over the past few weeks we have posted a number of articles about snowblower maintenance. The term snowblower and snow thrower are used interchangeably. We thought we would summarize some of the typical maintenance activities that anyone who owns and operates a snowblower should consider.
Never allow your children or pets to be near an operating snowblower. The Snowblowers can throw rocks, hard ice and the engine sound can lead to deafness. There’s also a danger of slipping into the spinning blades particularly with active dogs. Always read the safety section of the snowblower manual prior to operating your machine for the first time.
Snow blower maintenance tips and operating tips.
Wear hearing protection and safety glasses
Wear excellent grip footwear to stop you from slipping
In heavy snow conditions try to clear the store more often or only take a half cut with each pass of your snowblower
Always wear lots of protective clothing particularly in windy conditions with dry powder snow.
Always clear your driveway of any rocks and sticks or anything else that could damage the snowblower or be thrown.
Never point the snowblower chute at windows or vehicles or humans.
Lower the speed, the forward speed of the snowblower when you’re dealing with deep snow and heavy wet snow.
Always clear all of the snow from the driveway, since any snow left can freeze and make it difficult to clear the snow next time.
Always clean the auger and the impeller of snow once you’re finished. Make sure you turn the engine off to avoid any potential accident with the moving auger
Always use the proper bolts for shear pins to avoid expensive repairs to the transmission and the gear system of the snowblower.