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How to Get Your Outdoor Power Equipment Ready for Spring

How to Get Your Outdoor Power Equipment Ready for Spring

Winter is almost over, which means it’s time to dust off your outdoor tools and equipment, and start preparing for spring and summer seasons. From lawn mowers to planting trowels, well-maintained lawn care equipment can help make lawn and garden care easier. Plus, it keeps your lawn tools working longer and more efficiently.

For starters, be sure to check the owner’s manual of each product for a suggested maintenance schedule. If you can’t locate the manual that came with your product, you may be able to find it online under the “Specs & Maintenance” section of each model’s product page at And if you need professional help, you can locate or contact an authorized Troy-Bilt® servicing dealer. Also, consider these DIY tips to help you get your outdoor power equipment and garden hand tools ready for the seasons ahead.

Tips for Getting Your Lawn Mower Ready for Spring

  • To prep your lawn mower for spring, start with changing the oil, putting in fresh gas, checking or replacing the spark plug, cleaning or replacing the air filter, and lubricating moving parts. Check out this article for additional information on routine spring mower maintenance.
  • If your mower is more than a year old and you haven’t sharpened the blades, then make sure to do so before spring. If the blades aren’t sharp, then they are more likely to cut unevenly or shred the tips of grass, which can weaken blades and turn grass brown.
  • To sharpen, use a file or grinding wheel and follow the original angle of the blade. Grind each cutting edge equally to keep blades balanced. Always remember to read your owner’s manual for proper instructions and remove the blade from the mower before sharpening to ensure safety. A blade removal tool for walk-behind mowers and riders can help by safely holding the cutting blade while you remove it.
  • Consider using a lawn mower blade sharpener and balancer kit, which helps to reduce vibration and maximize cutting performance.
  • Replace the mower blades if they show signs of extreme wear, are bent, or show signs of impact on the blade surfaces and cutting edges.
  • Also, be sure to check the tire pressure, and clean under the mower deck to remove any grass and dirt left from last season.
  • If the mower is self-propelled, check the belts for heavy wear or cracking. If you notice any, the belt should be replaced immediately.

Tips for Getting Your String Trimmer Ready for Spring

  • To prep your string trimmer for spring, start by checking the owner’s manual for a suggested maintenance schedule. If you can’t locate the manual that came with your trimmer, you may be able to find it online. You can download operator’s manuals for Troy-Bilt string trimmers under the “Specs & Maintenance” section of each model’s product page at
  • Be sure to remove the spark plug wire from the trimmer’s spark plug before doing any maintenance on your product.
  • Ahead of the season, check to see if you have enough replacement trimmer line. Check out our Gas String Trimmer playlist on YouTube for how-to videos on trimmer line replacement for a variety of different cutting heads.
  • Other typical string trimmer maintenance tasks include inspecting the cutting shield and gearbox for damage or debris, cleaning and re-oiling or replacing the string trimmer’s air filter, replacing the spark plug, and, for 4-cycle engines, checking the oil level before every use. Some models of 4-cycle-engine string trimmers should also have an oil change after the first 10 hours of use and every 28 hours thereafter.  
  • You’ll also want to note which kind of gas engine powers your string trimmer and keep the right kind of fuel on hand throughout the season. A 2-cycle trimmer model, like the TB22 Curved Shaft String Trimmer, requires the mixing of oil and gas, so you’ll need to store it in a separate fuel container for your trimmer. You can also use an engineered, pre-mixed fuel. However, 4-cycle trimmers, like the TB304S Straight Shaft String Trimmer, use gasoline like your tractor or lawn mower. The oil for lubrication is in a separate reservoir.

Tips for Getting Your Hand Tools Ready for Spring

  • To prep your hand tools for spring, start by washing off any dirt from your rakes and shovels and checking for rust. Remove any rust with sandpaper or steel wool.
  • Sharpen your shovels and other garden tools by hand with a hand file. Don’t use a handheld grinder or bench-mounted grinder for this work. Doing so will likely destroy the garden tool, and you’ll end up taking off more than you need to create an edge.
  • Prevent garden tools from rusting and keep the edges sharp by using a bucket of sand and used motor oil to protect them. To do this, fill a container with dry mortar sand, then mix in used motor oil until the sand is almost saturated. Plunge your tools repeatedly into the bucket and then hang them up to store. A thin coat of oil will remain on the tool, helping to keep rust from forming. The sand will also help remove any rust or stuck-on dirt.
  • Clean the bucket of your wheelbarrow, and if there’s any exposed metal, then spray with metal paint to prevent rust.
  • Check your garden hoses and nozzles for leaks. If needed, you can find replacement couplings at any home and garden store.

While inspecting and prepping your lawn care equipment for spring, keep in mind to review the projects you have planned for this season and make sure you have the outdoor power equipment you’ll need to complete them. Troy-Bilt is here to help with reliable equipment that can make yardwork a little easier.