding the correct parts for your outdoor equipment sounds easy. But, it can actually be more difficult than you believe. Let's take a lawn mower, for example. You may be looking for an engine part for your lawn mower; Or you may be looking for a body part for your lawn mower. Like automobiles, the internal and external parts may vary depending on the year the item was manufactured. This is why serial numbers are so important to certain brands. Want to know how to look up and order the correct parts for your equipment? Read on to get the full scoop!
Snow Blowers vs. Snow Throwers
Quite often when looking at the traffic to our website I notice people looking for snow thrower parts. Growing up in "Snowland" (Michigan) we always kept a snow blower handy. I, personally had never heard of a snow thrower. Of course I had seen them before. We just assumed all machines that pick up and dispense snow were snow blowers. Well folks, I was wrong. We were all completely wrong. There actually is a difference between a snow blower and a snow thrower. Firstly, I wondered what the difference was. Secondly, I wondered if people that owned snow throws actually knew their equipment was not a snow blower. Lastly, I wanted to know which one was better. Turns out there's an answer to each question. Depending on your personal situation and your weather, one may be better than the other.
So, whats the difference? Read on to get the full scoop!
A kerosene heater can be a true life saver in power outages or snow storms. If not used or maintained properly, though, kerosene heaters can be extremely dangerous. Read on to get the full scoop.
What's the common mistake most people make?
Snow Blower Tune Up
Let's face it! Snow mowing just doesn't "cut" it. I hope this is not your plan for winter. Last year we, in Southern Maryland received our first official snow in November, before Thanksgiving. Winter doesn't officially begin until December 21st. So it may be best to be on the safe side and begin prepping your snow blower for winter. It may seem a bit early to some. But when you go to sleep Sunday night in 50 degree weather and discover Monday morning your driveway is filled with snow you will surely regret not having your snow blower ready. Don't wait for the first snow to make sure everything is in working order. You'll want to tune up your equipment. Read on to get the full scoop.
Here at www.smithsrepair.com you can now look up parts all on your own. If it's an engine part then you will need the brand and model number of your engine. If it's a body part (throttle cable, belts, mower blades) you will want the model number that is directly on your equipment. Push mower's often have a sticker on the frame. Riding lawn tractors generally have their model number located beneath the seat. Of course, if you've filed your manual away, you can almost always find your model number right on the cover. Once you have located your brand and model number
Maintaining Portable Generators
A generator is probably one of the easier pieces of equipment to keep in good running condition. Let's be clear here. This post is about portable generators such as the one shown above. There are a few different configurations but most will be similar to the above picture. In this I will discuss some of the features and maintenance of generators.
Keep it Clean
Servicing lawn mowers and other small engine equipment always brings me to the same mystery. People pay hundreds, even thousands of dollars for this awesome equipment; Husqvarna, DR, John Deere, Troy-Bilt...all great equipment. What boggles me is all the money people put into there equipment but it looks like something that fell off the back of a dump truck. Read on to get the full scoop
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