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Monday, November 30, 2020

8 Easy Steps to Winterize your Lawn Equipment

If you have not yet, now is the time to make sure your lawn mower or tractor is winterized before putting it in storage. Taking the time to properly winterize your equipment before storage will make it easier to start off running again next year. 

Our Certified Ag-Power Technicians recommend following these easy steps to winterize your lawn and garden equipment at home. 

1. Stabilize and fill the fuel tank.
If there is room in the fuel tank, condensation will form in the cold weather and mix with your fuel. By filling your fuel tank before storage, you ensure there is no extra space for condensation to form. 

2. Remove the battery.
Leaving a battery hooked up during the cold winter months can shorten the life of the battery. If your own a lawn tractor or a battery-powered push mower, remove the battery and clean it well. Batteries need to be stored in a cool, dry  place during the winter months and away from any heat sources or flammable substances. To help ensure a long life for your battery, you can also connect it to a smart trickle charger to maintain its proper levels throughout the winter.    then, when spring rolls around, simply re-install your battery and check all your connections. 

3. Replace or clean filters. 
Check your owner's manual for model specific maintenance instructions. Clean or replace both the air filters fuel filters.

4. Change the oil.
Drain the oil. Check your owner's manual for model specific oil type and capacity and replace with new oil. (Model specific Home Maintenance Kits are available at your local Ag-Power Parts Department and include the proper oil and filters that need replaced in one easy kit.)

5. Scrape the underside and top of the mower deck.
Grass clippings hold moisture and will cause rust if left on the mower deck. Before cleaning the underside of the mower deck, remove the spark plug to ensure no accidential starting of the mower. Remove the mower blades and use a putty knife to scrape the grass clippings out of the deck. Once finished, apply some lubricant such as WD-40.

6. Sharpen the mower blades.
Freshly sharpened mower blades are essential in knowing your lawn mower will be ready to start cutting this spring the same day you are. If there are no chips, cracks or bends in the blades, your local Ag-Power store can sharpen your blades for you. However, if there are any defects in the blades, it is going to be time to replace them. 

7. Clean and lubricate the mower.
Use a wet cloth to clean the wheels, top of the mower deck and engine housing. Once finished, wipe down with a dry towel to ensure all moisture is gone. Use a spray lubricant to lubricate the exposed cable-movement pivot points. 

8. Store your equipoment. 
Store your lawn tractor or mower indoors if possible. If indoor space is not available, be sure to cover your equipment with a tarp to ensure it is protected from winter weather. If storing in an area where mice could be a problem, place pet-safe bait under your equipoment to help deter mice from chewing on the mower's wiring.

You can contact your local Ag-Power Service Department to schedule a full winter maintenance with one of our Certified Technicians.
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