Snow Thrower Mistakes to Avoid this Winter

The winter experience varies across the country, as some individuals face hassle-free, mild conditions; while others prepare their snow removal equipment for a season full of ice, snow, and frigid temperatures.

But as much as individuals prepare, some are left with costly repairs and barely cleared driveways and sidewalks from misusing their snow throwers. Keep your equipment in good shape this winter by avoiding these common snow thrower mistakes.

Mistake #1: Not reading your owner's manual

You should always read your owner's manual before operating equipment. This will help you understand how your snow thrower works, as well as how to resolve common equipment issues like a clogged chute. In such instances, always shut off the engine and remain behind the handles until all moving parts have stopped before unclogging. You should never use your hands to clear a clogged chute assembly. Instead, use the chute clean-out tool that is conveniently fastened to the rear of the auger housing with a mounting clip. Some snow throwers like the Troy-Bilt® Storm 2460 Snow Thrower even have polymer, clog-resistant chutes to prevent clogs or backup in the chute.

Mistake #2: Choosing the wrong snow thrower

This is a common mistake made by first-time-buyers - they end up purchasing a snow thrower that isn't appropriate for their yard's snow removal needs. That's why it's important to select a snow thrower tailored to the winter conditions in your area. Specifically, make sure your snow thrower can handle the type of snowfall and terrain where it'll be used. If you have a flat removal space and anticipate lighter snowfall, a powerful single-stage snow thrower is best. Two-stage throwers like the FLEX' Snow Thrower are a better match for areas that receive heavier accumulation. For the most efficient snow removal process, use a thrower with a clearing width that suits the cleanup area - the larger the clearing area, the wider the clearing width. Power steering and good tire tread are also beneficial features to look for, making it easier to maneuver your snow thrower.

Mistake #3: Operating on last season's fuel

Leaving fuel in the fuel tank of your snow thrower can clog the carburetor over time. To prevent this from happening, add fuel stabilizer to the tank at the end of each season.

It's also important to add the right fuel combination to your thrower before the season starts. Proper fuel combinations can be found on the gas cap or in your owner's manual.

Doing the proper research, and taking these extra steps to learn how to properly maintain and use your snow thrower can help you avoid some of these common mistakes, plus save you time and money.