How to Use A Snow Blower – 25 Tips for Safe Use of Your Gas Powered Snow Blower

by Martin

in Gas snow blowers, Snow blower safety

Here we give you 25 top tips on how to use a snow blower.

Tips that are short, sweet, practical and invaluable to help you:

  • get the job done efficiently
  • stay safe while you’re doing it, and
  • keep your gas powered snow blower running well for longer.

Getting Ready

  1. Make sure you’ve read the user manual and you know how to operate the machine safely. Know exactly how to switch it off fast in an emergency
  2. Check out the area you are going to clear and, if you can, move any debris you can see, as well as anything that you know is under the snow that is likely to be in your way, e.g. garden pots, ornaments.

    If you’re really organized you’ll clear you driveways of these kinds of hazards before the snow comes and you forget where they are.

  3. Make sure you are properly dressed, i.e you’re wearing warm clothes without any loose parts or trailing cords. Wear saftey boots with good grip.
  4. Wear safety goggles and ear defenders.
  5. Keep your kids out of the way (and your pets) and don’t ever let your kids (or your pets for that matter :) ) operate the machine.
  6. How to use a snow blower: Keep your kids out of the way
    How to use a snow blower: Keep your kids out of the way

  7. Make sure you’ve got enough gasoline. If you need to refill, exercise the extreme caution when doing so. Don’t fill the tank when the engine is running.
  8. Adjust the height of the auger housing/skid shoes to the right height for the kind of ground you’re clearing. In other words allow for bumpy ground, gravel and crushed rock, when setting the height.
  9. Make all the adjustments you need to (and you can) before you start the snow blower.
  10. Use properly rated extension cords, in good condition, for your electric starting.
  11. Work out a safe and efficient clearing pattern in advance so that you don’t waste time and effort going back over areas you’ve already done.
  12. Make sure you have enough light to work in.
  13. Clearing Snow

  14. Keep your hands and feet clear of moving parts at all times.
  15. Adjust your speed to suit the conditions. You want to be walking, not running behind your snow blower.
  16. Take care when crossing any driveways or public sidewalks.
  17. Be aware of who and what is around you – make sure you’re not directing snow at other people.
  18. Take extra care on sloping ground – don’t clear across slopes.
  19. Disengage the auger/impeller when transporting the snow blower.
  20. Clogged Chutes

  21. Stope the engine immediately and wait for all moving parts to stop
  22. Ensure that controls are set so that there is no risk of the machine accidentally restarting. Disconnect the spark plug lead if necesary.
  23. Use a proper, manufacturer-supplied tool for clearing the blockage
  24. Check that shear pins are intact. If not, replace them
  25. Storage

  26. Keep the auger/impeller running for a while after you’ve finished clearing so to get rid of all ice and snow.
  27. Spray any parts that may be susceptible to rust with WD40 or similar.
  28. Allow the engine to cool before storing inside./li>
  29. If possible, drain gas if storing for an extended period.

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