CHANGING OF THE GUARD

A little bit of routine maintenance can go a long way in extending the life of your lawn mower or snow blower. As you move into a new season, get out your easy-to-follow Changing of the Guard checklist and make sure your machine is ready to go next time you need it. No one has time for down time.

Not a do-it-yourselfer? Find your local Ariens dealer to schedule an appointment for seasonal maintenance.

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From oil filters to blades and protective covers, Ariens and our large network of independent dealers have the parts you need to properly store your equipment and get you ready for the season ahead.

Can you feel it? Spring is in the air. The time has come to put away winter jackets, hats, gloves, and boots. It's time to get out the grill and open the windows and let the sounds and smells of nature enter your home. Nothing beats the first whiff of freshly cut grass!

There's a chill in the air. Winter is right around the corner. It's time to throw a few logs in the fireplace while we wait for the first flake to fall out of the sky and get a chance to play in the snow.

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Our easy-to-follow fall and spring "Changing of the Guard" checklists were create and approved by Ariens technical service team, our equipment experts. Let Ariens help you protect your investment and ensure it's tougher than the elements.

Spring Checklist

Fall Checklist


ADD STABILIZER AND FRESH FUEL TO YOUR SNOW BLOWER

Ariens recommends adding fresh fuel mixed with a fuel stabilizer before putting the machine into storage. Mix the gasoline according to the instructions on the stabilizer container. Fill the machine’s gas tank (using 10% ethanol or less gasoline) and allow the machine to run for a few minutes to ensure stabilized gasoline is in the carburetor as well as the tank. While engine is running, turn the fuel valve to the OFF position. Allow engine to stop on its own.

CHANGE THE OIL , FILTER AND SPARK PLUG

Changing the oil, filter and spark plug if equipped. Ariens Sno-Thro Maintenance kit includes 5W30 engine oil, 1 spark plug, Sno-Jet, and Fuel Stabilizer.

CHECK THE BELTS AND PULLEYS

Keep your snow blower powering through, winter after winter, by checking the tension and wear belts, pulleys, and cables.

PROPERLY STORE YOUR SNOW BLOWER

Looking to protect your Sno-Thro from the elements? Let it hibernate for the summer in a cool, dry place. And take a look at our Sno-Thro Covers. Specially designed for Single-Stage, Compact, and Deluxe snow blowers.

ADD STABILIZER AND FRESH FUEL TO YOUR LAWN MOWER

Most engine manufacturers recommend using a fuel stabilizer or draining the fuel system before putting the machine into storage. If you use a fuel stabilizer, mix the gasoline according to the instructions on the stabilizer container. Fill the machine’s gas tank about 3/4 full (using low ethanol gasoline) and allow the machine to run for a few minutes to make sure stabilized gasoline is in the carburetor as well as the tank. If equipped, turn the fuel valve to the off position. Note: It’s okay to add fuel stabilizer to your gas can with each fill up.

CHANGE THE OIL AND SPARK PLUG

Change the oil and filter if equipped. Replace with the engine manufacturer’s recommended oil and filter type.

CLEAN THE BLADES AND UNDERCARRIAGE

Clean the unit: wipe or blow off the clippings and debris from the top of the unit and check the belt(s) and idler pulleys for wear. Check the blades, as now is a great time to replace or sharpen the blades. Remove the ignition key and/or the spark plug wire before working under the mower deck.

PROPERLY STORE YOUR LAWN MOWER

Let your lawn mower hibernate for the winter in a cool, dry place. Protect your lawn mower from the elements with an Ariens Lawn Mower Cover.

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