We rarely think of lawn care in the winter time, but taking a few
steps now to prepare your lawn equipment for cold weather will ensure
that come spring, your mowers, trimmers, chain saws and edgers will be
ready for a long season of work.
Why Should I Winterize my Lawn Equipment?
For three months every year, your outdoor power
equipment will be sitting idle in a garage or storage shed. Like with
any gas-powered engine, cold weather and lack of use can cause unwanted
Simple maintenance and fine tune-ups before
storage will maximize the life of your lawn equipment and help prevent
engine failure. Keeping the equipment clean ensures it’s ready when you
need it. And, regular service may be required to keep the warranty
intact. Take good care of your tools and your tools will take good care
What is Included in a Winterization Service?
Fuel will either be stabilized or drained
from the equipment. To stabilize the fuel, the gas tank is filled with
gasoline and the recommended amount of fuel stabilizer is added to the
tank. This helps prevent fuel deterioration and the formation of gunk in
the tank that can clog the fuel system. Next, the engine is run for
five minutes to circulate the fuel additive throughout the fuel lines
and the carburetor.
To drain the fuel system, the gasoline is
emptied into a gas can. Once it’s empty, the engine is primed and
started, and the motor is run until all of the fuel has left the
carburetor and fuel lines.
- Draining the oil is another important step
in the winterization process. When oil is left to sit over a long period
of time, it can become sludgy, making the engine work harder.
- Equipment is inspected for broken, missing
or worn parts, including gas cap o-rings and any missing nuts or bolts.
An inspection is also performed to look for dings and dents that could
- The fuel filter is changed. This helps prevent hard starts, poor fuel economy, and carburetor wear.
- Spark plugs ignite the air-fuel mixture that
gets the engine started. These get dirty with repeated use and need to
be cleaned. If the spark plug is too dirty, it will be replaced.
- Mower blades are inspected and sharpened if
needed. Dull blades can leave unsightly lines in the grass and prevent a
sharp cut that can damage your lawn.
- All equipment is cleaned with a brush and some degreaser can get rid of dirt, grass, grime or rust.
Which Lawn Tools Should be Winterized?
Winterization needs to be performed on motorized lawn equipment such as, but not limited to:
- Push lawn mowers
- Riding lawn mowers
- Weed trimmers
- Leaf blowers
- Lawn edgers
From November 2016 through January 2017, get FREE
pickup and delivery ($50 value) with every winterization service! That
means you don’t have to worry about fitting your riding mower in the
back of your car - we’ll take care of everything. We offer full service
for most types of lawn and garden equipment, including mowers, chain
saws, trimmers, leaf blowers, and our technicians are STIHL-certified.
Call Rental Ranch today at
316-838-4211 to schedule your service.