Snapper Riding Mowers Tips

Snapper riding mowers are designed for comfort, convenience and safety. They feature easy to access controls and quick response steering, as well as excellent tire traction. Snapper mowers are available with a variety of cutting widths that provide a clean even-cut lawn. They are easily converted from side-discharge to bagging or mulching of cut grass. Following safety and maintenance tips will protect yourself and others, as well as prolong the life of your Snapper riding mower.

Safety Tips

Before you begin mowing with your Snapper riding mower, remove toys, hoses, sticks and other objects from the area. Children and pets should not be allowed near the lawn mower while you are mowing and use caution when mowing around other adults. You shouldn’t mow if the grass is wet or it is raining, because the mower can slip downhill and tip over. To prevent possible electrocution, don’t mow over electrical lines or while it is lightning. It is easier for rocks and debris to be thrown from under the mower on hard surfaces, so you shouldn’t mow over driveways, sidewalks or other paved surfaces.

Fuel Tips

Let the engine of your Snapper riding mower cool before filling the tank with fuel – spilled gas can burn or explode. Use gas with an octane of 87 or higher that has been pumped no longer than 30 days. Low octane or old gas does not produce enough spark to ignite the engine and causes gummy deposits to build up in the fuel lines and carburetor. If the mower has not been used in more than 30 days, or if the gas is contaminated with oil or water, drain the fuel tank. Clean the tank and let it dry thoroughly before refilling it with fresh gas.

Maintenance Tips

While working on your Snapper riding mower, disconnect the spark plug to prevent accidental engine “kick over” or “turn over." Use an air hose to blow debris from the mower, under the mower deck and around the engine after each use. Clean or replace the air filter every 25 hours of use or every season, whichever comes first. Drain and replace the oil every 50 hours of use. Replace the spark plug every 100 hours of use or if it is damaged. Sharpen the blades and replace worn belts as needed.

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About this Author

Melody Lee worked as a newspaper reporter, copywriter and editor for 5 years. In addition, she has edited magazine articles and books. Lee holds a degree in landscape design and is a Florida master gardener. She has more than 25 years of gardening experience, which includes working at nurseries and greenhouses.