Whether you own a landscaping business or you’re a home or business owner who just happens to have a lot of lawn equipment, you may be looking for a spacious place to store it. You want it to be large, mobile, and close by so you can retrieve equipment from it when you need it. You also want it to safely store your expensive machines and equipment, shielding it all from the wind and rain.
The solution? A shipping container!
From leaf blowers and lawn mowers to rakes and tools, here’s how you can neatly store these items for safe keeping throughout the year.
Prepare Your Lawn Equipment for Storage
Proper care and maintenance is vital if you want to maintain the life expectancy and long-term performance of your equipment. This means you have to maintain and clean your equipment before putting it into storage in the off-season.
When you take the time to prep your equipment for storage, you are ensuring the equipment will work properly when you next need it.
Service All Equipment
Before you store your lawn equipment, clean and service it yourself (if you’re handy) or bring it to a small engine repair facility. They will check the air filter, look for minor repairs, and change the oil. It can be quite costly to prematurely replace lawn mowers, weed eaters, trimmers, and blowers, which is why you should service them once a year to maintain their condition.
Properly Store Your Lawn Mower
Your lawn mower is not only your most expensive piece of lawn equipment, it’s usually the most commonly used. Prevent damage while in storage by heeding the following tips.
Empty the Gas Tank
This will prevent dirt, grime and gunk from building up and clogging up the carburetor. If you don’t do this, your lawn mower may not start the next time you go to use it. Always dispose of oil and gas safely and properly. Before storing, put some fuel stabilizer in the gas tank, running the mower so as to distribute the stabilizer. Once you have removed all the gas, run the mower until it shuts down. This is the best way to be absolutely certain the gas lines are empty.
Change the Oil
When you change the oil before storage, this will extend the life of your engine.
Remove the Mower Blades
Remove the blades carefully and store them separately.
Clean the Mower and All Attachments
Now it’s time to clean and remove dirt, debris and grass from the mower and blades. Use warm water and soap, making sure everything dries completely. Wrap the blades in bubble wrap for the best protection. Clean the undercarriage of the equipment, scraping off any mud or residue that may have accumulated beneath the mower deck. Doing this will prevent rust from forming.
Disconnect the Battery and Spark Plug
Another way to prevent corrosion is to disconnect the battery. At the same time, remove the spark plug and store it separately.
Store Your Equipment in a Cool, Dry Place
You can prevent moisture damage if you store your lawn mower in a cool, dry environment, which is why a shipping container is such a great storage idea.
Contact A&M Container Sales and Rentals
If you need a shipping container for storage of your lawn equipment, give us a call today at 985-261-2199 for a free quote.