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Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by grassyfras, Nov 19, 2000.

  1. grassyfras

    grassyfras LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,473

    I was wondering why do you have to drain the fuel from your mower. Is their any easy way to drain a Exmark WB or can you just put a fuel stabilizer in the gas.
  2. jimsmowin

    jimsmowin LawnSite Member
    Posts: 79

  3. Eric ELM

    Eric ELM Husband, Father, Friend, Angel
    Posts: 4,831

    I fill up my machines with fuel and start them up at least once a month. The 2 cycles, I dump the fuel out and let them run until they quit. You can add Stabilizer to the gas, but I never do. This is how I have winterized my old DC since it was new. I have had zero carb problems, so I guess it must work ok. If you leave fuel in them, fill them to the brim so the moisture doesn't form in the tanks.
  4. CCLC

    CCLC LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 261

    We always fill up the gas tanks completely and run them every couple of weeks throughout the winter. The two cycle stuff we just drain and run dry. I am afraid to us stabil for fear of gumming up the carbs with letting them sit.
  5. ronslawncare

    ronslawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 541

    i used fuel stabilizer on my craftsman mixed it in the tank and with my gas i put to much in i just had to get carb work done my mechanic said not use it anymore he said i wore out the f---ing primer trying to start my mower this week .but i think its ok it work ok on my blowers and trimmers. the smoke kills your lungs but its starts up on all my 2cycles first pull or at least the second
  6. moonarrow

    moonarrow LawnSite Member
    Posts: 223

    if you move to the south you don't have to worry about winterizing anything the keep running all year
  7. landscaper3

    landscaper3 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,354

    Our whether gets real cold up here in Maine along with you other northerners. All our Walkers, Toro's and all trimmers, blowers, power brooms and edgers all get 1/2 tanks with stable mixed in and dont run em till spring. Re-charge battery and fire em up.
  8. Vandora Lawn & Landscape

    Vandora Lawn & Landscape LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 386

    If you did want to drain the fuel tanks... Close the fuel valve and remove the line connected to the filter. Place line end into gas can and open valve. Now fill car up with extra gas.
  9. klite

    klite LawnSite Member
    Posts: 72

    I yse Sta-Bil Fule stablizer in all my equipment, all year long and have never had a problem since I started in 1996.I think it keeps the fule systems clean and free of gum all the time.
  10. I've done it both ways, drained the tanks and filled them full. Seems in my climate filling them up and starting the mowers once a month works best. All 2 cycle engines are drained out and run until they quit.

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