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post #1 of 28 Old 11-17-2014, 07:42 PM Thread Starter
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I was thinking about proping up a space heater next to the blowwr in the garage...what say you
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Sounds like a big waste of electricity to me

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Yeah, the thermostat will never turn off in an unheated garage. You'll love your next energy bill.

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Im not going to leave it on all night....gosh
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Im not going to leave it on all night....gosh
SO what is the reason for having it on at all?

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If you have a hard starting machine I would think it's a way to get through the winter. A good hair dryer might be a better choice as it blows harder and you can aim it at the cylinder better than most space heaters.

BUT ... it's soooooo much easier to just get the machine brought up to date maintenance wise and some semi or full synthetic oil and if necessary getting an electric start.

If it isn't a diesel you don't really need to pre-heat a blower if it's in any kind of operational shape.

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Make sure the windows are up before the snow plow goes by !!

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after blowing snow I put a space heater in front of the two stage machine I used to melt the snow and ice in the bucket. I use a couple pieces of wood to help direct the warm air at the augers and I set the heater on a 1/2" board to get it out of the melting snow

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I look at my blower like a car, melting it off every time does more harm then good in the corrosion battle.

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To dry it out after use perhaps but it should be fine firing up in ambient conditions.
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I look at my blower like a car, melting it off every time does more harm then good in the corrosion battle.
A frozen impeller or chute are not concerns on my vehicle. I hear what you are saying but the scenarios are different. To me the biggest downside to thawing a car is the road salt marinade that will be drawn in. That's almost nonexistent in the world of my snow blowers.

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