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Time to Winterize your lawn equipment.

Fall is here and now is the time to winterize your lawn equipment.

If you plan on using your equipment into the winter, then this is the time to stabilize and winterize your fuel. If you have any fuel left over from the summer, use it up now and get fresh fuel for the winter. Gasoline starts to "oxidize" in as little as 60 days. So take the older, stale fuel and use it up. Mix it with the good gas in your car if you have very much left over.

To winterize your fuel, start with fresh gasoline. Buy fresh gas from a station that sells alot of fuel, that way you are getting the freshest fuel possible. Add a stabilizer to the gasoline. I use "Sta-bil" brand, but you can use any brand of stabilizer that is local to you. Read the directions on the bottle and mix it with the gasoline. Fill the tank on your equipment and allow it to run for about 5 minutes. This will make sure the stabilized fuel is in all sections of the engine that have gasoline. Top off the tank and then store you equipment in a dry area. When spring comes around, you will be ready to use your equipment.

If you are still using your equipment, prep your fuel as above and make sure to top off the tank after each use. A full gas tank is less likely to absorb water from the humidity in the air.

This is also a good time to check the air filter.

We'll change the oil and sharpen the blade in the Spring.

Good Luck!

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