do electric lawn mowers need oil

Do Electric Lawn Mowers Need Oil?

Electric lawn mowers are a great alternative to petrol mowers for people who want something low maintenance and easy to use. You can get corded electric lawn mowers as well as those that run on a rechargeable battery.

Regardless of the type of electric lawn mower you are using, you will not need to add any oil to your electric mower.

This is one of the main attractions of an electric mower; the motor and power system are much less complex. With a gas lawn mower, the engine is made up of several moving parts and these moving parts require lubrication. This is why we add oil to our petrol mowers. However, since an electric mower doesn’t include moving parts, there’s no need to add oil. It’s as simple as that.

Similarly, your electric lawn mower doesn’t have things like air filters or spark plugs, both of which need to be regularly maintained and replaced when using a gas powered lawn mower. If you’re looking for a way to keep your garden tidy without the need to spend hours maintaining your tool, it’s probably worth looking for an electric lawn mower.

Electric Lawn Mower Maintenance Tips

While electric lawn mowers don’t need oil or anywhere near as much maintenance as their gas counterparts, there are still some things you’ll need to do to keep your machine running as smoothly as possible. When well looked after, an electric lawn mower could last for up to five to ten years. Here are some handy tips to get the most out of your electric mower. 

  • Your electric mower will have an airflow system and it is important that you make sure that this is not blocked. Check after each use and remove any debris or dirt. 
  • You’ll also need to clean the underside of the mower deck, where the blade is located. Most mowers are made from metal so it’s important to use the right cleaning equipment to avoid taking off any coating. Anything brushes not made from metal will be suitable. 
  • Try not to cut the lawn while it is wet as this can damage the mower internally and make it much more difficult to clean. 
  • In order to keep your electric lawn mower working its best, you’ll need to sharpen the blade at least one a year. If you are not confident doing this, there are shops that will do it for you. 
  • How you store your electric mower can impact how long it lasts. You’ll need to keep it somewhere dry because, as we know, moisture and electricity do not mix. Also make sure that, whenever you store your electric mower, it is clean. Leaving debris on the blades and other parts could result in corrosion and rust. 
  • If you have a corded mower, you’ll need to regularly check the wiring for any damage. For battery powered mowers, make sure to inspect your battery and charger before using it. Mower batteries can be easily replaced and while this comes with a cost, it’s much safer to do this than continuing to use a defective battery. 

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Andrew Fisher

Andrew Fisher

Andrew is a dedicated father of three who really takes pride in his lawn and garden. You'll find Andrew behind the scenes of almost everything Edge Your Lawn produces. When he's not helping readers find all the information they need, he's in his backyard working on his lawn and garden landscaping. This year he hopes to build an outdoor deck and sort out his veg patches.

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