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Old 03-27-2012, 08:33 PM   #1
 
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Question Storing lawn mower outside?

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I would like to get your opinion on a topic.

I have a Sears 15.5 HP lawn mower. It takes up room in my garage.
I was considering the concepts of storage outside to get it out of the way. More room for bikes.

I was thinking of having 4 concrete pads under each tire and then put a good quality cover (made for the tractor) over it,

Is this a bad idea? Will moisture in the winter time hurt the mower?

Should I
Do this only in summer and store in the garage in winter?
Forget the entire idea and store the mower in the garage?
Do it as it will be OK?

Priority is to not cause damge to my equipment. If I could do this without damage, I would consider it.

I live in Memphis TN. Freezes 2-3 times per year.

Thoughts?
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Old 03-27-2012, 08:42 PM   #2
 
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Might want to rethink those tires on concrete pads.. maybe prop the mower up, off the wheels. As long as you can keep the rain out, I would think you'd be OK.
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Old 03-27-2012, 09:46 PM   #3
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What about a small storage shed for the tractor?
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Old 03-28-2012, 12:35 AM   #4
 
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Just a small piece of advice. Keep your mower in the garage and it will last a LOT longer. Left outside, your mower won't last 5 years, Kept in a garage and it should be good for 10 years or longer
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If I had to choose between my bike and my mower, the bike would get the garage. Indoor storage is better for either. It doesn't sound like your mower gets lots of hot/cold temperature cycles, and if you use it regularly during mowing season it shouldn't be sitting long enough to rot the tires most of the year. It would be good to protect it from sun and rain. A small shelter would be much better than a tarp. Even a plywood crate, so it gets air all around it, and nothing resting on it. Set it on blocks during the winter with the tires off the ground. Pickle the engine like you would any other. If meeces are a concern where you live, you might want to consider taking steps to anticipate an Invasion Del Rodentia.
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Thanks for the advice. I'll keep her in the garage.
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