Thanks to Patrick for this great idea.
Lawn Mower Repair Flyer
You can put together a flyer you can use to find more work in the fall and winter. Consider included a coupon for a fall clean up with a mower maintenance. While you are fixing their mower, you might as well offer them a fall yard clean up. The potential customer might jump on it as they wait for their mower to be fixed!
You never know, you might be able to sell them on mowing services for the next year as well.
This post was sent to us by our forum member FourSeasons: “If you’re thinking about doing a winterization service for peoples mowers theres more you need to do than just change the filters and oil. One very important thing that needs to be done so it will start in the spring is making sure that all the gas is out of the carb and drain it out of the tank. Or use a fuel stabilizer in the tank and run it so it gets into the carb. Easiest way is just to run it out of gas. Otherwise the gas will start to turn to a varnish and gum up the carb jets and float. I did this with a chain saw I had and it started right up with fresh gas after 2 years of sitting. I used to be a small engine mechanic about 5 years ago. I forgot some of it but I still remember the basics. Sharpening the blades is easy once you do it a few times. Make sure you have a balancer with you.
You can look it up on the internet. Here is what one site listed:
- Step Empty the fuel tank. The easiest way to do this is simply to start the mower and leave it running until it runs out of gas. Leave it empty until you’re ready to use it again next spring.
- Step Two Empty the oil tank, if your mower has one.
- Step Three Turn the mower on its side. Hose it down to soften dried grass and dirt; use a stick to scrape off any stubborn materials. Scrub with a soft brush and hot, soapy water to remove greasy matter. Rinse, and allow to dry thoroughly.
- Step Four Remove any rust by rubbing the affected area vigorously with a small piece of steel wool. (Be sure to wear gloves.)
- Step Five Remove the mower blade and either sharpen it yourself or take it to a professional sharpener, usually listed in the yellow pages under “Lawn Mowers - Sharpening and Repair.”
- Step Six Clean or replace your air filter. These should be changed once or twice during the mowing season. If the filter is paper, replace it. If the filter is made of paper and foam, remove the foam part and wash it in warm, soapy water; let it dry thoroughly. If the filter is plastic foam, remove it and wash it in warm, soapy water; allow it to dry thoroughly; and once it’s dry, work a tablespoon or two of clean motor oil evenly across and into the filter - just enough to lightly coat it.
- Step Seven Refill the mower’s oil tank with fresh oil. Leave the gas tank empty until you’re ready to use the mower in the spring.
- Step Eight Check your lawn mower maintenance manual for other suggested season’s-end care.
Theres others to. Just put together a check list. And practice on a family members or the neighbors. Its simple. Put a ad on craigslist for it.”