How to Start a Murray Push Mower


Murray brand push mowers come in a variety of models. They have mowers for the beginner to the lawn maintenance expert. When you purchase your push mower always read the owner's manual before operating. Make sure to read the owner's manual and follow the directions for unpacking and setting up your specific model lawn mower. Starting most push mowers is simple but requires some physical strength to start.

Step 1

Add oil to the push mower. Pour the entire bottle of oil into the engine. Murray packages new push mowers with the correct weight and amount of oil. Refer to the owner's manual for correct weight and amount of oil if you must purchase, typically ½ quart SAE30W oil. Make sure the oil cap is on securely once the engine is full.

Step 2

Add unleaded gas, minimum 87 octane, to the gas tank. Leave 1 inch of space from the top to give fuel room to expand. ½ gallon of gas is sufficient to fill a Murray push mower gas tank. Make sure to secure the gas tank top once the tank is full

Step 3

Press the priming button three to five times. This is normally located on the side of the engine opposite the gas tank. Set the throttle or blade speed to fast

Step 4

Press the bail control (lever that is parallel to the top of the push mower handle), hold this down or the mower will not start. It is attached to the "dead man's" switch which is installed for safety, if you slip and fall this will shut the mower off immediately preventing injury from the blades.

Step 5

Grasp the handle of the pull cord and pull up and back while holding the bail control. Reduce the throttle or blade speed once the mower engine has started.

Tips and Warnings

  • Always wear eye and ear protection when operating a push mower. Always ear closed toe shoes when mowing.

Things You'll Need

  • Unleaded Gas
  • Oil


  • Murray: Quick Start Guide
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About this Author

Currently residing in Myrtle Beach, SC, Tammy Curry began writing agricultural and frugal living articles in 2004. Her articles have appeared in the Mid-Atlantic Farm Chronicle and Country Family Magazine. Ms. Curry has also written SEO articles for She holds an associate's degree in science from Jefferson College of Health Sciences.