To make any outdoor job easy and safe proper maintenance of your equipment is essential. Your winter equipment is no exception. Snow blowers help us conquer the blizzards and snowy terrain of our home towns. I have seen to many of our neighbors ask us to plow their snow or ask to borrow our craftsman, due to poor maintenance of theirs. There are simple things to make sure that yours runs smoothly and stays that way for years to come.
First off, for safety of yourself and those around, make sure the blower is off. Though this is simple, one of the most common reasons your snow blower won’t workis that there is no gasoline in it or you need to change the oil. Every time you use your blower or go to maintain it check your oil and gas, and when it is needed change your oil. There is a time when you should change out your spark plug, just like you would a grill or lawn mower. Most brands today that sell quality blowers will tell you to change the spark plug every season or every 100 to 150 hours of use. It is an easy do it your self fix that requires a new spark plug and standard house hold tools. Another simple way to maintain your blower is to ad air to your tires, grease (lubricate) their axles, and to grease other moving parts on your blower. Getting to the motors main issues is the belts. If your blower won’t start or won’t turn over their may be a broken belt.
Some tips for when you replace your belt: try to inspect them before you need to use the blower, replace any seriously damaged belts, and taking pictures of how the belt should be placed helps when reinstalling the new one. This next one reminds me of having tires rotated. The skid plates on most models can be flipped to help extend the life of the part. This component helps prevent immediate contact with the ground. Next you should inspect the chute of the machine so that there isn’t any build up ice or gunk. The chute should also be greased to that it can rotate freely and not have undue stress on the part. If your blower has any exposed hoses or lines always check them before you use them.
One of our blowers had a hole in a hose that had gas running through it, no it did not cause an explosion, but our blower did catch on fire. If there is any issues with your blower that you don’t know how to fix or simply don’t have the time you can always bring it to your local store like Sears, Lowes, Home Depot, or other stores like them to have it serviced and repaired. Proper maintenance of your snow blower will not only extend its life, but keep it running smooth and safe. Most of these things you can do in under a half hour and they will benefit you in the long run.
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