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Reasons why your lawn mower may not be working

Cutting the lawn should be quick and easy, but sometimes our faithful, electric lawn mower might not work. Here are some common reasons why your lawn mower might not be working and some advice to help fix the problem...

The lawn mower won’t start

Being unable to get your electric mower started is often not a problem with the lawn mower, but is usually caused by a fault with the extension lead being used. To test this try turning the lawnmower on without using the extension lead. If this doesn’t work try using an alternative plug socket and checking the fuse.

My hover mower doesn’t hover

This is a common complaint with people that are relatively new to hover mowers. 99% of the time you can sort this problem out by slightly tipping the lawnmower to one side (about an inch), so that air can get underneath it. Turn the lawn mower on and then gently tilt it back so that it is level again with the floor. Now air has been allowed to get underneath the lawn mower a cushion of air has formed, allowing the lawn mower to hover and glide across your grass.

The lawn mower blades keep jamming

If it's the first time this year you are cutting the grass, the grass it may be quite long. The reason the lawn mower blade maybe jamming is because the grass is getting wrapped around the blade, preventing it from moving. A simple fix is often to increase the cutting height of your lawn mower. By cutting the grass longer the blade will cut less grass in one go and have more room to move, generating more force when cutting.

If this doesn’t work check that the underside of your lawn mower is clean and grass free. If you didn’t clean the lawn mower the last time you used it, the grass you cut last year may have gone hard and be preventing the blades from moving. Clean the underside of the lawn mower and then try again.

Another reason this could be happening is because the grass is too wet. You should always avoid cutting the grass in damp or wet conditions especially when using an electric lawn mower.

A top tip is to replace your lawn mower blade each year. This will not only give you a neater, tidier finish, but it will cut the grass easier placing less strain on the lawn mowers motor.

The lawn mower keeps cutting out

This could be caused by a number of different reasons. Check to see if the lawn mower cable is damaged in anyway. If it is you will need to replace it with a new one.

If not, the fault maybe with the switchbox on your lawn mower. Spare parts are available, however it is recommended that you contact our customer service team for further advice.

The lawn mower is vibrating excessively

Again there could be many reasons for this. The blade may be out of balance, or the blade bolt could be damaged. If so then it needs to be replaced. Check to see if the impeller (fan) is worn or damaged and if the lugs on the spacers have sheared. If so then these too need replacing.

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