You’ve just spent your time and money buying a new snow blower, so be sure you are getting the most out of it. Remember to keep snow blower safety in mind, as it will not only keep your snow blower running properly, but can also prevent you from getting injured. You must also remember proper snow blower maintenance and storage in order to keep it running like new for years after you bought it. Here are some of our top safety and maintenance tips to get you started:
Snow Blower Safety Tips
- Learn to properly use your machine by reading the snow blower operator’s manual.
- Check the oil before using your snow blower
- Only add fuel BEFORE using your snow blower or after waiting for the engine to cool down (2 minutes); do not add fuel while the machine is in use
- Only operate/turn on your snow blower outdoors (including your closed garage) to avoid carbon monoxide hazards
- Before you begin, clear the area of any objects or debris that could get caught in your machine or thrown from the snow blower
- Take breaks or stop when needed, especially if you are at higher risk for heart problems (some risk factors include existing heart condition or other health conditions, being a smokers, sedentary lifestyle, family history, and age)
- Dress appropriately to stay warm and protected from winds and blowing snow as you use your snow blower
Snow Blower Maintenance
Regular snow blower maintenance and a seasonal tune-up will help your Briggs and Stratton snow blower perform at its peak. Preventing snow blower problems can be as easy as 3 simple steps.
Snow blower maintenance checklist:
- Change the oil in your snow blower engine regularly
- Replace spark plugs when necessary
- Prevent ethanol fuel damage by using fuel stabilizer & properly storing equipment
Snow Blower Storage
When storing your snow blower, add fuel stabilizer like Briggs & Stratton® Advanced Formula Fuel Treatment & Stabilizer to ensure that gas does not get stale. 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.
Be sure to carefully wash and hand-dry your snow blower at the end of the winter. Road salts can damage your snow blower the same way they corrode a car’s exterior. Again, be sure to consult your Briggs & Stratton manual and a licensed Briggs and Stratton dealer for recommendations and safety tips specific to your snow blower.
For more information, reference our snow blower repair & maintenance guide.