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I'm retired and wanted to keep myself busy during the winter months. A couple of years ago I started buying a few non-working snowblowers (mostly Ariens), refurbishing them and reselling them. I don't track my costs but I'm not doing this as a business as I prefer to price and sell them very quickly. I've found it rewarding to get these neglected machines in good working order and into the hands of those who can't afford a new unit.
This winter I went a little overboard and realized I had refurbished and sold 14 snowblowers. To keep up that pace, I sometimes had as many as 4 in progress at the same time while I was waiting for parts. I also do volunteer work and won't work in my barn when the temps are just too cold. If several days passed, it was difficult for me to remember what I had actually done to the units I had in progress. To that end, I finally created this little checklist I use for each unit. Maybe it will help others, even if you maintain just one snowblower, and I certainly welcome feedback on important items I may be overlooking.
 

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Apparently there's a 19kb limit to the size of a PDF file. I'll need to modify and post the checklist later.
 

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Well- this is the unformatted list - not too pretty but I can't figure out how to reduce the PDF file size to the required limit.

Check and Set Tire Air Pressure
Remove wheels, clean rust from axles and apply anti-seize
Check wheel bearings and replace if needed
Test and lubricate Differential Lock
Grease Auger
Check auger bearings and replace if needed
Check auger gearbox oil; add or replace if needed
Check and replace shear bolts if needed
Replace or rotate Skid Shoes if needed
Adjust Skid Shoes and use Anti-Seize on bolts
Replace Scraper Bar - use Stainless Steel hardware and Anti-Seize
Adjust Scraper Bar and use Anti-Seize
New Spark Plug with Anti-Seize
Drain old fuel, add small quantity of ethanol-free fuel
Check and Adjust Carb
Clean Carb; Replace if Necessary
Replace Fuel Line, Shut-off Valve, and Filter if needed
Check primer bulb and hose, replace if needed
Change oil
Lubricate all controls, springs and friction areas
Test auger interlock
Adjust auger cable tension
Test drive interlock lever
Adjust drive cable tension
Clean friction plate and friction wheel
Replace friction wheel if needed
Adjust Friction Wheel
Test Forward Speeds / Neutral / Reverse Speeds
Clean and lubricate hex drive axle
Lubricate chain
Grease fitting on side of tractor near wheel
Check Traction Belt Wear and Tension
Replace Traction Belt If needed
Adjust Belt Fingers if needed
Check Auger Belt Wear and Adjust Tension
Replace Auger Belt if needed
Check headlight bulb; replace if needed
Grease Chute mechanisms
Clean and degrease housing, shell, wheels and control panel
Test traction force by spinning wheels in place
Long-term storage- fuel starve and drain carb bowl
 

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I have one spreadsheet file that contains everything. It has three tabs. One for tracking spending on each machine (and if I sold it, how much for the sale). Then one for tracking maintenance and repairs performed on each machine - if I rebuilt the carb on a snowblower, I know the exact date I did it. The third tab is part numbers for my machines that I own as well as model/serial data for the machines as well as their engines - belts, spark plugs, carb kits, ounces of oil each engine takes, etc.

I own 13 pieces of small engine power equipment. In some fashion, I do the above with all 13. Only way I can keep track of everything. Files for snowblowers, lawn mowers, gas trimmers, power washer, chain saws, boat motor, etc.

Even my cars. I like know when the last time I changed the oil on my two vehicles, what the miles were when I did it, etc.

Benefits of once being a billing analyst and auditor for a major telecom. We tracked everything we did for every customer - thousands of contracts. If we "touched it", we tracked who did what, when, where the backup docs were located on the network...everything. That way if someone else was looking for information on something that was done a year prior, they knew exactly where to find it.
 
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I have found a system that works for me.

I start with the augers/bucket and work my way back.

I'll also put a 10 inch piece of painters tape on the control panel with a short list of the most important maintenance points and check off when done. I learned this at my work when we had to pre-trip a tractor trailer. You do it the exact same way every time so you won't miss a step.

I also may be working on 2-3 machines at a time so you can get confused on what you have done. made a check list in my notebook and made copies of it . then check off each item along with parts replaced with cost of parts. then you can show this to someone when you are selling.

when people see this list and your shop it should be an easy sell. usually the first person who looks at one of my blowers ( 89% ) buys it.
 

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Thanks for that list Rod....I go over all the same items, but don't use a list LOL...not as organized as you I guess. I have a note book on my tool box that as I start working on a machine, I list all the repairs I do so I don't forget....
 

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I took a brief hiatus in rejuvenating snowblowers to get the mowers ready to go. Not counting my personal snowblower and my son's, I have 21 two-stage blowers parked in the barn. Five are complete so I'll have 16 to get ready before the fall selling season. I looked at my checklist and made a few updates. One thing I realized is most people are never periodically adjusting the valve lash so it's almost always a "must do" step.

Check and Set Tire Air Pressure
Remove wheels, clean rust from axles and apply anti-seize
Check wheel bearings and replace if needed
Test and lubricate Differential Lock
Check and replace shear bolts if needed
Grease Auger
Check auger bearings and replace if needed
Check auger gearbox oil; add or replace if needed
Adjust or Replace Scraper Bar if needed - (Stainless Steel hardware and Anti-Seize)
Replace or Adjust Skid Shoes (Anti-Seize on bolts)
Check and adjust valve lash (cold engine)
New Spark Plug with Anti-Seize
Drain old fuel, add small quantity of ethanol-free fuel
Replace Fuel Line, Shut-off Valve, and Filter if needed
Check primer bulb and hose, replace if needed
Check Carb, Clean, Adjust or Replace if needed
Change oil
Lubricate all controls, springs and friction areas
Test auger interlock
Adjust auger cable tension
Test drive interlock lever
Adjust drive cable tension
Clean friction plate and friction wheel
Adjust Friction Wheel; replace if needed
Clean and lubricate hex drive axle
Lubricate chain
Grease fitting on side of tractor near wheel if present
Check Traction Belt wear and tension; replace if needed
Check Auger Belt wear and tension; replace if needed
Adjust Belt Fingers if needed
Check headlight bulb; replace if needed
Grease chute mechanisms
Clean and degrease housing, shell, wheels and control panel
Test traction force and speeds by spinning wheels in place
Long-term storage- fuel starve and drain carb bowl
 
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