Unfortunately, we will be using the power equipment quite a bit in the next two or three weeks. There's the lawn mower, leaf blower, shipper and shredder, and even the garden tiller.
How many times have you put up this type of equipment without preparing it for storage, only to find it won't start when you need it in the spring?
Here are a few hints on how to put your power equipment to bed before the snow flies. The first chore is simple. Clean off the equipment outside, making sure to remove all dirt and debris especially under the mower housing. After this cleaning, give it a spray with light oil like WD-40.
It wouldn't be a bad idea to sharpen the mower blade, but make sure you remove the spark plug before doing this for safety reasons. You might even want to sharpen the tiller blades, but remember they can't be sharp, sharp to do the best job in the soil.
Now, let's take into consideration the fuel tank. You can do two things with the storage of this type of power equipment. First, you can add certain ingredients like STAYBIL to the tank full of gas and it will keep it fresh until next spring. Better yet, add the STAYBIL and run out all the gas. Take out the spark plug and give the hole a shot of light oil after the gas has run out, and then replace the plug.
Don't forget to oil all the moving parts like cables and hinges and tighten all screws and bolts. By doing this maintenance in the fall and early winter, you can enjoy your spring chores and reduce repair costs.