Don’t Let Your Snow Blower Fail You this Winter

Maintain Your Snow Blower and It Will Be There for You When You Need It the Most

By Mark J. Donovan

Last night we got our first snowfall of the season. It was actually quite nice to walk out of the house early this morning while it was still dark, and to look up at the spotlight to see the snowflakes still gently floating down. With Christmas just over a week away it’s nice to see a little snow on the ground. Though we only received about 1 inch of snow it was enough for me to pull out the snowblower and fire it up. As usual my snow blower didn’t fail me. It started right up and I was able to snow blow the driveway in about 15 minutes.

Having my snow blower ready for the first snowfall of the year wasn’t always on the top of my home maintenance priorities list, or for any priorities list for that matter.

There were always places to go and people to see. So I procrastinated in getting the snow blower prepared for the season, and in many cases paid the price when I needed to fire up the snowblower for the first snow storm of the year.

Half the time the spark plug was fouled, the gas was stale, or I had a broken shear bolt. Inevitably I found myself having to do a quick repair to the snow blower in the wee hours of a morning after the first fresh snow.

I’ve gotten a bit older and wiser as the years have passed on. As a result, I am now more prepared for old man winter. In late fall I put away the lawnmowers for the season and pull out the snow blower and give it a mini tune-up.

I clean or change the snow blower’s spark plug, I put in fresh gas (I now always drain the gas tank at the end of the winter season), clean the air filter, change the oil, and check the shear bolts.

I also check for any loose nuts and/or cables and tighten them up as needed. I then fire up the snow blower and make sure it is running smoothly.

After letting it run for a few minutes I shut it down and tuck it away in the garage where I have easy access to it. And when the first snow hits, I’m there and ready to compete with Mother Nature.

So do yourself a favor this year and follow my lead with a little snow blower maintenance. Before the next snowfall hits your area of the country, take an hour and give your snow blower a little TLC.

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You’ll thank yourself for it on that cold snowy dark morning, and a calendar notice reminding you have a 9:00am meeting at the office.

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