How and where do you store your push mower for winter?
I currently store mine in my small one car garage on the floor, but I'd
like to hang it up thus making more room so SWMBO can park her car
inside this winter. I think it can be hung by the handle because it
isn't heavy (no fancy add-ons, just deck & motor). If hung, Is it a good
idea to remove oil & gas first? I've also thought about making a shelf
for the mower.
You should always remove the gasoline no matter where you store it. I would
just hang it by handles. Probably ok to just leave the oil in it but won't
hurt to drain that too. (Next spring fill it with Mobil 1 5W30).
I use Stabil in the gasoline. I have not stored any gas-powered tool
off the floor, but you need to make sure it is secure if you do. A
platform of some sort might work for you--something the hood of the
car can fit under.
Best is to run it dry of gas, old gas will dry out in the carb leaving
varnish, residue buildup. Depending on where the piston is oil could
migrate into the cilinder-valves or carb making alot of major problems
next year. Drain the oil or store it on the ground
I agree with leaving oil in, but it wont help the cilinder, you must use
Fogging oil for that. But if he hangs it up and his cilinder is pointing
down when he tries to start it if to much oil is into the cilinder the
piston can crack from excessive compression from non compressing oil.
His best bet is change oil , run the gas dry and fog the cilinder and
leave it flat.
Don't know about the crankcase. The oil covering there should be adequate.
I usually leave the oil in but I always pull the plug, squirt a little oil
into the cylinder and turn the engine over a couple times to spread it
around. Emptying the tank is especially important when storing a snowblower
for the summer and hot weather.
I prefer using fresh gas at the beginning of a season instead of using
stabilizer. Would only use stabilizer if the gas is not easily removed. I
use a little piece of tubing to siphon out as much gas as I can and then run
the engine until it dies.
I run mine until it is out of gas. I may drain the oil or change it in the
spring. I'd not put it at any other angle unless you drain the oil first.
Oil could go places it don't belong or even leak out and make a mess.
On a side note, I always remove the shroud and clean the clippings and
leaves from the cooling fins. Aside from cooling, it also permits proper air
flow over the vain that governs the speed.
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