Snow Thrower Mistakes to Avoid this Winter

The winter experience varies across Canada, as most individuals prepare their snow removal equipment for a season full of ice, snow, and chilly temperatures. As much as we prepare, some are left with costly repairs and barely cleared driveways and sidewalks from misusing their snow throwers. Keep your equipment in good shape this winter by avoiding these common snow thrower mistakes.

Read Your Owner's Manual

You should always read your owner's manual before operating equipment. This will help you understand how your snow thrower works, as well as how to resolve common equipment issues like a clogged chute. In such instances, always shut off the engine and remain behind the handles until all moving parts have stopped before unclogging. You should never use your hands to clear a clogged chute assembly. Use the chute clean out tool that is conveniently fastened to the rear of the auger housing with a mounting clip. Some snow throwers by Troy-Bilt® have a deluxe polymer, clog-resistant chutes to prevent clogs or backup in the chute.

Choosing the Wrong Snow Thrower

It's important to select a snow thrower designed for the winter conditions in your area. Make sure your snow thrower can handle the type of snowfall and ground where it'll be used. If you have a flat removal space and anticipate lighter snowfall, a powerful single-stage snow thrower is best. Two-stage throwers like the Troy-Bilt® 26" Two-Stage Snow Thrower are a better match for areas that receive heavier buildup of snow. For the most efficient snow removal process, use a thrower with a clearing width that matches the area to be cleared. Power steering and good tire tread are also beneficial features to look for, making it easier to move your snow thrower.


Operating on Last Season's Fuel

Leaving fuel in the fuel tank of your snow thrower can clog the carburetor over time. To prevent this from happening, add fuel stabilizer to the tank at the end of each season. It's important to add the right fuel combination to your thrower before the season starts. Proper fuel combinations can be found on the gas cap or in your owner's manual. Do the proper research and take these extra steps to learn how to properly maintain and use your snow thrower. This can help you avoid some of these common mistakes, plus save you time and money.