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When storing a gasoline snow blower, what is the best procedure? Should I drain the carborator or should I leave gas in it? I always use stabilizer in the gas. Do you find one type of stabilizer is better than others? I assume the same advice applies to other small engines like lawn mowers, blowers and trimmers in their season. Are there any different recommendations for these? Thank you!!!

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If you have been using stabilizer and it works for you by all means stick with it. I personally take the fuel out and then run the remaining fuel out of the system if you use quality gas there is usually never a problem starting up next season.I have never used stabilizer in any of my equipment and never had issues Use you best judgment it sounds like you got a handle on it . Good Luck...

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First, there has always been the "what came first, the chicken or the egg" issue over leaving fuel or draining the fuel from you snow blower. Half the experts say drain it, and the other half say leave it in.
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If you drain the tank and run it dry the remaining fuel will "varnish" and/or dry out the carb.
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It will start next fall.
Feel free to ask me any other questions about your snow blower. Don't forget to rate this answer and you are welcome to leave a comment about it.

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