Winter storage of lawn equiptment

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by Jimbo29, Dec 22, 2012.

  1. Jimbo29

    Jimbo29 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 20

    Went to start Exmart to run out gas for storage, but could not get started. Small amount of gas in tank, will it hurt? How do you store string trimmers and back back blowers? TX
  2. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 14,700

    If the fuel dries out it will leave a varnish residue behind. Tanks have to either be emptied or filled completely up. Just take a rag and stuff it down in the tank to sop up the little bit of leftover fuel.

    I drain my 2 strokes before putting them away. You can also pull the spark plug and drop a few drops of 2 stroke oil in the cylinder and give it a couple of pulls. A couple of drop down the carb throat won't hurt either. It keeps rust from forming.
  3. LandFakers

    LandFakers LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
    Posts: 6,229

    Im not real knowledgable about leaving a little bit of gas in the tank, But i empty the tank of the handhelds into a gas can, then run them until they die. Hasnt let me down yet
  4. ringahding

    ringahding LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 612

    Usually drain all fuel out of everything we are storing. If you were not able to get all fuel out before starting in the spring, the fuel may be stale. I can ALMOST guarantee if you took the time to get most of it out, and add fresh fuel, it will start up.
  5. kawasaki guy

    kawasaki guy LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from S. New Jersey
    Posts: 11,844

    On the mowers, I put stabil in the gas and with the handhelds I don't use year round, I drain the tank.

    On the handhelds I use year round, I do the same as the mowers.
  6. mach14604

    mach14604 LawnSite Member
    from Ohio
    Posts: 231

    I won't even take the chance of leaving fuel in trimmers or edgers. I spent $125 in cleaning and replacing carbs last year. Gas is junk now of days and does last like it use to. Even on my riders I turned off the fuel supply and ran them til they died.

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