Tired of having your snowblower die on you when you’re right in the middle of clearing some heavy snow? If you’ve been frustrated with your snowblower dying on you when it’s just the middle of a storm, then this post is for you!
We want to help keep your machine running smoothly so that next time winter comes around and all the heavy snow starts falling, you can rely on yours.
Here are some simple maintenance tips to get started. Keep reading below for more information about how we can be of service in keeping your snowblower running like new!
Stay on Top of Maintenance
Keeping up with regular maintenance is crucial for keeping your snowblower functional all winter long. Before starting it up, make sure that all belts and hoses are properly tightened as well as making sure that there aren’t any obstructions (sticks, stones) in the chute or shoot.
These things may seem obvious, but if left unchecked they can easily impede the flow of gas into your engine or get stuck in the blower’s auger.
Top Off Your Fuel Tank
Snowblowers use gasoline to operate, which means you need to make sure it has enough gas in it before firing up the engine.
Using old gasoline is also something that people tend to forget about when operating their snowblower, as they have not used it for weeks or months. We recommend you dispose of your old gasoline and use fresh gasoline. If you do attempt to use it in a snowblower, the engine is doomed to not start at all, so make sure you have gas that’s fresh in your tank before trying anything else.
If you’re using old fuel, it may be too cold. To operate an engine, you need the fuel to be at least 40 degrees Fahrenheit or warmer. If it is still below freezing in your area, then warm up your snowblower before trying to use it again.
You should be aware that snowblowers will not perform well when the fuel or oil is too cold.
As long as you keep the engine from running out of gas it will work properly, but once it does it can be very difficult to start back up again.
Check your fuel level before each use and make sure that you are at or above a quarter tank mark. The last thing you want is to be stuck outside in minus-degree weather trying to pour gas into an empty tank!
Check The Oil Level Regularly
Snowblower engines run on pretty much the same type of oil as cars do. They both need about one quart every 100 hours so you should check it regularly.
Check the dipstick in your engine and make sure the oil is at or above the “Full” mark. If it falls below this level add just enough to bring it back up to that point so you don’t accidentally overfill it.
Sharpen Your Snowblower Blades
You should be doing this before each use, but sometimes we forget things like that.
Snowblower blades dull with time which can cause them to tear apart lawns instead of clearing snow effectively.
Keep all edges clean and sharp by using a file, grinding wheel, or belt sander (whatever you have available) once a month during storage periods. This will prevent them from catching on surfaces they are clearing, stopping your engine, and leaving you stranded.
Clean Snow Blower Often
Snowblowers can get very dirty from snow, ice, and dust. If left alone they can quickly develop large clumps of ice that will cause them to overheat or freeze up if used too soon after it builds up in the machine. You should clean off all visible buildup before each use to prevent this from happening.
Snowblower chutes should be cleaned regularly with a shop-vac as well as under the auger cover so no buildup can impede performance.
Be sure to check any rubber seals around the hatch on your compartment when cleaning (they are usually found on the side) and make sure they aren’t torn or damaged in any way.
Snowblowers are made to be used in the snow, but that doesn’t mean they need to gather up large amounts of ice and cold air inside them. If you have a machine with an enclosed cab (most don’t) this is especially important as moisture and condensation can quickly form on the inside walls which will cause rusting if left unchecked.
Clean your snowblower regularly and it will last longer!
Maintaining your snowblower is not only good for the life of that machine, but it can also make you a more efficient and safer winter warrior. The tips we’ve shared should help you get started with routine maintenance on your unit so it will last longer and save you time when clearing out those heavy snows!
If there are any topics or questions that have come up while reading this article, please feel free to comment below or contact us directly via email. We would love to hear from you!