Winterizing your mower

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Lasko's Lawn Service, Oct 21, 2008.

  1. Lasko's Lawn Service

    Lasko's Lawn Service LawnSite Member
    Messages: 188

    What, if anything, do you guys/gals do to "winterize" your mower? Do you disconnect the batteries, add Stabil to the gas, or other things?
  2. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,266

    I have heard most guys draining the gas tanks for the winter.....
    I have used Stabil in my 21" mowers the last few years (make sure to run the mowers for a few minutes with Stabil in the tank) and had absolutely no problem starting them up in the spring.
    I also make sure everything is washed down and clean (decks especially) AND I do all fresh oil changes and blade sharpens going into the winter so that the machines are ready to go in the spring.
  3. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,737

    dont know ive never had to winterize a mower! o wait wht is winter??? LOL
  4. LawnTamer

    LawnTamer LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,986

    I have been using SeaFoam instead of Stabil the last few years and have been very happy with it. I also change the oil out, so they have clean, moisture free oil in them. If you have the ability to shut off the fuel supply, I recommend doing that as well. After I add the SeaFoam, I will mow my own lawn, or a couple of lawns, to work it in, then when I put the mower away, I will shut off the fuel line and let it run until it empties the carb and dies. I check all the belts, replace if worn, change out the plugs and the airfilters, grease 'em good and put them to bed for the winter.
  5. hillbilly_lawnboy

    hillbilly_lawnboy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 86

    a bunch of this white gold falls from the sky............. I think its called snow lol:laugh:
  6. hillbilly_lawnboy

    hillbilly_lawnboy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 86

    i use stabil as well. and have never had a problem. i usually disconnect the batteries and put a low amp maintainer on them. i usually don't have any problems come spring.
  7. thinksnow

    thinksnow LawnSite Member
    Messages: 87

    If you choose to use stable or seafoam and not drain your tanks make sure you fill them right to the top. The exposed surface area (half tank, quarter tank) on the walls of tanks is were condensation occurs resulting in water in your gas. By filling right to the top with a good dose of seafoam you eliminate that problem. As stated earlier you have to run the machine for a while to make sure the seafoam is all the way through the system.
  8. shade tree landscaping

    shade tree landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 915

    change oil & filter, lube all the lube point real good, clean over all, try to start and run for a few min at once a month, stabil in the tanks and that about it
  9. P & L Turf

    P & L Turf LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 272

    Park 'em in the trailers and not worry about it.
  10. dura to the max

    dura to the max LawnSite Silver Member
    from georgia
    Messages: 2,246

    same here, we cut about 5-10 lawns/week during the winter anyway...

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