The snowflakes have already started flying and it’s time to rotate from the lawnmower to the snow blower. Here are five things you should pay attention to before you store the mower for the next five months.
- Fuel. If possible, empty fuel from mower. This might be more difficult with a rider, so one option is to add a fuel stabilizer then top off the tank so there is no room for condensation.
- Battery. Most mowers do not have a charging system capable of fully recharging a low battery, so keep it fully charged, or at least periodically recharge it.
- Oil. Depending on how much you used your mower, at least check the oil and fill to “full” mark. If you can’t recall when you last changed the oil, change it now and replace any filters.
- Deck. Ideally, you would clean clippings from the deck after every mow. But if you have not done this all season, the clippings are probably heavily packed. Scrape them off by hand with a plastic putty knife. Remove blades and get them sharpened.
- Tires. Check the pressure and inflate if necessary. Inevitably, there will be some loss of tire pressure over the winter, so it won’t hurt to overinflate by a couple pounds.
Not enough room in your garage for all your yard tools and toys? Madison home builder, William Ryan Homes is proud to build energy efficient homes from 13 flexible and timeless home designs with 2-car, 3-car, 4-car, even 5-car garages, and over 1,000,000 different finish options. Visit the new model today to discover why at William Ryan Homes “We Make it Easy” to build your new home. Right now, sign a contract by December 1 and receive a free upgrade to granite countertops for the kitchen.*