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As the temperature drops, so does your need for certain lawn equipment. This is why most of us winterize or store our small motor equipment after the first freeze.

That being said, there are certain small motor equipment options you need to keep around for the rest of the cold-weather months, whether to use them or better prepare them for spring. Let’s go over five of them.

1. Snow Blower

This is one option you might need to take out of storage for cold weather and it will likely be your most-used small engine option if you live in an area that gets a lot of snow. If you have a snow blower already, it might be wise to take it in for a tune-up or maintenance before first use. Or, if you haven’t purchased a snow blower yet, now might be the best time to see why it’s such a popular option for reducing effort and maximizing efficiency when it comes to clearing snow.

2. Leaf Blower

The leaves on your property might keep falling well after the grass has gone dormant. If that’s the case, you’ll want to keep your leaf blower handy if you don’t want to throw out your back raking them up. This is useful for the lawn, flower bed and anywhere else you’d like to clear from debris (e.g. the garage?). 

3. String Trimmer

Weeds are another area of lawn maintenance that can persist past the first freeze. If you have stubborn growth, a string trimmer (i.e. weed eater) can keep it in check. One or two weeds impacting the big picture look of your lawn? Avoid a trip to the storage unit by keeping your string trimmer ready and accessible during cold weather. 

4. Garden Tiller

Whether you have winter vegetables you’re growing or it’s been a while since the soil in your garden was turned over, a garden tiller can come in handy. Even if you don’t use it during the winter, it will be one of the first tools you’ll likely use when the weather warms up. Just be sure to store your tiller in a covered, dry location to avoid damage. 

5. Lawn mower

Last, an item you might not expect: your lawn mower. Sure, you might need to mow your lawn once or twice after the grass stops growing, but before you winterize and store it, make sure it’s accessible for a good cleaning and tune-up. Blades need to be sharpened, oil needs to be changed and other improvements can be made before you store it for winter (and have to do all maintenance and repairs when it’s time to use it again). Only when you’re sure your mower is in good shape and you won’t use it for the rest of the season is when you should put it in storage.

If you’re interested in more small motor equipment advice for cold weather, we’re here to help. Contact us today for questions or an equipment quote.