How to Winterize Lawn Care Equipment
If you haven’t already, now is the time to winterize your lawn care equipment. From mowers to blowers to string trimmers, all of your small engine equipment (and any hand tools you use) will benefit from cleaning and maintenance. Here are the steps to winterizing your equipment.
Note: always work on a hard surface—not the lawn. If oil or gasoline drips on the lawn it will kill the grass. It is also important to work in a well-ventilated area so that the fumes can release. Never work with volatile fuels in a closed room!
- Disconnect the spark plugs. Before you do any work on your equipment you need to prevent the power from coming on. (Mower blades + accidental firing + hands = blood.)
- Drain the gasoline and oil. You don’t want gas to sit in the engine unused all winter. It’s best to put engine stabilizer in the tank and a fresh quart of oil in after you’re done working on the equipment.. (Always read the owner’s manual. Two- and four-stroke engines use different combinations in the engine.)
- After the gas and oil are removed and the spark plugs are disconnected, you can work on cleaning and replacing parts. Thoroughly clean the undercarriage of the mower with a stiff bristle brush. Try to avoid using water so that you don’t cause rust.
- Clean the bearings and moving parts with a lubricant such as WD-40. (Don’t use oil that dust and debris will stick to.
- Sharpen or replace the blades on the mower or replace the string on a trimmer.
- Check the air filter and replace.
Once you’ve finished these steps, you can put fresh oil and a fresh tank of gas in the machine. If you put engine stabilizer in, re-connect the spark plugs and run the mower for a few minutes. This will make sure that the stabilizer gets into the carburetor so that it can do its job over the winter. Then, disconnect the spark plugs and store for the winter!