What to do when theres no fuel shut off?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Petr51488, Dec 23, 2004.

  1. Petr51488

    Petr51488 LawnSite Silver Member
    from NJ
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    This question is for winterizing the machines. I did all my 4 cycle things already. My main concern now is the 2 cycle machines and the 4 cycle that don't have a fuel shut off valve. My generator does not have a fuel shut off valve. what do i do gas wise? do i drain the gas? or fill it up to the top with gas/stabilizer? If i keep it full, the carb will gum up eventually. Also, with my stihl blower and trimmer, they obviously don't have fuel shut off valves, do I drain the gas out of them as well? Any info would help. Thanks!
     
  2. YardPro

    YardPro LawnSite Gold Member
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    read the directions on the stabil !!!!!!!!!!!!
    mix the needed amount in the tank and run for 2 minutes.
     
  3. Petr51488

    Petr51488 LawnSite Silver Member
    from NJ
    Posts: 2,372

    Alright relax buddy. I did and my only concern was that the gum would build up in the carb since there is no fuel shut off valve. Do you know the answer?
     
  4. JCA1

    JCA1 LawnSite Member
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    I have been using stabil in all my outdoor equipment for a few years now. Mine sit all winter just like they do in the summer. They always start on the first try and run perfect. I am persuaded that stabil equals no gum. Even draining untreated gas can lead to varnish sticking things up in the carb.
     
  5. Green Care

    Green Care LawnSite Senior Member
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    Buy some inline shut off valves fron J-Thomas. Thats what I use with the heavy equip. with the trimmers/blowers dump the gas out and let it run.
     
  6. YardPro

    YardPro LawnSite Gold Member
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    ok once again.
    mix stabil with fuel in tank
    run for 2 minutes
    the running for two minutes puts the fuel with stabil into the carb and intake tract.
    stabil keeps fuel from VARNISHING in the carb.

    sorry,
    guess if you didn't follow that line of thought in the directions, you would not follow it from me either.

    mery christmas :)
     
  7. Petr51488

    Petr51488 LawnSite Silver Member
    from NJ
    Posts: 2,372

    So, any type of stabilizer will work? I bought a bottle of it in Sears. Fuel Stabalizer. I read the directions and put it in the gass.. that will keep it from gumming it up? Or do i need a special type of stabilizer.
     
  8. Jay Ray

    Jay Ray LawnSite Fanatic
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    For 1/4" black rubber fuel hose, needlenose vicegrips will work in a pinch for working on the engine but probably not a good idea for clamping off fuel all winter. They don't have to be set very tight to cut the flow. Just don't knock 'em loose around a space heater, hot muffler, or torch. Installing the valve is definitely better, cheaper, and safer.
     
  9. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
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    No you don't need a special stabilizer. You can use the Sears stabilizer and you will be fine in the spring. Just follow the directions.
     
  10. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
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    You may have been confusing him since what you wrote isn't what is on the back of a bottle of STA-BIL.
     

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