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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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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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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.
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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.
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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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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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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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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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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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