If you have limited storage space at home, a storage unit is the answer when it comes to storing your riding lawnmower for winter. Not only does this clear out your garage so you can park your car out of the elements, it may also provide room at home for winter tools, such as snowblowers. Before storing your lawnmower, make sure you prepare it properly.
Tip #1: Get It Serviced
Whether you service it yourself or bring in a technician, a fall tune-up ensures your lawnmower comes out of storage ready to mow. Service points to cover include:
A full oil and filter change.
Cleaning of the entire under carriage of the mower to remove mud and grass debris.
Spark plug inspection and change, as necessary.
Lubrication of all moving parts.
Emptying and cleaning of the grass catcher bags.
Tip #2: Choose a Unit
If the only thing you are storing is your lawnmower, a small unit will suffice. Select a drive-up unit so you can easily move your mower on and off the trailer.
Lawnmowers don't require climate-controlled storage, but security is a concern. Select a storage unit that has gated security, cameras and allows you to use your own locks on the doors. Units with 24-hour onsite staff are often more secure than unmanned facilities. Never leave the lawnmower key in storage. Take this home with you and keep it in a safe location.
Tip #3: Cut the Power
The battery is the part most likely to suffer damage. A battery that goes unused for several months, especially during cold winter conditions, can drain completely so it no longer takes a charge. You have two options to ensure it still works come spring.
Disconnect the battery and remove it from the mower. Store it at home in a temperature-controlled location, since extreme cold and heat can damage a battery.
Hook the battery up to a trickle charging unit. These inexpensive units provides a constant trickle of charge, which prevents the battery from draining.
Tip #4: Avoid a Fuel Folly
Whether you leave the gas in your lawnmower or drain it before storage depends upon personal preference and the rules of the storage unit. Some units do not allow for any gasoline storage onsite, while others do allow gasoline if it is inside a vehicle. If you choose to drain the gasoline from your lawnmower, use a container made for gasoline storage. Add a fuel stabilizer to the can and store the gasoline at home in a safe place away from heat and flame.
If you do leave the gas in the tank, make sure to add a fuel stabilizer. Gasoline can go bad, which can cause engine damage or poor performance when you start the mower up in the spring.
These tips aren't just for riding lawnmowers. These methods also work for storing push mowers, string trimmers, or other motorized lawn tools. Contact a company like Preferred Storage for more information.