Every year, over 5,700 people are rushed to hospital emergency rooms for snowblower-related injuries. The most common traumas are broken bones, painful bruises, and severe cuts and lacerations to unsuspecting hands and fingers.
Even if you’ve been using a snowblower for years, mistakes can happen.
Here are 5 little-known (often overlooked) tips to help you stay safe while using your snow blower this winter:
1. Leaving Old Fuel in Your Snowblower
Before you retire your snowblower for the season, always empty the gas tank or add stabilizer. If left untouched, the gas will congeal and obstruct the carburetor, which can be a costly and time-consuming problem to fix. Remember, unused gas can oxidize in as few as 30 days!
2. Not Sticking to a Maintenance Schedule
When it comes to snowblowers, regular maintenance goes a long way! Before performing any maintenance, service, or adjustment, stop the engine and remove the key to ensure your safety.
You can find a maintenance schedule in your owner’s manual to read more about proper maintenance procedures. If major repairs are needed, consult with a trained service professional before performing any work.
3. Letting the Snow Accumulate
Try to clear the snow as it’s falling rather than waiting until it has accumulated. This will make it easier for you and your machine! Letting the snow sit too long will give it time to pack down and ice up, making it difficult to push through.
4. Setting the Blade Too Low
If you’re working on asphalt or other hard surfaces, setting the blade too low can cause scraping. Check the skid shoes to ensure that the auger does not contact the paved or gravel surface.
5. Not Preparing Properly
Safety should always be your number one priority. Make sure everyone using the snowblower knows how to use it properly and understands the warnings.
For a comprehensive safety overview, check out this video from Toro:
Getting the best results starts with making sure you have the right machine for the job. When selecting a snowblower, talk to the experts at Kooy Brothers to find the snowblower best suited to your needs and lifestyle.
Kooy Brothers has been providing superior snow equipment and service for over 30 years, including a complete lineup of robust Toro snowblowers. Contact us today to learn more about our products and services.
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