Small engine storage

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Old 04-23-07, 04:46 AM
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Small engine storage

I know this has probaly been debated before,but i'm wondering what is the preferred choice of storing lawnmowers,snow throwers,etc over the season.
gas stabilizer or running/ draining the gas tank
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Old 04-23-07, 09:46 AM
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I add stabilizer to the gas, run the engine to get the mix into the fuel line to the carburetor, then shut the fuel off and run the carburetor dry.
 
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Old 04-23-07, 12:06 PM
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For the first time this week i just ran my snowblower dry. However,there was
gas stabilizer in it when i ran it dry. My concern is the fact there might be some residual gas left that could gum up the carb.enough to cause problems next year. Basically, i have been putting in new gas with stabilizer,running it for about 5 minutes and putting it away.
 
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Old 04-23-07, 07:02 PM
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My opinion on summer storage of equipment is to stabilize and leave the fuel in the machine. When you run it until it quits you still have fuel left in the carburetor and a minute amount at that. Fuel will deteriorate at a faster rate in smaller quantities. I recommend not only stabilizing the fuel and running for 5-10 minutes but also run the engine for 5-10 minutes at least once monthly during storage periods.
 
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