We are determined that you get the best use and value out of your Al-KO lawn mower and enjoy efficient and easy use from the very first start-up.
So we thought we would amass a collection of tips and advice, common sense and inside knowledge, including answers to the types of questions new Al-KO lawn mower users ask us, som you will be able to to help you save time and be ready.
That way you can get the best from your Al-KO lawn mower, and use it with complete confidence every time you get out there on your lawn.
We understand that manuals can sometimes be confusing and are frequently translated from other languages and difficult to read but do try to read your manual/ instructions thoroughly and keep it to hand throughout the early assembly, prep and usage.
Assembly: Your new Al-KO petrol mower will arrive ‘boxed' and there will probably be a minimal element of assembly. This is usually limited to attaching the 'Handlebars' and 'Grass catcher'.
Fuel: Your new lawnmower has a 4 Stroke engine, so Oil and Petrol are put in separate compartments, no mixing required.
- Modern fuel contains ethanol, which absorbs moisture and causes the fuel to deteriorate in as little as 30 days, causing damage and starting issues if left in the tank. Our suggested solution is either drain the tank if are going to leave it for a while or always add fuel stabilising additive to all fuel before filling up your tank.
- For the same reasons you should only put 'Fresh Unleaded Petrol' in your tank. Old fuel will degrade quickly if it has not already done so
- It is important not to under-fill or over-fill your machine. Please refer to your manufacturers guidelines as to the quantity. Regular oil changes protect your engine from damage and excessive wear. Do refer to your ‘Engine’ manual regarding schedules for regular oil changes.
- Not all models come with oil in the box and none with oil in the tank. It is advisable to check and have some ready just in case. The type should be 10/30 Lawnmower Grade Oil, otherwise known as SAE 30.
- Oil needs to be changed after the first 5 hours of use. Running in of the machine can cause minute particles of metal debris in the engine, which an oil change and flush removes safely.
Starting : If you are have difficulty starting your mower, it is always advisable to check the following:
- Ensure you are holding in the 'OPC Bar' (Operator Presence Control). If you are not holding this in you will be unable to pull out the recoil.
- If you have a 'Fuel Switch', please ensure this is on.
- If there is a 'Primer', check you have primed the machine.
- If there is a 'Throttle', check that this is fully on to start the machine and then reduce the throttle once the machine has started.
Throttle: Again, if there is a throttle on your model, do remember that it does not affect the speed of the machine, it simply reduces or increases the 'Revs' of the engine.
Storage: Petrol Lawnmower engines are not waterproof. So make sure you store yours in a dry place, covered if possible.
Grass and Mud: Wet and rotting grass causes metal components to rust and grass and dirt in or around the engine can cause overheating and damage. Always make sure you clean the cutting deck regularly and thoroughly.
If your Al-KO doesn't have a 'Deck Wash Port' (an attachment for a hose) you will need to tip the machine to clear the deck from beneath. Always tip from front to back so that the machine pivots/rests on the back wheels.
NB: Never tip from side to side as this causes the oil to flood the air filter. This can contaminate your spark plug and carburettor.
Servicing: Don’t forget that Annual Servicing is recommended by Al-KO and is a requirement if you want to extend the guarantee beyond the first year. Out of tune engines and blunt blades can result in poor cutting, poor collection, and environmental pollution.
We sincerely hope that these guidelines will help you, and that you enjoy your new Al-KO mower. If you do have any issues not covered by this letter, please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org