Among the great yard-care conveniences is a leaf blower. Not only does a leaf blower make it easier to clean up grass clippings after you mow, it also saves you from the tiring autumn task of raking what seems like an endless amount of fallen leaves.
When the trees are finally bare, it's time to winterize the leaf blower and store it. Getting your leaf blower ready for storage lengthens its life and helps ensure it's ready for next year.
Remove the fuel from the blower completely. Drain the gas tank and replace the cap, start the engine and let it run until all remaining fuel is gone, ensuring that the fuel lines and carburetor are empty
Remove the spark plug and pour 1 teaspoon of 40:1, 2-cycle engine oil through the spark plug opening. Slowly pull the starter rope 8 to 10 times to distribute the oil. Replace the spark plug with a new one.
Clean the air filter, or replace it if it’s worn.
Thoroughly clean the exterior of the leaf blower and lightly oil external metal surfaces. Check the leaf blower for any loose, broken or damaged parts and replace if needed.
Store the leaf blower in a clean, dry area with all safety guards in place.
The carburetor could be the problem If the leaf blower engine won't start even though there's fuel in the tank. Follow these instructions to replace the carburetor.
The fuel lines on a leaf blower deteriorate with time and eventually can split or crack. You can remove and replace them yourself, following these instructions.
If the leaf blower engine won't start even though there's fuel in the tank, the carburetor could be the problem. Follow these instructions to rebuild it in less than 30 minutes.
Follow these easy steps to prepare you leaf blower for long-term storage.
Follow this advice for caring for your leaf blower.