Petrol-powered garden tools, such as chainsaws, brushcutters, lawn mowers and hedge trimmers, should be stored properly during the winter so that they are ready for use again next spring. Follow the tips below:
- The tank of petrol-powered tools should be emptied prior to prolonged downtimes. Pour the petrol out of the tank back into a canister in a well-ventilated location. Then let the engine idle until it comes to a stop of its own accord. If petrol remains in the tank, it can potentially lose its combustibility after a certain period of time. In the case of E10 mixtures, the oil and petrol can begin to separate after a relatively short period of downtime.
- Check the oil level! As a general rule, the tool should be in full working order, even during a prolonged downtime. You should therefore fill up your chainsaw’s chain-oil tank as full as possible. It is also important to check the oil level of lawn mowers. The details on the ideal oil level are located in the user manual.
- Each tool should be thoroughly cleaned. You can find cleaning tips in our article titled “Winter break in your tool shed: How to make sure your garden tools are ready for the cold time of year”. You will find special suggestions for cleaning your brushcutters in the article titled “Brushcutters: How to service and maintain your tool”.
Tip: Print out the checklist and hang it in your tool shed or save it on your smartphone.