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Coat of Wax on New Machine

Ok, so maybe this sounds crazy but I am getting a new Honda 2 Stage 724 in a few weeks for obviously some serious money. I am considering putting a coat of wax on the painted surfaces since it's new for winter and just overall protection.

Am I crazy or has anyone else done this? It seems to make sense that a steel painted surface could be waxed just like a car and help protect it from the snow/water etc. I am hoping this is the last snow blower I will ever buy and it seems like it would only take a half hour or so a year to throw some Meguiars car wax on there. I would not think that it would hurt anything?

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Go for it. The wax will repel water and prevent the snow & ice from sticking to it.

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Heck yeh, wax it. I just bought a used blower that needs an engine overhaul and I waxed it yesterday. Maybe we're both crazy, huh? Here it is. Something else lots of guys do is before using machine we'll spray the insides with some type of repellent. I use cheap cooking spray but you can use WD40 or other types of product for this purpose.
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You're not crazy. Wax is good! I have a nice Honda HS55 and this Summer I followed the maintenance routine of the previous owner and changed oil, cleaned, adjusted and waxed it up. It looks so good the wife calls it my "new" machine. Keep it nice and you won't regret it.
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1968 Wheel Horse that I've'waxed a couple times over the years. Maintenance is key to long life. 1989 J.D. blower thar was well maintained too.
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Thanks guys- I am definitely going to do it. Afterall, $2k for a snowblower is a lot of cash and it only takes a few minutes.

I can see my neighbors laughing at me now, what the heck is that guy doing waxing a snowblower; but wait until the snow falls and I am out there blowing it 30ft away and clearing the street after the plow goes by.

I found a place that sells the ethanol free fuel as well about 20 miles from me so I am going to get about 5 gallons and use that in the machine as well.

Bring winter on!
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Thanks guys- I am definitely going to do it. Afterall, $2k for a snowblower is a lot of cash and it only takes a few minutes.

I can see my neighbors laughing at me now, what the heck is that guy doing waxing a snowblower; but wait until the snow falls and I am out there blowing it 30ft away and clearing the street after the plow goes by.

I found a place that sells the ethanol free fuel as well about 20 miles from me so I am going to get about 5 gallons and use that in the machine as well.

Bring winter on!
Well.... I never did let the neighbors see me actually applying wax to my equipment. They just know I take care of things. I don't want them getting the idea I'm crazy!:-)

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I think the neighbors who (do not) put any wax on their sno thro............ are the crazy ones!

Just a bit of helpful advice, the important area that should get the wax is the (inside) area of the bucket. This will help keep the snow from sticking as people have already mentioned. It is a lot easier to keep the bucket area cleaner with wax on the augers, shafts, bucket body, impeller area, impeller fan, scraper bar, underneath the tractor body and most importantly.......... the EXIT HOLE. You will never need the "so called" impeller kit. It's a job, but well................. worth the hour or so of time and a few cuts on your hands.



This was when I was just about done clearing out the front apron area of the driveway after the 2013, February blizzard. The height of the snow was about 45"(+). The plows did not come by yet.
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I polished my unit on Sunday

Just got a new Ariens 28" pro, and I put a coat of car wax on the entire painted surface on Sunday for the reasons mentioned. It just makes sense to take care of your unit.
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Definitely waxed my hs928 tcd the wife thinks I'm nuts but our stuff lasts.
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