The 2013 Snow Thrower Guide from Troy-Bilt

As the seasons change, so do our outdoor power equipment needs. Begin your seasonal transition now and make sure you are up to speed with the knowledge to select and properly use a snow thrower before winter officially arrives.

If you're in the market for a new snow thrower, consider these questions that'll help you select the one best for you.

  • What type of surface will I be clearing?
  • What is the shape and length of my driveway?
  • How much and what type of snow do I receive?

It's important to identify the type of winter environment your thrower will handle, so use the information below and the Troy-Bilt Snow Thrower Selector tool as guides to help you choose between a single-stage and a two-stage snow thrower.

Single-Stage Snow Thrower

  • Best for clearing midsize driveways in areas with snowfalls of 6 inches or less.
  • Most appropriate for paved surfaces like sidewalks and patios.
  • Lightweight and easy to maneuver like the Troy-Bilt Squall' 2100 Snow Thrower.

Two-Stage Snow Throwers

  • Serrated augers break up ice and snow, and throws snow quicker and farther than single-stage throwers.
  • Two-stage throwers like the Storm' 2840 Snow Thrower are best for clearing large driveways and heavy snowfalls.
  • Power-driven wheels can handle uneven and steep terrain and can be adjusted for use on gravel driveways.

Maintenance Checklist

If you already have a snow thrower, make sure it is prepped and ready for the first snow of the season with this checklist:

  • Change the oil.
  • Install a new spark plug, if necessary.
  • Inspect belts for wear and replace, if necessary.
  • Drain the gas tank and replace with fresh fuel and fuel stabilizer.
  • Lubricate the drive and framework.

Safety Tips

Before operating your snow thrower, it's important to read your machine's instructions and review these safety tips:

  • Do not put hands or feet near rotating parts, in the auger/impeller housing or chute assembly.
  • Never operate with a missing or damaged chute assembly. Keep all safety devices in place and working.
  • Never direct snow at people.
  • Exercise caution when operating on, or crossing gravel surfaces.
  • Always wear protective eyewear, such as safety goggles, and wear the proper winter gear; avoid wearing any jewelry, scarves or other loose clothing that could get caught in the snow thrower.
  • Never run an engine indoors, or in a poorly ventilated area.
  • Do not operate around small children or pets.