Well, it’s that time of year again- you may have just made your last cut, or you’re about to. Here in Buford, morning temps will just barely touch the freezing mark. Yep. Dormant season is here. Now it’s time to make sure that our machinery will be nicely tucked away for the winter months. So, what’s the best way to “winterize” your machine? Glad you asked! We have some fantastic suggestions.
Let’s start with your fuel system. If you’ve got a motor that has a “fuel shut-off” option, you’ll want to consider using it when you get a chance. Here at Reel Rollers, when we’re done mowing, we typically don’t use the on/off switch, instead opting to run the fuel out of the carburetor. We choose to burn fuel out of the carburetor as carburetors can very easily lose their efficiency or operation when anything on the inside of it could corrode, or collect undesirable films that come from using gasoline with ethanol in it. Before you shut off the fuel, it helps to add a little Stens Shield Fuel Stabilizer so that the gas that sits in your machine all winter doesn’t also go bad, or “stale.” Gasoline can experience breakdown over time, and you’ll want to be sure that your fuel is ready to go in the Spring when the grass starts greening up.
Finally, after a thorough cleaning, we like to make sure that all of the exposed metal on the machine is well lubricated. Chains, sprockets, and blade tips are a good place to start when lubricating for the winter time. Even when cool season temperatures drop, it doesn’t mean that the humidity goes away. With humidity, moisture can start the spoiling process of your machines most important metals. You can easily prevent surface rust by applying chain lube to your chains, sprockets, and blade tips. The Liquid Wrench Chain and Cable Lube is a perfect option for making sure that your metal is going to be ready for the upcoming season!
While you’re getting your hands dirty, you may find that this is a great time to give some TLC to your power unit. Changing the air filter, spark plug, and engine oil is the BEST way to ensure the overall health and lifespan of your engine.
Use these simple tips to make sure that your machine is in tip top shape when you get ready for the next season of grass cutting. Be sure to check out other deals and new products in the upcoming months by going to ReelRollers.com.
- Stabilize Fuel
- Run Carburetor Dry of Fuel
- Perform Maintenance to Motor: Oil/Air Filter/Spark Plug Change
- Grease All Zerks
- Lubricate All Exposed Metal Including Blade Tips
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