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what to do to winterize weed trimmer?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by timmac, Jan 4, 2007.

  1. timmac

    timmac LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 480

    What do I need to do to service (winterize) my stihl weed trimmer's. Any help will be appreciated. thanks
  2. carcrz

    carcrz LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,085

    stabil in the mix & then fogging oil in the plug.
  3. timmac

    timmac LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 480

    should I replace or clean the air filter?
  4. Accu-cut Lawn Care

    Accu-cut Lawn Care LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,206

    Run your unit dry of fuel then clean your air filter....Then spray some wd-40 all over the carb, throttle assembly, and ignition components.
  5. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    2-cycle mix oil is a preservative, so mixed fuel keeps a lot longer.
    As a rule, I do drain my 2-cyclers just in case.

    Every 2 years, replace the in-tank fuel filter (pita, I know).
    Far as the air filter, just order a new one so you have it.
    Maybe a spark plug, too (this must be kept in a dry place, perhaps inside a small plastic bag).

    This is likely unique, but I found a use for used motor oil:
    I fill a spray bottle (like an empty windex one) with it, then I spray my equipment with it lightly.
    I don't think it hurts it, surely it helps preserve as well, and cheap.
  6. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    Just use Stabil. Do NOT run the motor out of fuel. This simple thing is one of the worse things you can do - especially if it is stored in colder or dryer air. This will dry out the seals inside.

    JKOOPERS LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,259

    i dont do anything to mine at all and they always start on the first or second pull . i use opti - 2
  8. JTF40

    JTF40 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 875

    Same here - Opti2 is the BEST.:weightlifter: :weightlifter: :weightlifter:
  9. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,453

    I think it is a good idea to run the machine weekly across the winter. Need to make sure all the seals stay wet with oil.
  10. Tharrell

    Tharrell LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,967

    Opti 2 has a stabilizer in it. Keep fuel in them, occasionally take them outside and fire them up. That's what I do.

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