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As the Nor'easter's impact reaches Ottawa.The OttawaSnowBlowers.com Team of Experts stand by to help with preparing for Snow in Ottawa Region.
Now that winter is upon us, cleaning snow can be a daunting task for most residence. Especially in more recent winters our region has received it’s fair share of snowfall and storms. It’s important to be prepared with the right tools to weather any storm safely.
Safety while using a snowblower:
After experiencing one of the worst winters in Canada this past year, it’s no wonder that over a third of Canadians are feeling nervous about the upcoming winter season*. Related pages for Ottawa Snow Thrower Selector Whether it’s buying a snow thrower, a better shovel or salt; or looking into paid options for snow removal, 41 per cent of Canadians are planning to take proactive steps this year to better prepare for the upcoming season.
“Early reports are in, and while we may not experience the same frigid temperatures as we did last year, it’s clear that Canadians should be prepared for another year of extreme weather,” says Dr. Bell, Professor Emeritus and former Dean, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University. If there is one thing that we learned from last winter, it is that a devastating snow storm can hit at any time. It is important for Canadians to think ahead and get the tools they need now so that they are well prepared for the potentially harsh winter ahead. For the growing number of seniors, appropriate preparations are crucial.”
Over a quarter of Canadians admitted to feeling unprepared for the harshness of last winter. And it’s no surprise that provinces that were among the hardest hit last year (Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Ontario) are the ones that felt most unprepared for this past winter. When it comes to tackling snow this past winter, 62 per cent of Canadians did their own snow removal; however, 4 in 10 struggled to get the job done last winter.
“Our research indicates that 56 per cent of Canadians have either hurt their back or felt sore after shoveling snow” says Michelle Sordi, Husqvarna Canada. “Our high quality tools are expertly crafted to tackle Canadian winters and make them more manageable. With an entirely revamped line of snow removal products, Canadians can count on our products to help them better prepare for the winter ahead.”
Looking for advice on snow tools in Ottawa visit: OttawaSnowBlowers.com or Call 1-800-610-5635
* According to a survey of 1501 Canadians conducted between September 22 and 25, 2014 by Leger online panel, LegerWeb, with a margin of error of +/- 2.5%, 19 times out of 20
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Ottawa Smart Shoppers Paper features an article on the front page of Dec 01,2011 about selecting the right Snow-blower. The article provides valuable information for Ottawa snowblower buyers based on insight from Yarmand Tech who are Ottawa's Local Expert on Snow blowers as well as Founder of the informational source: www.OttawaSnowblowers.com. View PDF version of the article here.
You may find that during a snowstorm the snowblower auger (s) stops turning all of a sudden.
This may be due to broken auger shear bolts. Luckily it's a simple and inexpensive fix.The purpose of auger pins or bolts are to act as a safety mechanism to prevent any severe damage due to overload. So, if you were to go thru heavy snow or catch something in the auger, the bolts 'shear' to prevent any damage to the auger differential gears.
When you break a shear pin, make sure to replace it with the proper bolts or pin made for your machine. Don't use any ordinary bolt or nail because they may not break under heavy load and can cause major damage. It's always a good idea to keep couple of spares in case you need them .
Other causes of snowblower not throwing snow:
- Loose/worn Auger belt
- Worn impeller bearing
- Broken impeller bolts
- Worn differential gears
Fall is the time to pull the snow blower out of storage and give it some attention to avoid frustration during cold winter. Start off by doing a general inspection of your snow blower and look for any visible signs of damage that may have been caused while in storage. Check engine oil and change if needed (should be done annually)
Common problem after long period of storage is the engine not starting due to bad gas. Gasoline that is more than about one month old loses its proper combustion properties. This means that it loses its ‘spark’ and thus causes engine starting problems. It can block the fuel system as it turns in to varnish.
One way to avoid this problem is to mix fuel stabilizer with the gas and run the engine. This must be done BEFORE storage. However, in the fall you should still start the engine just to see the gas was treated properly and it will start easy. Because if it doesn’t start now, it most likely won’t start in the winter!
If you had forgotten to treat the gas before storage (most people do) then you will likely have trouble starting the engine or it will not run very smooth. Simple step you can take is to drain all the old gas out of the tank, put in some fresh gas, and try starting the engine. If you still have trouble starting, then the carburetor is probably gummed-up and would have to be flushed and cleaned.
Useful snow blower preparation tips:
Regardless of whether you’re upgrading or first time buyer, shopping for a good snow blower can be a daunting task. Here is somethings to consider:
1- Determine the type and size of the base on your property size
-Small single stage models are light and compact but cannot handle heavy snow.
- Dual stage models are more powerful and range from 24-32” wide
- Tractor attachment models are for large drive ways and range from 40”-54” wide
2- Features to look for:
- Durable steel construction of auger steel chute and heavy duty cables
- Electric Starter on the engine
- Halogen headlight
- Big snow tires for traction
- Power steering for manouvering
- Remote chute and deflector control
- Single hand Operation lock
- Hand warmers
3- Serviceability and Dealer Support
Snowblowers are long-term investment and require regular maintenance. Make sure that wherever you purchase the snowblower can also provide you with the service and support you will require to maintain the machine.
For more information: www.YarmandTech.com