5 Snowblower Mistakes to Avoid
Admit it, you love your
snowblower … It saves your back and even time versus shoveling each winter. But
how well do you treat your snowblower? Even the most seasoned snowblower owner
can make a mistake once in a while. That why we have some great insider tips to
keep your snowblower working its best this
- Focus on the Fuel
- If you didn’t empty your snowblower’s gas tank
for the warmer months, you could run into trouble now. Be sure to always empty
tank or add fuel
stabilizer when you put your snowblower away in the spring. If you don’t, the
gas will thicken, clog the carburetor
and cause problems.
- Also, make sure you never add fresh fuel to a
hot gas tank, it could combust.
- Keep Up the Maintenance
with most mechanical things, it pays to keep your snowblower maintained. Just stay
safe and be sure to stop the snowblower engine and remove the key before doing
any work on it.
- Check the engine
oil level often throughout the winter and add oil when needed.
- Check the condition of the impellor
belt and adjust tension if required.
- Replace the spark plug once a year (or as often
as the owner’s manual recommends.)
- Look for any loose screws, bolts, etc.,
especially those that are more likely to loosen as the snowblower vibrates.
Tighten any that need it.
here to view our snowblower maintenance video for additional tips.
- Avoid Snow Buildup
As tempting as it is to wait out
the storm and only snowblow once, don’t. To make things easier for both you and
your snowblower, you’ll want to clear the snow as it’s falling.
- Going Too Low
Setting your snowblower’s blade is set too low, it could scrape
on the cement, asphalt, brick, etc.
- Look for Skid Support
Your snowblower’s auger blades need
to be supported above the ground by the skid/slide shoes:
- The skid/slide shoes should be adjusted so the
scraper is 3 mm above (and parallel) to the ground.
- When dealing with gravel or loose surfaces, the
skids should be farther down so your snowblower won’t pick up any of the rocks.
- Check the skid/slide shoes for wear and replace
them when necessary.
- Beware of Debris
- Many people start clearing snow without thinking
what may be laying beneath those inches of white stuff – like that newspaper
you forgot about at the end of your driveway. When you hit debris instead of
snow, you may soon need to replace your auger
- Check for rocks, newspapers and other items that
could damage your snowblower.
- NEVER try
to remove stuck objects while the engine is running. Instead, turn off the
snowblower, wait several seconds for everything to stop, and then remove the
object. If the object has damaged a shield
or safety device, repair or replace it before using the snowblower again.
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