Are you unsure when to use a snowblower while the snow is wet? Frustration, equipment damage, and sometimes even finger amputation can result from not knowing how to handle a snowblower in wet snow.
As awful as it seems, with the appropriate skills (and equipment), this work may be completely safe and far easier than shovelling. Here are some items to consider: –
Tip No. 1: Make sure You Have Always had the Right Snow Blower
Technique Alone, you won’t be able to go through a snowy winter. You’ll need shovelling if you don’t have the best snow blower for driveway and environment.
Tip #2: Use a Slippery Material to Cover the Chute
Dry snowflakes are powdery because flakes remain frozen, firm and separate rather than clumping together. Wet snow, on the other hand, is sticky. The snowblower chute will most likely clog if enough freezing rain sticks within it.
Tip #3: Take it slowly
You might be tempted to speed through heavy snow, but this is a certain method to clog it up. If you go too quickly, you’ll wind up spending more time cleaning your snow machine chute in the long run. The machine, particularly the drive belts, may also be worn out. Manufacturers suggest moving your leaf blower in one-third to one-half-width increments in saturated snow. If you don’t like moving so slowly, consider halting every five feet and letting your machine clear the snow. Only because the snow cover isn’t that deep will this approach work. For this two-push approach described by John Pearson, you may have to proceed at a snail’s pace if there is a lot of snow.
Tip #4: Throw as much wet snow as you can
You won’t want to do it again because you won’t throw it far enough! As laborious as clearing wet snow is, you won’t want to do it twice because you didn’t toss it far enough!
Tip #5: Remove Wet Snow at the Appropriate Time
It’s best to clear it out first thing in the morning. The difference between dry and wet snow is only a little amount of moisture. Wet snow has at least 20% liquid, whereas dry snow contains 10% moisture (hybrid snow is between these percentages).
Because snow melts fast, the best time to clear it is just before sunrise, when the sun has been down all evening, and the temperatures are at their lowest. If you have neighbours, don’t commence too early because snow blowers are noisy.
Remove it before it reaches a height of six inches
If the weather permits, you don’t have to wait for wet snow to pile up before dealing with it. Clear snow before it accumulates to a height of six inches. Because you’ll spend so much time outside, your snow plough will work more efficiently and fling snow further.
This method also protects snow from concealing anything that might cause damage to your equipment. Frozen newspapers create most snowblower blockages, causing damage to shear studs, belts, drills, and centrifugal pumps.