A Guide to Buying, Maintaining and Using Snowblowers

Snowblowers

Snowblowers and Snowthrowers provide the home owner with a time saving way to clear snow from their driveways and walkways. These pieces of equipment are made up of metal, plastic, rubber wheels and mostly gasoline powered motors.

The motor spins pulleys that rubber belts ride on. When the rubber belt is engaged by squeezing a lever on the handle of the blower it spins another pulley that is attached to a series of specially designed pieces of metal known as augers. Almost all blowers now come with 2 sets of augers (making them dual stage), these augers are contoured blades or fins that suck or sweep in snow into the front of the snowblower.

The first set of augers force the snow into the centre and then back to the tapered auger housing. This second auger or impeller, turns at a faster rate and is set at a vertical angle which pushes or blows the snow out the top of the housing. The snow is now forced up into an even more tapered adjustable directional chute that aims the snow to areas away from the area being cleared.

The blower moves forward and backwards at various speeds provided by a different pulley and belt that spins which turns a circular metal pulley. When this pulley is engaged (by squeezing the other lever on the snowblower handle) it is designed to have one end pivot or tilt towards a rubber friction wheel. When this wheel and the traction pulley make contact the rubber wheel also spins.

The rubber friction wheel surrounds an axle that turns gears, these gears turn a second set of gears that are attached to individual axles for the left and right tires. The tires provide a means for the snowblower easily travel over the ground. The blower moves at various speeds which is determined by the position of the rubber wheel when it contacts the disk.

This position is changed by selecting different travelling speeds with the gear selection knob. Depending on the number of speeds your blower comes with (usually 5 or 6 forward and 2 reverse) slide the knob into the appropriate speed for the snow conditions you are confronted with. Keep in mind each snowfall may be different (2” versus 8” of snow) and a different speed may need to be chosen so as not to put undo strain on the motor or rubber belts.

These motorized marvels make the chore of moving large amounts of deep and sometimes wet heavy snow possible, eliminating the risk of potential heart attack or severe back injury.

Snowblowers come in many clearing widths and engine size combinations thereby giving the prospective buyer a blower that is just right for their particular needs and budget.

As with anything else, the snowblower has many moving parts which wear out, need adjustment and occasionally repair. Many basic Snowblower repairs and maintenance procedures can be done by the home owner.

Much of this information can be found in the snowblower manual that was provided by the manufacturer when the blower was purchased. In some cases there are separate blower and engine manuals which give exact maintenance schedules and troubleshooting guides.

For those that take care of their snowblowers one can expect to get many years of trouble free use.

Buying a new snowblower or buying a used snowblower  doesn't have to be a challenge, you just need to examine what your specific needs are and match them to a blower that fills those needs and price range the best. Snowblowers parts do on occasion wear out and need to be replaced. But finding and replacing many of these parts is possible so home repair on snowblowers can be done.

When out blowing snow, following snowblower safety tips regarding you as well as nearby property and bystanders must always be kept in mind.

Knowing who makes the best snowblower and why it is the best will help you choose a snow blower that is right for you .

There is also a great opportunity to make an excellent part or full time seasonal business in clearing driveways and side walks for others. One could make $30-$60+ dollars an hour blowing snow. This provided that you live in an area that has regular snowfalls each winter. Thanks for stopping by. Let it snow, Let it snow, Let it snow.

Hope this helps with your search for Snowblowers.

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