Thomas Treadwell's days aren't as busy as they will be later this month, when customers at Harry's Equipment Center will be bringing in their mowers, weed eaters, edgers and other lawn equipment for servicing before the spring growing season arrives.
Treadwell, who has been at Harry's for 16 years and is the shop manager, said many folks will wait a few more weeks before having their equipment serviced, which means that the turnaround time will be longer than the current four to six days.
"Right now we are getting people in who are new residents," said Treadwell, adding that many locals who are familiar with the spring rush have already brought their equipment in. "Right now we have a turnaround time of four to six days, but that'll change soon when we get 20 to 25 pieces a day."
All lawn equipment that runs on oil and gas should be serviced before they are put back into circulation this spring.
"You really want to make sure that everything is ready to use when the grass starts growing," Treadwell said. "You want to make sure all of the bad gas is out and that the equipment has been tuned up."
Treadwell says it's best to empty gas out from the unit before storing it for the winter because gas can deteriorate the carburetor and other components over time. Though most people will have their mowers serviced only once a year, Treadwell suggests a more frequent servicing schedule.
"When you use the lawnmower from spring to fall like we do around here -- and use it frequently -- it should be checked periodically," he said. "Sharp blades and fresh oil will extend the engine life, and it's good to have those things checked several times a year."
Treadwell said rough terrain, particularly areas that are rocky or have lots of dirt, will dull a mower blade fast. But by sharpening the blade, a better cut is achieved.
Units which have electric starters should be charged now, added Treadwell.
And though much of the focus is put on tuning up the heavy duty lawn equipment, don't neglect the other tools used in the garden.
Remember to get the blades sharpened on pruning tools, replace any worn-out handles on rakes and shovels and make sure garden hoses don't have any leaks.
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