What’s the Best Small Shed for a Lawn Mower?


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If you don’t have actual acreage in your yard, you probably just need a shed to store a few garden tools, such as a leaf rake, shovel, hand tools and such. For any size yard, however, you will need a lawnmower of some type and a shed to protect it. You don’t need a huge shed, but you do need something. What small shed will suit your needs?

First of all, the size of your mower will dictate somewhat the size of the shed you need. You’ll probably need a larger shed for a riding mower than for a walk-behind mower, whether gas or electric.

For any mower, you will need a solid, protective shed that will keep it out of the weather and keep it away from moisture that will condense on the metal parts, causing rust and perhaps corrosion on the electronic parts.

For any riding mower, you’ll want at least a five by five-foot space, and probably a larger one to provide some room to move around. Remember that you’ll also want to store other tools in there and maybe some shelving as well.

The main thing is to provide a dry, protected space for your lawnmower. Your gas can be stored in cans or containers made for gasoline, but a better idea is to use as much of it as possible just before storing your mower for the winter. It’s always best to start mowing in the spring with fresh gas, not gas that has been sitting around for months.

Can You Keep a Lawn Mower in a Shed?

It’s fine to store your mower in a shed. Owning a mower is one of the main reasons many people buy a shed in the first place. You can also store it in a basement or enclosed garage. However, if you have a riding mower, the basement may be out. You may find that it takes up too much space in your garage as well. A shed is usually the most common storage solution for a mower over the winter unless it’s small enough to hang from a wall.

Is a Plastic Shed for a Lawn Mower a Good Idea?

A plastic or vinyl shed can be very useful for storing and protecting your lawnmower if you get the right kind. Those made of resin material are usually more resistant to UV rays and the damage they may cause. The walls and roof are usually thick to provide at least some insulation. Plastic sheds usually do last quite a long time as well. Of course, you don’t have to paint them every few years as with sheds with some other types of siding.

One thing you do need to do when seriously considering a plastic shed is to check out those offered by a few manufacturers. While the manufacturers are being more careful in making their sheds out of more quality materials in response to customer needs.

You will still need to look at some samples to check out how they are constructed, how well the parts fit together, and what different models offer in terms of whether or not they come with a floor or at least grooves meant to hold a floor to be installed later.

Many people have had problems assembling plastic sheds in the past because some of the parts just did not fit together as they should have, leaving gaps or even preventing some parts from being connected at all. This problem is being addressed more and more at the factory level in response to complaints, but it still can crop up.

It’s best to deal with a company that has been in business for several years and has a good track record, even if it means paying a little more. A bargain shed is no bargain if it turns out that yours will leak because two of the walls won’t join as they should.

What are the Different Types of Lawn Mower Storage Sheds?

The most popular small sheds are made of wood, plastic or metal. Most small sheds can be purchased pre-built and delivered to your home, then set onto the foundation that you provide. Some home improvement stores offer these. Kits are also available for those handy enough to construct them, especially the plastic sheds.

Inspecting samples gives you a good way to look carefully over the options and see how well each model is constructed. It also solves the problem of estimating how much room a particular-sized shed may be. You may think that a six by six-foot shed is plenty big enough until you actually walk into one.

You surely don’t want to purchase a shed and then wish you had bought a larger one. If you live in your home for any length of time, over the years you will accumulate more and more things that you need to store in it, so getting a shed that seems too large now will not be too large down the road.

With a plastic or resin shed, look for one that comes with a floor or has grooves that allow for a floor to be put in. This will allow you to keep the mower (and other tools) off the ground. Remember that bare dirt absorbs moisture and that it will get into your shed and onto your tools if you have a dirt floor. There are some other options and I go over them in my article What’s the Best Lawn Mower Storage For Outside?

Do You Have to Drain Gas from Lawn Mower Before Putting in Shed?

It’s a good idea to do this. Leaving fuel in the gas tank over winter leads to problems. Over time, the gas will start to form corrosive deposits on fuel tanks and lines, and carburetors. It also clogs up the fuel filter.

There do seem to be a lot of different methods to deal with the gas in a mower over the winter. The best thing would be to follow the instructions of the company that manufactured your mower engine, which will likely be a different company than the one that manufactured the actual mower.

How to Prepare Your Lawn Mower for Storage

When storing your mower for the winter, you’ll want to check the battery. Clean any corrosion you see on the battery posts and connectors, which usually looks like a whitish powder. Take care not to get the powder on your skin or in your eyes.

You can use battery cleaners made for this or use an old toothbrush loaded with baking soda. Be sure to protect your eyes and hands when doing this and wipe off the baking soda with a dampened cloth when you’re finished.

Charge the battery fully, then take it into your house and store it in a clean, dry space. A battery charger will save you money over the long run-in order to do this. You’ll want to recharge it before reconnecting it in the spring, and a time or two during the winter if you have long winters, as it does lose some charge even just sitting in your house for months.

Clean all dirt and grass clippings off the mower, especially on the underside. Grass clippings attract moisture over the winter and can be a great place for rust to form. You’ll also want to lubricate the mower and change the oil and oil filter. Check the air filter to see if it needs cleaning or replacement. While you’re at it, go over all the belts to check for damage.

If you have an electric mower, check all the connections and remove the battery. Clean your mower thoroughly before storing. Store the battery in your home, no matter the type. For lithium-ion batteries, check the manufacturer’s instructions on storage and recharging.

You might want to raise up your mower and prop it up by putting bricks under the frame in several places. This will keep pressure off your tires over the winter and keep you from getting flat spots in the tires.

Can I Use Gas Stabilizer and Leave Gas in Lawn Mower?

There does not seem to be any firm consensus about this. If you do leave gas in the tank over winter, it is recommended that you run any old gas out of the mower, then mix stabilizer with fresh gas, and run this mixture through the mower long enough to make sure the stabilized gas has worked all the way through the carburetor and fuel lines.

Some prefer to empty the tank after this, then run the mower out of gas. Others recommend filling the tank back up afterward so there is not enough room for the gas to expand or leave space for humid air to work its way in and contaminate the fuel.

A good rule of thumb is to contact the manufacturer of your lawn mower engine and follow their recommendation if it isn’t already spelled out in the included instructions. Remember that the manufacturer of your mower probably won’t be the same one that built your mower engine. Many brands of mowers, for instance, feature Briggs & Stratton engines. You’ll want to see what the engine manufacturer has to say.

Conclusion

Having a shed for your mower and other tools keeps them out of the way when they are not needed. They also provide security, as most can be locked. You won’t be tripping over your mower in the garage or trying to haul it out of your basement in spring. Sheds will pay for themselves over time with convenience and security. They are a good idea for those with yards.

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