The best time to get out the snowblower is long before the first flakes fall. In autumn, flip through the owner's manual. Read and follow all of the maintenance tips. In addition, we'll provide some tips to help you prepare your snowblower for the battle against Old Man Winter.
If you have a gas snowblower, hopefully you remembered to drain the gas and oil after last winter. If not, drain both now. One of the main reasons to drain the gas after winter is to keep it from draining and ending up in the oil reservoir. Gas in the reservoir could cause an explosion. Refill with the gas grade and oil weight recommended by the manufacturer. Also remember to refill the oil reservoir and gas tank based on the manufacturer's mix guidelines. Until you're ready to use it to clear snow, don't fill the gas tank full.
Most manufacturers recommend that the sparkplug also be changed annually. Use insulated tools to reduce the risk of shock. Before you fire up the snowblower and charge at your driveway, give it a chance to warm up, redistributing the newly-replaced oil. Be sure to change the oil after the first five hours of use when you have a new snowblower. During the break-in period, metal dust and shavings can end up in the oil. After that, change the oil after every 50 hours. Oil is the lifeblood of any machine. Simple maintenance is essential for snowblower motors.