Snowthrowers are a unique lawn equipment. After long periods in storage, we rely on snowblowers to tackle extreme tasks. A few simple tests in the fall may prevent a major headache when the snow has covered your driveway.

Removing a Snowblower from Storage

There should be no fuel in your snowblower when starting checklist. Please note fresh fuel describes newly gasoline purchased. Never store pump fuel longer than 30 days.

Prepare the fuel system

  • Visually inspect all cables, auger housing and controls for wear or damage
  • If your engine is a four cycle, verify proper engine oil level.
  • Fill your fuel tank with fresh fuel.

Check wearable parts

  • Single Stage – Evaluate wear on paddles and scraper. Paddles are thick rubber pads that contact the surface of your driveway. They wear evenly with the plastic scraper that guards the housing of the snowthrower.
How to evaluate:
Honda – There is not a wear indicator. Measure the center paddle (from the metal there must be a minimum of 5/8”)
Toro – A small hole drilled through the paddle indicates wear. Once the paddles wear into the hole, replace both the paddle and scraper. If you cannot see the hole, then you have probably worn through it.
Other Brands – If not indicated in your owner’s manual, a good rule of thumb is a thumb’s width. Observe the gap between the paddle and housing. If there is more than a thumb’s width between the scraper and paddle, then these should be replaced.
  • Two Stage – Evaluate wear on skid shoes and scraper. If the skid shoes are worn past the contact plate either reverse or replace them. Once there is no adjustment left in the scraper, it should be replaced (this is very infrequent).
  • All Snowthrowers feature belts and cables which may stretch or crack over time. Visually inspect and test these parts for proper function.
  • Belts are located behind protective covers. A visually inspection of the auger drive pulleys, spring and belts is important on older snowblowers. If your auger paddles and scraper are worn, then it is good idea to check or change your auger belt.

Test Operations

  • Start the engine and allow it to run for at least 5 minutes.
  • Engage all controls while the engine is operating.
    • Single Stage snowthrower paddles should engage and pull the equipment forward
    • Two Stage skid shoes and auger scraper should be adjust to protect auger housing from directly contacting the surface of your driveway.
  • Turn off engine.
  • Inspect engine for any signs of leaking fuel
  • If the engine does not start or the carburetor leaks fuel, consult our website for replacement parts or visit our service department for repair.

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