Preparing Your Power Tools for Storm Season

Jul 01, 2024On The Way Outdoor


Storm season brings with it the potential for power outages, fallen trees, and other disruptions that can leave you relying heavily on your power equipment tools. Ensuring these tools are in top working condition before the first storm hits can make all the difference in maintaining your safety and comfort. Here’s a comprehensive guide on how to keep your power equipment tools storm-ready. 


Before storm season starts, thoroughly inspect all your power equipment. Look for any signs of wear and tear, damage, or corrosion. Pay particular attention to electrical cords, plugs, and any moving parts. 

  • Chainsaws: Ensure the chain is sharp and properly tensioned. Clean out any debris from the chain brake and housing. 
  • Generators: Check the fuel lines, oil levels, and air filters. Make sure the generator is clean and free of dust and debris. 
  • Lawn Mowers and Trimmers: Clean the blades and undercarriage to remove grass and debris build-up. 

Regular maintenance can prolong the life of your power equipment and ensure it works efficiently when you need it most. 

  • Oil Changes: For tools like generators and lawn mowers, change the oil according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. Fresh oil helps the engine run smoothly and prevents overheating. 
  • Spark Plugs: Inspect spark plugs and replace them if they appear dirty or worn out. A new spark plug ensures better engine performance. 
  • Fuel Stabilization: Add a fuel stabilizer to gasoline-powered equipment to prevent fuel degradation. This is especially important for generators, which may sit unused for long periods. 

Don't wait until a storm is imminent to test your equipment. Run all your power tools to ensure they start easily and function correctly. 

  • Generators: Test run your generator for about 30 minutes every few months. This keeps the engine components lubricated and ensures the generator is ready for an extended run during an outage. 
  • Chainsaws and Trimmers: Start the engine and test the functionality. Make sure the chainsaw chain moves smoothly and the trimmer's line feed works properly.

Having the right supplies on hand can make all the difference during a storm. 

  • Fuel: Keep an adequate supply of fresh fuel stored safely. Consider the shelf life of gasoline and rotate your stock regularly. 
  • Oil and Lubricants: Ensure you have enough oil for your generators, chainsaws, and other tools. 
  • Replacement Parts: Stock up on common replacement parts such as spark plugs, air filters, and chainsaw chains. 

Proper storage can protect your power equipment from damage and prolong its lifespan. 

  • Dry Environment: Store your equipment in a dry, sheltered place to prevent rust and corrosion. A garage or shed is ideal. 
  • Elevated Storage: Keep equipment off the ground to avoid water damage from flooding. Use shelves or pallets. 
  • Protective Covers: Use covers to keep dust and moisture off your equipment, especially for items like generators and lawn mowers. 

Always adhere to the maintenance and operation guidelines provided by the manufacturer. This includes: 

  • Service Intervals: Follow recommended service intervals for oil changes, air filter replacements, and other maintenance tasks. 
  • Safety Procedures: Adhere to safety guidelines for operating and maintaining your equipment to avoid accidents and injuries. 

Knowing how to use your equipment effectively during a storm is just as important as keeping it maintained. 

  • Training: Make sure you and your family members know how to operate all power equipment safely. 
  • Emergency Procedures: Have a clear plan for what to do in the event of a power outage or storm damage. This includes knowing how to safely connect and operate your generator. 

Keeping your power equipment tools ready for storm season requires a combination of regular maintenance, proper storage, and preparedness. By following these steps, you can ensure that your equipment will be reliable and effective when you need it most, helping you to weather the storm with confidence and ease. 

Remember, safety first! Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions and take necessary precautions to protect yourself and your equipment. Stay prepared and stay safe! 


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