Last Updated on April 17, 2017
It might not even necessarily be close to the cold season, but when it comes to storage of those heavy power equipment, knowledge is power. With such heavy machinery like a lawn mower or any two-cycle hand tools, it is important to have the equipment ready for storage when the time comes. Doing this is as easy as these four steps;
Step 1: the fuel
The first step should be to either drain off or stabilize the fuel. For the lawnmower, it is recommended that one adds stabilizer rather than draining it off altogether. After adding the stabilizer, run the lawnmower for a few minutes to make sure the fuel mixes in the system, then add a fresh tank of fuel. When the tank is full, it stores better because then there is no condensation. For two-cycle machines like edgers, trimmers, and chain saws, simply drain the fuel tank into a fuel can, then pump the primer bulb until the line is confirmed dry. Run the unit at idle until the remainder fuel is gone. Ensure all the safety precautions are taken when using such equipment as lawnmowers. Make sure the safety is on and the equipment is placed out of reach for either adults who do not know how to use them or children.
Step 2: filters and fuel lines
The next step is the inspection of all the fuel lines and filters. If they are not too dirty, then simple cleaning will be necessary for air filters. Be careful not to damage them, though. Make sure nothing on the fuel line is cracking or rotting. The period before such a long term storage period is ideal for those repairs, especially those that happen over time like these. Catch them before they get worse.
Step 3: the spark plug
According to many manufacturers, the plug should be charged once every year. Before such long term storage, for both the engine types make sure to remove the spark plugs. After removing the spark plug, add some oil to the port and if the plug is too old or worn out, consider replacing it with a new one.
Step 4: shields and moving parts
This can also be characterized under general maintenance. Equipment will run much smoother if dirt and debris is not allowed to build up, especially on the moving parts. Accumulation of dirt will dull the blades and reduce their effectiveness. Clean and lube all the moving parts to have them working well after the long term storage period.
- Keep the material in an area free of humidity and dust
- Coat all surfaces that are susceptible to rust with a thin coat of oil
- Store the equipment in its standard operation position
- Protect the equipment from dust and debris through the use of a specific cover
- Keep the battery on a tender
- Keep the machinery away from areas with excessive traffic or where they can result in accidents or are susceptible to damage
These storage tips are not necessarily only for winter. They can work even for a typical holiday trip in summer.