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New Hydro Pro 36 - Draining gas tank.

On my old Ariens ST1236, with the Tecumseh Snow King engine, I always drained the gas out of the tank, ran the engine dry and then drained the carburetor bowl, via the spring valve in the bottom of the bowl, for summer storage.

Today I received my 36" hydro pro and in looking it over briefly I don't see a way to easily drain the fuel tank and the bowl.

Now I know there was another thread recently stating the recommended storage procedure is to leave the tank 3/4 full using stabilizer, and my new manuals states the same, but draining everything has been a bullet proof method for years.

So, those of you that have the 420CC Briggs motor have you found a way to easily drain the gas out of the tank and bowl? (aside from letting the engine burn it off)

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just run the engine until it's dry and dies.

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just run the engine until it's dry and dies.
That will still leave some gas in the carb bowl - maybe not enough to worry about, but I always worry about it, and srop the bowl. I also try to run a rag around the inside of the fuel tank just to get it completely dry - but that is my anal-self.
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just put a little bit of Stabil or seafoam in the tank when you run it dry and it'll be juuuuust fine.
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That will still leave some gas in the carb bowl - maybe not enough to worry about, but I always worry about it, and srop the bowl. I also try to run a rag around the inside of the fuel tank just to get it completely dry - but that is my anal-self.
I can be very anal about changing the oil even if has 10 or less hours on it. but I have been doing this for 30 odd years running it all dry. never ever had a problem come the next year. anyway I thought I would run that up the old flag pole to see if it flies.:eek :

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I can be very anal about changing the oil even if has 10 or less hours on it. but I have been doing this for 30 odd years running it all dry. never ever had a problem come the next year. anyway I thought I would run that up the old flag pole to see if it flies.:eek :
Oil is cheap - The 20 qts of oil that you used over the 30 odd years is very cheap engine-insurance - IMHO.
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So, those of you that have the 420CC Briggs motor have you found a way to easily drain the gas out of the tank and bowl? (aside from letting the engine burn it off)


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Thanks for the replies guys.

I was hoping for something a bit more crafty and artful than the $10 leaky pump from the auto parts store but I suppose its an option.

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