If your winter was like mine, your snow blower saw plenty of use. Between big snow storms and day-to-day touchups from drifts and small snow falls, it felt like I would never part with this beloved piece of outdoor power equipment.
But now spring is here, the grass is turning green and lawn mower tune-up time has begun. While it’s important to prepare your lawn mower for its own season, remember to tuck your snow blower away for hibernation properly so it’s ready for next year.
5 Steps for Fool-proof Snow Blower Storage
1. Where to 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, 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. You may want to transport your snow blower elsewhere in the off-season. In that case, if 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.
2. Prevent Engine Damage with Fuel Stabilizer: Add fuel stabilizer like Briggs & Stratton® Advanced Formula Fuel Treatment & Stabilizer 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. Top off the gas tank before storing. Keeping the tank full will minimize accumulation of moisture that causes carburetor-clogging rust.
3. Tighten any fasteners, nuts, or bolts that may have become loose during the snow removal season. Your machine is tough but it may have encountered a rough winter. Just giving every joint and connection a once-over will ensure it’s in good condition.
If you come across any pieces and parts that need replacement or repair, be sure to consult your Briggs & Stratton manual and an authorized snow blower dealer for snow blower recommendations.
>> To find snow blower replacement parts, you’ll need your engine model number. Watch this video for help finding your snowblower engine model number.
4. 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.
5. Cover It Up: To ensure that no moisture gets in your machine, consider using a snow blower cover or tarp to protect your equipment.
>> Find full Snow Blower Repair & Maintenance Guide
Before you know it, the snow will be flying again and with a quick tune-up your snow blower will be ready to tackle whatever next year’s winter can throw at it.