(Bob's Power Center offers these guidelines as a customer service and makes no warranty or guarantee
should you choose to attempt to service your snowthrower after reading these guidelines. Operating power
equipment can be dangerous and users must accept the risks associated with using such. General guidelines
as offered on this site cannot remove the possibility of injury.)
Snowthrowers can really help make winter more manageable and ease the burden of clearing
heavy and wet snow quickly and efficiently. Here are some extra things to keep in mind when snowblowing
Keeping these things in mind along with the instructions contained in your Owner's Manual should ensure
that you have a safe and comfortable snowblowing season!
Allow your snowthrower to warm up before attacking the deep stuff. The cold weather puts a tremendous strain on the engine and the moving parts will be stiff until their lubrication warms up.
Watch out for your back. Tugging on a pull cord or twisting and turning while steering your snowthrower can overwork your back muscles and lead to injury - especially when your muscles are cold and tense. Buy a snowthrower that has electric start and use it. When blowing snow, let the machine do the bulk of the work and you just steer it. Pushing and pulling on the snowthrower exposes your back to the possibility of injury and doesn't necessarily help clear the snow any better.
Don't overload the snowthrower by trying to clear the snow too fast - take your time and let the machine clear the snow at it's own pace. Snow's weight and "sticky-ness" can vary greatly from snowfall to snowfall and, depending on the amount of snow being cleared, it may be easier on you and the snowthrower to clear an area in multiple passes rather than trying to get it in one pass. If you are experiencing problems with repeated clogging, put the snowthrower in a lower gear and proceed more slowly.
Walk directly behind the snowthrower, keeping your hands on the controls at all times.
Run the snowthrower for a few minutes after clearing the snow and before storing to remove any snow that may freeze from the moving parts. After turning off your snowthrower, use a broom to brush off any large amounts of snow before storing.
Ó J.Ramsey, 1999