- Use a lighter weight oil for temps lower than 0 degrees F.
- Avoid phase separation (ethanol and gasoline separate causing engine seizure) by using additives and keeping the fuel tank as full as possible at all times.
- Drain the carburetor of fuel if you expect the engine to sit unused for a long period of time.
Prevent carburetor icing by adding isopropyl alcohol to your fuel supply and avoid extended periods of no-load idling.
- Keep your battery fully charged to keep it from freezing.
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Whether you’re using your engine-driven welder generator throughout these winter months, or you have it sitting underneath a tarp in your garage or shop, there are considerations for its proper use and storage.
When not used for an extended period of time, gasoline engines may experience a number of problems, so consider yourself lucky if you plan on using your welder/generator on a weekly basis. For the most part, you only need to keep up with the standard routine maintenance that you should also perform in warmer weather – refer to your owner’s manual for the maintenance schedules for your specific welder generator. If you expect to use your welder generator in temperatures below 0-degrees F, change to a lighter weight oil – 5W-30 is typically recommended to provide better viscosity and circulation throughout the engine.
But what if you don’t plan on using your engine drive welder generator much, or at all, but still want it ready at a moment’s notice for back-up power and welding capability in the event of a storm or other unforeseen event? If you fall into this camp, there are several things you should be aware of before packing your engine drive away.
Read the whole article here, and have a great winter: