Let’s talk about something that’s not super sexy, but will totally save your bacon once the snow comes – Prepping (your snowblower) for Winter. I can’t quite bring myself to say “prepping for snow,” but that’s because once we do it will magically appear — kind of like the boogeyman. I ain’t playing around, and neither should you.
*CANEX sponsored this post, but all thoughts are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make PMQ for two possible.
Why We Invested In A Snowblower
That being said, if you live in a climate that gets snow, you should be winterizing your snowblower right about now. And if you don’t have one yet, you should 100% head to your local CANEX to pick one up. I cannot tell you how much easier it made life for us last year. We had snow on the ground from December 15th until the end of April. While it wasn’t snowing the entire time, there were some real doozies in terms of storms, and we would have spent HOURS shovelling if it wasn’t for the blower.
We got a 24″ Yard Machines blower last November (he’s the link for the 28″). We used it all winter, and then summerized it once it got warmer. Now that we’re looking to another winter, it’s time to winterize it, and that means more than just kicking the tires.
5 Steps to Prepare your Snowblower for Winter
Change The Oil in your snowblower. You should do this every season when you bring it out of storage. You want the machine to get off on the right foot, and old oil is not how you do that.
Check your spark plug for dirt. Clean it if you have to, or change it. I checked ours, and it was just a little dirty. No worries!
Inspect the belts to make sure nothing damaged them during the summer. If something did happen, you’d want to fix that before being knee deep in snow.
Drain the gas tank (if you didn’t do that when you summerized it), and put fresh gas in.
Make sure all the parts are moving smoothly. I checked all the gears and functions, just to see if anything needed to be lubricated. Nope! It’s all in working order.
Prepping Yourself For Winter
Now that you’ve got the snowblower prepped for winter, it’s time to prep yourself! Treat yourself to a cute new coat, make sure you hat and gloves are handy (and not buried in boxes), and for goodness sake — enjoy the mild weather while it lasts.
Because we’ve been so stringent about following our Ketogenic diet since May, we both needed new winter gear this year. I grabbed a few different coats, including this fun leopard one. As my mom says “you truly need a dozen coats, one for every temperatur.” It’s true! You wouldn’t wear the coat you have for mild days, during the sub arctic days of January, and vice versa.
Same goes for the snow blower. Not very snowfall calls for it, but when you get that storm of snow dump, you’re truly glad to have it.