Snow Thrower Storage Tips

Winter can feel like a never-ending season, but as much as you might want to leave it instantly behind at the first sign of spring, you can't write it off just yet - especially when it comes to your snow thrower. The season's end is a snow thrower's beginning to storage season. If not stored appropriately, your snow thrower can experience starting issues and engine problems come next winter. 
 
Equip yourself with these snow thrower storage tips to ensure your unit remains in optimal working condition from winter to winter.

 

1. Run the engine until the fuel tank is completely empty and stops due to lack of fuel. Never attempt to pour fuel out of the engine to empty it. If you fail to do this step, water will condense and collect during the warm weather months, causing the fuel to degrade over time, which leads to clogs. However, if you use a fuel stabilizer, the gas in your engine can remain inside and be stored away for the winter. To use a stabilizer, simply pour it into the gas tank and run the engine for 2 minutes to circulate the stabilizer throughout the fuel system.
 
2. Refer to the product manual and follow instructions on how to lubricate the machine. Keeping the unit properly lubricated will help keep it working trouble-free for years and prevent rusting. 
 
3. Store the unit in a dry, clean area. Keep it somewhere that's out of the way of daily traffic, such as a corner of a garage or shed. To ensure the performance and health of the snow thrower, do not store the unit outdoors (if possible), even if it's covered. Exposure to rain and sun can damage the machine and cause problems the next time you use it.
 
4. If you are storing the unit in a stuffy, unventilated space, rustproof the machine using a light oil or silicone to coat the snow thrower. This will protect it from rusting, which can be a difficult to task to fix next winter. 
 
5. Clean the exterior of the engine and snow thrower. Carefully and meticulously wash and hand-dry your unit to avoid any corrosion. Road salts that may have built up on the machine can damage it the same way salt corrodes a car.