How Do I Prepare My Leaf Blower for Fall?

Autumn is upon us, and with it comes rich, colorful leaves which will soon be covering every inch of your yard. Although beautiful in sight, leaves should be cleared from your yard regularly to prevent issues like compaction, disease and pests from overtaking your lawn. 

Leaf blowers are often used to remove leaves as they provide ease and efficient cleanup, versus raking which can take longer and cause physical strain. There are several types of leaf blowers to choose from depending on the size of your lawn and the amount of comfort you require. 

Handheld leaf blowers are best for small- to mid-sized lawns and cleanup jobs. For larger yards, backpack leaf blowers are designed to be more comfortable for longer periods of use. They are more powerful than handheld blowers and are designed with a suspension system to evenly distribute weight across your back. For medium to large yards, wheeled leaf blowers are the most powerful and comfortable option as they are pushed and not carried.  

Before the work begins, it's important to complete start-of-season maintenance on your leaf blower to keep it running properly and at full power. Without it, you risk starting failures and damage to the engine. Prior to performing any maintenance, remember to always check your owner's manual for details on your specific leaf blower unit, as they can vary from model to model.

Consider this step-by-step process on how to prep your leaf blower for fall so you can combat any and all leaves thrown your lawn's way this season.

 

Check the oil level – 4 cycle engines only

1. Place the unit on its stand on a level surface

2. Remove the oil fill plug from the crankcase

3. Look into the oil fill hole. If the oil level comes up to the first thread, then the oil is full. If it does not, fill with oil until it does. 

 

Change the oil – 4 cycle engines only

1. Remove the oil plug and drain the engine oil into a container, and always remember to 1. dispose of your used motor oil correctly

2. Refer to owner's manual for the type of oil your equipment requires 

3. Fill the oil until it reaches the bottom of the threads in the filter neck

4. Wipe up any oil that may have spilled

5. Replace the oil plug and your equipment is ready to use

 

 

Change the air filter

1. Open the air filter cover. Push the locking tab on the underside of the cover inward. Then pull the air filter cover out and up.

2. Remove the air filter

3. Wash the filter in detergent and water. Rinse thoroughly and allow to dry. 

4. Apply enough clean SAE 30 motor oil to lightly coat the filter

5. Squeeze the filter to spread and remove excess oil

6. Replace the filter

7. Reinstall the air filter cover 

 

 

Change the fuel

1. Remove the fuel cap

2. Drain any gasoline from last season

3. Place the gas container's spout into the fill hole on the fuel tank and fill the tank

4. Wipe up any gasoline that may have spilled

5. Mix a 5. fuel stabilizer with gasoline

a. Assists with cleaner running and easier starting

6. Reinstall the fuel cap

7. Move the unit at least 30 feet from the fueling source and site before starting the engine.