Winter Care of Mowers, Blowers, and Chippers

By Charlie Nardozzi

There's a chill in the air, and it's time to tuck away the summer power equipment and gear up the winter equipment for the coming cold weather. Spending a little time now taking care of lawn mowers, leaf blowers, chippers, and tillers will go a long way toward insuring smooth starting and running next spring. Plus it's time to tune up the snow throwers for the anticipated dose of white, fluffy stuff.

Here are some tips from the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute. For summer equipment, clean old grass, dirt, soil, and debris from mowing decks, tilling tines, and engines to prevent rust and corrosion. Fill fuel tanks completely with gas and add a gas stabilizer for winter storage. Partly filled tanks can attract condensation and water to the fuel. Remove the battery, charge, and store it. Remove spark plug wires and plugs, add a drop or two of oil to the cylinder and replace the plug. Store equipment in a dry, well-ventilated area.

To get snow throwers ready to blow, fill the tank with winter-grade fuel before the snow falls and test run it. Change the spark plug and oil annually and check all safety devices.

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