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Post by 12acrehome on Sun Mar 23, 2014 10:17 pm

It's safe to say that most of us have at least one piece of power equipment. Be it a lawn mower, weed eater, tiller, ATV, tractor, or whatever, it needs to be prepped and stored for the off season. Then it needs to be brought out of storage and prepped for service for the working season. Here's how I do it.

Never never never store a gas powered piece of equipment with used oil in it. Change the oil and all filters before storage, grease all bearings and pivots, remove the spark plugs and put a teaspoon of oil into each cylinder. Turn the engine over several times (with the plugs still out) to distribute the oil. This prevents rust from forming inside the engine. Also you need to be sure to have some kind of fuel stabilizer added to the fuel. (I use a mixture of Sea Foam, Marvel Mystery oil, and Sta-Bil due to high humidity, temperature fluctuations, and the ethanol blended fuels we are forced to use these days) Put the plugs back in, blow out the air cleaner, plug the exhaust with something that won't attract mice, wash the unit, (some people wax their equipment, I don't) check the air pressure in the tires (if applicable) and store where desired.

So getting the unit out of storage. First (if it has an electric start) check the battery. If you pulled the battery and placed it on a "maintainer" great, put it. I don't do this because I have too many batteries. I put the battery on a charger for about an hour. Check the oil to see that it is still full, and clean. Now is when I put in a new air filter, and new plugs. Remove the plug from the exhaust. Check that there is not a mouse home anywhere. Check and adjust air pressure in the tires. Install the battery and try to start the unit. If it has a pull cord, turn the engine over three or four times before turning on the ignition. This will distribute a little oil and help prime the carburetor with fuel. When the unit starts, quickly set the idle to a slow idle speed and let the unit warm up without putting a load on the engine. Run the speed up to full operating speed after the unit is warm and listen for anything that sounds wrong. Fix any rattles, investigate any unusual smoking or odors. The unit is now ready for use.


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Post by PATRICE IN IL on Sun Mar 23, 2014 11:28 pm

Good tips Keith, thanks for posting them Smile
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Post by Farmfresh on Mon Mar 24, 2014 1:16 am

Where were you this fall?  

I am keeping this for next fall.  I have a riding lawnmower that I am sure will need some TLC this spring if it is to last us the summer.  I am dreading getting it out.
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Post by 12acrehome on Mon Mar 24, 2014 3:52 am

Never fear FF, help is here  lol! 

Ok seriously, drain the gas tank, drain the carburetor by removing the fuel bowl. There will be a float inside the bowl, this operates a valve (needle valve) make sure this float and valve move freely and easily. Also make sure there is no gunk or debris in there or on the "bolt" (emulsion tube) that secures the bowl to the body of the carburetor. Put a little fresh gas in the tank, and make sure it flows out around the needle valve until the float is raised to close off the flow. Reassemble the carburetor carefully tighten the "bolt" but do not over tighten. Replace the spark plug, air filter, and fuel filter (if it has one, many do not). Change the oil, and if it has one the oil filter. Grease everything that has a grease zerk (sp?). Inspect all belts and blade(s) for wear. Check the deck bearing(s) for smooth operation. (release belt tension / remove belt and turn each pulley by hand feeling for smooth easy turning, no gritty or jerky feel) Fill the gas tank and add sea foam or other gas system treatment / cleaner. Check and charge battery as needed, then try to start it.

My first riding mower was 10 years old when it came to me, and I used it for 13 years, until rust claimed the frame and deck mounts.

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Post by Farmfresh on Mon Mar 24, 2014 5:00 am

cheers   I need all the help I can get! 

We bought this mower used for my D2 when she bought this house 10 years ago.  She did very little to it, but put in gas and drive.  When we bought the house we traded a decent push mower (better for her new place) for the old dog. 

Hubby replaced the deck bearings, belt and blades last fall when we first took it over.  We have discovered that the belt only tracks straight at a certain cutting height.  (part of the bad factory design) We have determined that is the height we are going to mow at, just to keep things lasting as long as possible. 

Right now the tire is flat.  It goes flat often and needs pulled and a new tube installed. 

The rest we need to accomplish. 

Thanks for the assistance.  I WILL be asking questions.   Smile
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Post by 12acrehome on Mon Mar 24, 2014 5:14 am

"Slime" tire sealant works great Wink

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Post by Farmfresh on Mon Mar 24, 2014 5:31 am

TSC sells inner tubes that are prefilled with slime.  That is what I am thinking about using.
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Post by 12acrehome on Mon Mar 24, 2014 5:40 am

good choice

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