The 4 Best Snowblower Techniques

A snowblower being used.

Using the best snowblower techniques can keep you safe and get the job done. There are a number of operating issues, as well as safety issues, that will allow for a successful operation. Here are some suggestions.

1. Start in the Middle

Whether you're snowblowing your driveway or your yard, always start in the middle and blow the snow outward. When beginning your snowblowing job, create a strip straight down the middle of the area you wish to clear of snow. Always slightly overlap the last area that you cleared and continue blowing the snow toward the outer edges of your driveway or yard.

However, you should always remember that if you are snowblowing your yard, you should blow the snow away from your home and push it to the outer edges of your property line. If you are not able to blow the snow to both sides of your driveway or yard, then you should attempt to blow it to the outer edge that is farthest away from the door of your home or the path leading to your driveway.

2. Deep Snow Operation

If you attempt to snowblow after a long storm, be careful not to burn out your drive belts by pushing the machine too hard. Deep snow requires small cuts. Angle the snowblower so you use only a partial amount of the cutting capability. Narrower cuts will make it easier on your body as well. In deep snow, you will save on wear and tear on your machine, by doing more runs with the snowblower.

3. Watch Your Aim

Be careful where you aim your snow when blowing out the chute. Sometimes you will pick up an ice chunk, and if you have the snow directed at your house can cause a good deal of damage to siding or windows. Not all the snow you throw will be light and loose. It's a good idea to inspect the area before blowing. Also try to make your cuts and machine movements to throw snow into an area that can accept an amount for disposal.

This may require you to make unusual patterns to move snow in a direction that will not impede a walkway or access to a garage or shed. Sometimes it may take moving snow with a blower several times to place it in the proper location in your yard for storage.

4. Let the Machine Work

Remember those days when you had to mow an overgrown lawn? Your best attempts were sometimes frustrated and you soon learned you might have to repeat cutting an area more than once to gain the desired height. The same technique applies to snow removal as well.

Do not push the machine through deep drifts, opening yourself up to possible bodily injury. Use short pushes, placing a small amount of exertion on the snowblower handle. Let the machines augers do all the heavy work by repeatedly pulling back and then pressing on again in a straight path, using short bursts.

These four best snowblower techniques will keep you safe this winter. Not only that, but they will help increase your efficiency, which means less time in the cold!