Ways to Avoid Winter Woes
Welcome to South Carolina! The old saying is, "If you don't like the weather, wait five minutes!" The problem is, our fluctuating temperatures wreak havoc on small engines, batteries, and fuel. On top of that, this time of year is not a popular time for yard work. You don't think about that chain saw that hasn't been used since that limb fell in the yard...last year. When do you think about it? When the power goes out from this year's limbs, or worse...falling trees.
Here are some winter time tips to keep your equipment in good working condition:
Manufacturers may differ on specifics, but these general tips will help keep all engines healthy.
(1) Clean any machine before storing it. This removes moisture-trapping debris and reduces the possibility that you'll get dirt in the gas tank.
(2) Use the gas-to-oil ratio recommended by the manufacturer for two-stroke equipment such as leaf blowers and chain saws. This reduces engine wear and will make the machine easier to start after storage.
(3) Use the gas-to-oil ratio recommended by the manufacturer for two-stroke equipment such as leaf blowers and chain saws. This reduces engine wear and will make the machine easier to start after storage.
(4) Never use E15 in your outdoor power equipment. If E10 is bad, E15 is worse. In fact, avoid filling your gas can at stations that dispense both through the same nozzle, because there can be E15 residue in the fuel line.
(5) Never store any machine with raw, unstabilized gas in it unless it's packaged fuel, which does not contain ethanol and is sold in steel cans at hardware stores, home centers, and outdoor-power-equipment dealerships.