How to Secure a Lawn Mower to a Tree

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How to Secure a Lawn Mower to a Tree
The push handles of most lawnmowers are difficult to remove. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Nearly 400,000 lawnmowers are sold each year, according to the Environmental News Network. To prevent theft, lawnmowers should be stored in covered and locked facilities. If a storage facility is unavailable, you might choose to secure your lawnmower to a tree. Rope is generally an ineffective deterrent to thieves. However, a length of heavy chain and a lock woven through the immovable parts of the lawnmower may deter the most determined thieves.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Heavy chain
  • Padlock or combination lock

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Wrap the chain halfway around the base of a sturdy tree. Ensure that 3 to 4 extra feet of chain are loose on each side of the tree.

  2. 2

    Insert one end of the chain between the handlebar and base of the lawnmower. Wrap the chain around the handlebar more than once for added security. Insert one end of the chain through the steering wheel if you are securing a riding lawnmower to a tree.

  3. 3

    Thread the other end of the chain up through the bottom of the engine and blade-housing compartment. Pull the end of the chain through the grass chute. Do not allow the chain to drag over the mower blades, because this can cause damage to your lawnmower.

  4. 4

    Insert the shackle of a padlock or combination lock through the two end pieces of the chain, latching them together. Close the lock. Ensure the locking mechanism has engaged by grasping the shackle and the body of the lock and pulling in opposing directions.

Tips and warnings

  • When removing the chain from the lawnmower, handle it carefully, without dragging it across vital lawnmower components.

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