These instructions will explain how to prepare your snow thrower for off-season storage. Some of these steps differ between single-, two- and three-stage snow throwers and, depending on your model, the instructions below may also vary slightly.
Snow Thrower Storage Instructions
Step 1 - Check out your Operator's Manual
Whether you have a single-, two- or three-stage snow thrower, reference the "Off- Season Storage," "Maintenance & Adjustments"and "Service" section and the "Service" sections of your operator's manual before performing steps for Off-Season Storage. Make sure your snow blower is on a level surface and disconnect the spark plug wire to avoid accidental movement or starting.
Single-Stage Snow Thrower Storage Maintenance
Step 2 - Position the snow thrower for maintenance
Carefully tilt the snow thrower back so it rests on the handle. This will allow you to easily access various components.
Step 3 - Check the shave plate
The shave plate can wear out over time. The shave plate on your snow thrower has two wearing edges, simply reverse it to maximize the life of the plate. If it's already been reversed, replace it with genuine, original equipment part from Cub Cadet.
Step 4 - Check the auger
The auger's rubber paddles become worn with use. They should be replaced if any excessive wear is present.
Step 5 - Inspect the belt
Remove the belt cover on the side of the snow thrower. Check the belt for signs of wear, cracks, fraying, etc. and replace if necessary
If any of the above-mentioned items need replacing at the end of the season, it's a good time to order and install them before you put your snow thrower into storage.
Two- and Three-Stage Snow Thrower Storage Maintenance
Step 2 - Check the shave plate
Check the shave plate and skid shoes for damage and wear. The shave plate and skid shoes protect the housing from damage. Replace these items with genuine, original equipment parts from Cub Cadet.
Step 3 - Prepare the fuel tank
Drain any fuel left in the tank using the siphon pump. A siphon pump can be purchased on cubcadet.com and wherever mower parts are sold. With the help of another person, carefully pivot the snow thrower up and forward so it rests on the auger housing. This will allow you to easily access the parts of the snow thrower that require maintenance.
Step 4 - Lubricate the gear shaft
Remove the lower frame cover from the underside of the unit. Apply a light coating of oil to the hex shaft. Be careful not to get any oil on the aluminum drive plate or the rubber friction disc. Check the rubber friction disc for wear or cracking.
Step 5 - Return the snow thrower to its wheels and skid shoes
Before checking the snow thrower belt, put the lower frame cover back in place. With the help of an additional person, carefully pivot the snow thrower back and down so it rests on the wheels and skid shoes.
Step 6 - Inspect the belt
Remove the belt cover on the front of the engine and inspect the belts for wear, cracks and fraying. If the belts are worn, they should be replaced immediately. Worn belts can break when you least expect it so make sure you replace your snow thrower belt as soon as you see signs of wear. Put the plastic belt cover back in place or order a new one if needed.
Single-, Two- and Three-Stage Snow Thrower Storage Maintenance
Step 7 - Change the oil
Drain and refill the engine oil before storing your snow thrower. Refer to your engine's Operator's Manual for the correct viscosity and oil capacity. Always dispose of the used oil in an environmentally responsible manner.
Step 8 - Check the spark plug
Remove the spark plug and inspect it for signs of corrosion or residue build-up. Clean it with a wire brush if necessary. If you are unsure if the spark plug is good or not, it is recommended that you replace the spark plug. Reinstall the spark plug and reconnect the spark plug ignition wire.
Step 9 - Clean the snow thrower
Clean debris from around the engine and muffler. Apply a light film of oil on any areas that are susceptible to rust. Wipe away any dried salt that may have accumulated to help prevent your unit from rusting over the winter.
Step 10 - Prepare the fuel tank
Finally, fill your engine's fuel tank with fresh gasoline and add a fuel stabilizer. This is better than storing it empty because an empty fuel system exposes any bare metal parts within it to air and moisture - which can lead to rust and also allows gaskets and O-rings to dry out, crack and shrink, causing eventual leaks.
Following these steps for proper snow thrower storage will help ensure you have a well-functioning machine the next winter. Remember to complete each of the steps outlined above - skipping a snow thrower storage maintenance procedure can result in expensive repairs down the road. For more snow thrower maintenance tips, check out our Cub Cadet how-to articles.