How to Start a Push Lawn Mower


The world of lawn care changed with the invention of the powered lawn mower. Before this invention, most lawns were cut with a motion power lawn mower. This type of mower used the wheels turning to power the reel to cut grass. In modern times, the push lawn mower has undergone many changes but basically remains the same. They all have an engine, blade, wheels and a handle. Additionally, they all have the same basic procedure for starting.

Step 1

Locate the fuel cutoff switch. Some mowers have a cutoff for the fuel located on the bottom of the gas tank. Turn the fuel on, if equipped.

Step 2

Locate the primer ball for the carburetor. Most mowers will have a primer ball located on the carburetor.

Step 3

Press the primer ball five times.

Step 4

Set the throttle to high or choke. The choke setting is normally beyond the high throttle setting. Some mowers will have a "start" setting.

Step 5

Depress the operator handle on the push handle. Most mowers have this safety handle, and it has to be pressed to the handle for the mower to start.

Step 6

Pull the starting cord until the mower starts. This handle may be on the push handle of the mower or on the top of the engine. Location depends on model.

Step 7

Allow the mower to run for one minute, then set the throttle to high.

Tips and Warnings

  • Low engine oil can cause a mower to not start or damage the engine if run. Make sure hands and feet are not under the mower when starting.

Things You'll Need

  • Mower


  • Clarence White, Toro Certified Mechanic; Berlin, Maryland
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