You are excited because you have just bought a Kobalt electric mower. But now you're wondering how to start it. To help you, we researched to provide you with a step-by-step guide on the process.
To start your Kobalt electric mower, follow these steps:
- Make sure you insert the battery correctly.
- Insert the key.
- Push and hold down the start button while pulling the lever back, and your mower will start.
In this post, we have provided a guide on how to start your Kobalt electric mower. There's also a discussion on reasons it might not start and how to troubleshoot the problem. Included are tips on maintaining your mower and the cost of repairs.
How Do You Start A Kobalt Electric Mower?
If you follow the instructions carefully, you will learn that it's easy to start your Kobalt electric mower. Below is a step-by-step guide:
- Make sure you insert the battery correctly. The silver prongs should face down. The name Kobalt should be facing the same direction as the name on top of the mower.
- Insert the key because you can't start your mower without it.
- While holding and pushing the start/stop button down, pull the lever back to start your mower.
- To stop the mower, push the lever forward as you press the start/stop button.
The video below provides details on the process:
Why Does Your Electric Mower Refuse To Start?
Starting your Kobalt electric mower is easy, but the mower can malfunction and refuse to start. This can happen due to several reasons. Let’s look at the most common problems and how to troubleshoot them:
Battery-Powered Electric Mower
The problems you may encounter with a mower powered by a battery include the following:
The first thing you should do is check if the battery has enough charge. When you tried starting your mower, you may have assumed it was fully charged. Use a multimeter to check the voltage. If there is none, re-charge it.
Secondly, check your battery for leaks or damage. If you find any, they could be the reason your mower does not start. Lastly, if the battery was damp when starting your mower, it could have short-circuited and damaged the motor.
The excess current traveling in the wrong path could have also caused some electrical components to overheat.
Faulty Battery Charger
Your mower battery will not charge if the battery charger is not working. Test the battery charger with a volt meter.
If there is no sign of charging, you need to replace it. You cannot repair a battery charger, so replacing it is the most viable solution.
Start Button Not Working
Before you conclude that the start button is the problem, check if the wires are corroded or have cuts. If they do, replace them.
Also, check for and tighten any loose connections and check if the vents are clogged. Remove all the particles, debris, or grass stuck in the vents.
If you still can't start your mower, then the start button could be the problem, which is not difficult to replace. However, if you do not have the skills or are not confident enough, call a technician.
The issue may be more complex if your mower won't start even after replacing the start button. Call a technician who can diagnose the problem.
Electric Corded Mower
If your mower uses a cord that you plug into an electrical outlet, the most common issues that can occur are:
A damaged cord may not work, and if it does, there could be a potential danger to you. For example, if the wires are exposed, your mower may not start, but it can cause an electric shock.
That’s why if your mower does not start, inspect every inch of your cord. Repair damaged wires, but if the damage is extensive, you may have to replace it.
Bad Outlet Or Tripped Circuit Breaker
To check if the electrical outlet is the issue, unplug the cord and plug it into another outlet. If it works, then call an electrician to fix the faulty one.
The circuit breaker could have tripped, shutting down the flow of current. An electric overload or short circuit could have caused a fuse to blow. If this is the case, it is better to call a professional to fix the problem.
If the switch does not turn on your mower, try resetting it. If it starts, you have solved your problem. If it doesn't, you’ll have to replace it.
How To Maintain Your Electric Mower
You've spent a good amount of money on your electric mower and expect it to last a long time. To ensure you get your money’s worth, you should maintain it by following these tips:
Tighten Loose Connections
Mowing can cause vibrations that loosen the mower's bolts and screws. You should regularly check them and tighten those that are loose.
Grass can find its way into the battery compartments and vents. Use a blower often to blow out grass and particles from these areas, including the motor.
Clean The Undercarriage
All the action takes place in the undercarriage, which houses the blade, and you are likely to find grass there. Use a brush to remove the grass. Also, clean this area with a dry cloth. Make sure you do not use any water.
When the blade is blunt, remove it and sharpen it using a tool such as a bench grinder like the one shown above. You should read your manual when doing this to avoid hurting yourself. When you finish, carefully put the blade back in place.
Check out the video for an explanation of how to clean your electric mower.
Lubricate The Wheels
For ease of movement while using the mower, lubricate the wheels often. A lubricant such as WD-40 can work well.
The wheels have an axle and bracket made of metal. You can apply a small amount to allow free movement of the wheels as you push your mower.
Before mowing your lawn, check around and remove objects such as rocks or stones that can damage your mower.
Store In A Dry Place
When winter comes, you need to store your electric mower in a safe, dry place. The best options are your garage, basement, or shed. That way, you can protect it from moisture and prevent damage.
If you don't have any of these storage areas, your options become limited. In this case, you can store it outside in a box or use a waterproof cover.
How Much Does It Cost To Repair An Electric Lawn Mower?
On average, repairing a lawn mower costs between $80 and $100, though the costs can be as high as $250. Some factors determine the total cost depending on the parts needed and the job's complexity.
Another factor to consider is the time it takes to repair the mower. Instead of a one-off cost, some technicians prefer charging per hour. The hourly rates are between $45 to $100 per hour.
Battery-powered lawnmowers can last between 8 and 10 years. However, you may need to replace the battery every five years because their efficiency reduces with time.
When you need to replace a Kobalt battery, expect to pay at least $100 or as high as $250, sometimes even more.
Starting a Kobalt electric mower is easy. The tricky part is when you are pulling the lever as you press the start button. You have to get this right.
Sometimes, your mower can refuse to start due to various issues. We have addressed the most common ones and how to troubleshoot them.
It's a good idea to take care of your electric mower, as it isn't exactly cheap. Several factors mentioned above will determine the cost of repairs.
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