Know your engine

Here at Cobra we pride ourselves on offering something for everyone which is why we have electric, battery and petrol powered models available (we also now have hand models too…).

Petrol machinery often requires a tiny bit more TLC than the other, particularly at this time of year, but it’s certainly worth it!

The first tip for getting to know your engine may seem a bit obvious but be sure to read the instructions! Each machine is different and the operator manual contains a treasure trove of information and advice.

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If you’ve lost your Cobra manual then visit w as each product page has instruction manuals available to download.  Another vital source of advice is your local dealer who can help you with any questions. Click here to find your local Cobra garden machinery dealer.

The next step is to get familiar with your engine to find out about prepping it before starting, as 2-stroke and 4-stroke engines vary in the steps required to get going!

2-stroke engines require 1 part 2-stroke oil to every 40 parts petrol (1:40). We cannot recommend strongly enough how important it is to use high quality oil to protect the engine and extend its lifespan. Again your local dealer can assist you with this.  Once you’ve mixed the two, carefully pour them into the engine being careful not to spill anything.

A 4-stroke engine requires oil and petrol separately, and will have separate tanks and indicators for this. Identify the oil reservoir first, check the dipstick and it if needs a top up pour the oil in as directed in the instructions. Then add fresh unleaded petrol to the fuel tank. Unleaded petrol deteriorates very quickly and “tired” fuel can cause equipment starting problems so keep it fresh!

When it comes to winter storage be sure to clean down equipment properly and drain the fuel tank or add a fuel stabiliser to protect the carburetor. 4-stroke engines will require the oil draining at the end of the season too. Clean off any old grass cuttings – a blower is useful for this – and lightly spray the cutting blade with an aerosol lubricant. Most importantly, store it somewhere secure and dry. You’ll definitely appreciate it when it comes to spring and your machinery starts with complete ease!!