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The best tool main­te­nance re­quires a lit­tle ser­vic­ing be­fore you store them away, not after. “It is not un­com­mon for peo­ple to for­get this help­ful rule-of-thumb,” says Michelle Sordi, di­rec­tor of mar­ket­ing at Husq­varna Canada, a world­wide leader in out­door power prod­ucts. “Spend­ing some time pre­par­ing your tools for stor­age will go a long way, sav­ing you time and money come spring.” Th­ese tips from the pros will en­sure a has­sle-free start next year: • Give it a clean: The fluid left by cut grass is very cor­ro­sive, so it is im­por­tant to clean gar­den­ing tools and mow­ers, es­pe­cially be­fore stor­age. Look for mow­ers with a wa­ter hose con­nec­tor, al­low­ing for easy clean­ing of the cut­ting deck. • Drain the fuel: Gaso­line left in fuel tanks over the win­ter will break down; leav­ing de­posits and build-up that will plug the fuel sys­tem. Be­fore you pack power equip­ment away, make sure you drain any left­over fuel. • Tune up: For the best per­for­mance re­sults and a longer life for your tools, give them the deluxe ser­vice treat­ment by tak­ing them to a skilled dealer (like Husq­varna) for an an­nual tune up. • Oil it up: Use an oiled cloth to wipe down metal ar­eas and add a cou­ple of drops of ma­chine oil to mov­ing parts. • Keep your equip­ment pro­tected: Store your lawn equip­ment in­doors, if pos­si­ble. If stor­ing out­side, pro­tect your equip­ment in a tool shed or cover it with a tarp. • Recharge the bat­tery: Re­mem­ber to fully recharge the ma­chine’s bat­tery dur­ing the win­ter months to en­sure an easy start to the spring sea­son. • Soak the trim­mer line: A pro­fes­sional trick is to re­move your trim­mer line and let it soak in fresh wa­ter, main­tain­ing its flex­i­bil­ity to be able to han­dle more strain and last longer. By fol­low­ing th­ese tips and check­ing your equip­ment when it is stored, you are sure to avoid any un­pleas­ant sur­prises in the spring. Ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion, tips and lo­cal power tool dealer lo­ca­tions are avail­able on­line at www.husq­varna.ca.

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