Are you considering buying a snow blower this winter or do you already own one? Like a car or a motorcycle, snow blowers have mechanical parts inside that need to be taken care of regularly. Keeping up with regular maintenance tasks for your snow blower is crucial to ensure your equipment is ready to be put to work when the snow begins to fall, every time. Here are some basic maintenance tasks to keep your equipment running smoothly.
After 5 hours of snow blower use
Before doing anything, disengage all control levers and stop the engine of your snow blower before cleaning, repairing or inspecting it. If your snow blower is new, you will need to replace the engine oil after the first five hours of use. This will ensure your machine works properly in the future, as it will clean out any residue that was left during assembly. After the initial break-in period, make sure you check the oil level after each use. Also, don’t forget to inspect and clean up the exhaust area and air filter (if your machine has one).
After 25 hours of snow blower use
Once you have used your machine for a longer period of time, it’s time to check the spark plug for any signs of damage like deposit or cracks. If your spark plug has some damage, it’s best to replace it with a new one. What’s more, spark plugs are usually quite affordable, so it’s not a bad idea to have a couple backups on hand ahead of time. In addition, it is recommended that you lubricate the auger shaft at least once a season and again before storing it for summer to prevent rust.
After every season
To keep your snow blower running smoothly season after season, you will need to change the old engine oil in your machine. This should be done every season and after every 50 hours of use. This will ensure that your snow blower keeps operating properly and without risk of poor performance or expensive repair bills. Also, inspect the belts for any signs of fraying or splitting. Some machines like Cub Cadet’s three-stage snow blowers have more than one belt—make sure you install new ones that are compatible with your snow blower brand and model. Finally, it is advisable to replace the spark plug even if there are no signs of damage after every 100 hours of use.
Other things to keep an eye on
The basic maintenance tasks mentioned above are crucial to ensure that your machine works well. However, there are other items that can wear out, such as the scraper bar or skid shoes, that you should look for when servicing your machine. Be sure to check the machine thoroughly for other signs of developing problems from time to time for any signs of damage and replace or repair as needed. Don’t forget to refer to your operator’s manual for specific guidance about how to best service your snow blower.
That’s it! Following these simple maintenance tasks should be enough to ensure that your snow blower performs at its best over the course of its lifetime.