Lawn Equipment Common Recommended Maintenance Schedule

A question we hear a lot at the parts counter is….

“Is there a common recommended maintenance schedule for my outdoor power equipment?”


Different conditions will require a different maintenance schedule.  So keep in mind that these are only general guidelines for maintenance.

Please refer to your OEM owner’s manual for specific schedules designed for your specific equipment. Did you lose your manual or your machine didn’t come with one?  Most manufactures have their manuals available online.

Typical Schedule:

  • Air Filter: Replace air filter every 50-100 hours or once per season
  • Battery Level: Charge battery when Low
  • Belts: Replace belts every 250 hours or when worn
  • Engine Coolant: Change coolant every 400 hours
  • Engine Oil: Change oil every 100 hours or once per season
  • Equipment Fasteners (Bolts, nuts, etc): When loose or when worn
  • Fuel Filter: Replace fuel filter every 100 hours or once per season
  • Fuel Shut-Off Valve: Replace fuel-shut-off valve every 400 hours
  • Grease Unit: Grease unit every 16 hours
  • Hydraulic Filter: Replace hydraulic filter every 400 hours
  • Hydraulic Fluid: Replace hydraulic fluid 400 hours
  • Mower Blades: Sharpen lawn mower blade once per season or every 24 hours of use
  • Safety Interlock: When worn, broken or malfunctioning
  • Seat Adjustment: When worn, broken or malfunctioning
  • Spark Plugs: Replace spark plug every 250 hours (We disagree with this one.  You should service or replace your spark plug every season)
  • Spindle Bearings: Replace spindle bearing every 1000 hours

Do you have questions or comments about our recommended maintenance schedule?  Please feel free to contact us via phone or email.


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