How to Store and Winterize Your Outdoor Power Equipment Properly

Since most of us use outdoor power equipment (OPE) and gardening equipment less frequently during the off season, now is an important time to care for these tools. Store and winterize your engines and equipment to protect them from rust, corrosion and build-up.

Prepare your yard tools for long-term storage with these simple instructions.

5 Lawn Mower Storage and Winterization Tips

1. Add fuel stabilizer

  • Reduce the risk of rust and gum formation in the fuel tank by adding fuel stabilizer and running the engine to circulate it through the carburetor. Top off the fuel tank.

2.Change the oil

  • Extend the life of the engine by changing the oil and oil filter (if equipped).

3.Remove battery, if equipped

  • Prevent corrosion by disconnecting the battery, cleaning the terminals and storing the battery in a cool, dry place.

4.Clean the undercarriage

  • Keep your lawn mower running smoothly by cleaning with a pressure washer or garden hose. Remove dirt and debris.

5.Store your lawn mower in a clean, dry place

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3 Gardening Tools and Equipment Storage Tips

Here is some advice from Mother Earth News that will help you prepare your garden tools for winter storage:

  1. Remove dirt with a wire brush, rinse and dry. Soak in water to remove stubborn debris.
  2. Spray WD-40 on equipment for protection against debris and the elements.
  3. Drain and coil water to prevent freeze damage and ensure they don’t get buried under snow.

Proper winterization is an important process to maintain and extend the lifespan of your power equipment and gardening tools. For more information, refer to your Briggs & Stratton operator’s manual or our Answer Center. Remember to wear appropriate safety gear whenever you’re working with equpiment.