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Winterize Your Gas Engine Welder Generator

If you live in a colder climate and use an engine-driven welder/generator, you need to take a few precautions to make sure you properly maintain the equipment during winter months. Whether you continue using it regularly or will pack it away for the winter, take note of the following:
  • 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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