It would be nice if you didn’t have to struggle mightily to get that gas weed-eater to start in the spring, huh?
Well, a few easy steps can be taken to make sure that all your gas-powered lawn and garden equipment fires right up after its winter hiatus sitting in your garage or workshop. I’ve worked on small engines for most of my life, at times professionally. Here are some things you can do to prevent the springtime pull-pull-pull… no start blues.
- When you’re pretty sure you won’t be needing your weed-eater, mower, blower, etc. till the springtime comes, make sure you empty all the gas or 2-cycle fuel out of the gas tanks of the devices. Start the engines and let them run until they’ve used up all the fuel in the lines and the carburetor.
- Spend a couple bucks for a can of carburetor cleaner from your local auto parts store and liberally spray some into the carburetor horn (the opening behind the air filter).
- Clean your air filters.
- Change the oil.
- Remove and clean/re-gap the spark plug (they rarely need replacing).
- Sharpen blades, lube chains, fill string spools, etc.
- Liberally spray a lubricant, such as W-D 40, on all the moving parts, cables, controls, etc.
- Clean your equipment. A clean mower is a happy mower. ;)
At this point, you can store your equipment as you normally would… in your shop, shed, or garage. When springtime comes, you’ll just have to add some fuel and fire them up. No muss. No fuss.
Remember to take care of your tools and equipment and they’ll take care of you.