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Will this be a "season"?

Like many, I go through an after season maintenance ritual to prepare my snow blower for storage. But this winter's left me wondering for the first time what actually constitutes a snow blowing season and if I need to do anything beyond dealing with gasoline in the tank.

In short, to have an end of season, there needs to be a sufficient season. Is this one or isn't it?
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We have gotten 4" in the last 4 hrs, and still coming down steady. Rain expected to follow.
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We have gotten 4" in the last 4 hrs, and still coming down steady. Rain expected to follow.
nothing in sussex county nj, yet up in Sullivan county ny 40 miles north west it's snowing. been a crazy winter dec 1 to 2 we got 16 inches since only 4 inches more ,upstate ny is lucky

as to storage,i'm just going to dump the gas and fog the motor , add some type of mini mouse deter-ant so they don't nest under the tank and gear box area again
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I've used my snow blower 3X this season in Connecticut, only about a foot in total. That's probably what they see in parts of North Carolina.
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I never perform any season ritual .... On all my 7 snowblowers, I pick up where I left off.


Note that I always use Stabil and 1/2 the rate of SeaFoam, as well as periodically start them.

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In central NJ there hasn't been anything worth blowing yet and there is no snow showing in the 10 day outlook either.

Gas will be drained out of tanks and carbs on the Ides of March

These dud seasons are getting more and more common!

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I never perform any season ritual .... On all my 7 snowblowers, I pick up where I left off.


Not that I always use Stabil and 1/2 the rate of SeaFoam, as well as periodically start them.
You're not the first one to make a comment like this and I thought it was unique then, but obviously not anymore. What do you mean by pick up where you left off? At what point do you do things like change oil, replace the plug or fuel filter, and lubricate?
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For my part, my machine has seen plenty of operating time again this year. I still have at least a month to go before even thinking about putting the machine away for summer.

I tried both emptying the tank & carburetor bowl or leaving everything as is and didn't notice any difference on startup the following season.

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For my part, my machine has seen plenty of operating time again this year. I still have at least a month to go before even thinking about putting the machine away for summer.

I tried both emptying the tank & carburetor bowl or leaving everything as is and didn't notice any difference on startup the following season.

What type of gas are you using, and do you add some type of additive to your gas when you don't see any difference ?
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If you started it up and moved snow with it, plan to do some end-of-winter maintenance on it to prepare it for summer storage. It might not be your full routine, but you should be ensuring that moving parts are lubricated / coated up before sitting around for nine months and drain the fuel if possible but at a minimum be sure the carb is empty before storing (I always turn the fuel off and let it idle until it dies, even during the winter).

If you fog the motor to keep the cylinder wall coated, that is something to do as well since the first start burns all of that off. Otherwise, start the machine once a month during the summer to keep any corrosion from forming on the cylinder wall.
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