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How do you choose between a two-stage and single-stage snow thrower? Our snow thrower expert from MTD Products Inc reviews popular snow thrower options to help you decide which one is right for your snow clearing needs. He will also discuss some very important snow thrower safety tips to help keep you and your family safe this winter.
There are four things to consider when choosing a snow thrower: surface, size, slope and snowfall. Check out the differences below to see which would work best for your driveway.
Get in a routine of checking your snow thrower parts for maintenance before or after each use. the vibrations of the machine can loosen nuts and bolts, which if not tightened can cause larger problems. Plus, the sooner you catch a problem, like a damaged spark plug or old oil filter, the less likely you will be to get caught unaware with the next storm.
For either type of machine, there are snow blower accessories like snow cabs and chute cleaners available to make your job safe and easier. Just look up the parts number for your model using our Part Finder. No matter which snow thrower you purchase, it's important to follow proper safety instructions.
Get to know your machine: Read your owner's manual and be familiar with all controls and their proper operation. Know how to stop the machine and disengage snow blower parts quickly.
Ensure responsible operation: Never allow children under 14 years of age to operate a snow thrower. Children 14 and over should read and understand the instructions and safe operation practices that are described in your operator's manual.
Plan your clearing pattern: Thrown objects can cause serious personal injury. Plan your snow throwing pattern to avoid discharge of material towards roads, bystanders and the like. Keep bystanders, pets and children at least 75 feet from the machine while it is in operation. Stop the machine if anyone enters the area.
Look for possible hazards: Thoroughly inspect the area where the equipment is to be used. Remove all doormats, newspapers, sleds, boards, wires and other foreign objects, which could be tripped over or thrown by the auger/impeller.
Resolving outdoor power equipment problems as soon as they arise will prolong the life of your machine. Troubleshoot equipment problems using our symptom guide.
The MTD Genuine Parts Knowledge Center provides do-it-yourself instructions for performing many basic maintenance items, including replacing spark plugs, drive and auger belts, and engine oil. If you find your machine has a bigger problem, use our service locator to find a qualified MTD service provider in your area.