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Precautions to take when storing 2 cycle lawn equipment

Any time a weed wacker, chain saw, snowblower, leaf blower, or any 2 cycle machine must be stored for a period of time exceeding 6 months the gasoline must be removed completely from the gas tank and carburator. To do this simply run the engine until it runs out of gas then proceed to choke the carburetor and restart until no start up ocurrs this removes all fuel preventing the carburator from gumming up. This will allow you to store the unit for long periods of time without the worry of having to disassemble the carb. and clean next time it must be used.

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Hi gr2954;

Lots of the starting problems with 2 cycle engines (weed eaters, blowers, chain saws, etc) are caused by leaving them stored for long periods of time with the oil/gas mixture left in them. what happens is that a residue forms on parts in the carb.

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when you put the blower up for a long period, empty the remaining gas out then start the engine and run it till it stops. this gets the remaining gas out of the carb.

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