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Winterizing Power Equipment

Thanks to a lack of snow, Florida's winter landscape chores are relatively simple. But that doesn't mean they're unimportant, especially when it comes to power equipment.

To ensure that your lawn mower, leaf blower, or power washer work exactly as you'd like next spring, prepare them correctly for a few months of winter storage.

Make sure the equipment you plan on storing is in good working condition. Fuel should be drained completely. If you decide not to drain the fuel because you may occasionally need to use the machine, add a fuel stabilizer.

Change the oil and oil filters. Take a look at hydraulic fluids and wear points for excessive damage. Check for worn tires that might need replacing, and replace any worn out bearings, batteries, spark plugs, or air filters.

Once you've performed all necessary repairs on your equipment and attended to the fuel, it's time to stow it away. Make sure that all the items are covered so that they stay dry.

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