Spring has finally sprung, which means it’s time to put away your winter equipment and get out the spring lawn equipment. But before you put away the snow thrower, you’ll want to do some end-of-season maintenance to make sure your equipment will be ready to go next winter.
Preparing Equipment for Storage
Dirt and debris can wreck havoc on any type of equipment, but the chemicals and salt that are used on driveways, roadways and walkways during the winter can cause significant problems to your snow thrower and other winter equipment. Make sure to thoroughly clean and inspect your equipment before putting it in storage. Here are some other pre-storage maintenance chores:
- Look for cracking and/or tearing on rubber pieces
- Inspect steel hinges for rust
- Replace worn parts before storing
- Repair chipped or scraped paint to prevent rust
- Empty gasoline
- Change oil
- Inspect spark plugs and replace if corroded
- Inspect wiring to ensure there are no frayed wires, if so replace or repair
Now that you have the winter equipment cleaned and ready for storage, its time to give the spring equipment a good cleaning and inspection as well. It is common for a lawnmower to work great before putting it away for the winter, but to not start when you need it the next spring. The best thing to do is to take the lawnmower in for a spring checkup, before your first use. The same goes for the weed-eater and other lawn equipment — have everything cleaned and maintained in early spring, so it will be ready when you need it.
Whether you need new lawn equipment or servicing for your current equipment, contact Ralph Helm Inc. Lawn Equipment Center to learn how we can help you be prepared for all of your spring and summer lawn and landscaping tasks.