Storing Your Lawn Mower for the Season

Fall is right around the corner, which means it's almost time to put away your summer equipment and break out the winter tools. Before saying goodbye to your lawn mower for the winter, be sure to store it properly. Follow these nine steps to ensure a quick start to the spring mowing season. Always be sure to check your operator's manual for detailed instructions:

1. Set your mower on a flat, level surface.
 
2. Drain the remaining fuel from the tank and run your mower to get rid of excess fuel. Add fuel stabilizer to fresh fuel and fill the tank. Run the mower for a few minutes to ensure the treated fuel circulates throughout the engine. Turn off the mower and wait for the engine to cool before you continue.
 
3. Disconnect and ground the spark plug wire.
 
4. If your mower has a battery, remove it by following the procedure for your specific mower. Rider batteries should be stored in a cool, dry place.
 
5. Drain and replace the oil. For riding mowers, change the filter.
 
6. Check your machine for any broken or rusted parts, and repair or replace as needed.
 
7. Clean dirt and grass clippings from your mower, and let dry thoroughly.
 
8. Lubricate all moving parts, like wheels and cables.
 
9. Store your mower in a clean, dry area.