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Top 6 Snow Blower Safety Tips from Ariens Company, "The King of Snow"

12/12/2013 6:00:00 AM

Snow blowers can certainly make the job of removing snow an easier task. But there are a few tips homeowners need to keep in mind to make sure they clear snow safely.

Here are the top 6 snow blower safety tips from Ariens Company, The King of Snow.

1. Read your owner's manual before you even start your snow blower, so that you understand all of the recommended operation and safety procedures.

2. Keep the area of operation clear of all toys, pets, and debris. Thrown objects can cause injury.

3. Don't throw the snow toward people or other property that may be injured or damaged by thrown objects.

4. Keep your hands and feet away from all moving parts, and keep clear of the auger while the engine is running.

5. Before removing clogs or servicing your machine disengage the clutch, stop the engine, remove the key, and wait for all moving parts to stop. Only use a clean-out tool to clear blockages; never use your hands.

6. Choose the right snow blower. Factors like the size of your driveway/sidewalk, the type/amount of snow you typically get, and who will be using the snow blower most of the time are important considerations. New features like Auto-Turn™ zero-turn steering technology make it easier to maneuver a big, powerful snow blower without having to fumble with triggers.


6 Steps for Snow Blower Survival

11/19/2013 6:00:00 AM

It’s here. This time of the year means one of two things: fluffy white landscapes reflecting a season of merriment or months of wet blizzards with blinding, wind-driven snow. Whatever your feelings about winter, you don’t want to get caught in the storm unprepared.

If you’re notorious for waiting until the last minute and wake up one day to strong winds, flurries and freezing rain, here’s a quick emergency survival guide for a snow blower that won’t start. Start from the top of the list and move down until any snow equipment problem is remedied.

Check Fuel Tank

Look to see if it is low or empty. When gasoline is stored over a long period of time and no fuel stabilizer is added, it loses volatility. As gasoline ages it turns into a varnish like coating in the carburetor, blocking fuel from the engine and preventing start.

If this occurs, take your Sno-Thro to your local Ariens servicing dealer to clean your carburetor or replace it.  


If the fuel is from last winter, summer, or fall season and/or no fuel stabilizer was added before storage, drain the system through the carburetor. Once drained, pour in known fresh fuel (purchased within 30 days) and a fuel stabilizer.

Check Fuel Shutoff Valve

Check if the engine switch is in the OFF position. If it is, turn the switch to the ON position.

Check Engine Switch

Many of the engines on Ariens Sno-Thro units have a “key switch” and a red toggle switch.  Ensure that the red plastic key is properly inserted into the holder and the red toggle switch is in the “run” position.  If either is not in the correct position, the engine will not fire causing the chance of flooding.

Check Choke Position     
Check the choke position; turn to ON position for cold engine starts. Always use the choke to start a cold engine, turning to “Full Choke.” Check your Owner's Manual for proper choke positioning.

If the temperature is above 32 degrees, priming the carburetor may flood the engine easily so try only choking the engine.
  • On a Briggs engine: Turn the choke knob all the way Counter-Clockwise for Full Choke (or starting position).
  • On an Ariens AX engine: Turn the choke knob all the way Clockwise for Full Choke
Check Throttle Position
Check the throttle position (if applicable); turn throttle position to at least 3/4 speed.

Check Spark Plug
Check the spark plug for fuel and correct air gap. Remove the spark plug and see if it is wet (this will confirm flooding). If the spark plug is wet, turn the engine over several times without the spark plug installed to help disperse the excess fuel out of the spark plug hole. Clean the spark plug of excess fuel and reset the air gap. Reinstall the cleaned spark plug or replace with a new spark plug. Perform starting procedure again, this time without the choke on.

If all of these items are checked and the unit will not start, take your unit to an Ariens servicing dealer. Take a look at our extended dealer family to Find an Ariens Dealer near you.

For quick start guides on the 2011 -2013 models - Click here.

For Ariens engine manufacturer links: Briggs and Stratton, Honda, Kawasaki, Kohler, Ariens OHV / LCT, Tecumseh, Robin/Suburu, Kubota.

Ariens Company Receives Manufacturing Award of Distinction

11/13/2013 6:00:00 AM

Ariens Company received the 2013 Manufacturing Award of Distinction (Large Company Category) from the Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce economic development group, Advance. The award recognizes manufacturers who set themselves apart from the rest of the industry, according to Advance.

"Manufacturing may not be perceived as cutting-edge but there are still a lot of us who think it is innovative, challenging and satisfying work," says Dan Ariens, Company President. "I'm proud to be a small part of the manufacturing heritage of Wisconsin and Northeast Wisconsin."

Although Ariens Company faced a year when the snow blower market was down more than 50% due to historically low snowfall, the company was able to offset this challenge by increasing sales in the commercial mowing segment with new products. The company continued to invest in new hiring and product development with a focus on long-term growth.

In accepting the award, Ariens recognized all company employees "who work every day to make Ariens Company successful. They like to solve problems, they enjoy creating something tangible out of nothing, and they are some of the most innovative employees in the workforce."