Mower repair safety
You’ll find useful resources on this page, tips, links to tools, parts and supplies required to complete your repair.
Mower repair is safe once you remember to follow basic good working practices. Watch the video before attempting any repairs, most are just common sense.
However if you only remember one of them, remember this one:
When working on your mower engine, always remove the plug wire to prevent accidental starting.
Tools & Parts
To nail this procedure you may need the following tools, parts and supplies.
3M Ear Defenders
Lawn mowers can produce over 100 db which is more than enough to damage your ears. I like the quality of the 3M products, I've been using them for years. This set of ear defenders has an NRR of 24 db (Noise Reduction Rating).
The set is Bluetooth connected, so no cables to mess about with, you can seamlessly connect to your phone, listen to music and take calls as the headset has a built in mic. Pretty cool! Picture links to Amazon.com
Constant vibration can damage the nerves in your hands, It's known as Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) and it's not repairable. Mowers as you know create a lot of vibration which is transmitted through your hands.
I wear Mechanix gloves in the workshop when using air tools, they're made with thermoplastic padding material that absorbs and dissipates vibration. Picture links to Amazon.com
I love 3M products, they're great quality and I'm confident in there performance as I've been using them since forever. The silicone respirator is comfortable and durable. I use it when welding and cleaning old grass and dust from lawn mower decks and engines.
I wear glasses in the workshop and anybody that wears glasses and a respirator will know the value of the 3M downward facing vent. Fogged glasses drive me crazy!!! Picture links to Amazon.com
Ratchet Tool Set
Before we can do anything, we'll need tools. I've selected this set as I own some Craftsman tools and while I have worn some out, they did do a lot of work. So I expect this set will last the occasional user quite a long time.
This set carries both metric and standard sockets and that's important, because some mowers will have both type of fastener sizes. Set includes spark plug sockets. Picture links to Amazon.com
Gas Line Clamp
Teng 1/2 Torque wrench, fantastic tool I use it every day and mine is still going strong. A torque wrench is advised for tightening components such as flywheel nuts and blades. The torque spec of these components is very important. Picture links to Amazon.com
If you are considering buying a torque wrench, definitely check out my review of Teng torque wrench.