Even when outdoor power equipment is not in use, it is vital to store it properly to prevent costly repair bills. If not stored properly, people can find themselves frustrated with a non-working outdoor power tool when they get ready to use it. When the season ends and the outdoor power equipment is no longer in use, do not simply put the equipment in the garage or storage and forget about it. Instead, use these tips below to learn how to store a variety of outdoor power equipment.
Disconnect the spark plug from the equipment’s socket. This should be the first step that anyone does when preparing outdoor power equipment for storage. By disconnecting the spark plug, the power equipment will not accidentally turn on when all the other steps for storage preparation are being completed.
When it is time to put away the outdoor power equipment for the season, make sure to give it a thorough cleaning. If the equipment is not cleaned properly, lubricants on the equipment can cause corruption and possibly lead to major mechanical problems when it is time to use it again. For example, with a chainsaw, one should brush away all dirt and grime; then one should get a clean, moist towel to remove other material from the chainsaw. A line trimmer should also be brushed to remove dirt, grass, and other grime that may have been caught in the deflector. Cleaning the tools before putting them up for storage will eliminate the hassle of trying to clean them when the season begins.
Cleaning your equipment is a perfect time to sharpen parts. Dull blades can make your tool less effective, so doing this now will ensure that your tools are ready for the spring. Be sure to remove and sharpen the blades properly to avoid injury.
Next, be sure to remove gasoline from the outdoor equipment. Any outdoor power equipment that will be stored for more than thirty days should have all gasoline drained from it. If the power equipment does not have fuel drained from it, the fuel can be topped off and have a fuel stabilizer added to it. The fuel stabilizer will also prevent the fuel from becoming gunky.
Use the season change to do all other maintenance for the outdoor power equipment. Possible maintenance for the outdoor equipment include changing the oil, replacing spark plugs, lubricating all necessary parts, replacing filters, and tightening all belts and hoses.
Store the outdoor power equipment in a clean, dry, and frost-free place that is well-ventilated. If possible, whether the equipment is outside or in a garage or storage, use a proper cover to shield the equipment from outside elements. To save space you can hang the equipment on a garage or storage shed wall thus providing more floor and shelf space for your smaller tools.