With snow in the forecast, many snow blowers may be getting taken out from the back of garages and sheds.
Ideal Yardware in Sioux Falls says for the last few weeks they have been busy selling and repairing snow blowers. The manager says it was the last big snow in KELOLAND that sparked the rush to buy.
"I think the big thing right now is that the threat from Rapid City made everything real and people know that we're going to get snow again, manager Jeff Backer said.” People are starting to plan ahead and we're starting to see some new unit sales and quite a bit of machines coming in getting ready for winter."
If you are getting your snow blowers out, Backer says there are a few things you should check before starting the engine:
- You should check the oil and check the air filters.
- You should spray something like WD-40 on the moving parts of the machine to keep rust away.
- You should check the spark plugs and replace them every two years.
"The interesting thing is that the snow blowers have not been used a lot in the last two years, so we're seeing a lot of machines in for service right now that really need quite a bit of TLC and that is really with any snow blower," Backer said. "We give it a pretty comprehensive tune up with our Ariens machines and we know that they are good to go."
Backer says it’s better to make sure your snow blower is working properly now, not when you have a yard filled with white stuff.
"Make sure you get it out before the snow hits and give it that once over," Backer said. "The big thing is that the machine is functioning like it's supposed to. It is a pretty big machine and what it is doing can be dangerous."
If you are using the machine this winter, here are some safety tips:
- Turn off the engine before trying to clean a clog in the blades or the chute.
- Wait five seconds after turning off the snow blower to make sure the blades stop rotating.
- Start gas-powered snow blowers outside.
- Wear safety glasses and ear plugs when using the machine.
- Don't wear loose fitting clothing when snow blowing.