The best way to make sure that a Troy-Bilt snowblower can keep handling winter storm leftovers until the spring thaw is to make sure that the equipment is properly checked and maintained while it’s actively in use. That means working on lubrication, adjustments, and quite a few snowblower parts throughout the winter in an effort to keep shave plates properly in position, engine parts moving efficiently, and snow clearing work finishing quickly. For equipment owners who are unsure what kind of maintenance is required of their Troy-Bilt snowblower, a brief primer below will make it easy to get the job done.
Safety First: Don’t Be Reckless During Maintenance
Maintenance can be just as dangerous as actually using the snowblower to remove precipitation after a big storm if proper safety procedures aren’t followed. Before getting to work, disconnect the spark plug and make sure that the engine has had time to cool down if it was recently used to blow snow. Work on the equipment in a well-ventilated area that provides a level surface in order to prevent unwanted tips and spills. If working on sharp parts or in an area that could throw debris outward, be sure to wear gloves or eyewear that will minimize the injury risk.
Engine Maintenance Concerns
Troy-Bilt’s snowblowers come with a wide variety of engines, making it hard to prescribe an exact maintenance procedure that applies to every model. As a general rule, however, engine oil levels should be checked prior to each use. At the very least, oil changes should occur at the start of each winter season. For more specific information for the exact engine found in a specific Troy-Bilt snowblower, consult the engine’s separate user manual.
Shave Plate and Skid Shoes
The shave plate and skid shoes come into direct contact with the ground throughout snow clearing, and this exposes them to a significant amount of wear during the typical winter season. To make sure that snow clearing remains effective, these parts should be checked for damage or wear on a periodic basis. Checking at least once a month is often recommended, especially in particularly challenging winter seasons.
If either part shows wear and tear, or has been damaged during use, it should be replaced immediately. Both the shave plate and skid shoes can be easily removed by loosening the carriage bolts holding them in place, removing the old equipment, and placing an OEM replacement securely into the housing.
Snowblowers generally require a great deal of lubrication to protect moving parts from the dry winter air. Below, equipment owners will find the information they need to make sure that none of the snowblower’s parts rust needlessly or experience damage when clearing walkways and driveways.
1. Gear Shaft
Lubrication of a gear shaft should take place either once per season or after every 25 hours of use, depending on the severity of the winter. To lubricate this key area of the snowblower, allow the engine to rune out of fuel and then rotate the equipment upward so that the auger housing is exposed. Remove the frame cover, and thoroughly lubricate the gear shaft using a mild lubricant. Reassemble and refuel the equipment afterward.
Wheels should be removed once per season, allowing for cleaning and lubrication of the axles. A multipurpose grease lubricant should be used during this process.
3. Chute control
Found on model 2410, the chute control should be lubricated at least once each season. Both the eye-bolt bushing and spiral should be coated in a 3-in-1-oil lubricant for optimal results.
4. Auger Shaft
Remove the auger shaft’s gearshift pins once per season to coat the auger shaft in a mild lubricant. With the gear shift pins remove, use spray lubricant to thoroughly coat the area and then reassemble the auger shaft and gearshift area.
In addition to engine concerns and lubrication, a few small adjustments made throughout the winter will help the snowblower perform efficiently and get snow cleared without further maintenance or repair headaches.
1. Shift Cable
The shift cable requires adjustments if the snowblower has trouble operating at all rated speeds. To adjust the shift cable, place the lever in the fastest speed and loosen the shift cable’s hex nut. Tighten the cable by pivoting the lever downward, and then use the hex nut to secure the cable in place.
2. Chute Control Rod
Adjustment of the chute control rod is easy. Simply remove the cotter pin from the chute assembly, and pull out the chute control until it lines up as indicated in the owner’s manual for the snowblower. Reinsert the cotter pin to secure the part in place.
3. Chute Bracket Adjustment
To readjust the chute bracket, simply remove the two nuts that hold it in place on the snowblower. Move the bracket as needed, and then secure the nuts in place to keep the bracket from moving back to its previous position.
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Ralph Helm, Inc. is a great resource for Troy-Bilt snowblower owners. With a parts lookup tool that connects operators to OEM parts for a variety of maintenance concerns, the website makes it easy to keep snowblowers in perfect condition throughout even the toughest and coldest winters each year.