Even if the snow has not shown up yet and you are storing your blower away for future use, we are very keen that you get the best out of your machine when you do use it and with that in mind, we thought we would create a brief guide with some tips and advice on using a Snow Blower to get you ready.
Tip For Use
- Try to blow snow in the same direction that the wind is blowing, that way you won’t get snow blown back at you
- Try to make sure you have worked out where you will and will not blow the snow. Apart from the fact that this can cause problems for others, it can be dangerous and inconvenient to create huge piles in one place
- Make sure your skid shoes are set to the correct height. Check your manual for more information
- It’s good to have some kind of clearing plan. If you know in advance how you will be working, you will work faster and reduce the possibility of blowing snow where you just cleared
- Fuel: Modern fuel contains ethanol, which absorbs moisture and causes the fuel to deteriorate in as little as 30 days, causing damage and starting issues if left in the tank. Our suggested solution is to drain the tank if are going to leave it for a while, e.g. storage in the off-season or adding fuel stabilising additive to any fuel left in the tank.
- Oil Servicing: Regular oil changes protect your engine damage and excessive wear make sure you refer to your ‘Engine’ manual regarding schedules for regular oil changes.
- Servicing: Don’t forget that Annual Servicing is a recommended by the manufacturers and is a requirement if you want to extend the guarantee beyond the first year. Make sure you speak to your dealer about this, as, for example, an out of tune engine can result in reduced performance.
- Cleaning Give your Snow Blower a good wipe down when you have finished. This will avoid puddles and means there will be less chance of rust. Also, with the engine safely switched off and out of gear (if applicable) clean snow out from the auger and impellor – use safe cleaning tools not hands or feet (see health & safety guidelines below)
Health & Safety
- Do make sure your garden, drive, yard etc is clear of any large obstacles if possible.
- Don’t forget that physical exertion in freezing temperatures can be dangerous. Be sure you take regular breaks and if you have any on-going conditions such as heart disease, blood pressure issues or diabetes you should consult a medical professional before using your machine.
- Remember your blower could pick up stones and gravel or other detritus so never aim your chute at people, animals, or property.
- Never try to clear blockages in your Snow Blower with your hands (or feet)! Always make sure the machine is switched off, spark plug disconnected, and use a plastic cleaning tool (there may be one provided with your model) or a wooden tool or broom handle. Never use a metal object.
- Make sure you wrap up warmly, keep drinking non-alcoholic fluids and keep your limbs moving.
- We recommend that you wear protective ear defenders (warm ones hopefully) gloves and even a safety helmet if you have one.
Finally, we hope you enjoy using your petrol Snow Blower and if you have problems not covered by these notes don’t hesitate to contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org