Snow Thrower Maintenance

You may not be able to predict what winter will bring, but you can make sure you have the right tools to keep you from getting snowed in. A Troy-Bilt® snow thrower is a great piece of equipment for snow cleanup, plus clearing your driveway and walkways of snow and sometimes ice.

Depending on your driveway size and surface type, along with your geographic region, you may use a single-stagetwo-stage or three-stage snow thrower. The Squall 210 is a great option for a single-stage snow thrower, as it allows you to clear lighter snowfall from walkways and driveways. A two-stage thrower - like the Storm Tracker 2690 XP - is ideal for locations that receive more than 6" of snow and is great for individuals that have large areas or steep driveways to clear. For locations that receive the heaviest, wettest snow, it's best to go with the Vortex 2490 three-stage snow thrower to help break down and throw snow and ice farther and quicker.

No matter what type of snow thrower you use, make sure you know how to properly maintain your machine before the first flake falls with these snow thrower maintenance tips.

  • Safety: Before you start any maintenance task, completely shut down your snow thrower as a safety precaution. It's also important to detach the spark plug and secure the wheels of the snow thrower to prevent any injury from occurring.
  • Change the oil: Engine maintenance is a must for any snow thrower, so be sure to regularly check and change the oil with 5W30 oil. Having too little oil can burn out the engine and result in irreparable damage.
  • Fresh fuel: Refer to your operator's manual to know what type of fuel is required for your snow thrower to perform properly. 84-90 octane unleaded gasoline with less than 10% alcohol content is best for your outdoor power equipment. Filling the tank with the wrong fuel can cause distress to the engine and even ruin it. Also, regularly inspect the fuel tank, cap and line for any cracks or leaks, and replace if needed.
  • Warm it up: Get into the habit of allowing your snow thrower to warm up prior to use to let the engine adjust to the cold temperature and ensure optimal performance. Doing so can actually help prevent snow thrower maintenance issues down the road.
  • Clear the chute: A clogged discharge chute - often caused by wet snow and ice - can lead to a number of problems for your snow thrower, including damage to the augers. Never clear the chute with your hands and always make sure your snow thrower is off and the ignition key is removed prior to attempting any maintenance that involves the chute or augers. To clean the chute, use the chute clean-out tool as directed.
  • Inspect gears and moving pieces: Carefully inspect all gears and moving pieces of your snow thrower to detect if any screws and bolts need to be tightened. Doing so will help prevent injury and help keep your equipment in tiptop working condition.