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Old 01-16-2014, 11:07 AM
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Just go crank it up and run it for a little while. What's it going to hurt?
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Old 01-16-2014, 11:14 AM
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I always top mine off and start them up on the warm days and let them run for 10 minutes or so. 30*F is fine to start it.
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Old 01-16-2014, 11:41 AM
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I dont run my equipment at all in the off season, or any engine for that matter. I run them dry, then fill them up with non ethanol fuel, run for a few min then fog them with Marvel Mystery Oil. top up the tanks, and done. No additives, no snake oil, no cold starts. They will smoke at first start up witht he fogging oil, but that burns out in a min or two. Cold starts are the hardest part on an engine, so I dont why you would want to do it over and over for no reason. Especially engines that are splash lubed. Cold frigid oil doesn splash very well, and lubircation suffers because of this.

Engine fogging is SOP for many industries. In the marine world, every boat got fogged as part of winteriztion. I was a boat mechanic for a few years and this is standard. They would smoke like crazy at first start up in the spring but it doesnt hurt a thing. Go to a boat launch in the spring, and you will see tons of boats with white smoke billowing out the exhaust.
Just like everyone else on here, I have stuff that cuts, whacks, mows and blows. And way to haul it around.
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mower , run dry , storage , winter

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