Winter Storage of Lawn Equipment: Protecting Your Investment
Missy McCabe·October 30, 2023
As the season winds down and we approach the white stuff starting to fly, it's time to think about storing your lawn equipment! Proper storage not only ensures the longevity of your equipment but also guarantees they're ready to roll when spring returns. At Atlantic Outdoor, we take proper storage and long-term maintenance VERY seriously. Here's a helpful guide we’ve put together that will help you winterize your gear with ease! And don’t forget - if you won’t have time or don’t feel comfortable winterizing your own equipment, we can help! When you bring equipment in for end-of-season service, we’re able to complete winterizing tasks and can add fuel stabilizer for no additional cost!
Push Mowers, Lawn Tractors, Zero-Turns, and Automowers
Fuel System: Before storing, fill your mower with fresh fuel and add a fuel stabilizer. This prevents the fuel from degrading and the carburetor from getting clogged. Run the mower for about 10 minutes to ensure the stabilized fuel circulates throughout the system.
Battery Care: For mowers with batteries, disconnect and remove the battery. Clean the battery terminals using a metal brush to prevent corrosion. Store it in a cool, dry place away from potential fire hazards.
Cleaning: Brush off any grass, mud, or debris. For the underbody, tip your mower gently to the side and clean. Always ensure the spark plug is disconnected during this process. If debris is caught on the blade, use a stick or tool to remove it - never use your hands.
Clean the Tines: Remove any soil clinging to the tines using a brush or hose. This prevents rust and ensures they're ready for the next use.
Fuel: As with mowers, fill with stabilized fuel to prevent degradation. Run the equipment briefly to circulate the stabilized fuel.
Inspect and Lubricate: Check for any worn parts and lubricate moving parts using a high-quality lubricant. This prevents them from seizing over the winter.
Trimmers, Leaf Blowers, and Brushcutters
Fuel: Empty the fuel tank or fill it with stabilized fuel. If your equipment has a two-stroke engine, ensure you mix the fuel with the right oil ratio.
Clean: Remove any plant material from trimmers and brushcutters using a soft brush. For leaf blowers, ensure the air passage and the fan are free from debris. Clean the air filter and replace it if it's worn out.
Storage: Store them in a place where they won't be knocked over. Hang them using wall brackets or store them on shelves to prevent potential damage to their cutting edges.
Chainsaws: A Special Mention
While chainsaws might see some action during the winter, especially after heavy snowstorms that cause tree damage, they still need some care:
Sharpening: Ensure the chain is sharp. Clean the chain with a brush and then sharpen it using a chainsaw file, or have it professionally sharpened by our Service team!
Oil: Check the oil levels in the reservoir and replenish if needed. Clean the oil reservoir thoroughly. Ensure the chainsaw's oil reservoir is filled to provide ongoing lubrication to the bar and chain, preventing rust and corrosion. Additionally, inspect the bar for any signs of wear, damage, or debris and clean it as necessary.
Storage: If you're not planning to use your chainsaw during the winter, follow the same fuel storage tips as the other equipment. Store it in its protective case or with a blade guard to prevent accidents.
Winter storage is more than just tucking away your equipment; it's about ensuring they're in top shape for the next season and ready to come out of the gate firing on all cylinders. Regular maintenance, combined with proper winter care can significantly extend the life of your lawn equipment. Remember, the way you store your equipment during these dormant months can determine how efficiently they operate when they're needed again.
At Atlantic Outdoor, we're committed to helping you get the most out of your outdoor equipment. Whether you're shopping for new tools or need parts and accessories, our expert team is here to assist. And if you're in the Moncton area, don't hesitate to book a service appointment with us. We're always here to help ensure your equipment is in its best condition, no matter the season!