How to winterize lawn equipment when fall arrives

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WINTERIZE LAWN EQUIPMENT

When fall arrives and it’s time to start thinking about putting your summer lawn care equipment away don’t just put it on the shelf and forget about it for six months. There are a few inexpensive and easy steps you can take to help ensure that your equipment is ready when you are when spring rolls around.

Here are a few things to consider before storing your gas-powered equipment for a long period of time:

1.Take care of the gas that is left in the gas tank. There are differing opinions on what to do for this but I’ve found that the easiest method is to add a good fuel stabilizer (like Seafoam) to the gas tank. Add the stabilizer to the tank and let the machine run for a minute or two to allow the stabilized gas to make its way around. You can also run the machine totally out of gas but this is wasteful, time-consuming, and from what I’ve experienced not as effective. Make sure you also add stabilizer to your gas can as well. It won’t do any good to stabilize the gas in the tank and then come spring time add gas from a can that hasn’t been stabilized. Stabilizer should be added even if you have non-oxygenated gas in the machine.

Note: Stabilizer only works to prevent gas from going bad it will not revive gas that has already gone bad.

2. Replace the air filter. Air filters need to be periodically replaced and fall is good time to do it. Make sure that you bring in the filter from your mower so that you can match up an exact replacement for it.

3. Replace the spark plug. Spark plugs also need to periodically replaced and  replacing it before storing it is a good idea. You should also remove and bring in the spark plug to the store so that you can match up an exact replacement.

4. For lawn mowers and chain saws and powered hedge trimmers you should have them sharpened. Sharpening a lawn mower blade is important for the health of the grass. Using a blade that is dull can actually damage the grass allowing diseases to attack your lawn.  For more info on blade sharpening check out this blog-

http://levahnbros.wordpress.com/2010/06/14/why-do-you-need-to-sharpen-a-lawn-mower-blade/

Using a dull chain on a chain saw is not only ineffective but it’s dangerous. A dull chain on a chainsaw may cause the operator to try awkward and dangerous methods of cutting when using the saw. Make sure that when you really need your saw it’s in optimal running condition.

5. Change the oil. Oil should be changed at least once a year in equipment. For chain saws make sure you have enough bar and chain oil in your saw as well as having some extra on hand.

For more information on how to take care of gas-powered equipment check out these blogs: http://levahnbros.wordpress.com/2010/02/16/small-engine-troubleshooting/

http://levahnbros.wordpress.com/2009/12/22/snow-blower-maintenance/

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