I have had it snow on Halloween here in CT .... very rare though ...
I do all my preventative maintenance in April including putting the machine on blocks and removing the wheels which go in the basement (which is an excellent theft deter-ant). I then check the oil (have heard all kinds of stories about fall problems here). I then add non-ethanol stabilized fuel and bring the beast to life. That way after clearing my snow from the first storm I can help some poor misfortunate in my neighborhood who is in danger of blowing their rotator cuff out trying to start a severely neglected machine who’s carburetor bowl is positively disgusting.I'm late this year. Usually, but not always, I've fired it up and gone over it by now since it's not unheard of to get early dumps in late Sept, early Oct. Perhaps tomorrow.
I have been starting mine up now but I fix and sell them. I would change oil if you didn't do it last spring. Check it all out belts. You don't wanna do these things in the coldIt's 67° and I hear lawnmowers going but I also see shops with snowblowers for sale already. I'm tempted to put some gas in my machines and start them up even though I might not need them until December.
When do you usually test your machines for the first time after summer?
I just checked my list for monthly maintenance items and noticed that I forgot to start the HSS1332AATD back in October. EDIT: I see why I didn't start it in October; I started it at the beginning of September for another video... So just rolled it out of the garage to start it for the first time in two months. Checked oil & gas levels, gas valve on, throttle at low idle, choke on full, and... Almost time to put the batteries back into the tachometer and thermometer!Every other month all year long...
I have had a good experience starting my small engine tools like trimmers and leaf blowers once a month throughout the winter instead of winterizing. Can I do the same with my snowblower by starting it once/month during spring, summer and fall instead of “summerizing” it? ThxSnowblowers are started once a month to six weeks in the summer. Backpack blowers and handheld blowers are used throughout the summer. I use premium fuel with stabil and tanks are left full all summer. When the season hits tire pressure will be checked and a small dose of sea foam will be added to the tank. All repairs and servicing was done inthe spring. Same as lawnmower is serviced in the fall and I will actually fire it up if we get a super warm day in the winter
Yup. See post #3 & #29 for my take on it...Can I do the same with my snowblower by starting it once/month during spring, summer and fall instead of “summerizing” it?