Well, I took the lawn mower out for a spin yesterday evening. As you may know, I’m not used to having a yard to take care of. It was the first mow of the 2016 season and I re-learned a few things I forgot from last season…
I was a little concerned because I did not “winterize” the Honda mower that I had been using last season. At the end of the season I was having a hard time starting it. I skipped winterizing it on purpose realizing that I need to take the time to properly maintain it. I have watched numerous videos on how to troubleshoot and clean a Honda mower and I owe it to both my used Honda’s to spend some time with them.
But screw that, I had patches of grass growing in the ditch and the front yard was looking pretty rough overall so I (predictably) forwent the deserved cleaning and just forcibly started the sucker. I figured I’d just yank that string as long and as hard as it took to get it going. On a whim I picked up some Starting Fluid with my typical amount of pessimism and overall distrust of marketing and
products everything. I didn’t even know where to spray this stuff. I unscrewed some screws and just sprayed it randomly and BINGO BANGO that thing started right up on the first (post-spray) pull. I am amazed at this stuff. I had attempted to get it going prior to spraying with no semblance of that motor ever working again. Wow!
I sort of thought that I’d get to spend the afternoon wrestling with the lawn mower and trying to get it to start. Instead, I used some magic spray stuff and now I realized I had to actually mow the grass. Bummer. I figured I might spend an entire afternoon cleaning up the yard; I haven’t touched it over the winter so it is covered in sticks/limbs, pine cones, clumps of leaves that have accumulated in the ditch sort of creating their own compost heaps/ecosystems, and other crap. Now that I knew that I could start the mower I figured I’d just get the big stuff out of the way and mulch/mow over everything else.
That led me to the realization that the mulching blade and mulching setting of my lawn mower does not mean what I want it to mean. I very literally just ran over everything. I wanted it to disappear. And while the effect was probably what is desired by most (chopping that crap up to tiny pieces) it did not disappear like I had wanted. So I sort of just made the mess of the yard a little more spread out in somewhat smaller pieces of the same mess. Next time I think I need to spend a little more energy cleaning up the yard more appropriately before mowing.
WHAT I LEARNED:
- I need a new air filter for my mower
- Starting Fluid is AWESOME
- I still need to properly maintain my yard equipment
- The yard is a nightmare; the sections that are supposed to be grass are either moss or dirt with weeds poking through. And I hate it
- Great videos on troubleshooting Honda mower: