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Tips Wanted On Proper Use Of Snowblower To Avoid Breakdowns

In my experience most repairs needed on a snowblower is either from neglect, lack of maintenance , or operator abuse or misuse. Of course a small percentage is from normal wear and rear.

I want to put a kinda instruction list on the do's and dont's on snowblower operation to cut down on avoidable breakdowns or unnecessary repairs.

Some proper techniques are obvious and some are not. i'm looking for all types of suggestions for the operator so he/she can go through the whole winter without problems.

Thanks.

Some things i can think of at the top of my head is keep snowblower stored in garage or shed or covered.

use ethanol free gas or stabilized gas.

check oil level

let machine warm up for a couple minutes

do not try to force the machine to do something it cannot do ....( examples please )

do not over rev

take care of small issues ASAP


please contribute your best suggestions on how to properly use your blower for maximum benefit or what you tell your customers what to do or not to do about operating their snowblower correctly.

Again; the reason I want to put a list together is because most of the repairs I see is because of operator error, misuse , or abuse ( some intentional and some not )

If there are any videos that can help me please provide link.

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proper tire inflation......or more specifically......dont use the blower with a tire thats low on air.....they will come off the bead and are a bit of a pain to re-seat......yep.....happened to me the last storm.....which i thought had to be the last storm of this season......nope.....snowfall warning issued. sure glad i have more than one blower.....orange crush will get fixed this summer.

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Gas "care" is big with me. I'm anal about it. I keep track of when I buy gas for them. When I buy gas, I buy it with a debit card and get the receipt. I then thumbtack the receipt in my storage shed so I know when I bought the gas.

Summer engines, gas is more than a month old - into my car tank it goes and I refill. Winter engines seem less finicky...those it's 2 months. And yes, always straight gas, never ethanol - and if I can find 91 octane I buy it instead of 87. I treat them always with Sea Foam and always measure the SF.

Lastly...I keep a handful of coffee filters in my shed and using a rubber band, I put a filter on the tank spouts. I don't want any bugs, spiders, or dust getting in my tanks. You'd be amazed the amount of floaters that are inside your gas tanks, even if you store them in a garage etc.

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As they say in the IT world, RTFM. Read The "Friendly" Manual.
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proper tire inflation......or more specifically......dont use the blower with a tire thats low on air.....they will come off the bead and are a bit of a pain to re-seat......yep.....happened to me the last storm.
It's worse than that.... Once you break the bead out in the storm you inevitably have water in the tire that probably never leaves. I've broken down some wheels that had epic rust inside.
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As they say in the IT world, RTFM. Read The "Friendly" Manual.
that's just it. no one does anymore. it's frustrating seeing the abuse some owners subject their blowers to and then wonder why they break down all the time.

i want to put together a good do's and don'ts list to give to people to help them learn to make a trouble free blower. My owners manual addresses very little on proper use.

a video is what people need.

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I'd suggest owners do not over scrape, especially if their surfaces are not pristine. Skids should be set so the cutter (scraper) bar does not snag on cracks and irregularities. If allowed to do so the bucket bottom can take **** in many ways.


Sun or a snow pusher shovel can finish the job for OCD folks. In the season snow nor the absence of it are not permanent conditions.

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Get the machine clean and dry. Don't put it away cold and snowy. Things are bound to freeze and become inoperable. Even powdery snow is apt to melt enough to refreeze as hard ice. Mechanisms are apt to break or belts burn when you next try to use it.
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you snowblower mechanics;

what kind of repairs do you see that are avoidable due to operator?

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My favorite is people shifting while the drive is engaged, peels the rubber right off the friction wheel.

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Excessive grinding wear on the bucket due to failure to adjust and maintain skid shoes. Engine wear due to failure to change oil. Broken parts overall due to failure to think and resolve problems, instead just choosing to try to force something and breaking it . . .
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