How To Get Rid Of A Broken Lawn Mower

How To Get Rid Of A Broken Lawn Mower? Here Is The Process

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A broken lawnmower is always a burden to its owner. And I am sure that you will agree with me.

Basically, there are two types of broken lawnmower. One is still working but old and partially damaged. And the other is a fully damaged lawnmower. 

Come to the point, if you want to get rid of your broken lawnmower, you can sell or recycle it. In fact, throwing the mower into your weekly garbage bin won’t be a wise idea.

And as the mower is built with metal and contains some oil residues, it has the potential to harm the surrounding environment. 

So, will you act like a fool? Obviously not. That’s why you need to know how to get rid of a broken lawnmower. 

But how? Well. don’t go here and there. This article will give you all the possible solutions to save you from this hassle. 

Without delay, let’s dive in. 

A Complete Guideline To Get Rid Of A Broken Lawnmower

How To Get Rid Of A Broken Lawn Mower

There are several ways to dispose of damaged and broken lawnmower. But before going to the main fact, let’s consider some basic things to know the condition of the lawnmower. 

  • Is your lawnmower fully damaged? Is there no other way to fix the mower? Or do you get tired of fixing the lawnmower? If the answer to all these questions is yes, then it would be better to dispose of the lawnmower.
  • Are some parts of the lawnmower still in good condition? If some parts of the lawnmower are still in good condition, take them apart. You know you can sell these parts as scrap and you can earn some money from it.
  • If you decide to dispose of the mower, then, of course, remove the oil from the oil tank. Because you can use the oil for any later work. 

Now, we will discuss what is the best possible way for you to dispose of your damaged or broken lawnmower. 

Sell The Mower As A Scrap

If your lawnmower is totally damaged sell it as scrap. But before selling it as scrap, separate the metal stuff which has not yet been completely damaged. Clean the metal stuff.  Because you can earn extra money from the buyers for that dirt free part. 

And it’s time to know how to sell a mower as a scrap. Let’s have a look. 

Disassemble the Mower

Step #1: Vacant Gas Tank

First vacant the gas tank entirely. One way to empty the gas tank is to keep the mower running until the gas runs out. 

But if there is more gas, store the gas in a clean container using a siphon hose without wasting it. The siphon hose is equipped with a hand pump through which you can easily collect gas from the gas tank.

Step #2: Remove Blade

Remove spark plug from the mower. Tilt the mower to the right and remove the blade from the mower. Wear hand gloves before removing the blade from the mower. Clean it and separately store it as metal scrap.

If you are a riding lawnmower user, use a ramp to access the blade. Because a riding lawnmower is a heavy machine and you can not tilt it. 

Step #3: Drain Reserved Oil

Remove the reserved oil from the fuel tank. Place a bowl under the oil drain valve and wait until the fuel tank is totally empty. You can sell the oil in the auto parts shop. They recycle it and make it reusable. 

Step #4: Clean Lawn Mower Deck

Clean the mower deck if there are any grass debris and dirt attached to it. Use a cleaning brush to clean the mower deck.

Step #5: Remove Tire Hub

If the tire hub is metal built, remove the hub from the tire. And before removing the hub, you need to remove the nuts and bolts that attach the hub with the rim. Use a wrench or plier to remove the nuts and bolts. Here, you have to wear hand gloves and goggles for safety purposes. 

Step #6: Remove Lawn Mower Handle

Remove the handle of the push lawnmower and disconnect the connection of the handle with the engine. Store the handle as metal scrap. 

Step #7: Remove The Lawn Mower Engine

Now, it’s time to remove the mower engine. Unscrew all the bolts and nuts attach to the engine compartment by using a screwdriver or wrench. Remove the mower engine and store it as metal scrap. Separate the metal parts and nonmetals parts of the mower engine compartment. 

Step #8: Remove Other Metal Parts

Remove the other metal built parts of the mower. And if you use a riding lawn mower, remove the foam and seat cover from the seat. Because the seat frame is metal built and you can sell it as metal scrap.

Separate The Metal Scrap And Dispose Of The Others

Use a magnet to separate the metal scraps from the disassembled parts of the mower. Separate the metal scraps, non-metal scraps, and recycle parts in different places. Other parts rather than these are considered waste and dispose of them in the garbage bin.

Recycle your lawnmower

How To Get Rid Of A Broken Lawn Mower Recycle your lawnmower

If you want to recycle your lawnmower, you need to follow the steps outlined below: 

Steps to follow: 

Step #1: Remove All Fluids

Remove all the fluids remaining in the mower before 24 hours when you decide to recycle the mower. Remove the oil from the engine and empty the gas tank. 

Step #2: Dispose of Unnecessary Fluids

Contact the local waste disposal department to dispose of all the unnecessary fluids. 

Step #3: Separate Recyclable Parts

Remove all the metal built parts and nonmetal parts of the mower. Separate the recyclable parts and damaged parts. 

Step #4: Dispose Of Damage Parts

Find a nearby recycling center to recycle the mower. Dispose of the damaged parts in the trash bin situated in the recycling center. 

Step #5: Go To Local Lawn Mower Recycling Center

If you use an electric mower, you need to find out the local electrical product recycling center. But do not dispose of the electrical mower as metal scrap. Keep in mind, an electric mower is quite different from a gas-driven lawnmower. 


  • Wear proper safety clothing before disassembling the parts of the lawnmower. 
  • Disconnect all the electrical connections of the mower to avoid any kind of electrification. 

Final Verdict

Well. You have come to know now that you can sell the lawnmower on the online platform by proper advertising. But note that you can not get the expected price if you sell the whole lawnmower. 

On the contrary, if you disassemble all the parts you can get more money from a damaged or broken mower. And you can disassemble the parts of the mower by following the above-mentioned process. 

I hope this article has helped you to know how to get rid of a broken lawnmower and how to earn more money from a damaged or broken mower. 

Todd L Miles
Lawn Mowers Enthusiast
I started "Landscape and Lawns Care" to provide clients with lawn care with better service, better products and, most importantly, better ethics. My promise to every customer is to give the greenest grass possible while controlling weeds, insects, and diseases! The most important thing is that I strive to always do the right thing for you, your lawn and your wallet!