Originally Posted by rbljack
this is no place to be lazy or problems will show up in the spring. . .
Mowers and equipment with fuel shut offs:. . .
Equipment without fuel shut offs:. . .
The first thing I do with equipment that doesn't have a fuel shutoff, is install a fuel shutoff. A plastic in-line valve installed just before the carb (or just before the fuel pump if the equipment has one), is a great $5 investment.
Two things I do that I didn't see mentioned above.
1) when I run the machine dry, I will choke it just as it starts to stumble. That will let it run the gas level in the carb even lower.
2) for a machine with a recoil start, once I've fogged the cylinder and replaced the plug, I gently pull the rope until I feel compression, so the valves are closed when I store it.