Are wondering if your snowblower is ready for taking on winter jobs? Your snowblower should be checked for winter readiness. There is nothing worst than having a snow storm come through, and getting out your snowblower or snow thrower to find that it will not even start. So, let’s get it checked out and see if it is winter ready.
The first thing that you should do is to see if it starts properly. It should start up with ease. Even if it is a little sluggish or slow to start, I would recommend that you schedule an appointment to take it in during the late summer or early fall to have it serviced. If you are a handy mechanic, or mechanically inclined, you can certainly do it yourself. Self maintenance will save you a lot of money, but may require a little more time than you may have available. Also, check or change the oil and spark plug.
Preparing early in the season will save you stress and let you plan your time more wisely.
You will find many helpful sites online that may have a manual or parts list to help you find the part or parts that you may need to replace. Make sure that if you are buying parts that you get one specific to your brand, for example, John Deere snowblower model 1130SE. By looking specifically for John Deere snowblower parts, you will the right part. If you are lucky enough, you could have a dealer located within driving distance to purchase your parts, if not check online for other options.
Other parts to check would be the scraper bar and the slide shoes if your model has these parts. Many parts are meant to be replaced, so don’t hesitate to replace them when needed, or even better, before they totally break or stop functioning as they should. Check your spark plugs and plug wire to make sure it is giving off enough juice.
You might want to consider purchasing some of the most commonly replaced parts to serve as spares. Remember, if you are snowed in, you can’t drive to the store for parts to repair your snowblower. Such items as belts and extra oil. Oil weights might be different for various models, but most will take 5w-30. You may want to grab a handful of shear pins to have on hand, as well as a spare tire tube. Depending on how high your snow levels and weather conditions where you live, you may need to have tire chains on hand as well.
Other common parts that need changing, and that are carried in parts stores, would be: bearings and bushings, paddle sets, mitten starter handles,skids and snow tires and snow chains.