By Gene and Katie Hamilton
If you have a snowblower you know how you depend on it when the forecast calls for a heavy snowfall, especially if you live on a corner lot or have a long driveway. The machine makes the job of removing that snow and build up of drifts a job you can handle. If you have a snowblower or plan to buy one, budget the time and money to tune up the machine so it’s always on call and ready to use.
A tune up involves inspecting its parts and replenishing fluids and the owner’s manual is a good guide to follow. A tune up begins with seeing that the fuel is fresh because stale fuel is often why it won’t start. Use a fuel stabilizer and replace the fuel filter. Inspect the scraper blade and slide or skid shoes that protect the housing from damage. If necessary, replace them. Replace the engine oil and spark plug and inspect the auger paddles and replace them if the rubber has worn down. Lubricate the bearings and check the tires for air pressure.
A repair service will cost $95 to tune up a snowblower, which includes labor and material. There may be an extra charge for pick-up and delivery. A handy homeowner can do the job for $25, the cost of the materials.