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Old 01-12-2015, 05:54 AM   #16
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This year was a bit different. I thought winter was here so I went through the ritual. Then it warmed up and I had to leaf blow and do some mowing.
Maybe I have just been luck but I run everything empty with fuel stabilizer. Come spring everything pretty much fires right up. I have not changed the oil on my walk behind in over six years. My neighbor buys a new mower every spring. What is this world coming to.
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Old 01-12-2015, 08:45 AM   #17
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This year was a bit different. I thought winter was here so I went through the ritual. Then it warmed up and I had to leaf blow and do some mowing.
Maybe I have just been luck but I run everything empty with fuel stabilizer. Come spring everything pretty much fires right up. I have not changed the oil on my walk behind in over six years. My neighbor buys a new mower every spring. What is this world coming to.
i dont like dry method only because the cold metals on inside can cause water to form, ...... just a little surface water can be bad on some metals, etc. 1/2 to full with stabilizer is my preferred method. but hey, sounds like mild winter for you....
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Old 01-12-2015, 01:15 PM   #18
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If I have a low tank already, I'll run it dry and maybe add some fuel stabilizer prior. With gas prices usually being what they are, I hate to waste any gas. I've had good luck adding fuel stabilizer or sea foam to my gas. I have push mower that is 16 yrs old that had a tank full of old gas w/ sea foam and started right up in the spring. I also feel like when draining all the fuel, your carb and fuel lines go so dry it takes forever to fire up.
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Old 01-12-2015, 05:16 PM   #19
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A small engine mechanic turned me on to this a few years ago, and I use it in everything that might sit for a while, with no issues:

http://mystarbrite.com/public/catalo...ron_LIT010.pdf
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Old 04-12-2015, 01:18 PM   #20
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To bring this one back up, it's time for yard work again.
Went out to the shed, took the ctek battery tender off, turned the key and started right up.
Now I have a few cuts to get in before I go to closing on my house, then it goes back into storage till we find a new place.
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Old 04-23-2015, 11:46 PM   #21
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It's that time again.......
Besides maybe one last cut I think I'm done for the season with the lawn. I started running treated fuel in everything about a month ago. The tractor needs a bath, an oil change, and the deck needs to be pulled and cleaned to prevent rust.
After it's away it'll get a trickle charger to keep the battery at 100%.
Once a month everything will get started and run up to temp to prevent fuel from gelling in the carb bowl.
What do you guys do to make sure your equipment fires right up come spring?
Basically I do nothing. Never have. Clean the wet stuff out from under (and on top of) the mowers, drive them into the shed, and shut them off. I've never removed batteries, and have never left a trickle charger on any of them.

I run 91 octane non-ethanol gas, so I don't have the odd evaporation problem. I don't use StaBil or Seafoam.

My sons & I ran a side-line lawn-mowing business for many years, using a lot of mowers. That was in Minnesota, where the winters are obviously brutal. What I found was that, no matter what you do to prepare for winter storage, the first start of the spring is always a little hard. A shot of starting fluid always got the engines fired right up, then I'd get them warmed up good, then shut them off and change the oil. Having done that, we were ready for the new season.
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Old 04-24-2015, 12:32 AM   #22
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In Michigan,I would advise my customers to use the Stabil,or SeaFoam,and leave a bit in it,due to the weather changes.
Here,in Arkansas, I don't worry as much,since the climate is rarely as brutally cold,and they sell non-ethanol fuel,here.
A bit more,per gallon,but well worth it,since the fuel lines,seals,and float needles/seats last longer.
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In Michigan,I would advise my customers to use the Stabil,or SeaFoam,and leave a bit in it,due to the weather changes.
Here,in Arkansas, I don't worry as much,since the climate is rarely as brutally cold,and they sell non-ethanol fuel,here.
A bit more,per gallon,but well worth it,since the fuel lines,seals,and float needles/seats last longer.
I think that's the difference between lawn-care equipment that gets old, and lawn-care equipment that is used to much it quickly wears out.

Speaking of wearing out/getting old, I had one John Deere mower (F525) in which the battery lasted for 8 years. Regular lawn-mower size John Deere brand battery (not sure who makes them). I have absolutely no idea how that happened...
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Old 04-24-2015, 07:14 PM   #24
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LOL! T'was the "Little People"!
Most battries are good for 5yrs or so,but atv,motorcycle,and lawn tractor batteries seem to die rather quickly.
One of the techs,at Wonch battery,in Lansing told me ,once that they have notonly smaller plates,but are of a different lead compound.

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Old 04-25-2015, 06:02 AM   #25
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i just started my lawn equipment for the first time this season. fired up about as normal.
i don't do anything, though sometimes i will run them low on gas. .
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