Those who neglect their outdoor power equipment usually have trouble getting it going each year. If they continue to neglect it, they may only get two or three years of use from it before it dies all together.
Conversely, owners who properly service & maintain their equipment routinely see 10 and 15 years of life expectancy.
It’s really not difficult to refresh your equipment. If it doesn’t need it at the beginning of summer, then you should do the following in the fall to prepare your equipment for several months of sleep before next summer.
New spark plugs
New fuel filters
New air filters
For a more thorough servicing, also check and adjust / repair / replace the following as needed:
Clean underbelly & engine cooling fans ~ remove grass, dirt, & other debris
Motor mounts ~ in place & tight attachments
Motor mount rubber “doughnuts” ~ soft and pliable
Gearbox, driveshaft, etc. ~ well lubricated
And of course, always use personal protective equipment, such as goggles, gloves, and hearing protectors + consult the list of safety precautions in your owner’s manual.