Snow Blower Instructions

How to operate a snow

Snow Blower Operating

Start and Confidently
Run a Snow Blower.

Snow Blower

Snow Blower

Snow blowers use gasoline
engines to provide the power
to blow snow.

They come with different
sizes engines, ranging from
3 to 20 HP, depending on
the width of the auger.

The common size for around
the home is 8HP with a 24
inch auger.
The 12 HP snow blower with
a 27 inch auger is also
very common.

The average women will
find the 22 or 24 inch
snow blower most suited
for her size.

Any snow blower with an
engine less than 8 HP will
have trouble with packed
snow, such as plowed
snow the city plow leaves
in your driveway while

Some 24 inch blowers have
a 5 HP engine, the 8 HP
is a better mate to provide
all round snow blowing.

The snow blower engine
needs the same care as
the lawnmower.

The oil must be changed
every season if you want
to extend the life of your

The spark plug will last a
couple seasons before
needing changing.

Check the level of the oil
every 3-5 times of use.

To check the oil unscrew
the oil fill plug/dip stick,
lift out of the machine and
note the level of the oil.

The oil should be between
the add and full mark on
the dip stick, if low add a
little oil, 5-20 weight oil
which is what is needed
for easy winter starts
and use.

Top View

Starting a Snow

The first time you use your
snow blower, check that the
key is in place, the key
does not turn, it just inserts.

check the oil level, and fill
the gas tank.

If the gas line has a
on-off tap, turn it on
(on is when the tap knob
is parallel to the fuel line).

Push the primer bulb 3
times, turn the choke all
the way to the right, lift
the throttle 3/4 of the
way up.

On the Tecumseh engine
a dry bulb priming system
is used, no gasoline passes
through the primer.

The primer only pumps air
into the carburetor, which
forces gasoline in the fuel
bowl to spill fuel into the
intake passageway to
the engine.

It is important to place your
thumb over the primer, push
in and hold one second then
release for one second.
Repeat this four or five times.

If the machine has electric
start, plug in an electrical
cord and push the start
button and hold until it starts.

if it does not start in about 10
seconds, there may be a
problem, otherwise the engine
should start.

The electric start motor is
designed to only be used in
short bursts of a few seconds.

If you run the electric start
motor continuously for
longer than 20 seconds
the motor may overheat
and burn out.

The electric start motor
cost between $114 and $240
depending on the model of
the machine.

So go easy, or pay the price.

When it first starts it will run
kind of rough.

Slowly turn the choke to the
left, a little at a time while
listening to the running sound
of the engine.

If you turn it to far to the left
while the engine is cold, the
engine may stop.

Run the engine with the
choke in about the 3/4 on
position until the engine
warms up, then turn the
choke all the way to the
left and leave it there.

Operate the throttle according
to how fast you want to go,
and how far you want to
throw the snow.

Most times you will run the
engine with the throttle full
open to throw the snow as
high and far as possible.

Snow blower view from Rear

Snow blower side view

With the engine running, select
a transmission speed on the
control panel, depending on
where you will be using it.

In tight quarters, or for deep
packed snow, select a speed
of 1 or 2.
On open ground select 3 to 5.
Use the reverse where needed.

The machine will not move
until you squeeze the right
hand clutch lever drive on
the handle bar.

The left clutch lever on the
handle bar controls the
auger snow throwing

Before moving, turn (Crank)
the chute direction to
where you want to throw
the snow.

Adjust the guide hood angle
on the end of the snow
throw direction chute, all
the way up for height and

If you are working on a
windy day, you may need
to lower the angle to
prevent the wind from
picking up the snow
and blowing it back onto

Some snow blowers have
a lever control for angle,
others you adjust by hand.

Before moving, give each
clutch lever a quick squeeze
to check if anything is

If everything is working,
then proceed with your
snow blowing.


Use safety glasses, be aware
of people and vehicles.

Stop and let people and
vehicles go by before

Never leave a running
snow blower unattended.

Wear warm mitts and dress

Reflective, high visible
clothing is a good idea if you
are working where there
is traffic.


If the snow blower does not
start right away, and you can
smell gas fumes, the engine
is probably flooded, wait a
few minutes.

Turn the choke all the way
to the left, (completely off)
and try starting.

Clean all the snow off the
snow blower after each
use, and top up the fuel,
so the unit is ready for
the next use.

Snow left in the bottom of
the auger after use will
melt from the heat of the
machine and then freeze
causing a layer of ice to

When you attempt to engage
the auger the next time,
the engine will stall, or you
may break the drive belt.

If it is not a belt problem and
the wheels don't work properly,
clean the drive friction plate
and drive rubber wheel.


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