Be Prepared: Snow Thrower Maintenance
I often get asked for recommendations and tips on preparing snowthrowers for the coming season. Whether you are preparing your trusty two stage machine, or one of the Cub Cadet 3X series Snowthrowers, these tips will help keep your unit ready to take on any blizzard. One advantage of purchasing a new unit from us, is that every sold unit is assembled, inspected, serviced, filled with stabilized fuel & many units even include free delivery! To keep your snowthrower in optimal shape, here are 6 things you should do!
1. Change the Oil in your Snowthrower
This should be done after the first 5 hours of run time on a new snowthrower, and once annually after each season. We sell high quality oil in many grades, so we’ll have the oil to keep you going all year long for many of your tools.
2. Install a new Spark Plug
This is a very simple thing you can do to keep your snowthrower’s engine running smooth. Rust & corrosion can prevent the spark plug from firing optimally. Our parts department will be happy to determine which plug you need and supply it for you.
3. Inspect Belts for Wear and Replace if Necessary.
It is wise to keep a spare belt on hand in the event of a snow storm on a weekend or holiday. so you can make a quick replacement in the event of a belt breaking. We not only stock belts for the Cub Cadet X series of Snowthrowers, but have many OEM & Aftermarket belts in stock for other brands. If you see any signs of wearing, we recommend replacing it in order to avoid the frustration of a belt breaking during a blizzard.
4. Drain out any old fuel & fill tank with Fresh Stabilized Fuel
We recommend that you drain out all of your old fuel in the spring when the season is finished, but if you haven’t, definitely drain it now. It is wise to use fuel stabilizer all of the time in your snowthrower as there could be a time of the season with a thaw & result in an extended period of time where you don’t need your machine. You don’t want to get stuck during a storm with a snowthrower that won’t start.
5. Check bolts & lubricate Drive System
Over the course of it’s lifetime, some of the bolts on your snowthrower may have come loose. In order to prevent any of them from falling off, check and tighten any loose bolts and nuts prior to the first snowfall. Check and make sure all moving parts can move freely & grease any necessary fittings.
6. Check Shear Pins
Shear Pins are designed to break in the event of debris or a sudden impact on the auger blades. This is to protect the inner workings of the drive system & the gear box. If you find that one of the auger blades or impeller blades are not turning, check to ensure that the shear pin has not broken. If it has, ONLY replace with another shear pin designed for the application. We advise that you not install a common bolt or any other item in the shear pin hole as that may not be designed to break in the same fashion and can result in gear box damage & become very costly. We have many shear pins that fit not only the Cub Cadet snowthrowers, but also many other brands.
We hope you find these tips helpful and as always, our parts & service department is just a phone call away. If you’d like to book an appointment to have your snowthrower serviced, contact us today & get your unit looked after before the wall of winter starts piling up all around us. Finding your machine isn’t up to the job? Come check out the Cub Cadet 3X snowthrowers & we’ll show you the product that will look after you for years to come!!