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Seasonal Fuel Blends: What's the difference between summer and winter fuel?
Does your snow thrower have the flu?
Snow throwers can develop "flu-like symptoms" such as sputtering and sluggish starts if E10 fuel sits in the tank all winter, writes Ed Pfeifer, owner of Pfeifer Hardware in Mars, Pa. These problems may be avoided by use of a fuel treatment designed to work on "stale fuel" as well as fresh fuel. Additionally, snow throwers should be started up periodically in the off-season to prevent carburetor jets and fuel lines from becoming clogged, he advises.
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Watch this quick 2 mins video to learn about effects of fuel on your small engines.
Advanced Formula Fuel Treatment & Stabilizer protects your engine against the corrosive effects of ethanol and maintain fuel stability for up to 3 years.
Advanced Formula Fuel Treatment & Stabilizer protects your engine against the corrosive effects of ethanol and maintain fuel stability for up to 3 years.
The right fuel treament from the small engine experts.
Is it OK to blend fuels from season to season? What's the difference between summer and winter fuel?
Published 12/03/2012 11:47 AM | Updated 06/14/2013 12:12 PM
Depending on your state's regulations, there could be up to a 30+ blend of fuel each year depending on the outside temperature. Purchase fresh fuel for your lawn and snow equipment in smaller quantities and just prior to using it for the season. It is not recommended that fuel be used from the prior season. (This applies to all fuels with 10% ethanol or less.)
Winter fuel is blended to have a higher amount of vapor coming off the fuel. This helps winter equipment start in cold temperatures. However, this also causes the fuel to age quicker and if the fuel is not treated with a fuel stabilizer it will start to break down after (approximately) 30 days, causing the carburetor to plug.
(This is a common scenario between winter seasons when untreated fuel is left in the fuel system.)
Note: Winter fuel will breakdown at an accelerated rate, if not treated, when the temperature starts to rise in the spring of the year. So, winter fuel will work in summer engines because it is very highly volatile due to the high amount vapor coming off the fuel.
Summer blended fuel will give off far less vapors and is designed for warm weather equipment use. Summer fuel has a longer life span with less need for a stabilizer. Summer fuel doesn't work well in winter equipment when trying to start an engine in 30 degree weather.
Note: Fuel stabilizer is also recommended for summer fuel, due to its detergent additives that help to keep the fuel system clean at all times.
What are the starting and operation procedure for my Snow Blower?
This quick 4 min video will help you start and run your snow blower with ease and troubleshoot common starting/operation problems.
> Basic checks before starting your snow blowers
> Typical Starting Procedures
> Snow Blower Operating Procedures.
The tips in this video are for the Ariens Platinum 30 Sno-Thro. We recommend you check your owner's manual for your machine to verify any operating guidelines for your specific snowblower.
For dore detailed instructions based on your SnowBlower model click on this link: http://www.ottawasnowblowers.com/1/post/2013/11/ariens-sno-thro-quickstart-links-how-to-video.html
2011-2013 Sno-Thro QuickStart Links & How To Video
Published 10/04/2012 02:28 PM | Updated 11/15/2013 02:52 PM
>>VIDEO: How to Run & Basic Functionality of a Snowblower - Ariens U-Tube Video
Please click on the following product links for the new QuickStart Guides:
What's the model of your ARIENS snowblower?
How do I start my snowblower engine?
The general procedure for starting most four-cycle engines is:
> Make sure the engine has clean, fresh fuel.
> Make sure there is adequate oil in the crankcase by checking the dipstick.
>Turn the fuel valve to the "on" position, if equipped.
> Install the ignition key or turn the ignition key to the ON position, if equipped.
> Turn the ON/OFF switch to the ON position, if equipped.
> Set the choke to the ON position, if equipped.
> Push the primer bulb two or three times, if equipped.
> Pull the rope or use electric starter (if equipped)
Note: Please keep in mind, snow engines can easily flood if in warmer climate than freezing point. In this case, less priming would help to prevent flooding.
When the engine starts, turn the choke to a middle position and let the machine warm up for a few minutes, then turn the choke completely off. If using a 120V electric start, unplug the extension cord.
Remember, these are only general instructions. Refer to the engine manual for your specific engine for the best information on starting your snow thrower.
Read more specific instructions:
How to start ARIENS snowblowers? (Click on your snowblower model to get step-by-step instructions)
How to start MTD snowblowers?
OTTAWA — Friday isn’t expected to be Ottawa’s coldest December day — but it could be one of the stormiest.
A snowfall warning for Ottawa was updated to a winter storm warning by Environment Canada Thursday afternoon.
“We haven’t seen a storm like this for a while, so some people may have forgotten what a real storm looks like,” said Environment Canada meteorologist Peter Kimbell.
He said Ottawa hasn’t experienced a similar storm in over a year.
Twenty to 25 centimetres of snow is expected to fall between early morning and late Friday evening, with winds of 40-60 km/h that may cause blowing snow and low to no visibility. A high of 0 and low of -3 are expected.
“Morning’s rush hour will be extremely treacherous,” said Kimbell, urging people to avoid driving if possible. “It will be very messy with about 10-15 cm already fallen by the time people wake up.”
The heaviest snow will fall overnight, but snow will continue through the day and may be mixed with rain late Friday afternoon as temperatures creep above zero, said Kimbell,
10 Reasons to buy Outdoor Power Equipment From an Authorized Local Dealer!
1. SPECIALIZATION- Dealers carry brands which specialize in outdoor power tool equipment.
2. EXPERTS- Dealers tend to be knowledgeable sales people who can explain the features, benefits, and differences between different brands and models and help you select the right product for your specific application.
3. PRIORITY SERVICE-Guaranteed service and fast. Many dealers give a higher service priorities to machines that were purchased at their specific dealership.
4. SERVICE CENTER-Most dealers are trained professionally in service. If your Sno-Thro is down, they're trained by the professionals to repair it.
5. PARTS- Authorized dealers carry genuine service parts that big box stores most likely won't have to repair your machine. This ensures that you get your full warranty.
6. ASSEMBLY & SETUP- When you purchase your equipment from an authorized dealer, it will be given to you fully assembled, tested, and prepped with gas and oil.
7. SUPPORT- Learn how to use and service your machine from professionals, and not from the manual. Most dealers provide demonstrations and safety instructions when you purchase your product.
8. WARRANTY REGISTERATION- most dealers help you register your product to make it easy for warranty procedures.
9. ACCESSORIES- Dealers offer full lines of accessories such as cabs, covers, floor mats, skid shoes and gloves.
10. SUPPORT LOCAL COMMUNITY- By purchasing certain products from a local independent dealer, you are supporting and promoting economic growth in your community.
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OTTAWA — Winter overnight parking regulations take effect Thursday and remain in effect throughout the City of Ottawa until April 1.
Parking is prohibited on city streets between 1 a.m. and 7 a.m. any time seven centimetres or more of snow is forecast by Environment Canada. The parking ban includes days when the snow is forecast to fall within a range that might exceed seven centimetres, such as five to 10 centimeters. Read more...
Why do I need to pay attention to the fuel?
If you buy your gas at a gas station in North America then more than likely what you are buying contains corn-based ethanol.
Because today’s gasoline contains ethanol and alcohol, it absorbs water if exposed to air. In many cases the operator is unaware that their gasoline has become contaminated with water and unintentionally pours it into their unit. This is because your fuel mixture will separate into layers if it contains a high enough percentage of water. If you don’t shake your mixture, you may unintentionally pour a damaging concentration of water into your unit. Always vigorously shake the fuel mixture immediately before pouring. Always stabilize your fuel to minimize this problem.
Ethanol fuel or ethyl alcohol is an alcohol additive that is commonly used in nearly all gasoline. It is derived from renewable resources such as corn, sugarcane and wheat. We recommend using at least 89- octane which is the mid-grade between medium and premium gasoline. Fuel that is labelled E-15, E-20, E-85 and Diesel fuel are not acceptable fuels and will cause significant damage to outdoor power equipment.
Possible Symptoms related to fuel:
> engine is difficult to start
> engine starts but doesn't run smooth
> gas is leaking from carburetor
> Cracked/damaged fuel line
If any of these symptoms apply to your equipment, it may require a carburetor overhaul. After carburetor has been overhauled, follow the following preventative steps to avoid the problem in the future.
PREVENTATIVE ACTION STEPS RECOMMENDED:
1. DO NOT use any old gas sitting in your fuel container for more than 30 days.
2. Get some premium (at least 89 octane) fresh fuel. Only get enough for the season.
3. Add fuel stabilizer into the fuel container as soon as you get the gas.
(use stabilizer with advanced formula that can treat ethanol blend)
4. Storage procedure:
a. Fill up gas tank to the top
b. Add some more fuel stabilizer to the gas tank.
c. Run machine for 2-3 minutes to circulate fuel. Store machine safely.
Related Post: http://www.ottawachainsaws.com/1/post/2012/08/what-type-of-fuel-to-use-avoid-gas-with-ethanol.html
For more information contact the experts: www.OttawaSnowBlowers.com Ph: 613-724-4332
The warranty on your snow thrower does not cover items that have been subjected to operator abuse or negligence. To receive full value from the warranty, you should maintain your snow thrower as instructed in your owner's manual. You should check your oil level each time before you start the engine. After making sure the snow thrower is on level ground, remove the oil fill cap and wipe the dipstick cleaned. Reinsert the dipstick and screw the cap tight, wait for a few seconds, remove it and re de- oil level. If necessary, add oil until the full mark on the dipstick is reached, do not overfill.
Begin by making sure the snow throwers are on a level surface, remove the safety ignition key. Clean the area around the drained plug. Remove the oil dip stick and drain plug, and drain the oil into a suitable container. Wipe off any spilled oil from the snow thrower on engine, install the drain plug and tighten securely. Refill the engine with oil through the oil dipstick tube, pour slowly, do not overfill for approximate capacity in recommended oil type, check your owner's manual.
Highly featured and right for the job, that’s what you get with an Ariens Platinum Series Sno-Thro, available in 24 or 30 inch models, the Platinum series come with standard features like automatic traction control, quick turn chute rotation and hand warmers.
Hi, I’m Dick Andal from the Ariens company and I like to take a minute to share with you some of the key features of the Ariens Platinum Series Sno-Thro. Both models feature a 21 inch power housing and either a 24 or 30 inch clearing width. The Platinum series features a roll top lip and offset leading edges for strength and durability. The 2-stage design incorporates walled steel serrated augers that pulls snow into a powerful 14 inch, 3 blade high speed impeller that throws the snow up to 50 feet away.
The Ariens Platinum Series are powered by a 250cc or 342cc Ariens Polar Force engine by Briggs & Stratton which features easy 1-2-3 start, a fuel shut off switch, an alternator and a large fill capacity. Ariens’ exclusive Polar Force Engine is certified to start in temperatures as low as 20 degrees below 0.
New to all Ariens model this year is a commercial duty casting, top-filled gear case with alloy steel gears and synthetic gear oil not found in snow throwers at this valued price, because the gear case is a critical component in any snow thrower, Ariens backs up the gear case with a 5 year limited consumer warranty.
The Ariens Platinum models feature an all steel dash panel with a powerful in-dash headlight along with simple and convenient controls for chute rotation, chute deflection and warmers and available at 6 forward and 2 reverse speeds.
From the dash, the quick turn chute control rotates the chute 200 degrees to throw snow in any
The Platinum 24 and 30 gives you automatic traction control which delivers maximum power to both wheels while still allowing for effortless turning.
You can’t go wrong with an Ariens snow thrower. They are made right here in the U.S.A, feature an all steel construction have a 3 year limited consumer warranty including the engine and have a 5 year limited consumer warranty on the cast or in gear case, that’s why Ariens is number 1 brand snow thrower in the world and that’s why we are “the King of Snow”.
Engineered to deliver an unrivaled performance, that’s what you get with an Ariens Professional Series Sno-Thro. Available at 28, 32 or 36 inch models, the Professional Series includes the largest, most powerful snow thrower units in the Ariens family. These machines are durable and dependable and come with standard features like automatic traction control, commercial duty skid shoes and drift cutters.
I’d like to take a minute to share with you some of the key features of the Ariens Professional Series of Sno-Thros. All 3 models feature a 23 and a half inch tall housing and either a 28, 32 or 36 inch clearing width.
The professional series features a roll top lip and heavy duty 12 –gauge side panels for strength and durability. The 2-stage design incorporates wall steel serrated auger that pulls snow into a powerful 14 inch, 3 blade high speed impeller that throws the snow up to 50 feet away.
The Professional series is powered by a large 420cc Ariens Polar Force Pro Engine by Briggs & Stratton with a 120 volt electric start. This exclusive engine includes easy 1-2-3 start, a crankshaft balancer to significantly reduce vibration, a cast iron cylinder sleeve and a forged crankshaft for strength and durability.
All Ariens model this year is a commercial duty casting, top-load gear case with alloy steel gears and synthetic gear oil not found in other snow throwers at this valued price. Because the gear case is a critical component at any snow thrower, Ariens backs up the gear case with a 5 year limited consumer warranty. The Professional series also features commercial duty reversible skid shoes that provide consistent performance and long life. And for extreme conditions, adjustable drift cutters to knock all packed snow and drifts with ease.
All of the Professional models feature automatic traction control which delivers maximum power to both wheels while still allowing for effortless turning.
You can’t go wrong with an Ariens Sno-Thro. They are made right here in the U.S.A, feature an all steel construction have a 3 year limited consumer warranty and 1 year limited commercial warranty including the engine and have a 5 year limited consumer and commercialwarranty on the cast or in gear case. That’s why Ariens is number 1 brand Sno-Thro in the world and "The King of Snow”.
For more information, please contact your local snowblower expert: OttawaSnowBlowers.com
Sneak peek at 2012 Ariens compact snow thrower @ OttawaSnowBlowers.com
Perfectly packaged power, that’s what you get from the Ariens Compact Sno-Thro Series. Available in 22 and 24-inch models, the Compact Sno-Thro is an exceptional value, providing outstanding snow removal performance in a compact frame.
I’d like to take a minute to share with you some of the key features of the Ariens Compact Sno-Thro. Both models feature a 20 inch power housing and either a 22 or a 24-inch clearing width. The Compact Series features a roll top lip, an offset leading edges for strength and durability. The 2-stage design incorporates walled steel serrated augers that pulls snow into a powerful 12-inch, 3 blade, high speed impeller that throws the snow up to 40 feet away.
Compact 22 is powered by a 208cc Ariens overhead valve engine while the Compact 24 is powered by a 205cc Ariens Polar Force engine by Briggs & Stratton. This engine is certified to start in temperatures as low as 20 degrees below 0. Both models also come standard with the electric starter.
All Ariens models feature commercial-duty cast iron, top load gear case with alloy steel gears and synthetic gear oil not found in other snow throwers at this valued price. Because the gear case is a critical component on any snow thrower, Ariens backs up the gear case with a 5 year limited consumer warranty. Both Compact models offer 6 forward and 2 reverse speeds that allow you to adjust to changing snow conditions.
Ariens Compact models feature an all steel dash panel with a powerful in-dash headlight to illuminate your clearing path and make you more visible for safety.
Both the Compact 22 and 24 have convenient interlock control levers that allow for a one hand operation, freeing the other hand to rotate the discharge chute.
On the Compact 24, the operator can also adjust the chute deflector from the dash to change the height of the snow plow.
You can’t go wrong with an Ariens Sno-Thro. They are made right here in the U.S.A, feature an all steel construction, have a 3 year limited consumer warranty including the engine and have a 5 year limited consumer warranty on the cast iron gear case. That’s why Ariens is #1 brand Sno-Thro in the world and the “The King of Snow”.
For more information, please contact your local snowblower expert: OttawaSnowBlowers.com
Sneak Peek at the 2012/2013 Ariens Deluxe Snowblower
The hardest working, most versatile snow thrower in the market, that’s what you get with an Ariens Deluxe Series Sno-Thro. Available on 24, 28 or 30 inch models, the Deluxe Series is designed from the ground up to maximize the performance so you can remove more snow in less time.
I’d like to take a minute to share with you some of the key features of the Ariens Deluxe Sno-Thro Series. All 3 models feature a 21 inch power housing and either a 24, 28 or 30 inch clearing width.
The Deluxe Series features a roll top lip and offset leading edges for strength and durability. The 2-stage design incorporates walled steel serrated augers that pulls snow into a powerful 14 inch, 3 blade high speed impeller that throws the snow up to 50 feet away.
The Deluxe series are powered by 250cc or 342cc Ariens Polar Force engine by Briggs & Stratton which features easy 1-2-3 start, a fuel shut off switch, an alternator and a large fill capacity. The Ariens exclusive Polar Force engine is certified to start in temperatures as low as 20 degrees below 0.
New to all Ariens models this year is a commercial duty cast iron, top filled gear case with alloy steel gears and synthetic gear oil not found in other snow throwers at this valued price, because the gear case is a critical component on any snow thrower, Ariens backs up the gear case with a 5 year limited consumer warranty.
The Deluxe Series features 6 forward and 2 reverse speeds that allow you to adjust to changing snow conditions. These models also feature an all steel dash panel with a powerful in-dash headlight to illuminate your clearing path and make it more visible for safety. In addition, the Deluxe 30 has hand warmers as a standard feature to keep your hands warm on the coldest days.
The Deluxe series also features a unique dual belt drive system which allows the snow thrower to sustain maximum power indefinitely without the need for adjustments that provides a longer belt life than any other competitor.
All 3 models in the Deluxe Series feature a convenient and easy to use remote chute deflector and chute rotation control. These controls allow you to change the height and the direction of the snow being thrown from the operator position.
You can’t go wrong with an Ariens Sno-Thro. They are made right here in the U.S.A, feature an all steel construction, have a 3 year limited consumer warranty including the engine and have a 5 year limited consumer warranty on the cast iron gear case. That’s why Ariens is number 1 brand Sno-Thro in the world and the “The King of Snow”.
For more information please contact a Your Local Ottawa Snowblower Expert: OttawaSnowBlowers.com
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Not dreaming of a White Christmas? These compact and high performing single-stage snow throwers are perfect for keeping winter at bay.
Husqvarna, producers of the top rated outdoor power products available in the market today. Built these snow throwers with easy maneuverability, innovative and ergonomic controls, big powerful engines, electric starting and efficient LED lighting. When you purchase a Husqvarna, you know you're getting the best.
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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