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Old 03-19-2019, 12:48 PM   #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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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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Old 03-19-2019, 04:31 PM   #3
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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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Old 03-21-2019, 02:06 PM   #6
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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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I second running the engine dry and emptying the fuel tank after having one heck of a time getting the carb cleaned/rebuilt on a Toro Recycler with 6.5 hp Briggs engine that had sat unused for two mowing seasons. I gladly put up with adding a little fuel to finish my last mow,leaf pick up outing knowing the unit will crank with little effort come next Spring.
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All the owners manual for my lawn/snow equipment states to use a fuel stabilizer (Sta-Bil) and run the machine dry before long-term storage.

My riding lawn mower is about 25-years-old. The push mower is about 19-years-old. The edger is about 16-years-old. Pressure washer is 16-years-old. Snowblower is 7-years-old. The leaf blower and trimmer are 13 and 7-years-old respectively. All still run perfectly fine.

In the interest of full disclosure, I run TruFuel only in the blower and trimmer. For those unfamiliar with it, TruFuel is pre-mixed fuel for two-cycle engines. It is available in 50:1 and 40:1 ratios and is made with ethanol-free gas. Even though there is no ethanol in TruFuel, I still run the tanks dry at the end of the season per the manual.
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I am the opposite. I do run Sta-Bil or something similar. And I have started to use Tru-Fuel. But, I have never shut the fuel off and run my engine dry. And, I have never had a problem starting them up the next season. I have done this with John Deere lawn tractors, Toro Snow Blowers and lawn mowers, and assorted other lawn care products.

I change the oil, change the plugs, put fresh gas in at the start of the season. Give it a couple of pumps on the primer. And then pull the starter. And away my wife goes on the lawn mower.

Guess I must be lucky.
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