Snow Blowers 101: How To Prepare For Snowfall 12-07-2010 - WNEM TV 5

Snow Blowers 101: How To Prepare For Snowfall 12-07-2010

While Mid-Michigan has dodged any real measurable snowfall so far, TV5 meteorologists say that could change at any time.
Reporter Craig McMorris visited Tri-County Equipment to learn several tips to get your snow blower ready to go.
The first thing to do as you prepare for that first winter storm of the season is to make sure it starts.
Don Girardot, with Tri-County Equipment, said the next thing to do is get rid of gasoline in the blower if there's any left over from last winter. "Put some new fuel in it, with some stabilizer in it, because we don't know when the next storm is coming,” said Girardot. “It could be another three weeks and we need to have stabilizer in it."
Girardot also recommends checking the blower’s spark plug and your belts, and said not to forget to check the things that actually remove the snow from the ground.
"Make sure your augers' working properly,” Girardot said. “Now if it's a single stage, you have paddles on there that are rubberized [and] they may be worn. Let’s get those replaced. You [will also] have a scraper bar, [and] that has to be replaced, too. Now if it's a two stage, most of them are four cycle; we have to replace the oil [in] that."
Girardot said also check the sheer pins on the augers to make sure they are in place and in shape.
There's another reason to use a snow blower over a shovel to clear snow: It could actually save your life.
"We hear a lot of people say, ‘Well, I need the exercise,’ but you've heard it, and I have a friend or a neighbor and they've had a heart attack by using a shovel," said Girardot.
Most importantly, says Girardot, if you're doing any work on your snow blower, make sure it is off to prevent any type of serious injury, especially if you have to remove any clogged snow from the chute.
When Mid-Michigan gets six inches of snow or more in a day, TV5 will once again activate The Shovel Squad.
TV5 employees be out with a snow blower from Tri-County Equipment to help the elderly and infirmed dig out.
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