Depending on where you live, groundhogs across the country both saw their shadows and didn’t. So, is it for certain that there’s still another six weeks of winter left? Quite possibly. There’s no sure answer one way or another, so the best approach is to assume you’ll still be using your snow blower here and there until the snow’s all gone. But until that happens — and we know the day’s coming close — Snow Blower Source has a couple of tips to remember when getting the machine ready for spring.
Do Some Final Block Maintenance
Usually, when you think of maintenance on your snow blower, it’s to smooth out any last kinks that may be in the way before you can use your machine for the season. You may be thinking of things like changing the oil and filter, ensuring you have a well working spark plug and that blades are nice and sharp. They’re all important, but maintaining it for spring is just as crucial, too.
Some of the things you’ll want to think about include:
Take It In To Be Serviced
The timing of this doesn’t necessarily have to be at the winter-spring junction, but we like it because that’s when most snow blowers aren’t thinking of doing the same. You’ll get better and faster service, a more detailed look at your machine, and the luxury of time to fix anything that may be wrong with it. After all, you’ve got eight months on your side, while snow blower owners who wait until November have only a matter of weeks.
So, take it in and have it looked at by professional eyes, who’ll make sure pins are tight and unbroken, pads and bars aren’t in need of fixing or replacing, all parts that need to be oiled are and any that are starting to rust can be replaced, and anything else your snow blower needs. It’s just a lot easier this way.