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How to Store a Lawn Mower for the Off-Season

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November 22, 2017

How to Store a Lawnmower for Winter
As the season changes from the end of fall to early winter, it is time to start thinking storing your lawn mower and equipment for the winter. Although it may seem hard to believe now, in a few months it will be time to get the lawn mower and equipment back out again. Properly storing your lawn equipment during the winter will save you both time and money in the long run.

Lawn Mower Storage Ideas and Solutions

  1. Remove the Battery: The first step in preparing your lawnmower for storage is to disconnect the battery from the lawnmower. After you remove the battery, wipe it off with a cloth and use a metal brush to clean the battery terminal. Store it in a location away from gas cans and the water heater or furnace.
  2. Disconnect the Spark Plug: Before doing any lawn mower maintenance, be sure to remove the spark plug. This step is precautionary to keep the lawnmower from kick starting and inuring you.
  3. Empty the Gas Tank: Any gas leftover in the fuel tank during storage can go stale. Stale gas will gum up the carburetor and result in costly repairs. Before you remove the gas from the lawnmower, add a fuel stabilizer into the tank and let the mower run. This will distribute the stabilizer all throughout the system. Next, siphon the remaining gas out of the mower. In order to make sure there is no extra gas inside of the mower, start the mower and let it run until it stops.
  4. Remove the Blade: Turn the lawn mower over and remove the blade from the mower. This can be done by unscrewing the bolts that attach the blade to the mower. Be careful when handling the blade though, as it is extremely sharp.
  5. Drain the Oil: To remove the oil, set the mower on its side with the filter and carburetor facing up. Place a pan or another item under the mower to collect the oil. Next, remove the oil reservoir plug and let the oil drain into the pan. After the oil has been drained, replace the oil reservoir plug.
  6. Store Your Lawn Mower in a Dry Location: When choosing a location to store your lawn mower, be sure to choose one that is covered and dry. Leaving your lawn mower out during the winter can result in rust and severe damage to the mower.

Are You in Need of a Location to Store Your Lawn Mower or Lawn Equipment?

If you are in need of a location to store your lawn mower or lawn equipment to keep it out of the weather, consider utilizing a storage unit. ezStorage has storage units in a variety of sizes, perfect for storing just a lawnmower, to a garage worth of lawn items. Contact us today to rent a storage unit!

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