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Mastering Heavy Snow: Tips for Optimal Snow Blower Performance

12/11/2023 2:07:31 PM

When winter unleashes its full fury and blankets your property in heavy snow, a reliable snow blower becomes an invaluable tool. However, getting the best performance out of your snow blower during a heavy snowfall requires more than just turning the key.

In this article, we'll explore some essential tips to efficiently remove large amounts of snow and provide maintenance suggestions to keep your snow blower operating at its peak.


Preparing for Heavy Snowfall

Choose the Right Snow Blower

Before the first snowfall, ensure you have the right snow blower for your property. Single-stage snow blowers are ideal for lighter snowfalls, while two-stage models are better equipped to handle heavy, wet snow. Consider the size of your property and the average snowfall in your area when selecting the appropriate machine.

For more tips on selecting the perfect snow blower, check out our advice on how to choose the right snow blower for your budget.

Adjust the Height Settings

Most snow blowers come with adjustable height settings. During heavy snowfall, set your snow blower to a higher clearing height to prevent it from bogging down and clogging. This allows the machine to tackle deep snow without overexerting itself.

Overlap Passes

To efficiently remove heavy snow, overlap each pass slightly. This ensures that no snow is left behind, and the auger doesn't get overloaded. Overlapping passes can prevent the need for multiple passes in the same area, saving both time and energy.

Take It Slow

When dealing with heavy snow, resist the urge to rush. Slow and steady wins the race when it comes to snow removal. Pushing the snow blower too fast may cause it to struggle, leading to clogs and reduced performance. Maintain a consistent pace that allows the machine to clear the snow effectively.

Keep the Chute Clear

Heavy snow can quickly clog the chute, reducing the snow blower's efficiency. Regularly check and clear the chute as you work. Use a snow-clearing tool to dislodge any compacted snow and ice to prevent the chute from becoming a bottleneck and to ensure a steady snow discharge.


Snow Blower Maintenance for Peak Winter Performance

Regularly Inspect and Replace Belts

Check the snow blower's belts for signs of wear and tear and replace them if they show any signs of damage or stretching. Worn-out belts can negatively impact the machine's performance and may lead to costly repairs if not addressed promptly.

Change Oil and Replace Spark Plugs

Perform regular maintenance tasks, such as changing the oil and replacing spark plugs according to the manufacturer's recommendations. Fresh oil and spark plugs ensure the engine operates smoothly, providing optimal power during heavy snow removal.

Inspect the Skid Shoes and Scraper Bar

Check the condition of the skid shoes and scraper bar. Adjust or replace them if they show signs of wear. Properly functioning skid shoes and scraper bars help the snow blower glide smoothly over surfaces and prevent damage to driveways or walkways.

See our top picks for maintenance accessories here.

Mastering heavy snowfall with a snow blower requires a combination of proper techniques and regular maintenance. By choosing the right machine, using the right settings, and following these tips, you'll be well-equipped to efficiently tackle even the heaviest snowfalls.

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