View Full Version : Winter storage of lawn equiptment

12-22-2012, 09:43 PM
Went to start Exmart to run out gas for storage, but could not get started. Small amount of gas in tank, will it hurt? How do you store string trimmers and back back blowers? TX

Richard Martin
12-23-2012, 11:52 AM
If the fuel dries out it will leave a varnish residue behind. Tanks have to either be emptied or filled completely up. Just take a rag and stuff it down in the tank to sop up the little bit of leftover fuel.

I drain my 2 strokes before putting them away. You can also pull the spark plug and drop a few drops of 2 stroke oil in the cylinder and give it a couple of pulls. A couple of drop down the carb throat won't hurt either. It keeps rust from forming.

12-23-2012, 07:06 PM
Im not real knowledgable about leaving a little bit of gas in the tank, But i empty the tank of the handhelds into a gas can, then run them until they die. Hasnt let me down yet

12-23-2012, 07:16 PM
Usually drain all fuel out of everything we are storing. If you were not able to get all fuel out before starting in the spring, the fuel may be stale. I can ALMOST guarantee if you took the time to get most of it out, and add fresh fuel, it will start up.

kawasaki guy
12-23-2012, 08:26 PM
On the mowers, I put stabil in the gas and with the handhelds I don't use year round, I drain the tank.

On the handhelds I use year round, I do the same as the mowers.

01-02-2013, 12:11 PM
I won't even take the chance of leaving fuel in trimmers or edgers. I spent $125 in cleaning and replacing carbs last year. Gas is junk now of days and does last like it use to. Even on my riders I turned off the fuel supply and ran them til they died.