Here in tennessee it was so warm last year that i was useing mine into nov an i cranked it back up mid feb so ....i usually top off the tank change oil check belts make any repairs needed clean her up an wait till warm spring
We drain the gas and run the tanks dry.
Clean under all decks and pressure wash and paint if necessary.
Take blades off and keep them off all winter
Do whatever maintenance
Jack heavy equipment to keep the weight off of the tires.
I leave the fuel in the tanks, but I add fuel stabilizer for the last 2 weeks of use. I also change oil but the question is: Do you change it again before you fire it up next season OR do you just run it? The reason for my original question is that when I winterize my waverunner I have to spray fogging oil in it ( because it is a 2stroke) and coat the internals with the oil to prevent rings sticking, rust etc. It never occured to me to do this with my mowers, trimmers etc. Any new thoughts? It would make sense to do it to all but I want other peoples ideas.
Way up North here we keep all equipment gassed and run stablizer in all equipment. Draining all gas up in colder elevations like up here in Maine will end up putting condensation in carb bowls and possible rotting gaskets.Just put stable in it and run it long enough for it to go through system!