Everyone has different attitudes when seeing snowfall. It can be linked to holidays, snowmen, no school, and maybe even no work. Some of us are comforted, having an appreciation for chilly nights, sweaters and hot beverages.
For many, those fun activities take a back seat because someone has to dig out that snow. Someone has to create a path from the sidewalk to the front door. The driveway will need to be cleared. There has to be a walkway in front for pedestrians to pass through.
For a lot of us it’s simply a matter of handing a shovel to your son. However, depending on the snow fall, it’s a tedious, back straining chore and no one looks forward to it.
For a small investment, a good snow blower can last for years and make that chore the easiest thing in the world.
Toro Dealers are a creditable resource for information about snow blowers. With their knowledge and experience, you’re sure to find the right machine for the job. Among the details they’ll take into account includes:
- The size of the area(s) you’ll be clearing
- What type of surfaces need clearing
- Gas vs. electric
Toro Dealers offer the support and insight that ensures you make the right decision. But before diving in, here are some answers to questions you’ll want to know before making a decision yourself.
- What’s a single-stage snow blower?
Single-stage snow blowers use one high-speed impeller to scoop the snow into the machine and force it out of the chute. If you have significant drifts, this may not be the most ideal blower for the job. Single-stage snow blowers are typically light-duty machines.
- What’s a two-stage snow blower?
A two-stage snow blower uses an auger to feed the snow, and a high-speed impeller which throws the snow out of the discharge chute. The larger bucket sizes make them better for dealing with taller drifts and heavier snow. Most auger drives are equipped with a shear pin. If the auger gets jammed, the pin will snap, preventing damage to the auger drive gears. Before the model can be used, the broken pin should be replaced, which is a relatively easy process.
- Do you recommend electric or gas snow blowers?
It depends on what you’ll need it for. Electric blowers require little maintenance, but generally aren’t as powerful as the gas units. So, if you’re planning on moving plenty of snow, consider a gas snow blower to handle the additional weight. Just keep in mind, gas snow blowers will require fuel system maintenance along with oil changes. Electric models require a decent extension cord and outlet. Since they’re lightweight, they can be taken to decks and steps where a larger gas powered snow blower won’t fit.
- How often will I need to change the oil on a gas snow blower?
Some models may differ, so make sure to double check your owner’s manual. Traditionally, you should change the oil at least once per snow season. If your equipment is used heavily throughout the year, you may consider having it changed twice in that time. The last thing you want is to find out there’s a problem moments before you need to start the unit up. Toro dealers, like Ralph Helm Inc., offer snow blower checkup services at extremely reasonable prices.
- What Type of Fuel?
The owner’s manual will be specific on this subject. There could be instructions for the use of higher octane fuel. In general, most gas snow blowers are going to require a mixture that’s part gas and part oil. Straight gas is unlikely in most power equipment. This is especially true for two-stage snow blowers. It’s not recommended to use fuel which has 15 percent ethanol (E15) since you may increase the risk of engine damage and decrease fuel efficiency.
- Safety tips?
Never reach in to examine any part of a snow blower while it’s on or when the engine’s hot. Pay close attention to safety symbols which should be read carefully. Never alter safety features, such as removing decals or shields and deflectors. If shields or deflectors are damaged, don’t use the equipment until they have been repaired.
- How do I find Toro snow blower parts?
Toro Dealers, such as Ralph Helm Inc., offer genuine manufacturer parts you can find and purchase online, 24/7. If you need help finding the right parts for your Toro snow blower model, contact customer support and they’ll be happy to help you. You can also stop by one of Ralph Helm’s Elgin or Crystal Lake, IL locations.
- General Do’s and Don’ts?
Never allow a child to operate the unit. Always be aware of the cord when using an electric snow blower. To avoid propelled objects or damage to the unit, clear the area of doormats, toys, boards, sticks, wires, sleds and any foreign object that could be picked up and thrown. Be aware of how to stop the unit in case of an emergency.
- What should I do to store my snow blower?
Never leave the key in a snow blower and make sure to store the key in a safe place you won’t forget. Gas and fumes are explosive, flammable and dangerous if inhaled, so a blower should never be stored in the house or other living area. If there’s fuel in the tank, do not store in a structure where open flame or sparks may appear. Schedule a service appointment with a Toro Dealer to make sure the proper maintenance and fluid changes (for gas models) are done.
- Does Toro offer financing for snow blowers?
Yes. Toro has a variety of financing opportunities through participating dealers. Contact a Toro Dealer today and get rid of that back breaking shovel with an easy payment plan.