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Running equipment monthly instead of winterizing it?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by lawnsaspire, Dec 11, 2012.

  1. weeze

    weeze LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,569

    i live in northeast alabama. we might get a flurry in late december but it's rare. most of the time if we get any snow at all it's in jan or feb. we did have a blizzard in 1993 that was in late march/early april but that is very out of the ordinary. most of the time by march it's already up into the 60s. it's very much like the atlanta area. the weather here is nuts. one day it's 75 here and the next it's 25. then it goes back up to like 60 the following day. if it snows here it usually is gone within a few days unless we have a blizzard like that one time and it stays all week. that's the only time it's happened in my entire life down here. back in 1993. we do get cold weather here in jan and feb where it may stay in the 20s or teens for a week or so. it usually never snows during that time though. it's like it's too cold to snow or something lol. usually when it snows here the weather is around 30-32 degrees exactly and then it warms up and all the snow melts quickly. we might have a day or two to play in the snow that's about it. that's why when it snows here everything just shuts down. schools, businesses, restaurants, etc. it only lasts a day or two and then everything opens back up when it's over. back in 93' though everything was shut down for a week and noone had power all week. possible but extremely rare down here.
    Last edited: Dec 15, 2012
  2. recycledsole

    recycledsole LawnSite Gold Member
    from MD
    Messages: 3,273

    i dont think winterizing takes too much time. plus this would create a lot more pollution
  3. kawasaki guy

    kawasaki guy LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from USA
    Messages: 16,523

    I do the same, but I just tank up the stuff at shop before heading out. I think it varnish up the carb from sitting
  4. 7625

    7625 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 63

    Every piece of equipment I have is run a minimun of ten minutes every week if not in use. Of couse I put sea foam in it also and I use non ethanol gas also in everything. Since using non ethanol gas haven't replaced lines or bubbles to pump up fuel like I use to. I pretty much use blowers year round to clear customers gutters, drives, parking lots, leaf clean up until end of Feb depending on how cold and leaf drop end and then mowing begins end of Feb or first of March. Always have something to do, trimming bushes,spreading mulch, pinestraw, or whatever so things are always running.
  5. crazyflyboy30

    crazyflyboy30 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Alabama
    Messages: 372

    You are doing what I do .Non ethanol gas is must I fly BIG RC AIR PLANES with 111cc twin and the day I was hovering 2 foot off the ground the engine sputter it fail broke a $50 prop and bent the landing gear so from then on I use Non ethanol gas in every thing.At now it is $3.199.

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