Winter is coming and that means that you are about to put away your leaf blowers and string trimmers but also prepare your winter gear like snowblowers, chainsaws, and generators. When I was younger I thought it was simply enough to empty the gas from these machines and store them away where it was dry. While that's is still important (unless you use TruFuel!), over the years I've learned that the harsh winter conditions need more preparation than this to ensure that my machines are ready to fire up again in the spring.
Luckily, I've found out about TruFuel which helps in that process. TruFuel is an engineered and premixed fuel with synthetic lubricants and advanced stabilizers that is specifically designed for 2-cycle and 4-cycle outdoor power equipment. It's also ethanol-free so that helps protect the equipment compared to traditional petro-fuel mixtures.
Tips to Ensure Your Power Equipment is Fall Ready:
Use a Fuel Stabilizer To Keep Your Equipment In Shape Over the Winter
With TruFuel you don't need to worry about draining the gas and you will ensure that they stay in good shape over the winter. Plus it will be easier to start them in the spring. This is much easier than mixing everything separately and their blend ensures that fuel will stay fresh for more than 2 years.
Clean Your Equipment Before Putting it Away
This might be obvious, but you want to ensure that your equipment is thoroughly cleaned before storing it for the fall.
Chainsaws: remove the sprocket cover and ensure that all wood chips and sawdust are removed. This is especially important for sawdust to be removed as over the winter it make cake should there be any moisture or oil that gets in there and that will make it much more difficult to remove in the spring.
Trimmers and Edgers: On your trimmer, make sure to remove any built up grass that may have built-up over the summer. You should also remove the cutting line head and clean out any debris there as well.
Hedge Trimmers: Again, make sure to clean any debris from the blades and spray them with a lubricant to ensure that they don't rust over the winter.
Inspect the Equipment For Any Maintenance Issues
Before putting your equipment away, make sure to check for anything that might be loose or worn. This includes doing an inspection of the teeth in your chainsaw, blades on your trimmers, as well as hoses that might have become cracked or stiff due to age. You have all winter to make repairs so it's always best to plan for these things rather than rushing to do it in the spring. Even items like electric chainsaws should be inspected. Don't leave anything out.
Review the User Manual for Any Special Instructions
Each piece of equipment may have item-specific maintenance tips to follow before storing it for the fall. Make sure to consult the manual to ensure you are able to keep it in tip top condition.
Use TrueFuel When You Start Equipment for Fall
Fall isn't just about putting things away ... unfortunately it's also time to get stuff ready for winter such as generators and chainsaws that you might need during a winter storm.
Luckily TruFuel has you covered there and I think this is especially great for portable generators.
Generators in particular are one of those items that you need to always have ready to go ... but you hope you never use it. That means that unlike your trimmers the gas may stay in there for several years. TruFuel is a great solution here since you can actually buy a multi-pack of the 4-cycle fuel and keep it on hand just in case ... rather than getting your garage all messy and wasting fuel by mixing it yourself.