Spring will be here eventually, so don't wait for the last minute to prep your power equipment
Keith Archambault, service manager at Nashua Outdoor Power, gets a lawn tractor ready for summer. (Nancy Bean Foster Photo)
And how about those snow tires?With winter weather coming to an end and warmer temperatures in store, April is a good time to take off the snow tires.
According to James Hoynacki at Pete's Tire Barn in Amherst, leaving snow tires on too long can cause them to wear much faster than they should.
“Snow tires are made of softer rubber than regular tires which makes them have better traction when it's cold,” Hoynacki said. “But when it's warmer, the softer rubber wears down faster.”
Tire-changing season starts in earnest in southern New Hampshire in mid-April, and a bit later in the northern parts of the state.
Though rumors of more bad weather this week have Granite Staters moaning in disgust, spring is officially here and the snow should be melting away any minute now. Really.
But in New Hampshire, the next winter is never really far away, so doing proper maintenance on snowblowers and generators now can save a lot of money and aggravation next fall.
"We recommend that people run their snowblowers until they run out of gas," said Archambault. "Fuel has corrosive properties and if it's left in an engine, it can damage the carburetor."
Spring is also a great time to change the oil and spark plugs and do other routine maintenance so that snowblowers and other equipment are ready to go when winter comes back around.
It's hard to imagine fields of lush green grass underfoot, but before long summer will be here and it'll be time to mow. Getting the mower or lawn tractor out of the shed may be easy, but sometimes getting it started can be a chore.
"Mice are attracted to anything with a current, and they like to chew through wires," said Archambault. "But they also like to nest in the engines."
"The best thing to do is to check your owner's manual, or to call us," said Archambault.
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