Looking for outdoor equipment parts?
Enter model number, part number, equipment type, brand, or part description and press Enter:
Snowblowers are very convenient machines for homeowners who live in cold and snowy climates – and help make the task of snow removal a lot less daunting.
How do snowblowers work?
A good way to think about snowblowers is analogues to lawn mowers for snow removal.
Snowblower auger carves a snow passage in the area that you are clearing and discharges the snow to the side of the path through a side chute.
When clearing heavy, slushy, icy snow too quickly, your snowblower can get clogged – causing the auger to work too hard and wearing out the snowblower shear pin.
You can take easy, sensible steps to avoid your snowblower from clogging. Here are a few techniques to try:
- Remove any obstructions that can get stuck in your machine (such as rocks, door mats, snow toys, shoes, sleds, etc.) out of the snowblowers path.
- Allow the engine to warm up for a few minutes before engaging the auger, then start by clearing the area with the least amount of snow.
- Move your snowblower forward at a slow, steady pace, never forcing it through the snow path.
- Allow your snowblower auger to propel the snowblower forward and to dictate the pace of snow clearing according to the condition, temperature and quality of snow.
- If your snowblower starts to vibrate unreasonably, release the auger handle and pull the machine back from the area that might be causing it. Excessive vibration is frequently a sign that the auger is beginning to clog. Once you move your snowblower out of the snow pack, reengage the auger so it can discharge the snow through the chute.
- Avoid pushing your snowblower through heavy slush – because slush is heavier than snow and causes excessive stress on the snowblower auger.