Considering the difficulty and possible health hazards of
manual snow shoveling, it is a great idea to acquire a decent snow blower if
you are in a suburban setting and professional snow removal is not an option. With
models that run on electricity or gas, snow throwers come in many shapes and sizes
that cater to different properties and climates. Yet, even with the best snow
blower, you are going to need to apply a few simple tricks if you want to avoid
some of the most common problems people face when clearing their yard.
Although using a snow thrower is safer than working with a
shovel, one has to remain cautious. Eye protection against flying debris from
the chute and decent footwear are indispensable. Loose clothing is not a good idea
because there is a risk that the machine will catch and suck parts of it. You must
also keep children away from the operation zone. It is needless to mention that
one must never use bare hand to remove anything from the chute or the auger
when the machine is on.
Planning ahead before pushing the thrower into the nearest snow pile is the best course of action if you want to complete your task in the shortest time
and with minimal effort. There are many pathway options for covering the entire
area such going in circles or straight lines. It is essential that you take the
wind direction into consideration as well as the point where you want the
removed snow to accumulate. Also, it is best to hoard snow as far from the
sides of your driveway as possible. This way, there will be no massive snow
builup on the sides after the next snowfall.
The most frequent reason for snow blowers to go repair is
the failure of the belt that connects the auger with the engine. Sometimes, the
belt is ripped when the unit comes across an obstacle such as very tough ice or
stones. You can prevent such incidents simply by not exposing your machine to
excessive exertion. More often, the belt is torn apart because of the ice buildup
on the auger makes it impossible to turn and the torque created by the engine
causes to the best to disintegrate. To avoid this, the user must take
precautions against ice buildup on parts of the unit. Removing piles of snow
from the machine after the snow removal task is complete and the engine is
turned off, is the first measure. Next, the unit should be kept in a warm
environment until the remaining water evaporates. Finally, it is very important
to check the auger for frozen water before each session.