View Full Version : Gas shutoff on walk behinds?

03-07-2001, 10:34 PM
Does anyone use these on their walkbehinds? The manufacturers suggest doing it ANYTIME you trailer the mower. I have never done this, is it really necessary?
Hate to sound like a dummy, but sometimes it's the small things that pass you by.

03-07-2001, 10:44 PM
I think it comes down to how anal you want to be about your equipment. I suppose that if you were going to be trailering for a significant distance that it would be beneficial. As far as during the routine mowing schedule, we personally do not.

I think that more importantly I would worry about fastening your equipment securely to your trailer. I would also consider engaging your belts if they are older during route to keep them from slipping off during transport while mowing.

Good Luck this season.

03-08-2001, 12:43 AM
Are you talking about the little valve under the fuel tank? I can't see any reason to do this. As far as I know that valve is there so you don't need to drain the tank to work on the fuel system. Anybody know why you might need to do this?

03-08-2001, 02:25 AM
Guys you better re-read these threads.


03-08-2001, 05:55 PM
After 7 years in business I have never not 1 time cut the feul off. Never had a problem. GO FIGURE

03-08-2001, 06:04 PM
Originally posted by 65hoss
Guys you better re-read these threads.


hey thanks for bring that to mine and everyone elses attention, i never knew that.

03-08-2001, 06:10 PM
I think the manufacturers tell us to do this just to cover their butts. Imagine 2 mowers rolling around unsecured on a trailer and somehow a fuel line gets disconected and sprays gas on a hot muffler. Some idiot has probably had this happen and sued a manufacturer. Russ

03-08-2001, 06:13 PM
I think its real simple, if you want to ignore it thats fine just dont be suprised when the float sticks one day if it ever does, Or, you can just try and make a habit of turning it off when your enroute to a new area or on the way back home. For small in between job trips i wouldnt sweat it.

03-08-2001, 06:56 PM
The only time i use the fuel shut off is when i store any machines for the winter. If you dont run the carb out of fuel and let a machine sit for long without running you run the risk of gumming up the the carb and having the float stick like guntruck mentioned.

03-08-2001, 08:25 PM
Just for reference, I started using mine today. Not a lot of trouble, so I'll have to make it a habit and hopefully it will become routine.

03-08-2001, 08:53 PM
With the exception of winter storage I have never closed the fuel shutoff. Seven years, Kohler, Briggs Vanguard, and Kawasaki engines on my mowers and not one problem.

03-08-2001, 09:07 PM
I guess I will start using it now. It never fails as soon as someone on this site mentions something I some how end us seeing it come true.

mdb landscaping
03-08-2001, 09:33 PM
i shut the fuel valve off every night when the mower is inside the garage. i dont know if it really matters, but i guess i have gottne accustomed to it.

03-08-2001, 11:24 PM
I read this thread and went out and looked at mine and yes I have a fuel shutoff valve under there.

no I have not used it yet.