? about storing my Z

Discussion in 'Hustler Turf Equip (Archived)' started by horty34, Dec 8, 2010.

  1. horty34

    horty34 LawnSite Member
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    Have a new Hustler Z, a demo unit with 18 total hours on it. dealer already performed winter maintenance(changed all fluids and filters). is there any problem with storing the mower outside under a cover? This is in central Indiana.
     
  2. mowerconsultant

    mowerconsultant LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Syracuse, NY
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    If you can get all of the fuel out of it and remove the battery, make sure its covered up nice and tight, I don't see it being a issue, I would just have concerns with rodents making a home under the cover of the mower.

    Pj
     
  3. M & MD Lawn

    M & MD Lawn LawnSite Senior Member
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    I personally wouldn't, I live in indianapolis, and it gets cold and rainy then it freezes and I agree with mowerconsultant that rodents could make a home or even chew at hoses and things, I would say maybe find a spot in the garage for it, before storing outside... thats me though
     
  4. BEAR5614

    BEAR5614 LawnSite Member
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    Based on my personal experience, the following works to keep rodents & squirrels from chewing on the wires and gas tanks.

    Make sure you place several [at least 6] small aluminum tins [3" x 6"] of Moth Crystals around and on the machine. An inch or so in each tin should be sufficient. Also, [important] check the crystals each month that the machine is in storage - since they evaporate and have to be replenished.

    Note that Moth Crystals are different from Moth Balls [different chemicals]. The Crystals keep rodents away, the Moth Balls don't. The Crystals are sold by grocery stores [eg. Giant, Acme].

    Good luck,
    Joe
     
  5. mowerconsultant

    mowerconsultant LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Syracuse, NY
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    All of this is good advice.
     
  6. dc33

    dc33 LawnSite Member
    from Indiana
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    would Stabul surfice instead of draining the fuel?
     
  7. mowerconsultant

    mowerconsultant LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Syracuse, NY
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    It may be ok, I feel more comfortable with draining the fuel myself.
     
  8. Imow4u2

    Imow4u2 LawnSite Senior Member
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    I keep my tanks topped off, as I start my machines every 3/4 weeks in the off season.. Change oil and sharp blades.. in the spring we check tire pressures and go cut grass...
    Mine are stored in a dry unheated building, no mice allowed..
     

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