It could happen in October or it may happen in January. Depending on where you live, the season’s first big snowstorm could be just days or weeks away. But no matter where you live, now is the best time to get your snowblower ready for the season’s first blast of snow.
It takes about an hour to get your gas-powered snowblower ready for winter. Here’s a simple checklist:
1. Make Sure You Have Gasoline Ready
This past spring, you should have drained your snowblower’s gas tank. If the fuel tank is empty, fill it up now. If you didn’t drain the tank, see if the snowblower will start. If it does, drain the old fuel then fill it with fresh gasoline.
2. Check the Oil
If the oil looks dirty and dark, it’s time for an oil change. For most snowblowers, changing the oil is DIY friendly. Follow these snowblower oil change tips to avoid an oily mess.
3. Check Tire Pressure
There’s a good chance your snowblower’s tires need a little air. If tires are underinflated, it will make snowplowing more difficult. Before you fill them up, check the owner’s manual for the recommended tire pressure. Most recommend between 15 and 20 psi.
4. Check Pins, Nuts and Bolts
If you have a multi-stage snowblower, take a few moments to check the shear pins. These pins protect the transmission in the event there is a jam—which comes in handy when you hit large chunks of ice or go off the path and hit a rock. If the pins show any signs of corrosion, make a trip to your local home improvement or hardware store to buy replacement pins.
Finally, check and tighten any nuts and bolts that are loose. Also, use a lubricant on cables and moving parts.