Batteries are essential to electric lawn mowers running well, but sometimes they run low on or completely out of power. Rechargeable batteries are an option for lawn mowers that take them, but not every lawn mower does. For how to charge a Toro lawn mower battery, we’ve got you covered with our step-by-step guide below.
Step-By-Step Guide To Charge A Toro Lawn Mower Battery
Without a battery, many of the features of a lawn mower won’t work properly. Not only that, if you continue to run your mower in low-battery mode, it can damage the lawn mower permanently. In that case, it will cost you more to repair it.
So, it is incredibly important to charge the battery whenever it is low or out of power. First, you need to ensure that you have the following things before you do so:
- Somewhere to charge
- The charger (may not be compatible with all models)
- Adjustable wrench
- Work gloves
- Safety goggles
- Tool tray to hold small parts
Once you have everything you need, it’s time to practice good safety. So, move the lawn mower to a level, dry surface that is well-ventilated. Put on the safety goggles and work gloves and, because you’re working with a battery, have someone else nearby, just in case.
Now, it’s time to get started.
1. Remove The Battery
First, you’ll need to remove the battery from the lawn mower. To start that process, lift the cover and secure it.
Now, remove the negative black wire. Once that’s done, remove the red. You might not be able to do this due to corrosion, so use a metal brush to clean them. If that doesn’t work, you can mix 1 cup of water and 1 teaspoon of baking soda, stirring until the baking soda is dissolved. Then, pour the mixture onto the battery terminals to remove the corrosion.
Afterward, use the wrench to turn the negative terminal until you can take off the black wire. Then do the same for the positive terminal and the red cable.
2. Connect The Charger
Before doing anything with the charger, please read all safety instructions. Once done, start by connecting the red cable to the positive terminal first. Then connect the black cable to the negative terminal.
3. Put The Battery Back
Once the charger indicates that the battery is fully charged, remove the black wire first, then the red wire. Put the battery back into the lawn mower, attach the black wire to the negative terminal then the red wire to the positive terminal, then resecure the battery. Turn the lawn mower on to make sure it’s working, and you’re all done!
Frequently Asked Questions: How To Charge Toro Lawn Mower Battery
How Long Should I Charge The Toro Battery?
This depends on the capacity of the battery you are using. For a completely drained battery, it will take 12 to 16 hours to fully charge. The Toro user manual recommends unplugging the charger after 24 hours.
How Often Should I Charge The Toro Battery?
This depends on the type of lawn mower you have and how often you use it. As a general rule, charge the battery before your first use for the season. Also, charge it after the season is over. Finally, charge it throughout the season, if needed.
How Do I Know When The Battery Needs To Charge?
You can check the battery power by reading using a multimeter. You can use a multimeter by putting it in DC voltmeter mode. Then connect the wires of the meter to the output of the battery.
If the reading is more than 12.7 volt, then the battery is fine. You need not change it. But if it shows less than 11.5 volts then you should recharge or replace it.
Some advanced lawn mowers will tell you the battery’s remaining power. Otherwise, if your lawn mower is not starting or having other issues, then it might be time to charge the battery.
If it does not help, you may need to go to a servicing center so they can help you figure out a solution.
In Conclusion: How To Charge Toro Lawn Mower Battery
Following the steps above for how to charge your Toro lawn mower battery can help extend its life. In general, 5 years or more is good battery life, but this can vary depending on the model and use.
We’re curious though, what’s your experience been like so far with your Toro lawn mower and its battery? We’d love to hear your stories in the comments below!