Winterize your tanks

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by cenlo, Oct 2, 2005.

  1. cenlo

    cenlo LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ontario
    Messages: 322

    How do you guys winterize at the end of the season? .......Anti-freeze or.................................??????????????????
  2. Pilgrims' Pride

    Pilgrims' Pride LawnSite Senior Member
    from MA.
    Messages: 481

    RV anti-freeze works well as it is non toxic.
  3. heritage

    heritage LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,351

    Ditto :)

    Pete D.
  4. MrBarefoot

    MrBarefoot LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 515

    I also use RV anti freeze. Non toxic and ok on the seals.
  5. Jason Rose

    Jason Rose LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,858

    I was just thinking about this yesterday... how topical.

    I have owned my lesco tank sprayer for 5 years and have never used antifreeze of any kind in it for winter storage. I have just been hooking up my air compressor to the hose and blowing the hose, and in turn the pump out thru the drain plug. I make sure the ball valve is OFF to the agitator nozzle in the tank while blowing out. Once all the water is out I OPEN all the valves and leave the drain cap OFF just incase any water is left it won't get trapped by a valve, or in a valve, and split it.

    SO FAR I have not had any problems doing it this way, It sits in a non insulated storage unit all winter.

    Is it too much of a risk to do it this way? I know the manual says to use antifreeze, but unless I'd use about 5 gallons in the tank I can't get the pump to prime dry and suck it into the lines. I would only use the RV stuff, but still don't know exactly where I'd "dispose" of it come spring.
  6. cenlo

    cenlo LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ontario
    Messages: 322

    Thanks for the info.
  7. Grassmechanic

    Grassmechanic LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,697

    I've done it basically the same way as you, Jason, for over 20 years without ever a problem. I never use any type of anti freeze.
  8. walker-talker

    walker-talker LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 4,771

    I use a 50/50 mix of antifreeze and water. About 2.5 gallons of each. In the spring I punp it back into containers and save it for next season. I have done this the last 3 years.
  9. TOMMY1115

    TOMMY1115 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 169

    The important thing is to get the water out of the lines so you don't crack anything on the pump, or to put anti-freeze in there so the water doesn't freeze. Either way is good as long as nothing freezes!!!!!!

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