What Snow Blower Maintenance Steps Should I Follow?

Come winter, snow blowers take the form of seasonal lifelines, keeping walkways and paths free of snow, and preventing buildup and dangerous outdoor conditions. And depending on geographic locations, a snow blower's use can vary greatly - from several times a season to a dozen-plus.

In order to be ready and able to take on winter, follow these maintenance tips and tasks to ensure your snow blower can handle all the season throws (or drops) its way.

 


 
After 1st 5 Hours of Use
 
After Each Use (or Every 5 Hours)
 
After Every Season or 25 Hours
 
After Every Season or 50 Hours
 
After every season or 100 Hours
 
Change the Engine Oil
 
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Check the Engine Oil
 

 
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Clean the Exhaust Area
 

 
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Clean the Spark Plug
 

 

 
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Lubricate the Gear Shaft
 

 

 
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Service the Spark Plug
 

 

 

 

 
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Instructions

  • Safety first. Before cleaning, repairing or inspecting the machine, disengage all control levers and stop the engine. Wait until the auger/impeller comes to a complete stop. Disconnect the spark plug ignition wire and ground it against the engine to prevent unintended starting. Never crank the engine with the spark plug removed.
  • Thoroughly inspect the unit. Check bolts and screws for proper tightness at frequent intervals to keep the machine in safe working condition. Also, visually inspect the machine for any damage, and check the fuel line, tank, cap and fittings frequently for cracks or leaks. Replace, if necessary.
  • Practice proper engine health. Do not change the engine governor setting or over-speed the engine, as the governor controls the maximum safe operating speed of the engine.
  • Pay attention to key parts. Snow blower shave plates and skid shoes are subject to wear and damage. For your safety/protection, frequently check all components and replace with original equipment manufacturer's (OEM) parts only. Use of parts that do not meet the OEM's specifications may lead to improper performance and compromise safety.
  • Keep control levers in check. Check control levers periodically to verify they engage and disengage properly, and adjust if necessary.
  • Ensure visibility of safety labels. Maintain or replace safety and instruction labels, as necessary.
  • Educate yourself. Become familiar with and practice proper disposal laws and regulations for gas, oil, etc., to protect the environment.
     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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