Winterizing Your Mowing Equipment

posted on Thursday, October 15, 2020 in How To

At the end of your mowing season, make sure to give your riding mower the attention it truly deserves. Spending a few minutes preparing it for the winter months, will save you time and headache in the spring when you’re ready to mow again. Below are some simple steps you can take to make sure you’ll be ready next spring.

Empty the gas tank

  • Unused gas can become stale and can gum up the carburetor and cause rust
  • Drain all of the gas into a clean container OR add fuel stabilizer to existing gas to prevent issues

Sharpen and balance the blades

  • Always use gloves or protective wear
  • Remove the blades and check the sharpness of the blades
  • Sharpen blades and reattach
  • Level the deck

Remove the battery

  • Keep your battery stored in a cool dry place away from gas cans, water heaters, furnace, etc.
  • Clean off all terminals
  • Use a battery tender/trickle charger to keep battery charged over the winter

Clean off the mower

  • Brush off any leaves, grass, and mud. This will prevent any buildup of debris and will keep parts of the mower running smoothly
  • Hose off any grime and wipe down when finished to prevent rust damage

Extra things to keep in mind

  • Tighten and replace any loose or missing nuts, bolts and screws
  • Check the tires and tire pressure for any cracks or leaks
  • Store mower in dry, protected area
  1. battery
  2. blade sharpening
  3. mower
  4. preperation
  5. tires
  6. winterization