SNOW BLOWING 101
Running a snow blower may not be perceived as a simple task, but it is a skill which you can master in as little as two minutes. Read these ideas on snow blowing shared by experts. Even if you think you are skilled snow blower operator, you still need to read on.
1. DON’T WAIT FOR IT TO STOP SNOWING.
If a huge snowfall starts occurring, begin to remove the snow before it gets to 6 inches. You will surely spend more time doing the snow blowing, but your machine won’t be working as hard as it would if you wait for it to form a heap, and it will be able to throw the snow farther away. That will eventually decrease the height of the snow banks flanking your drive.
2. THROW IT FAR.
Do not throw snow only some few distance away from the driveway and then return to throw it farther a second time. It simply makes the load heavier for your blower. Here are the 4 ways to get the maximal throw. Carry smaller bits of snow, run the blower at full revolutions per minute, but do this at a more slow ground speed, keep adjusting the chute diverter until it gets to its totally raised position and blows with the wind.
3. GET YOUR PROPERTY READY FOR SNOW
Before the snow wings, take some minutes to scrutinize your belongings. Take away rocks, dog tie-out cable, extension cords, holiday light cords and garden hoses. Then mark with a stake, those pathways that run close to the gardens, so you do not mistakenly suck rocks and garden edges up. Label your walkway and drive perimeters by hammering in drive markers. If the land is frosty, just bore a hole with the use of a masonry bit and your battery-powered drill.
4. WATCH OUT FOR HALF-BURIED NEWSPAPERS.
A frosty newspaper is the primary causative agent of machine jams. It can cause your shear pins or belts to break; it can also cause damage to expensive auger and impeller components. When a fresh layer of snow forms over newspapers, it becomes hard to be seen, and they’re easily forgotten. So before you hit to snow blowing, scout the area first! That way, you will protect your machine. If your machine gets stuck to the newspaper, shut the engine down and take it out using a broom or shovel handle; do not ever use your hands. If you can not take the paper out, take the machine to a professional, who will charge you a much lesser cost than even the most inexpensive operating surgeon.
5. TAKE SMALLER BITES TO AVOID CLOGS.
When you become blasted with wet, hard snow and you’re in haste, it is highly alluring to crank up the engine’s speed and plow through it. That’s the only ideal means of clogging your machine and breaking or wearing out the drive belts. And when you think about how it takes so long to stop constantly, unclogging the chute, driving at total speed does not save your time.
Worse yet, clearing a clogged chute improperly can be unsafe; it is also the most usual causal agent of injuries related to the snow blower. Rather than making a complete breadth pass through the snow, producers advise taking smaller bits. It is quicker than slogging through a heavily-snow-filled pathway, and it is less stressful for the machine. Another reason it is an excellent snow-blowing skill is that it lets the machine to throw farther away, the snow.
6. START WITH FRESH FUEL
Old gas is the primary reason machines take a lot of time to start. So do not make use of the fuel that is long left in the lawn mower can. It is preferable to transfer that summertime blend into the tank of your car, then fill the tank with a new blend. This has more volatility and makes starting easy.
7. COOL OFF, THEN GAS UP.
If your machine runs out of fuel halfway through a hard job, you will have the temptation of refilling it right away. But come to think of this:
The engine becomes hot as it is being used and gas tank sits directly on that hot engine. Worse yet, you are standing, right over your machine, with a gallon of gas. If you mistakenly spill gas on the engine or the overflowing tank, you could instantaneously turn your snow-blowing venture to an awful fire-unit experience. If you ever eventually elude injury, you will still have to start afresh with a brand new snow blower since the old one must have been toasted.
Snow-blower manufacturers advise that users allow their machines to cool off for about ten minutes before going for a refill. Use that little time to grab yourself a cup of hot coffee or chocolate and get your fingers and toes warmed up. You can then refill your gas tank once your abdominal tank is filled up.