Snow Blower
Running Instructions




How to operate a snow

Snow Blower
Operating Instructions



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 grading.

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
machine.

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
Blower



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
combustion chamber.

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 rear view

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
device.

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
distance.

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
you.

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
frozen.

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

Safety



Use safety glasses, be
aware of people and
vehicles.

Stop and let people and
vehicles go by before
proceeding.

Never leave a running
snow blower unattended.

Wear warm mitts and
dress warmly.

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


Tip



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
form.

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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