For many people, operating a snow blower seems like a skill that could mastered in a matter of minutes. But if this was so easy, why are accidents from snow blowers increasing each day? And why is it that repair shops get so many repair requests after a huge storm?
The primary causes of the repair requests are all about the operation of the snow blower. Today we look at top tips to use the snow blower safely and to avoid injuries as well as frequent runs to the repair shop.
The Right Snow Blower Makes Work Easier
You need to have the right equipment for the job. This means getting the right snow blower that works well. Remember that quality matters when you purchase a snow blower. Make sure you understand the task ahead and get a blower from Snow Shifts that can be up to the task. There are different kinds of blowers on the market each coming with different capabilities. Make sure you know what you need before you decide to purchase.
Don’t Wait Till It Stops Snowing
You don’t have to wait till the blizzard stops before you go in to clear the snow. What you need to do is to start clearing the snow before it piles. Starting earlier makes sure the snow won’t have to work hard to clear the snow, and it will also last longer. The blower will also throw the snow further because it isn’t working so hard, and the load is small.
Get the Maximum Throw
Don’t throw the snow just a short distance away because it just creates a huge pile a short distance away. Instead, get the maximum throw by targeting small loads at the highest RPM. Additionally, make sure to adjust the chute to its maximum raised position and then aim the snow towards the direction of the wind.
Prepare the Property
Before the snow comes in, you need to take a few hours to inspect the property. Remove any debris, rocks, hoses and other items. Then look for a way to clear the paths that you will use. Mark the walks and perimeters using some markers. If the ground is already frozen, use a drill to create small holes in the snow.
Final Tip: Use Small Bites
Many people bite off large chunks when they encounter a huge pile. Doing this ends up clogging the machine and breaks your drive belts. Instead, grab some small chunks and clear the pathway slowly.