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What you need:
  • Scraper
  • Pressure washer or hose
  • File
  • Gasoline stabilizer
  • Tarp
  • Light machine oil
  • Rags
Properly storing equipment with small engines will ensure that they will be in good condition when you need to use them again in spring.
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Remove any plant material or dirt on the equipment with a scraper or a pressure washer. If you use a pressure washer to clean the equipment, avoid spraying engines with water. Dry the equipment thoroughly and wipe down any bare metal parts with light machine oil.
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Remove and sharpen any blades. For details on sharpening blades, see the tutorial on Sharpening A Shovel.
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It's important to add a gasoline stabilizer to a fuel tank before putting equipment away. The stabilizer prevents the gas from forming gums and varnishes when stored for several months. These gums and varnishes will clog carburetor jets, foul spark plugs and can cause valve and piston rings to stick. Fill tanks with fresh gas and follow the directions on the bottle of stabilizer.
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Cover the equipment with plastic sheets or tarps, and store them in a dry place. If they need to be repaired, use this opportunity to take them to a repair shop now before the spring rush.