Snow Thrower Repair: Parts And Accessories

Snow throwers are helpful for clearing snow, but they also require maintenance. Tips on upkeep and information about use included.

It doesn't matter if you are young or old, shoveling snow is a laborious chore, especially if the snow is wet and deep. A snow thrower can help to make your snow - clearing duties easier, and it can also help to save you time.

It's not easy to choose a snow blower because there are several different brands, and they include John Deere, Honda, Ariens, MTD, Murray, Toro, Simplicity, and Snapper. The most popular type of snow thrower is gas - powered, but there are also electric - powered machines too. Snow blowers also come in different sizes, and you can choose between a single stage or two-stage machine. A single stage snow thrower utilizes a spinning auger that breaks up snow, collects it, then lobs it out of a chute. The auger also pulls the snow thrower forward as it makes direct contact with the ground. This type of machine is best for smaller outside areas, such as sidewalks.

A two stage machine, on the other hand, has a spinning impeller behind its auger. The impeller collects and then lobs snow out of a chute at a greater rate of speed. Naturally, this snow thrower can handle deeper snow, as well as larger amounts of it. Instead of being pulled along by the auger, this machine rides on metal skids. You can clear driveways and larger areas with this type of snow thrower.

There are several other parts besides augers, impellers, and metal skids on a snow thrower that you can replace or repair yourself. These include rubber drive belts, spindle and other bearings, head lights, clutch, flange bushing, hand grips, starter handle, drive disc, scraper bar, chains, sprockets, handles, paddle set, wheels, wheel support, operation belts, blades, filters, sheer pins, key switches, idlers and flat idlers, throttle controls, wheels. Because they will need replaced the most often, you should always keep extra drive belts and sheer pins on hand for your snow blower. Augers on a one stage machine also can take a lot of abuse since it makes direct contact with the ground. You may find yourself replacing the auger frequently, especially if you run over

rocks, sticks, and other debris.

There are also several accessories available for snow throwers, such as snow drift cutters, heated handle grips, and cabs. These vary according to the model you choose, as well as the manufacturer of your snow thrower.

When you repair or replace parts in your snow thrower, the machine should always be shut off first. Wait for the moving parts to stop, then, unhook the spark plug wire so the snow blower cannot accidentally start running. Never try to unclog or replace the auger or the impeller while the snow thrower is in use. These moving parts can easily injure you. And, never attempt to unclog this type of machine with your bare hands, even if it's shut off. Instead, use a long piece of wood to remove packed snow, ice, et cetera. Even then, be careful because the auger can kick back once the debris is cleared.

Finally, make sure that you read and follow the owner's manual and all of its safety precautions before you start your snow thrower. Many manuals will also give you step - by step instructions on how you can repair and replace many of the parts and accessories.

If you have a very small area to clear of snow every winter, you might consider choosing an electric model. This snow thrower operates with a power cord instead of a gas engine, so it has virtually no maintenance involved. A downside, of course, is that it has much less power than the traditional snow thrower. Therefore, the auger and chute might tend to clog up more, especially when using the machine in wet snow.

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