Preparing Lawn Equipment For Winter

Preparing Lawn Equipment For Winter

Preparing Lawn Equipment for Winter | As the temperatures continue to drop we are finishing up our preparations for the winter months upon us. I previously mentioned our checklist for prepping your home for winter, along with our winter storm emergency kit, and today I’m sharing the last part of our maintenance routine – preparing lawn equipment for winter.

We heavily depend on our lawn equipment during the warmer months, though once winter arrives, most of the equipment will sit dormant for a lengthened period of time.

Preforming maintenance on the equipment prior to storing it away for the winter will not only ensure the equipment is ready to go in the spring, but can equally prolong the life of the equipment with very little effort.

Preparing Lawn Equipment for Winter
Here are a few easy tips to keep in mind when preparing lawn equipment for winter.

Mower/Lawn Tractor
Prepare Lawn Mower for WinterBegin with a good thorough cleaning of the deck and undercarriage.

Check the blade for damage or wear. Have the blade sharpened or replace if needed.

Now is a good time to also check the deck belts and hangers. Replacing any stretched or worn belts now will reduce the maintenance needed come next spring.

Change the oil and replace the oil filter if the engine is equipped with one.

Empty the fuel tank to prevent condensation in the tank and clogs in the carburetor. Drain the gas out of tank using a siphon then start the engine and allow it to run until the mower shuts off.

Prepping for WinterAlternatively, if your equipment will be used within a few months, a fuel treatment can be added to gas. When gas sits in a tank the ethanol rapidly begins to breakdown, releasing water and debris into the fuel.  Gas Treatments, such as Star Tron, stabilize the fuel chemistry and break down debris, restoring fuel performance. To go this route, fill up the gas tank with gasoline and treat with the stabilizer according to the bottles directions.

Remove the spark plugs. To prevent moisture from getting into the engine, add a teaspoon of engine oil to the crankcase through the spark plug hole. Replace the spark plugs and crank over the engine a few times to distribute the oil.

Prior to storing remove the battery, charge if necessary, and store in a cool, dry area.

String Trimmers / Hedge Trimmers / Leaf Blowers
String trimmers, hedge trimmers and leaf blowers are generally powered by two-cycle engines – making them really easy to winterize.

String Trimmers
Preparing String Trimmers for WinterThoroughly clean the trimmer to prevent rust and corrosion.

Drain all of the fuel then start the engine and allow the trimmer to run until the tool shuts off.

Clean or replace the air filter.

Inspect the string for knots or twists and replace any worn spools.

Hedge Trimmers
Preparing Hedge Trimmers for WinterThoroughly clean the trimmer blades.

Inspect the blades and have them adjusted and/or sharpened if needed.

Drain all of the fuel then start the engine and allow the trimmer to run until the tool shuts off.

Clean or replace the air filter.

Leaf Blowers
Preparing a Leaf Blower for the WinterDrain all of the fuel then start the engine and allow the leaf blower to run until the tool shuts off.

Clean or replace the air filter.

Clean or replace the spark plugs.

Chain Saw
Preparing a Chain Saw for WinterOur chain saw is one piece of equipment that occasionally gets used during the winter so preparing the machine for the winter also includes a routine tune up.

Clean the chain brake and wipe down all of the other components of the chain saw.

As with all other gas powered small engines, if the machine will not be used within a 30 day period of time, the gasoline should be drained completely from the machine.

Inspect the spark plug and replace if necessary.

Inspect the air filter and clean or replace if necessary.

Inspect the fuel filter and replace if necessary.

Sharpen the chain.

Snow Thrower/Plow/Shovels
Preparing tools for WinterWhile a majority of the tools are being prepared for storage – there are a few that will be utilized throughout the winter months.

Now is a good time to gather shovels, stock up on sand and ice melt, and make them easily accessible.

Prepare snow throwers by preforming routine maintenance and tune ups and if you have a snow plow make sure the truck is fueled up and the plow equipment has been inspected.

Remember, properly maintaining lawn equipment for the winter season ensures good service when spring finally rolls around again.

As always, consult the owner’s manual and safety manual provided with each individual piece of equipment prior to preforming any maintenance.

Are you ready for the upcoming winter months?

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I was one of the bloggers selected by True Value to work on the DIY Squad. I have been compensated for my time commitment to the program as well as writing about my experience. I have also been compensated for the materials needed for my DIY project. However, the opinions read here are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments.

        

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