A well-maintained piece of equipment will perform better, last longer and need less servicing than one that’s simply cleaned up a little and stored until the next use.
Here are a few tips to keep your snow blower in good shape from season to season. The first step to good product maintenance is to read the owner’s manual from beginning to end. This will help familiarize you with your particular model and aid with troubleshooting later. The best time to perform the routine maintenance procedures is at the end of the winter season, before you place it in storage for spring and summer. You can check it over again when cooler weather rolls around the following year. This will help ensure that it’s properly stored and ready to roll when the first snow hits. Parts and major repairs are also sometimes less expensive when it’s not peak season.
The most common maintenance routines you should familiarize yourself with are:
* Changing the oil and spark plugs
* Maintaining the fuel system
* Inspecting and replacing belts
* Making sure certain bolts are tightened
* Inspecting and replacing shear pins and starter cords, as needed
* Checking and cleaning the scraper bars and skid shoes
The owner’s manual provides specifications for these jobs, or you can find tutorials online that are specific to your make and model.
You can find snow thrower parts at your local yard and garden supply store, or you can shop online at one for the many websites that offer new and used equipment and replacement parts. This includes online storefronts that supply parts for a range of models, as well as the manufacturer’s website for a specific product line.