Lawn Mower Winter Storage
- Cleaning the mower
- Treating the engine cylinder
- Treating the gas with stabiliser
- Battery charging (tractor)
- Coating the the mower
- Storing the mower indoors
You don't need much in the way of tools, stiff brush, scraper, plug spanner and a tire pump would be nice but not essential.
This is all you really need to know - cover everything in WD, except belts and pulleys.
Air Filter Up
Turn off gas, if you have a gas valve fitted and pull off the spark plug wire. This prevents the mower from starting accidentally.
Now turn your mower over, air-filter side up. This prevents gas flooding.
A paint scraper and wire brush are best for this job.
Check for debris around the blades and the wheel axles.
Old string wound around axles can cause oil leaks and other damage.
Connect a regular garden hose to your deck if fitted with this feature.
Hose on and blades on, this will wash the underside.
Grass build up, will happily eat your mower.
Sadly this garden hose connector wasn't overworked.
Use a car jack to lift the front of your mower, place blocks of wood under the front wheels.
Apply the hand brake and leave the jack under the mower for additional support.
Often finding somewhere to jack the mower can be a challenge, be careful of steering arms and the muffler.
With the deck in the highest position, it's not going to be comfortable, but it's enough clearance to get the job done.
Cleaning the bag will help airflow pass through the bag which helps stuff the bag.
Pressure washing is the best and easiest way to clean the matted grass. A stiff brush does a good job too, but is very dusty.
The Problem With Storing Gas
Draining out the gas at the end of the season will help prevent gumming of the gas system.
But this is the guaranteed fix, dump a bottle of this into the gas tank and run the engine for 10 minutes - job done!
When To Tune-up The Engine?
Remove your tractor mower spark plug and allow a cap full of oil to drain in.
Crank over the engine to coat the cylinder, refit the plug, but not the plug wire, crank over the engine by hand (if you have access) until you feel resistance. The valves are now closed.
Remove your spark plug and pour a cap full of engine oil in. Crank over the engine, now fit plug without plug wire, and crank over the engine until you feel resistance.
The valves are now closed.
Lawn Tractor Winterising
Using Trickle Charger
Best to store the battery somewhere warm, so if your mower overwinters in freezing conditions, remove the battery and store it somewhere warm.
Note a wet battery contains acid which can spill, is flammable and will burn the skin, so, you know, common sense.
Smart chargers come a lot smaller than this one. They cost very little to run, extend your battery life and leave you ready to rock come snow drop time.
Storing Your Mower
Storing your mower outdoors is not advisable. It will shorten the life of the mower and cost you lots in repair bills.
If you don't have a garage, then drain the gas and cover with a breathable cover.
A plastic cover will cause condensation to build up on the mower and cause even more damage.
This is the life! Even better if the garage is heated. Add a dust cover, now your really spoiling her.