How to Start Self Propelled Lawn Mowers

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Self-propelled mowers are a necessity for any homeowner. Lightweight and easy to maneuver, these mowers make cutting grass a breeze. The fact that they are self propelled almost makes the job enjoyable. Most self-propelled mowers have a 22-inch deck. The size may vary by an inch or two. These mowers also have handles that can fold down, making the machine easy to transport and store. With proper care your self-propelled mower will last for years.

  • Check the gas reservoir, and add gas if necessary.

  • Check the oil level, and add oil if necessary.

  • Locate the primer bulb on your mower. Push the bulb five times to prime the engine.

  • If your mower has a speed lever, slide the lever to the highest speed.

  • Grasp the mower handle, and depress the dead-man lever. The mower will not start if the dead-man lever is not depressed.

  • Grip the handle of the pull cord firmly, and while keeping the dead-man lever depressed, pull the cord back with a rapid movement.

  • Immediately allow the cord to rewind while applying slight backwards resistance. Do not release the cord completely, but rather gently guide it back into the rewind position.

  • If the mower fails to start, pull the starter cord again. It is not unusual to need to perform this action three or four times if the mower is cold.

Tips & Warnings

  • If after two or three attempts the mower still will not start, it may be helpful to press the primer bulb several times again, and pull the starter cord.
  • Do not operate your lawnmower while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
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