Four Simple Steps for Safe Snow Blower Storage
As winter makes its final appearance, and snowstorms dwindle down to a few flurries, it’s time to retire your snow blower for the season. Prepping your snow blower is simple, but important. A few steps now will save you major headaches come next winter.
1. Where to store. Find an out-of-the-way spot to store your snow blower. The corner of the garage or shed is your best bet – away from appliances with a pilot light or other ignition source. Don’t store it outside, even if it’s covered. Exposure to elements can damage the machine. If you take your snow blower elsewhere in the off-season and it is equipped with a fuel shut-off, switch off the fuel flow whenever you transport your machine. This will protect the carburetor from flooding and prevent fuel spills.
2. How to prevent engine damage. Add fuel stabilizer to the gas before you fill up. This will ensure gas remains fresh and doesn’t damage your engine. Run the engine for a few minutes to make sure the fuel treatment circulates throughout the internal components.
3. Secure all loose parts. Tighten up fasteners, nuts or bolts that may have been jostled loose during the rigors of winter. Replace any worn parts before storing the snow blower. Check your operator’s manual and/or an authorized snow blower dealer for any pieces that need replacement or repair.
4. Cover it up. Prevent moisture from getting into the machine by covering it up with a tarp or snow blower cover.
These simple tips will keep your snow blower safe throughout the warm months ahead and come next winter, you’ll be ready to tackle the first snow, no problem.