Originally Posted by rlitman
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.
true enough on the fuel shut off...they are cheap. I did mention the choke thing on handheld equipment, but I should have included that for all equipment with chokes. And that is a very important step really. if you dont get that gas out of the carb, it can cause headaches in the spring!
And thats a great tip ive never thought off in #2! I have always pulled the starter cord a few times, to coat the cylinder, but never thought to ensure the valves were closed aftere putting the spark plug back in. Great tip there and you can bet ill be adding that to my process! Thanks..