The Basics of Snow Blowing

by Carmen Corbin on December 26, 2011

Maybe you’ve moved up north from a warmer climate and have just begun to learn all about the wonderful world of snow removal, or you’ve recently purchased a snow blower and are looking for the best way to clear out your driveway.  We’d like to cover some of the basics of snow blowing, as well as offer a few additional tips.

A Few Pointers for Effective Snow Blowing

  1. Check Your Equipment: Check fuel and oil levels, and get familiar with locations and functions of the controls.  Wear safety glasses for protection from blowing snow, and warm boots with good tread for traction.
  2. Plan Your Attack: Before you begin, you’ll need to decide where you’ll pile up most of the snow.  Avoid burying other vehicles, your garage door, landscaping plants or walkways.  Position the snow blower chute high enough to direct snow into open yard spaces.  You’ll probably need to adjust the chute several times as you use your snow blower.
  3. Go With the Wind: Unless you want a constant face full of snow, be aware of the wind and head in the same direction.  You’ll also avoid sending your snow back over areas you’ve already cleared.  When clearing your driveway, it’s okay to make angled passes if that’s the most efficient for the weather conditions – you don’t always have to go horizontal or vertical.
  4. Deep Snow – Take It Slow: Think back to that first mow in the spring when the grass was high.  You slowly pushed your mower through that first cut, and then made partially overlapping passes to avoid overwhelming the mower blade.  The same principle applies with snow blowing in deep snow.  Take it slow, pushing in short movements and going over the same area twice if needed.  Overlap each pass by one-third to one-half of the snow blower width to keep a reasonable amount of snow going through the auger.

Snow Blower Accessories

Since there is less daylight in the winter months, many of us are faced with snow blowing in the dark before work or after we get home.  If your snow blower didn’t come equipped with a light, ask your local home improvement store about ordering a light kit for it.

Another helpful accessory is a snow blower cab.  It resembles a clear, framed tent, and fits over the back part of the snow blower to protect the user from the wind and elements.  Although you can order one specifically for your brand, a universal snow blower cab will also fit most machines.

Of course, if you need a break from snow blowing this season, or are just ready to hang up the shovel altogether, you can always contract with a local snow removal services company for snow removal assistance on your residential or commercial property.

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