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Maint question from newbie

Preparing to buy my first blower and have been watching some videos on maint. Came across one today by MTD Geniune Parts are the stated that its better to store the blower during summer with fuel/stabilizer. Reasons for not draining out all the fuel:

(1) Exposes metal and parts to air and moisture
(2) Encourages rust
(3) Allows seals to dry; crack, & shrink

Is this what most owners do for long term storage put stabilized fuel in or drain it. Its a little confusing as I have seen videos showing that draining is the best option. Just curious, thanks.


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All the dealers I talked to said don't drain it - just put stabilizer in it and you're good to go.

I'm curious if that's the accepted practice here as well.

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Taking gas out was the norm, but it will do more damage, gas lines dry out, small amounts of gas in carb passages can dry out cause blockages. Either stabil or buying non-ethonal 4 stroke canned gas for storage is my fav way (longer shelf life when in machine) yes it's more then gas station gas, but it's for storage only.

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Personally, I find it much easier to drain the gas tank and run it dry. Then remove bowl and spray inside the carb with carb cleaner. I run only ethanol free gas.
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