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Snow Blower Storage For Summer

by The Handyguys

in Tools, Video Podcasts

The key thing with snow blower storage has to do with the fuel. Almost all fuel now contains ethanol and ethanol is a killer on small engines. In this video, Handyguys Brian and Paul provide steps for storage of your snow blower. Follow these and you will be good to go next winter.

STA-BIL 22264 Ethanol Treatment with Performance Improver -10 oz.Option 1 for snow blower storage

The BEST option, run the tank dry. Start the snow blower and just let it idle until it stalls. If you have a lot of fuel you will want to drain as much as possible first.

Option 2 for snow blower storage

The second best option, use a fuel stabilizer, start the snow blower then turn off the full shutoff valve and let it run until it stalls.

Option 3 for snow blower storage

The least desirable option (aside from doing nothing) would be to just use a fuel stabilizer and then cross your fingers until next winter.

Final Note

Check your owners manual or with the manufacturer to see what they recommend for storage and always use a fuel stabilizer.

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R.Hemy May 23, 2014 at 10:28 am

I drain the fuel from the tank by taking the hose off it with pliers, I then start up my blower and run it dry, tank off the float bowl and spray it with carb cleaner and the carb itself. The flat bowl in many snowblowers I have done this to has debris of some sort, Two had pin hole leaks in the float bowls.

My Ariens is 37 years old and going strong. This may be more work, but it is guaranteed, and you know there is no junk in the float bowl.


The Handyguys May 23, 2014 at 10:33 am

Great tips R.Hemy! Thanks for sharing. Handyguy Paul and Handyguy Brian both are proud new Ariens owners and hope to get 37 years or more too!


Eric November 6, 2014 at 12:11 am

Thanks for the tips. I didn’t know fuel has a lot of effect to snow blowers. But are there things to do when storing snow blowers that are run by electric or battery instead of gas?


The Handyguys November 10, 2014 at 6:31 pm

Nothing special for electric or battery. Just store them someplace dry to prevent possible rust on metal parts.


Vero July 23, 2016 at 3:08 pm

Thanks for these tips, very useful. I can’t believe R.Hemy has been using his Ariens for 37 years, this is amazing!


R.Hemy July 28, 2016 at 8:01 pm

Yes she still start most of the time in 2 pulls, no primer on these old girls. had to replace the small o ring in the float bowl adjuster screw this year! Yep it was the original o ring….. amazing! I wax and change oil before summer stored… and of course Totally dry carb sprayed with carb cleaner. it Works!
R. Hemy


Snow Blow Joe December 20, 2018 at 11:03 pm

Good advice on something that every has to do, ie – store their snow blower for the Summer but that no-one ever seems to tell you how or give you good tips. Well done.


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