How to store your snow blower in 5 easy steps
After a snow-heavy winter featuring storms like Jonas and Kayla, it’s likely your snow blower became one of your best friends. As another blustery winter comes to an end, it is important to take care of a few things before your snow blower goes into hibernation for the warmer months ahead.
Before you put your snow blower away for the season, follow these 5 easy storage steps to ensure it’s ready to go by next winter.
Where to Your Store Snow Blower: Pick out a spot to physically store your snow blower. This spot should be out of the way of daily traffic in your household, and away from appliances with a pilot light or other ignition source, like the corner of a garage or shed. For optimal snow blower maintenance, I do not recommend storing a snow blower outdoors – even when covered. Exposure to elements like rain and sun can damage the machine.
>>If you transport your snow blower elsewhere in the off-season and your snow blower is equipped with a fuel shut-off, always switch off the fuel flow whenever you transport your machine. This will protect the carburetor from flooding and help prevent fuel spills.
Prevent Engine Damage with Fuel Stabilizer: Add fuel stabilizer like Briggs & Stratton® Advanced Formula Fuel Treatment & Stabilizer, which protects up to 3 years, to the gas before you fill up and run the engine for a few minutes to make sure the fuel treatment circulates throughout the gas tank and carburetor. Doing so will ensure that the gas remains fresh and does not cause damage to your engine.
Tighten Any Fasteners, Nuts, or Bolts: After a winter filled with storms, some nuts, fasteners and bolts might have come loose. Tighten those up and replace any worn parts before you store your snow blower. If you come across any pieces and parts that need replacement or repair, be sure to consult your operator’s manual and/or an authorized snow blower dealer for snow blower recommendations.
>> Find our full Snow Blower Repair & Maintenance Guide
>> To find snow blower replacement parts, you’ll need your engine model number. Watch this video for help finding your snowblower engine model number.
Clean & Dry: Carefully and thoroughly wash and hand-dry your unit to avoid corrosion. Road salts can damage your snow blower the same way they corrode a car’s exterior.
Cover It Up: To ensure that no moisture gets in your machine, consider using a snow blower cover or tarp to protect your equipment.
Now you can rest easy knowing your snow blower is properly stored and enjoy the warm months ahead because next winter will be here before you know it!