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How to Prepare Your Snow Blower For Winter

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I checked the local Quad Cities forecast today, and they are saying substantial snow will fall sometime this Wednesday and Friday. Some Davenport home owners look forward to the first snowfall, and others despise the soft, white flakes with a passion. Either way, you need to make sure your snow blower is ready to go at 6 a.m. on the first morning of a big snowfall. Here is a quick last minute checklist to make sure your “back saver” doesn’t poop out on you.

  1. You have easy access to your machine and don’t have to tear apart your garage or shed just to get at it.
  2. Your tank is filled with fuel, or you have a separate gas tank filled and ready to pour into your snow blower. Some people prefer not to fill their machines until the first snowfall. Occasionally, the weather is so unpredictable it may not snow significantly for months into the season.
  3. If your snow blower has a separate well for oil, check to see if it has been drained and filled from the previous season.
  4. Make sure your snow blower starts. Give it a couple test starts to see if the spark plug is firing.
  5. If your auger has rubber on it, use the finger test. If you can fit a finger between the housing and the rubber then it may be time to replace it.
  6. Check the air pressure in your tires, if needed.
  7. Check all filters, tubing, and belts for dirt, cracks, or other signs of aging.

You may not need to complete all of these tasks; it depends on your snow blower. Typically a two stage snow blower requires more maintenance than a single stage, and has the power to make you king of the block. Follow these steps to make sure your Quad City Home is not barricaded by a snow storm this year.

             Two Stage Snow Blower                                                              Single Stage Snow Blower


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