7 Tips For Storing Your Lawnmower For The Winter

by:Jiali     2020-07-17
For many of us, fall means it is time to put away our lawnmower and start preparing for winter. We won't think about the lawnmower again until next what then? How many times have people needed to take their lawnmowers to the repair shop in the spring because it wouldn't start or work properly? Just ask the folks at the repair shop.
If we would only take a little extra time while we are storing our lawnmower--not only would it run better in the spring, but also it would last much longer overall. Here are 7 things you should do before you turn your back on your trusted friend for the winter:
1.) Clean Your Lawnmower Thoroughly. - Every little blade of grass or spot of debris can harbor moisture through the winter and can cause rust, corrosion, or peeling paint. Wash and scrub all foreign matter off both the top and the underside of your machine. Be sure you dry all areas carefully, because moisture is your lawnmowers enemy.
2.) Check Your Cutting Blade. - This is also a good time to check your cutting blade on a rotary mower, or your blade assembly on a reel mower. If you find nicks and gouges, and/or general dulling of the blade(s), you might want to have them sharpened--or sharpen them yourself if you have the knowledge. On rotary mowers, you should make sure the blade is re-balanced when it is sharpened.
3.) Check For Loose Parts. - The constant vibration through the summer can loosen up nuts and bolts, especially nuts or fasteners on the ends of the axles. This is also a good time to check for any bent axle mechanisms, or wheels that are out of alignment. If necessary, use some thread-locking material to keep them tight.
4.) Check and Lubricate all Cables. - Make sure your cables are properly fastened and anchored in the right places. Then work in some liquid graphite into the cables wherever possible. Also, if you have any grease fittings or lube points on your machine, now would be a good time to also address these, because oil and grease displaces moisture.
5.) Change the Oil. - Many people change oil in the spring before they start mowing, but I prefer changing oil in the fall before storing, because the combustion process makes the oil high in acid content--something I would prefer not sitting in my engine all winter. It doesn't take that long, and you can rest assured during the winter that your lawnmower will be in tip-top shape for the coming spring.
6.) Use Gas Stabilizer. - Many people advocate draining the gas tank for the winter, but I believe that tends to dry out hoses and cause cracking, as well as allowing 'tar' to accumulate in the carburetor. I prefer to put a prescribed amount of gas stabilizer (available at hardware and automotive stores) in the gas tank, then fill it to the brim with fresh gas--or you can mix it in the gas can if you won't be using all the gas from the can during the winter. I also like to start the engine and let it run for a minute or two to make sure the stabilized gas is well inside the carburetor.
7.) Use Rust Preventive. - Before storing your lawnmower, it is always a good idea to thoroughly spray the entire machine with a good rust preventing material--both on the outside and underneath the machine as well. You can find this material in hardware and automotive stores.
Well, that's a short list of things you can do each fall when storing your lawnmower for the winter. These few quick things will make your machine more reliable in the spring, and will also make it last much longer than if you put them off until spring--or didn't do them at all. Proper maintenance is always a good investment.
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