How can you extend the life of your power equipment? Store it properly before Winter sets in. Find out here how to take care of your outdoor tools before storing them.
INDOOR TOOL STORAGE
Storing your outdoor equipment indoors during Winter is the ideal solution. If you don't have a garage, a shed can also do the trick.
In either case, a few precautions are necessary:
Prevent rust by heating room if possible. This will help control humidity.
Store your equipment out of reach of children.
Avoid injuries by ensuring no sharp edges are exposed.
OUTDOOR TOOL STORAGE
Sometimes, storing your tools indoors is simply impossible. You can protect your tools from snow and frost by securing them with ropes and stakes under a tarpaulin. Even then, some maintenance measures are required:
Clean your equipment by inspecting the exterior for loose bolts or screws.
Examine all nooks and crannies of the equipment and remove debris that can trap moisture and create corrosion, such as leaves and grass.
Empty the fuel tank to prevent it from freezing. Fuel in the tank could cause hoses to crack and even damage internal components.
Empty the oil tank to prevent the oil from deteriorating and staining surfaces.