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Fuel Shut Off at Shut Down

I'm a new owner of a 24 SHO AX369. Used it just once here in Illinois with 89 octane fuel. Do you folks recommend turning the fuel "off" and let the carb run out when shutting it down? I've Briggs & Stratton stabilizer in the fuel.

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If it's going to sit for awhile I would definitely do that.......dont' run any alcohol fuels in it if you can avoid it.




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Welcome, and unless you are going to go back out that night, I would. But that's me. Some on here will say don't worry about it, until the end of the season. So, I guess it really depends on much in the season you use it.

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Fuel shut off after each use: yes.
Run carb dry after each use: no.

There is no need to run the carb dry after each use during the regular season..just run it dry one time a year, when prepping for summer storage.

Its a good idea to always shut off the fuel valve though, because a sticky carb float could drain the whole gas tank onto the floor..it happened to me! Shutting the valve keeps the gas in the tank. Just have to remember to turn it back on! but after awhile, it becomes routine.

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Fuel shut off after each use: yes.
Run carb dry after each use: no.

There is no need to run the carb dry after each use during the regular season..just run it dry one time a year, when prepping for summer storage.

Its a good idea to always shut off the fuel valve though, because a sticky carb fliat could drain the whole gas tank onto the floor..it happened to me! Shutting the valve keeps the gas in the tank. Just have to remember to turn it back on! but after awhile, it gecomes routine.

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Or in some models, into the crankcase!

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Fuel shut off after each use: yes.
Run carb dry after each use: no.

There is no need to run the carb dry after each use during the regular season..just run it dry one time a year, when prepping for summer storage.
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I run stabilizer all the time.

For years I have been running the carb dry after each use. Then I realized recently that this is partially because an old blower of mine would drip from the carb (just emptying the bowl, I think) if I didn't run it dry. So that habit just sort of carried over. I don't think there's any harm in using this approach, to be clear.

So for the last few uses, I've just shut the engine down then closed the fuel shutoff. It seemed to start more easily the next time, doing it this way (leaving gas in the carb bowl).

I will definitely still run the carb dry at the end of the season, however.

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I have always run my dry after each use. This habit started with my first 1983 machine, because the carb did occasionally leak and I didn't want the gas smell in the garage. This was before ethenol was in fuel. In any case, I still do it, and probably always will because now we DO have ethenol in gas.

Mine doesn't get a ton of use though. Used it for the third time this winter today to clean up about 4 inches of perfect snowman making snow. The last two snowfalls were nothing to write about either.

One was slush and slop, impeller kit worked great, second was fluffy light stuff.

Got to remember to blow that kind of snow WITH the wind.

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I always run it dry since there is no gas shut-off on my 40 year old machine. I also run my machines once or twice during their off-season with about a cup of gas. This keeps everything lubricated, keeps seals from dry-rotting, burns off any condensation, and keeps critters out of the shed!
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Why not just pick up a valve and cut it into the line. Save a little wear and tear on the engine running it dry all the time ?? About $6

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Why then it wouldn't be all original Besides, I have a spare dual shaft HS40 in the garage if this one ever goes.
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