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Offline winland

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cold weather storage
« on: January 28, 2014, 08:30:17 pm »
My chainsaws are in an unheated storage room
They are drained and run dry of fuel
Will not be used until early spring.
Any problems with this storage?
Any special pre-start procedures?

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Re: cold weather storage
« Reply #1 on: January 28, 2014, 09:09:27 pm »
Same with me. But I didnt run all of them dry this year.  Ran out of time.

I will just dump in spring, fill with fresh and fire up. 
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Re: cold weather storage
« Reply #2 on: January 28, 2014, 09:19:39 pm »
Mine are all in cold storage too.   Just like you guys I do drain them and let them sit dry.    It does not seem to bother them and when I need one I do not usually have any problems.
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Re: cold weather storage
« Reply #3 on: January 29, 2014, 12:33:15 am »
I don't do anything to them in the fall except shut them off.

In the spring I blow them off - fill them up with bar oil and fuel mix and away we go. Over the winter has never been a problem for me at this location and it can get below zero F around here some winters like right this minute it is -5F.

Sun and water are the more detrimental things to chainsaws around here.

Never had any personal old fuel troubles in the last 40 years. When I was a kid I lived in an area where gasoline and oil would get the sour smell in a couple months but never had it around here. Ten years ago, I lived in that area again for three years and never smelled any sour mix.

But I have seen fuel mix have black tinge after a few years whereby it gets poured on the weeds in the gravel driveway. I see this more so in others engines than mine so I have no clue how old it is? First thing I do with a strange saw that looks like it has been setting around is dump the mix out in the gravel.
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Re: cold weather storage
« Reply #4 on: January 29, 2014, 01:28:43 am »
One very good reason to dump them out for storage is that the bar oil leaks out in a longer term situation if left on the shelf.

So have a 5 gallon can and a funnel. When you get through with a saw, dump the bar oil. Then you have minimal bar oil on your shelf in the spring.

Also if you are one with a lot of chainsaws, you may not use one saw for a couple years so it is best to dump all the fluids just in case you don't use that one for a while.

Unless you are going to use your saw the next day, it is probably best to dump the liquids into your 5 gallon storage containers.

They are 5 gallon only because you need them to set upright with the funnel in it? Filter going in and again coming out.

Always work out of your storage cans to get it as fresh as possible.

Your shelves will stay less oily. And your storage fuel and bar oil is recycled enough to stay reasonably fresh. In most parts of the USA, over the winter storage is generally OK. Just make sure you don't put any crap in your storage cans. Do something else with the junk oil and gas.
 
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Re: cold weather storage
« Reply #5 on: January 29, 2014, 02:11:56 pm »
When I dump older mix in a can, 6 months to year usually. I put it in my riding mowers. Oldest first or in in the old plow truck.

My gas is suppose to be 10% ethanol but know it has been higher % in past.  I still use my Klotz 100% synthetic that is made to mix with methanol.  So far I haven't seen a ethanol related problem with any of my OPE.
Never even see a separation mix running this   klotz oil either, being it says will stay  mixed with alcohol.  Talking setting out 6-12mys mix in jar to see. Perfect looking every time.  That reason alone is why I still run it and ethanol gas straight from the local pumps. .


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