“Tis the season….to winterize your lawn equipment! After a long, hot summer of faithful service, your lawn equipment could use some care and attention. Winterizing your lawnmower and other gas powered lawn equipment will prolong their mechanical lives and ensure that they are ready to go this spring.
Necessary Maintenance of Gas Powered Equipment
- Gas powered lawn mowers, weed eaters, chain saws, and leaf blowers should not be stored with fuel in the gas tank. Over time, leftover gasoline will react with air and moisture to form gum and deposits which can damage the engine. Instead, follow the owner’s manual recommendations to drain the remaining fuel and store in an appropriate container. If the gasoline has not been mixed with oil, you can use it in your vehicle if you prefer not to store it.
- If the fuel cannot easily be drained, let the lawn mower or other equipment run until it the gas tank is dry and the engine stops.
- If you prefer not to use up the remaining gasoline, you should add a fuel stabilizer to the gas tank. Fill the tank to the top with the gas/stabilizer mixture to minimize air in the tank. Start the engine to allow the stabilized mixture to be drawn into the carburetor.
Routine Maintenance of Your Lawn Mower
Completing these once yearly maintenance steps will keep your push, riding, or commercial lawn mower running smoothly all summer.
- Change the oil. Take old oil to a service station or recycling center.
- Change the spark plug.
- Check the air filter and replace if necessary.
- With a cloth, remove any visible debris, dirt, or residue from the outside of the mower deck or engine.
- Remove any debris from under the mower deck, this might include mud or caked on grass deposits.
- Remove the mower blade and sharpen it. If necessary, replace the blade.
Proper Storage of Gas Powered Lawn Equipment
Your residential or commercial lawn equipment represents a sizable investment. As such, it is best to protect it from the elements this winter. Store your equipment in an enclosed shelter that is cool, dry, and well-ventilated. Ensure that the equipment is stored out of direct sunlight.
These important maintenance steps will protect your financial investment and ensure that you are ready for action when warm spring weather arrives again.