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Outdoor Power Equipment Winter Care in Jacksonville FL

lawn mower in outdoor shed - available from Home DepotWhen it’s wintertime, a lot of people put their outdoor power equipment away until the Bermuda grass starts turning green again in the spring.

But before you put your outdoor power equipment away, it’s important to do some winter care for your outdoor power equipment.

Doing a little preventive maintenance winter care on your equipment will help you avoid problems when you try to start it up in the spring.

One of the easiest preventive maintenance steps to protect your power equipment this winter is to add Briggs & Stratton 5-in-1 Advanced Formula Fuel Stabilizer & Treatment to your gas tank.

  • We recommend that the first step in any small engine maintenance is to review the instructions in your power equipment Owners Manual.
  • Next run your lawn mower, lawn tractor, or pressure washer (outside). Running the engine will get the fuel additives and preservatives that protect your small engine from the effects of ethanol damage through your engine fuel system.
  • Finally, top off your fuel tank to prevent accumulation of moisture that could lead to corrosion.

Please read our Portable Generator article for preventive maintenance recommendations.

Don’t have time for winter care to repair or maintain your outdoor power equipment?

Black Creek Services has almost 20 years of experience, working on small engines. We work on:

  • lawn mowers
  • lawn tractors
  • portable generators
  • pressure washers

Just give Black Creek Services a call at 904.449.3986. We can help you keep your small engine-powered equipment maintained for a fair and reasonable price.

  • Pickup and delivery service is available, too!

Black Creek Services, Inc. LogoWhen springtime rolls around, we can also help you make sure your power equipment is ready for a busy season with a Springtime Small Engine Maintenance Service.

Black Creek Services, Inc. offers mobile lawn mower repair and mobile lawn tractor repair in the Jacksonville Florida area. We work on outdoor power equipment for people living in Jacksonville, Orange Park, Fleming Island, Green Cove Springs, and Middleburg, Florida.

If you have questions, please call us 904.449.3986 or Contact us. We like to help people get their small engine-powered equipment running right again!

What size Portable Generator do You Need?

Briggs and Stratton Portable GeneratorPortable generators can provide emergency power for your home or business when your electrical power service is disrupted.

The size/power capacity of portable generators are measured in its rated wattage output.

  • Before buying a generator, you need to decide how many appliances you need to provide power for.
  • Then size your portable generator to provide power for the total of the STARTING watts you need.

More considerations when shopping for an emergency generator for your home or business are discussed in the Good Housekeeping article, “Are You Ready for a Power Outage?

Here is a chart of approximate wattage needs of various typical appliances:

Appliance/Equipment Running Watts Starting Watts
Water Pump 1/2 HP 1,000 3,000
Water Pump 3/4 HP 1,500 4,500
Sump Pump 1,000 3,000
Refrigerator 750 1,500
Freezer 500 1,000
Microwave 600 – 1,500
Lights 40 – 200
Television 150 – 400
Radio 6 – 15
Oscillating Fan 50 – 100
Water Heater 4,500
Coffee Maker 750 – 1,200
Toaster Oven 1,100
8,000 BTU A/C (window unit) 1,000 3,000
3 Ton A/C or Heat Pump 6,000 32,400
Garage Door Opener 500
Laptop Computer 1 – 15
Cell Phone Charger 3 – 6
Home Security System 24

Chart data provided by our local, reliable electrical service provider, Clay Electric Cooperative.

Read more tips for portable generators in our article, Safe Operation of Portable Generators.

10000 Watt - Briggs & Stratton Portable GeneratorHaving problems with your portable generator? Or do you have questions about buying or maintaining your portable generator? Give us a call at Black Creek Services 904.282.3660, or Contact Black Creek Services.

We like helping people keep their portable generators running!