Snow Blower Maintenance Tips
The snow has finally arrived, cold temperatures are on the horizon, and winter is officially here! This will be your first winter in your home, but you are ready for this.
You have had plenty of time to research what kind of snow blower you need. Now comes the hardest part of all; maintaining it throughout the season. In this post, we'll cover some maintenance tips for Gas-Powered Snow Blowers that every owner should be following!
If you have an Electric Snow Blower, Go Here Instead: Electric Snow Blower Maintenance Tips
Maintenance can be a pain when there are other things that you would rather do with your free time, but it is very important if you want to keep your machine running properly into next year's snowstorms.
Here are some easy snow blower maintenance tips to help you maintain your brand new snow blower for many years to come.
1. Keep the snowblower clean and free of leaves!
After you use your snow blower, it may seem like a good idea to leave it out for the next big storm without giving it a thorough cleaning. However, this can be very detrimental to its functionality.
All that dry, loose dirt has lots of places in which snow can stick or hide when you are trying to throw it out during a storm. This dry debris also acts as an abrasive material where moving parts meet at high speeds in order to keep them running properly throughout wintertime.
By getting rid of this unwanted debris after every storm, you will save yourself quite a bit of money on blades and belt replacements later down the line. Also if it is dry, clean the snow blower with a damp cloth before you store it for the next storm.
2. Change oil and fix any leaks!
Even if you use your snow blower every day, changing its oil once a season is not too often. Even if your instruction manual says that it can go up to six months without an oil change, do not believe it.
There are many more moving parts than there would be on other small vehicles like lawnmowers or chainsaws; therefore they require more maintenance to keep them running properly. If anything leaks onto the engine area of the machine, then it will break down over time because of corrosion caused by water damage.
Changing its oil once or twice throughout wintertime may cost you a little bit of money, but it is better than buying a new machine every few years.
3. Keep your fuel tank full!
If you do not keep the gas tank full, then the carburetor will suffer over time because there is no fuel present to keep it running properly.
Also, keep this machine out of the sun when you are not using it - direct sunlight on an engine can cause overheating quickly which can lead to costly damages.
4. Fuel Stabilizer
Fuel stabilizers are available at most hardware stores and are relatively inexpensive.
These products are designed to ensure that gasoline doesn't go bad over time whether you use it or not. Gasoline will become stale within three months if left unused so if you plan on storing your blower for any extended period of time then I suggest investing in a product like this beforehand!
5. Change or sharpen blades after 10 hours of use!
Keep your eyes open for chipped or dull blades so that they never become problematic during a stormy day.
Throwing out chunks of ice instead of fluffy snow can be very frustrating and completely destroy any sense of power or control that you have over your machine.
Also, a sharp blade is much safer for you and those around you because it will not bounce off of ice as easily as a dull one does.
6. Have the carburetor adjusted every season!
Because there are many more parts on a snow blower than other small vehicles, they require special lubricants and adjustments to keep them running properly throughout wintertime.
For example; if any screws become loose, then it can cause damage to bearings and gaskets which can be very expensive to replace.
If you keep your machine maintained like this through the seasons, then it could potentially last up to ten years before you would need to look at buying another one (depending on how often and how much snow you usually get in your area of course).
Anti-freeze – Sure, your car already has anti-freeze in its radiator but just what IS anti-freeze? Anti-freeze is a water-based liquid that, as it's name would suggest, prevents ice from forming around the moving parts of an engine.
By adding a cup of anti-freeze to your snow blower's gas tank or oil, you can help prevent rust formation during storage and decrease the chances of freezing up in low temperatures.
8) Tire Pressure
Tire Pressure – If you're self-reliant like I know you are, then you're probably already aware that the tires on your vehicle (yes, even your car) lose some of their air pressure in colder weather. Same goes for your blower!
Be sure to check each tire's pressure before operating and adjust appropriately.
9. Skis & Tires
If your machine isn't equipped with skis and chains, I highly suggest either purchasing or renting them from a local hardware store.
Skis will greatly reduce the amount of friction between your deck and the ground, allowing for smoother operation! On the other hand, tires with deep grooves provide an optimal grip on slippery surfaces.
These are just a few maintenance tips I recommend before your first winter storm arrives but by no means is this list comprehensive.
Be sure to check out your owner's manual for specific information regarding your model's requirements! Good luck and stay safe!