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    Hello everyone! I have been watching youtube videos on how to winterize mowers, trimmers, ect. Everyone says somthing different.Some say drain the fuel out and some say jus add fuel stablizer and let it sit. What is the best way to store the equipment for the winter?

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    I vote, drain out the fuel Simple, easy.
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    • #3
      Trimmers/Small tools - Just empty it back in your gas can, start it, then let it run on fumes until it dies

      Mowers - Just put stabilizer in the gas and you should be fine starting up in the spring. Unplug the battery.

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      • #4
        Hello everyone! I have been watching youtube videos on how to winterize mowers, trimmers, ect. Everyone says somthing different.Some say drain the fuel out and some say jus add fuel stablizer and let it sit. What is the best way to store the equipment for the winter?
        for trimmers I would put some sef fuel or truefuel in them so that the gaskets do not dry out and you do not have ethanol problems. As for mowers I would recommend startron or ethonal shield and a fall service. And personally I say remove the battery and take it inside so that it does not freeze.
        I am the owner of www.AllOutdoorParts.com an online mower parts distributor. I am also a Briggs Master Service Technician and Expert Certified Mechanic for Kohler. If my posts helps you please like my facebook page at www.facebook.com/alloutdoorparts

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        • #5
          In a Honda tech bulletin they say you can approach it 2 ways. Drain fuel, start engine and run it dry. Or if you want to leave fuel in it add stabilizer and run through engine. Make sure tank is topped off, the problem comes from condensation of un full tanks. If you top it off you have no condensation.
          Jim

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          • #6
            I always drain my fuel and run the motor till it stops.
            Last year somehow I forgot to drain my Weed Whacker and it cost me 80.00 to rebuild the carb this spring.
            So once again once I'm done mowing I will pressure wash all the gear dry it drain it run till stop give them a coat of Fluid Film and then store for the winter.
            also I will take the batteries indoor to store.

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            • #7
              I also drain it. Found a great little hand pump, throw it in my truck and no fuel bill for a week. Might have been cheaper to just replace the carb.

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              • #8
                for trimmers I would put some sef fuel or truefuel in them so that the gaskets do not dry out and you do not have ethanol problems. As for mowers I would recommend startron or ethonal shield and a fall service. And personally I say remove the battery and take it inside so that it does not freeze.

                Ooh! Ohh! I finally found someplace that sells "straight" Truefuel! Sears!

                I see the 40:1 and occasionally 50:1 cans, but I recently noted that my Sears has "unmixed" Truefuel.

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                • #9
                  I've seen broad answers as well, but i'd vote for drain the fuel... if you leave the fuel in it CAN harm the equipment, i have never heard of it harming the engine if you do drain it... what i have seen is more of a suggestion that if you leave it in in certain motors it won't harm so you don't have to worry on those, but i have never read that if you do drain ... it will harm...

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                  • #10
                    I've seen broad answers as well, but i'd vote for drain the fuel... if you leave the fuel in it CAN harm the equipment, i have never heard of it harming the engine if you do drain it... what i have seen is more of a suggestion that if you leave it in in certain motors it won't harm so you don't have to worry on those, but i have never read that if you do drain ... it will harm...

                    Wait, what? Can you say that again, but slower?






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                    • #11
                      I've seen broad answers as well, but i'd vote for drain the fuel... if you leave the fuel in it CAN harm the equipment, i have never heard of it harming the engine if you do drain it... what i have seen is more of a suggestion that if you leave it in in certain motors it won't harm so you don't have to worry on those, but i have never read that if you do drain ... it will harm...
                      Well you do have 2 schools of thought on most things no gas will cause condensation that will cause rust. ethanol eats up the gas lines the carb primer and will also cause the gas in the system to separate with the oil and make your trimmer run lean destroying it. That is why I like the TRUE FUEL or SEF fuel for your last tank in the trimmer. Just empty your tank out remember to pump the primer and get all of the gas out. Then pour the can in and start and run your trimmer for a little bit. As for your mowers use a STARTRON or ETHANOL SHIELD as they work much better then stabil with ethanol(the root of your problem). As for the winter service they now say that gas mixing with the oil causes the oil to break down(not a chemist so I can not really explain this well) but changing the oil at the end of the season compared to the beginning is supposed to make your equipment last longer.
                      I am the owner of www.AllOutdoorParts.com an online mower parts distributor. I am also a Briggs Master Service Technician and Expert Certified Mechanic for Kohler. If my posts helps you please like my facebook page at www.facebook.com/alloutdoorparts

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                      • #12
                        Ooh! Ohh! I finally found someplace that sells "straight" Truefuel! Sears!

                        I see the 40:1 and occasionally 50:1 cans, but I recently noted that my Sears has "unmixed" Truefuel.
                        I have had it for a few years in SEF but I have never seen it in truefuel..... I think right now I am $4.99 a can in the store, I can not sell it online though
                        I am the owner of www.AllOutdoorParts.com an online mower parts distributor. I am also a Briggs Master Service Technician and Expert Certified Mechanic for Kohler. If my posts helps you please like my facebook page at www.facebook.com/alloutdoorparts

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                        • #13
                          I always drain my fuel and run the motor till it stops.
                          Last year somehow I forgot to drain my Weed Whacker and it cost me 80.00 to rebuild the carb this spring.
                          So once again once I'm done mowing I will pressure wash all the gear dry it drain it run till stop give them a coat of Fluid Film and then store for the winter.
                          also I will take the batteries indoor to store.
                          I like the fluid film idea to protect the mower from rust that will help a lot. I might have to add that to my fall service as an option as well....

                          I do have it as an option for the decks in the spring.
                          I am the owner of www.AllOutdoorParts.com an online mower parts distributor. I am also a Briggs Master Service Technician and Expert Certified Mechanic for Kohler. If my posts helps you please like my facebook page at www.facebook.com/alloutdoorparts

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                          • #14
                            The last tank I use a ethanol shield or stabil. Then I always drained fuel afterwards. The only thing I do different is put a spoon or two of oil in two strokes. Then prime it 2-3 times to get it in the carb. I believe that keeps it lubed and prevents rust but it may just be my own personal theory.

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                            • #15
                              Thank you so much.. Great info!

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