Snowblower Tips & Tricks

Snowblowing Tips & Tricks from Toro

  1. Don’t fight the wind.  Whenever possible, point the chute downwind so that the wind helps you blow the snow.
  2. It is usually best to move up and down the length of a driveway, not perpendicular.
  3. In strong crosswinds, start on the upwind side and then work downwind:
  4. If little or no wind, first cut a path down the center of the driveway and then work in “circles” so that you can keep the chute throwing to one side.  This pattern allows you to always throw snow to the right and reduces the need to change the direction of the chute:
  5. Throw snow as far into yard as possible.  Throwing snow only to the edge of a driveway or walkway will lead to high snow banks and will make it more difficult to remove snow during the next snowstorm.
  6. Keep up with the snowfall.  Most of the time, it is easier and faster to clear 6 inches of snow twice than 12 inches of snow once.

Safety Tips
This is only a partial list.  Please refer to your snowblower’s Operator Manual for all safety instructions.

  1. Keep the area clear.  Make sure people, kids and pets are far away from area to be cleared of snow.
  2. Clear objects that might be under the snow.  The morning newspaper or the dog chain love to hide on the driveway, buried under snow.
  3. Do not wear loose fitting clothing, such as scarfs or bulky jackets, that may get caught in the machine.
  4. Turn off the machine when stepping away from the operator position for more than a few seconds.
  5. NEVER use a hand or foot to clear clogged snow from the machine.  If the chute is clogged, TURN OFF the engine, WAIT 10 SECONDS and then use the chute clean-out tool or a broom handle to remove the clog.

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