How To Store Your Snowblower


MVS Ottawa is pleased to provide an off season storage for your snowblower.

For those of you who prefer to do it yourself, below are some simple instructions on how to ensure your machine is stored properly and will start for you at the beginning of the next winter.

You braved the tough winter and just about tackled that last pile of snow standing between you, greener grass and warmer weather. Melting puddles and blue skies mean only one thing: it’s time for the semi-annual ‘changing of the guard,’ from blower to mower. Soon you will retire your trusty snow blower to storage and begin preparing your lawn mower and your mentality for hotter days and longer grass. Whether you have a push lawn mower or riding mower, performing a few basic tasks to bring your machine back to life means optimal performance throughout the summer months. And as for your snowblower, give it a good checkup and a much-needed six-month break to recharge for some more winter fun next year.

Use this checklist to help properly store your snow blower and prep your lawn mower, ensuring that your equipment stays tougher than the elements.


Add Stabilizer to the Remaining Gas in Your Snow Blower.

Most engine manufacturers recommend using a fuel stabilizer or draining the fuel system before putting the machine into storage. Mix the gasoline according to the instructions on the stabilizer container. Fill the machine’s gas tank about full (recommend premium gasoline 91 or 94 octane) and allow the machine to run for a few minutes to make sure stabilized gasoline is in the carburetor as well as the tank. If equipped, turn the fuel valve to the off position.

MVS recommends draining the tank completely and voiding the carburetor off all remaining fuel. Once completed, add up to a full can of TruFuel to your tank, start the machine and allow it to run for a few minutes. Click the link to learn more about this product. TruFuel is available all year round, in the garden centre, at Canadian Tire

Clean the Unit and Undercarriage

Clean your snow blower: wipe off the top of the unit and check the belt(s) and idler pulleys for wear. Check all your parts, as now is a great time to replace or adjust your Sno-Thro parts. Remove the ignition key and/or the spark plug wire before working on your snow blower!

Annual Tune Up

(Optional – either now or in Fall) if you opt for a snow blower tune up before storage, go ahead and change the spark plugs, and check your tire pressure and grease fittings. Doing this at least once every year will help your unit run smoother and burn fuel efficiently.

Change the Oil

Change the oil and filter if equipped. Replace with the engine manufacturer’s recommended oil and filter type. Please refer to the engine manual that came with your unit. Some of the Ariens owner’s manuals also have these recommendations. You can also refer to recommendations on most engine manufacturers web sites: Briggs & Stratton, Honda, Kawasaki, Kohler, LCT, Robin/Subaru.

Storing Your Snow Blower

Let your Snowblower hibernate for the summer in a cool, dry place.