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Gas shutoff on walk behinds?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by lakegastonla, Mar 7, 2001.

  1. lakegastonla

    lakegastonla LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 296

    Does anyone use these on their walkbehinds? The manufacturers suggest doing it ANYTIME you trailer the mower. I have never done this, is it really necessary?
    Hate to sound like a dummy, but sometimes it's the small things that pass you by.
  2. kutnkru

    kutnkru LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,662

    I think it comes down to how anal you want to be about your equipment. I suppose that if you were going to be trailering for a significant distance that it would be beneficial. As far as during the routine mowing schedule, we personally do not.

    I think that more importantly I would worry about fastening your equipment securely to your trailer. I would also consider engaging your belts if they are older during route to keep them from slipping off during transport while mowing.

    Good Luck this season.
  3. eslawns

    eslawns LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 712

    Are you talking about the little valve under the fuel tank? I can't see any reason to do this. As far as I know that valve is there so you don't need to drain the tank to work on the fuel system. Anybody know why you might need to do this?
  4. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
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  5. Shack

    Shack LawnSite Member
    Posts: 119

    After 7 years in business I have never not 1 time cut the feul off. Never had a problem. GO FIGURE
  6. joshua

    joshua LawnSite Bronze Member
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  7. Grassman

    Grassman LawnSite Member
    Posts: 203

    I think the manufacturers tell us to do this just to cover their butts. Imagine 2 mowers rolling around unsecured on a trailer and somehow a fuel line gets disconected and sprays gas on a hot muffler. Some idiot has probably had this happen and sued a manufacturer. Russ
  8. guntruck

    guntruck LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 527

    I think its real simple, if you want to ignore it thats fine just dont be suprised when the float sticks one day if it ever does, Or, you can just try and make a habit of turning it off when your enroute to a new area or on the way back home. For small in between job trips i wouldnt sweat it.
  9. Lawnking

    Lawnking LawnSite Member
    Posts: 27

    The only time i use the fuel shut off is when i store any machines for the winter. If you dont run the carb out of fuel and let a machine sit for long without running you run the risk of gumming up the the carb and having the float stick like guntruck mentioned.
  10. lakegastonla

    lakegastonla LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 296

    Just for reference, I started using mine today. Not a lot of trouble, so I'll have to make it a habit and hopefully it will become routine.

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