Having difficulty starting your lawnmower ? 

These tips can be useful for anyone who is having trouble starting the lawnmower for the first time after the winter period. So have a look at the 6 step guide below to try help resolve your problems.

1) Make sure you have not left fuel in it for over 30 days. Stale fuel is one of the main reasons we find a lawnmower will not start. This is because the fuel degrades over time, one way to prolong the shelf life of fuel is to buy some fuel stabilizer. This will enhance the shelf life of the petrol.

2) Check the spark plug- These can become carbonated and these are often deemed as consumable items and are not usually covered under the terms & conditions of the warranty.

3) Make sure you the machine has not been tipped over- As oil may have been leaked into the filter or exhaust.  This can prevent the lawnmower from starting and can mean it can be hard to start on the recoil start. You can either clean the filter but in most cases a new one will be required. 

4) Check the fuel bowl/ carburettor- ensure the fuel is clean as stale/contaminated fuel can cause the engine not to ignite. 

5) Ensure you have filled the petrol tank up and also ensure there is enough oil in the machine.

If these checks do not solve it, please do contact us on 0113 2819219 for the next steps that may be required.

Increased Ethanol in Unleaded Fuel

By September this year 2021, the UK will be increasing the ethanol content in unleaded petrol from 5% to 10% as part of a move toward cutting greenhouse gas emissions in the country.

For your car, this could mean decreased miles to the gallon due to ethanol's lower energy content, but what could it mean for petrol-powered garden tools?

It could lead to an increase in customers with carburettor issues as storing petrol with higher ethanol content over extended periods can cause increased corrosion because ethanol tends to absorb moisture.

Regardless of this ethanol increase, we always recommend that our customers drain the fuel from their garden equipment if it will not be used for two weeks or longer, as this could lead to stale fuel issues.

 It is good to note that the more expensive, premium quality super unleaded fuel will continue to contain 5% or less ethanol moving forwards, so customers will still have the choice of using petrol with a lower ethanol content.

Hopefully this helps.