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Old 03-19-2019, 11:48 AM   #1
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Leave gas on snow blower or not


First time owning a snow blower. Craftsman 2 stage.
I always use sta-bil in my gas, dont have ethanol free.

Is it better to leave gas in or run it dry?

I've heard both. You want to leave gas on so it doesnt sry out the carb and lead to build up.
I've also heard to run it dry so the gas doesnt go bad.

Not sure which to do.

I've always left gas in my lawn mowers but that gets a lot more use.

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Old 03-19-2019, 12:39 PM   #2
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Here, I run the small engines dry every season , so that any "varnish", will not build-up in the carb, and clog it's tiny ports.

If someone don't, any gas left in will eventually evaporate and plug them up.

Causing numerous problems down the road, and costing a new carb for the engine.

No sta-bil required, if you run it out of gas, before putting it away.



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Mine is over 20 years old. I've always added Sta-Bil and then run it dry. I've never had a problem.
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I run my mower dry in the fall and snow blower dry in the spring. I know people who have had to have units serviced due to having left gas in them during the off season.
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I always drain my snow blowers.

If you look in your owner's manual it will tell you how to prep your machine for storage. Craftsman gives you the suggestion to drain the fuel or , if you don't want to do that, add stabilizer.
Guess they don't think there is a difference
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All my equipment gas tanks have Sta-bil in them all the time...

I drain my tanks and run them dry - then blow out the fuel lines before seasonal storage.

Never had trouble - all start with one pull after a three priming pulls when starting back up.

Rubber/lines have not deteriorated due to crappy gas (when I can't find ethanol free). Although I have had to replace a few lines in the early days when they dissolved...
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