Just like any tool or equipment, proper care and maintenance will go a long way towards ensuring that your leaf blower stays useful and reliable for a long time to come. Doing regular leaf blower maintenance checks can help you spot trouble before they become serious. Small problems, when neglected, can lead to bigger and costlier problems. Regular maintenance can help you avoid big headaches by nipping these problems in the bud.
Leaf blower maintenance doesn’t require too much effort. And when you have a routine in place, caring for your leaf blower will be second nature. To help you out, here’s a leaf blower maintenance guide that you can use to care for your leaf blower.
Before and After Use Maintenance Routine:
- Before using your leaf blower, inspect the exterior of the unit for any signs of damage.
- Check to make sure the start and stop switch works properly.
- Check the hoses to make sure there are no cracks or breaks and that they are properly and securely attached.
- Check the power cord to make sure there are no tears or frays or exposed wires.
- After use, clean the unit thoroughly.
- Inspect the nozzle and the fan to make sure that there are no debris stuck in it. This is especially critical for leaf blower vacuums that are used for collecting yard debris.
- When adding fuel to your leaf blower, make sure you always put the correct mix of oil and gas.
- Always unplug the unit after use and store in a safe place, away from the reach of children and pets
- When storing leaf blowers, store it engine side down on the floor, or hang it on the wall.
Monthly Maintenance Routine:
- Check the air filter of your leaf blower and replace if dirty or worn out.
- Check the sparkplug. Clean the outside or replace if necessary.
- Check the cords, cables and connector to make sure there are no frays or exposed wirings that can cause shorts, electrocutions and burns.
- Flush the fuel tank and clean it.
- Clean the carburetor and the space around it.
- For leaf blowers that have mulching capabilities, check the blades to make sure they are sharp and evenly positioned. Sharpen them when necessary.