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How to Prepare Your Tools for Spring

 


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When spring comes around, you want to make sure that all your outdoor tools are ready. Preparing your tools for spring now greatly improves your tools’ performance and allows you to keep your expensive equipment in great repair for years to come. Follow these great tips on getting your tools and lawn equipment ready for spring so you have everything you need once the weather warms up to get those side projects started.

Make sure you have properly winterized all your equipment and their small engines by having the right fuel in them. This way, you won't have your engines seize or freeze during the cold weather, which can permanently damage your tools if the weather gets cold enough. If you are unsure of the type of fuel your equipment needs, check the manufacturer's guidelines to see what type of 2-cycle fuel will work best. Don't leave your equipment on empty all winter, and don't leave your equipment outdoors where it can get wet or damaged.

Keep your tools out of the weather and away from water sources to help prevent damage, theft, and rust. Even sturdy tools, like hammers and hatchets can fall victim to a bad bout of rain or a great snowfall. Keep all your tools in a garage or covered with a tarp to prevent water damage all winter long so your handy tools are ready for spring. If there is a bad storm, check your storage areas frequently to make sure that your tools are still protected from the elements.

As the weather begins to warm up, gather all your tools and inspect them for rust. They may need to be oiled or started to make sure they are in the best condition to start working with. If you notice smoking, sputtering, or starting issues with your equipment, make sure you do proper repairs on your engines before attempting to use them in the spring. Also inspect all blades and additions to your tools to make sure they are in good condition and moving properly.

Finally, go through all your tools and discard or replace the ones that didn't fare well through the winter. Old nails and hammers, screwdrivers and wrenches, need to be replaced if there is ample rust or winter damage to them. Make sure your more expensive equipment is properly fueled, oiled and warmed up before using them in the spring.

Keeping your tools in great repair all winter long doesn't take a lot of effort and is well worth the work to make sure that you have great tools to use once the weather allows for outdoor projects. Don't simply ignore your tools all winter long and make sure they are protected from the elements and you should be able to have them ready for spring.

Author's Bio:

Russo Power is dedicated to growth with our customers, vendors, industry, and employees. While most small businesses were forced to downsize in recent years, Russo Power has done the opposite. In spring of 2011, we opened a new store in Hainesville, Illinois and hired 30 new employees. Despite growing bigger, what won’t change are the ideals that got us here. We have been able to separate ourselves from other power equipment dealerships with our excellent service, vast selection of parts such as kohler small engine parts or tree watering bags , and top-notch specialists in each department. Russo Power has four retail locations, a salt distributions site in Lemont, and an e-commerce website, RussoPower.com, to better serve customers. We are known in the industry for carrying the widest selection of manufactures including Bob-Cat, Echo, Honda, Kawasaki, Kubota, Stihl, Toro, and Wright to name a few.

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