A lawn mower is probably the one piece of equipment that is your biggest landscaping investment. Whether you are using a push mower or a seated mower, your lawn mower needs gas to run efficiently. There are several key points to know when adding gas to lawn mowers in order to protect your engine from burning out and for operating your mower at peak efficiency.
When adding gas to your lawn mower, keep pets and children away as gasoline is flammable and can be fatal if accidentally ingested. Keep your gasoline in a separate container designed to store gas and store it only for short periods of time in a cool, dry place if you have extra that doesn't fit in the tank. Be sure to read the instruction manual to find out what type of gas is required by your model lawn mower. Putting the wrong type of gas into a lawn mower can ruin the mower's engine and cause unnecessary and costly repairs.
It's important that when you store your lawn mower away after the fall season that you have either drained the gas from the tank or put in a gas stabilizer while the mower will be idle. Otherwise, you will not be able to start up your lawn mowers engine again in the spring for another season.
Always store your gas in a separate container designed to hold gasoline and make sure it contains a well-fitting cap that children cannot easily access. When you add gas to the lawn mower tank in the spring when you are ready to use the mower for the next several months, this is a good time to add gas stabilizer either to your gas container or the mower's gas tank. Add gas carefully to minimize any spillage and mop up any spills quickly and thoroughly.
Try not to purchase more than one gallon of gas for your lawn mower at a time, as additional gasoline does not store well and can prove to be a hazardous material when stored for more than a month. Purchase either a one or two gallon gas container in order to transport the gas you purchase at the service station to your lawn mower for servicing.
If you find that you inadvertently left gas in the tank during the storage season for your lawn mower, and your engine won't start, try draining the gas left in the tank as completely as possible. Then try filling your mower's gas tank with a fresh supply of gas and try restarting the engine again. If the engine won't restart, it's possible that the gas left in the tank caused the carburetor to get all gummed up and you will need to take your mower to a professional repair service for cleaning.
At the end of the mowing season, it's a good idea to let your gas tank run completely dry to eliminate problems several months down the road from old gas gumming up the mower's works. Always start a new season with a fresh tank of gas in the mower.