Will Your Mower or Tiller Start Easily in the Spring?
Here’s What You Can Do Now!
In general, I hate things with motors. They're noisy, and hard to start. Small engines,
anyway. It’s usually a struggle to get my mower going in the spring after a
long winter. But my mechanic, Claude Young at the Meriden Garage, taught me
what to do: add gas stabilizer to the gas. That prevents it from clogging up
the carburetor and other delicate parts. Now is the time to act, if you haven’t
Most gas stations or mechanics will sell you a gas stabilizer. The one I use is called Sta-Bil fuel stabilizer. It uses 2 ounces for 5 gallons of gas, and says it works in all kinds of engines, both 2-cycle and 4-cycle. So it will work in your chain saw, as well as your lawn mower. An 8-ounce container costs around $10.
This stuff really works.
I recently drained the gas from my rototiller, a little Mantis, and filled it with gas containing stabilizer. Then I let it run for 5 minutes to replaceany of the old gas left in it. I previously had run my lawn mowers dry, and filled them with “good gas”.
This should stsart right up in the spring.
So on the next nice day I suggest you do the same. Run your engines dry or drain them, and add gas with stabilizer. I did this last year, and it really made a difference. Do it, and you’ll bless me in the spring!
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