Safe Operation Practices for Snow Throwers
Read the operating and service instruction manual
carefully. Be thoroughly familiar with the controls and
the proper use of the equipment. Know how to stop the
unit and disengage the controls quickly.
Never allow children to operate the equipment. Never
allow adults to operate the equipment without proper
in struc tion.
Keep the area of operation clear of all persons, particu-
larly small children, and pets.
Exercise caution to avoid slipping or falling, especially
when operating in reverse.
Thoroughly inspect the area where the equipment is to
be used and remove all doormats, sleds, boards, wires
and other foreign objects.
Disengage all clutches and shift into neutral before
starting the engine.
Do not operate the equipment without wearing ad e quate
winter garments. Wear footwear which will improve
footing on slippery surfaces.
Handle fuel with care; it is highly flammable.
a) Use an approved fuel container.
b) Never add fuel to a running or hot engine.
c) Fill fuel tank outdoors with extreme care.
Never fill fuel tank indoors.
d) Replace gasoline caps securely and wipe up spilled fuel.
Use a grounded three-wire plug-in for all units with
electric drive motors or electric starting motors.
Adjust the collector housing height to clear gravel or
crushed rock surface.
Never attempt to make any adjustments while the engine
is running (except where specifically rec om mend ed by
man u fac tur er).
Let engine and machine adjust to outdoor tem per a tures
before starting to clear snow.
The operation of any powered machine can result in
foreign objects being thrown into the eyes. Always wear
safety glasses or eye shields during operation or while
performing an adjustment or repair.
Do not put hands or feet near or under rotating parts.
Keep clear of the discharge opening at all times.
Exercise extreme caution when operating on or cross-
ing gravel drives, walks, or roads. Stay alert for hidden
hazards or traffic.
After striking a foreign object, stop the engine, remove
the wire from the spark plug, thoroughly inspect the
snow thrower for any damage and repair the damage
before restarting and operating the snow thrower.
If the unit should start to vibrate abnormally, stop the
engine and check immediately for the cause. Vibration
is gen er al ly a warning of trouble.
Stop the engine whenever you leave the operating
position, before unclogging the collector/impeller hous-
ing or dis charge guide and when making any repairs,
adjustments or inspections.
When cleaning, repairing, or inspecting make certain
the collector/impeller and all moving parts have stopped.
Dis con nect the spark plug wire, and keep the wire away
from the plug to prevent accidental starting. Disconnect
the cable on electric motors.
Do not run the engine indoors, except when starting
it - and for moving the snow thrower in or out of the
building. Open the outside doors; exhaust fumes are
Do not clear snow across the face of slopes. Exercise
extreme caution when changing direction on slopes.
Do not attempt to clear steep slopes.
Never operate the snow thrower without proper guards,
plates or other safety protective devices in place.
10. Never operate the snow thrower near glass en clo sures,
automobiles, window wells, drop-offs, etc. without proper
adjustment of the snow discharge angle. Keep children
and pets away.
11. Do not overload the machine capacity by attempting to
clear snow at too fast a rate.
12. Never operate the machine at high transport speeds on
slippery surfaces. Use care when reversing.
13. Never direct discharge at bystanders or allow anyone
in front of the unit.
14. Disengage power to the collector/impeller when snow
thrower is transported or not in use.
15. Use only attachments and accessories approved by
the manufacturer of the snow thrower (such as wheel
weights, counterweights, cabs, etc.).
16. Never operate the snow thrower without good visibility
or light. Always be sure of your footing, and keep a firm
hold on the handles. Walk; never run.
Maintenance and Storage
Check guards, shear bolts, engine mounting bolts, etc.,
at frequent intervals for proper tightness to be sure the
equipment is in safe working condition.
Never store the machine with fuel in the fuel tank inside
a building where ignition sources are present such as
hot water and space heaters, clothes dryers, etc. Allow
the engine to cool before storing in any enclosure.
Always refer to owner's guide instructions for im por tant
details if the snow thrower is to be stored for an extended
Maintain or replace safety and instructions labels, as
nec es sary.
Run the machine a few minutes after throwing snow to
prevent freeze-up of the collector/impeller.