Protect your tools for Winter

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. 
  • Lubricate moving parts on equipment such as mowerschain saws and hedge trimmers to prevent freezing or rusting. 
  • Remove batteries and store them indoors in a cool and dry place, out of direct sunlight. 
ROOM FOR THE SNOWBLOWER

When the time comes to store your garden furnitures, it’s also time to take the snowblower out so you can use it come first snowfall.  

  • Place it so that it’s easily accessible. 
  • Inspect the exterior for damages.  

Tighten any screws or bolts that may have come loose during storage.  

  • If your snowblower is powered by gas, you will also need to change the oil and fill the fuel tank.  
  • Then test it to see if everything is working normally. 

Before Winter sets in for good, it is wise to have spare parts on hand so you can always use your snowblower when you need to. This includes drive belts, bolts, clamps and pins. 

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Pro Tip

Keep a lock defroster on hand when using equipment that has an ignition-key switch, in case the mechanism freezes.

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