Lawn Care Business Forum Lawn Care Business Book Lawn Care Business Blog Lawn Care Software
Home Forum Contract & Flyer Templates Blog Software Videos Podcast Calculators / Estimators Store Mower Review Design It Yourself Lawn Business School

Go Back   GopherHaul Landscaping & Lawn Care Business Marketing Forum > Lawn Care, Landscaping, and Property Management Forums > Truck, Trailer, and Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs.

Truck, Trailer, and Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs. Questions on your truck, trailer, commercial lawn mowers, lawn mower, mower parts, lawn tractors, engines, edgers, trimmers, pole saws, aerators, hydro seeders, snow plows, chain saws, stump grinders??

Winterize Your Equipment?


Truck, Trailer, and Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs.

Questions on your truck, trailer, commercial lawn mowers, lawn mower, mower parts, lawn tractors, engines, edgers, trimmers, pole saws, aerators, hydro seeders, snow plows, chain saws, stump grinders??
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 12-09-2007, 01:04 PM
LGYardService LGYardService is offline
Members
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Casper, WY
Age: 21
Posts: 228
Rep Power: 7
LGYardService
Talking

Hey guys,

I was just wndering if it is really necessary to drain the gas and oil out of you mowing and summer equipment? They say that if you leave the gas in the tanks all winter then the equipment won't run right when you try to start em up in the spring. Is this necessary? Thanks!

Luke
__________________
15 year old teenager in the business!

Luke Gilbert
LG Yard Services
Casper, WY


http://www.lgyardservice.com/index.html

Reply With Quote

Stop guess-timating. Learn how to estimate and make money! $$$
Mow Time Estimator Lawn Care Price Estimator Mulch and Topsoil Calculator Snow Plow Estimate Calculator


  #2  
Old 12-09-2007, 01:08 PM
realhuntin
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
Drain what you can and store it back into a can fit for its use. run the rest out of it. Then your sure you got it all out.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 12-09-2007, 02:11 PM
StartALawnCareBusiness's Avatar
StartALawnCareBusiness StartALawnCareBusiness is offline
Keith
 
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 731
Rep Power: 0
StartALawnCareBusiness is on a distinguished road
Default

Good question.

Here is a blog entry I wrote last year on winterizing your equipment.

As the sun sets lower on the horizon and my air conditioner gets turned off, I know late autumn and winter are just around the corner.

December is here and this is the time of year when most lawn care companies shift their focus away from mowing yards. *Leaf raking, overseeding, fertilizing, and autumn cleanup jobs take precedence over grass cutting. *Because of this, lawn mowers are not needed nearly as much over the next several months as they are during the summer. *

In this part of the country, we normally still mow some even in December (and occasionally in January) if there is a warm spell. *Keeping your primary mower in operating condition is always a good idea. *However, the secondary mowers normally get put away for the winter by mid November.

While some of the southern states can continue mowing year-round, in the northern states mowing is often completely finished by the second or third week of November.

It is now time to think about storing your commercial lawn mowing machinery for the winter. *There are a few steps I like to take to make sure my equipment makes it through the harsh temperatures safely so it will start easily when spring comes.

These tips are just personal opinion and you should follow the instruction manual that came with your equipment. *All maintenance should be done with the mower turned off and the battery disconnected.

When you are performing the steps below, keep an eye out for belts, hoses, pulleys, pins, springs, bolts, and other parts that need to be replaced.

1) *Gas - Run the gas tank dry the last time you run the mower. *Old gas sitting in the fuel system for an extended period of time tends to decay rubber fuel lines and gaskets. *If keeping some fuel in the tank is inevitable, I try to use Sta-Bil or some other form of gas stabilizer. *Don’t siphon extra gas out. *Siphoning is dangerous…it is better to let the mower run out of gas on its own during the last time you mow a yard. *Close your fuel line valve to keep gas out of the carburetor.

2) *Disconnect the Battery. *Store it in a safe place for winter. *If your mower is kept in an outside storage shed, consider keeping the batter in a safe place that will stay at a moderate temperature for the winter.

3) *Cleaning - Brush all the old grass away from your mowing deck and from all the nooks and craneys. *If you have a front deck mower, pull off the deck lid to remove grass from the pulleys. *Lift the deck and carefully clean all the grass away from the underside. *If the grass is caked on, I will sometimes use a pressure washer with a low pressure nozzle to wash away all excess grass and dirt. *If you are feeling particularly proud of your commercial mower, a good wax job now will make sure it shines next spring.

4) *Lubricating - *Use a lube gun on all lubricating nibs. *Be careful to not overfill. *I also like to change oil one last time before putting the mower away for the winter. *It is good knowing that the mower will have clean fresh oil in it while it is sitting still for a couple months. *Also, I always change the oil filter when I change oil. *This goes the same for your hydrostatic fluid if your commercial lawn mower is so equipped. *Take the old oil to a proper disposal facility. *

5) *Blades - Sharpen your lawn mower blades. *When you are finished, use a lubricating spray such as WD-40 on the blades. *This will help keep the newly sharpened blades from rusting during the winter.

6) *Air filter - Change your filter. *If you have a two stage filter with a foam outer sleeve, some filter manufacturers recommend a light film of oil on the outer stage.

7) *More lubricant. *Use a recommended lubricating spray on all moving parts. *It is especially useful to lubricate cables (choke cables, etc.), hinges on chute guards, and other moving parts.

8) *Spark plugs. *Disconnect and remove the spark plug. *A quick spray of lubricating fluid can be squirted into the spark plug hole.

9) *Store the equipment in an area where it will be out of the way in a cool, dry, inside area. *Attempt to deter rodents and other animals that might nest in the mower.

10) *Cover your lawn mower with a sturdy tarp to help keep it clean. *A tarp can also keep unexpected events from damaging your lawn mower. *I will never forget one spring when I completely finished readying my main mower for it's first crank up. *No matter what I did, I could not get it to start. *Eventually, I winched it onto my trailer and took it to a service center. *They called back to tell me all my fuel lines were full of water. *I could not understand how that happened. *It took me about 4 days to remember that during winter, I had a water pipe break in my garage. *Lucky me... water must have poured directly onto a leaking fuel cap. *Somehow almost a gallon of water infiltrated the system fouling my spark plugs and carburetor.

By following these tips and the instructions from your equipment manufacturer, you will greatly reduce the time needed to ready your machinery once spring rolls around.

Commercial lawn mowers and lawn care equipment are built tough. *If you take care of them, you can greatly increase their service life. *Keeping machinery running longer effectively reduces your costs and increases the profit potential of your lawncare business.

Keith
__________________
Start a profitable lawn care business.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 12-09-2007, 02:58 PM
LGYardService LGYardService is offline
Members
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Casper, WY
Age: 21
Posts: 228
Rep Power: 7
LGYardService
Talking



Ok, thanks Keith

I'm going to follow this word by word! What happens if you don't perform these tasks?

Luke
__________________
15 year old teenager in the business!

Luke Gilbert
LG Yard Services
Casper, WY


http://www.lgyardservice.com/index.html

Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 12-09-2007, 05:40 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,519
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Well,

For years and years this is what happened to me. I would have to take apart carbs and un-gunk all the gas that turned into a syrup. It clogged the jets and the engine wouldn't run until I spent hours trying to take things apart and then put them back together

__________________
- Subscribe to my Lawn Care Marketing Blog Feed and get daily tips sent to you. Free!
Download your Free trial of Gopher Lawn Care Software.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 12-09-2007, 05:58 PM
LGYardService LGYardService is offline
Members
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Casper, WY
Age: 21
Posts: 228
Rep Power: 7
LGYardService
Talking



Jeeze! I guess it is more important then I thought. So, Steve? Are you in the business yourself? Or did you just create this program for everyone else? By the way, you doing a GREAT job!

Thanks

__________________
15 year old teenager in the business!

Luke Gilbert
LG Yard Services
Casper, WY


http://www.lgyardservice.com/index.html

Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 12-09-2007, 06:08 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,519
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Thanks Luke.

I don't run a lawn care business but I have had plenty of engines which needed to be cleaned out from letting gas sit in them over winter.

I will tell you one thing, you learn a great deal about engines if you don't winterize because you have to take them apart a lot and put them back together later
__________________
- Subscribe to my Lawn Care Marketing Blog Feed and get daily tips sent to you. Free!
Download your Free trial of Gopher Lawn Care Software.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 12-09-2007, 08:05 PM
LGYardService LGYardService is offline
Members
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Casper, WY
Age: 21
Posts: 228
Rep Power: 7
LGYardService
Post



Sweet but I didnt mean it like just because you know about engines. LOL I just meant like why did you ever decide to make a lawn care website and everything? But yes, I agree, you probably do know a lot about engines and equipment.

Thanks
__________________
15 year old teenager in the business!

Luke Gilbert
LG Yard Services
Casper, WY


http://www.lgyardservice.com/index.html

Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 01-08-2008, 10:44 PM
FourSeasons FourSeasons is offline
Members
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Age: 32
Posts: 558
Rep Power: 8
FourSeasons
Default

Yes if you don't run the gas out of the carb and it sits in there all winter the gas starts to turn to like a varnish and gums everything up.
I used to be a small engine mechanic about 5 years ago.
In the spring this was very common from people not winterizing their equipment.
__________________
Rob
Green Image Lawn & Landscape

\"If you don't feel the same way about Friday nights as you do Sunday nights, then you are not doing the right thing.\"
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 01-09-2008, 01:46 PM
StartALawnCareBusiness's Avatar
StartALawnCareBusiness StartALawnCareBusiness is offline
Keith
 
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 731
Rep Power: 0
StartALawnCareBusiness is on a distinguished road
Default

Rob:

What is your view on fuel stabilizers such as Stab-l (or however it's spelled)?

With our winters so short in my part of the country, I've never had a big issue with fuel sitting long enough to go bad. That product has a good reputation for keeping gas from turning bad if it sits for several months and you can't run the gas out of the fuel system.

Thanks:

Keith
__________________
Start a profitable lawn care business.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Forum Jump

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Gie-review / What's new...
ExtremeLawncareServices
Today 09:19 AM
Today 09:19 AM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
0 1
Dealing With Gas Can...
Mr. Mow
10-21-2014 01:41 PM
Today 08:37 AM
by Dan Tanner
10 372
Leaf removal
madmedic8575
Yesterday 04:14 PM
Today 06:47 AM
by Mr. Mow
3 113
My Newest Toy (B.P....
Dan Tanner
10-23-2014 05:50 PM
Today 05:06 AM
by Dan Tanner
2 158
hey everyone
robert8509
10-22-2014 08:16 PM
Yesterday 11:07 PM
by robert8509
7 239
raking leaves ?
robert8509
10-22-2014 09:19 PM
Yesterday 11:05 PM
by robert8509
9 295
new to the forum
madmedic8575
Yesterday 02:52 PM
Yesterday 02:52 PM
by madmedic8575
0 69
Lawn Care business...
crieg122
10-23-2014 01:23 PM
Yesterday 01:11 PM
by Steve
4 207
Pressure Washing Like a...
TNTurf
08-01-2014 11:47 PM
Yesterday 01:00 PM
by Steve
11 911
12 Years in Business!
Chilehead
10-23-2014 08:07 AM
10-23-2014 11:08 PM
by Chilehead
2 164
Cheapskate Landlord...
Mr. Mow
10-20-2014 06:33 AM
10-23-2014 05:55 PM
by biglee
13 474
Hi from SoCal
Jmoney
10-23-2014 11:29 AM
10-23-2014 12:51 PM
by Steve
1 130
Workmans compensation...
CDLAWNCARE
10-15-2014 08:05 AM
10-23-2014 12:33 PM
by Steve
5 585
Pda
stevef1201
10-18-2014 02:05 PM
10-23-2014 06:12 AM
by ringahding1
4 413
Leaf Box & Loader Set...
ringahding1
10-21-2014 06:20 AM
10-23-2014 05:13 AM
by ringahding1
5 305
Hello, from TEXAS
sanchez5
10-17-2014 09:56 PM
10-22-2014 01:27 PM
by Steve
6 480
Organic Lawn Care...
NHray
10-17-2014 06:05 PM
10-22-2014 01:23 PM
by Steve
3 456
Hi Steve From West...
Mr. Mow
10-21-2014 01:59 PM
10-22-2014 01:19 PM
by Steve
1 229
Help a brother...
tbtigers03
09-28-2014 11:41 AM
10-22-2014 08:51 AM
by ringahding1
12 1,594
first year update
cmdlawncare
08-12-2014 05:41 PM
10-22-2014 07:47 AM
by ringahding1
4 1,426
What parts do you carry...
Just for Cuts
10-17-2014 09:08 AM
10-21-2014 01:36 PM
by Mr. Mow
16 727
Jungle to Beautiful
stevef1201
10-17-2014 09:54 AM
10-21-2014 01:26 PM
by stevef1201
11 582
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
03-22-2014 09:12 AM
10-21-2014 01:19 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
158 11,513
Sunny Beach Tennis...
SGL1
10-19-2014 11:24 PM
10-21-2014 01:04 PM
by SGL1
4 331
Have you ever had to...
SouthernRootsLawnCare
07-26-2014 02:41 PM
10-20-2014 08:34 PM
by biglee
10 1,905
Look out Bob Villa -...
Mr Dave
09-30-2014 10:06 AM
10-20-2014 05:42 PM
by SGL1
7 1,391
how to fi d commercial...
mchampion319
10-19-2014 09:50 PM
10-20-2014 04:41 PM
by Steve
1 295
Hello From Tennessee
mrmann901
10-17-2014 10:02 PM
10-20-2014 04:24 PM
by Steve
1 369
questions on order to...
jack2048
10-13-2014 11:15 AM
10-20-2014 03:27 PM
by Mr. Mow
15 820
This sucks...
Matther777
09-18-2014 04:56 PM
10-20-2014 02:14 PM
by Steve
14 2,283
Cement mixer
KevinsLawns
10-15-2014 08:03 PM
10-20-2014 02:11 PM
by Steve
7 560
Hello ! New guy Rob here
RWorthley1
10-17-2014 04:05 PM
10-20-2014 02:09 PM
by Steve
1 401
Snow Blowing
gwilson98
10-12-2014 02:21 PM
10-17-2014 02:51 PM
by Steve
6 738
Spreading Weeds?
WesleySnips
07-27-2014 09:46 PM
10-17-2014 07:49 AM
by SGL1
6 1,045
Grasswhoopins.com Anyone...
GRASS WHOOPINS
06-21-2011 11:38 PM
10-16-2014 01:30 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
42 9,413
I Want to buy old...
ExtremeLawncareServices
10-10-2014 10:04 PM
10-15-2014 09:12 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
6 764
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
10-15-2014 06:43 PM
by NHray
1,190 340,410
Do you find weed eating...
chuck2s
10-15-2014 02:10 PM
10-15-2014 02:10 PM
by chuck2s
0 486
Incorporating &...
WesleySnips
10-01-2014 09:39 PM
10-15-2014 01:37 PM
by kslawn
20 1,588
Falling into business
stellarmowing
09-28-2014 04:35 PM
10-15-2014 05:57 AM
by ringahding1
8 1,595
Apartment Complex and...
lxarth
06-22-2011 01:10 PM
10-14-2014 06:25 PM
by jrs.landscaping
42 9,695
I LOVE hedge trimming
stevef1201
10-13-2014 09:05 AM
10-14-2014 01:06 PM
by Steve
5 618
Help with seeder...
ExtremeLawncareServices
10-09-2014 07:39 AM
10-13-2014 08:09 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
5 780
The Market watch
WesleySnips
10-12-2014 08:47 PM
10-13-2014 05:40 PM
by SGL1
3 623
Help pricing a large...
Bradcook21
10-07-2014 06:49 AM
10-13-2014 02:00 PM
by Steve
7 969
leaf removal
Double J LLC
10-03-2014 04:24 PM
10-13-2014 06:46 AM
by Billy Goat
19 1,624
Acerage Rake
acrajchel
04-23-2014 07:23 PM
10-12-2014 10:53 PM
by SGL1
2 935
John Deere z235 Deck
WesleySnips
09-29-2014 06:02 PM
10-12-2014 06:20 PM
by kslawn
25 1,752
Credit card contract
SGL1
10-06-2014 05:31 PM
10-12-2014 03:40 PM
by SGL1
18 1,162
Truck craft dump bed...
ExtremeLawncareServices
10-04-2014 08:41 PM
10-10-2014 11:35 AM
by Steve
7 1,067
» Popular Tags
2wd 4x4 aerocore apartment bid auger billy goat brushcutter bush care charge deliquentaccounts equipment rental exmark ferris foreman four wheel drive fundraiser gopherhaul grass gravely hills holiday how much to charge how to bid husqvarna john deere quik trac kawasaki labor cost landscape services lawn lawn care lawn care business lawn care business seo lawn care business show lawn care business website lawn care business website seo lawn care website lighting lighting brass outdoor lights marketing mowing mr dave mulch mulch estimate new buisness ordinance podcast property management company pto push versus ride redmax scag scripts seo shreaded small engine repair sprayer starting a business starting a lawn care business stihl sulky theft top dresser toro toro grand stand trailer trimmer rack turfgrass consulting walk behind walker wood
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:59 AM.


(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:59 AM.

(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy