Join Nick Heizer, an Exmark product manager, as he explains the best practices for winter lawn mower storage. You’re not done preparing for the cold weather just because you’ve winterized your equipment. The next step is storage.
Best Winter Storage for Your Mower
The best place to store your mower is indoors, though you want to be sure to keep it away from corrosives like water heaters, anything that sparks, and fertilizer. When we say “indoors,” we mean in an insulated garage or a water and weather-proof shed. It keeps your mower safe from the elements and temperature drops and keeps your equipment in the best shape possible. However, we know that not everyone has the indoor space to store their Exmark. In that case, let’s talk about the ideal outdoor storage setup.
Tips for Storing Your Lawn Mower Outside
If you’re storing your lawn mower outside this winter, you’ll want to make sure it’s properly tucked away from the elements. Heizer explains there are three main considerations for outdoor lawn mower storage, so you can make sure your investment is always cared for.
1. Cover Your Mower
The most effective way to keep your mower covered and cared for is with a great and durable covering. There are plenty out there, and it’s important, first and foremost, to ensure it’s waterproof and thick. If you have an Exmark mower, they have a custom cover that comes in a variety of sizes to keep your mower clean and protected. And, they’re even a great choice for an additional layer of protection if stored indoors.
2. Care for Your Tires
If you have pneumatic tires, it’s crucial to keep them off the cold concrete to extend their longevity. This can be as simple as parking on a piece of cardboard. You will want to be sure to occasionally move the mower around, as this helps to evenly distribute the pressure and weight to keep your tires in top shape.
3. Keep Away the Pests
Pests can do some serious damage to your mower. Put pet-safe bait stations around and under your mower to prevent mice from climbing in and nesting or tearing through your wiring. They seek enclosed, dark spaces and your Exmark is the last place they should make a home.
Talk to your dealer today to get your mower winterized, or check out our article on the steps you can take. And, be sure to grab a cover to save you—and your mower—some headache during those long winter months.