Heavy March Snow Proves Too Much For Some Snowblowers

Posted at: 03/05/2013 7:31 PM
Updated at: 03/05/2013 11:12 PM
By: Chris Egert

Days like Tuesday have many people who don't have snowblowers dreaming about how the other half lives.

But shovelers take some comfort knowing -- that not everyone who has a snowblower, had such an easy time of it today tackling this snow.

How much do Minnesotans love their Snowblowers?

According to Sears -- the country's largest seller of the machines -- the Midwest accounts for 28 percent of the company's entire yearly sales!

Larry Gustafson works at the Sears store in Mall of America.

Snowblower sales were slow last year due to a lack of snow.

Gustafson proudly announced, “I sold one today!"

March isn’t typically a great month for sales.  Sears says in a typical year, demand for snow blowers peak in December with 29% of all snow blowers sold in December, followed by November 22%, October 16% and January 10%.

Andrew Trierweiler's runs a snow removal company in St. Paul.

Trierweiler said without his snowblower, “It would be terrible, just shoveling today would be awful."

Chewing up and spitting out all the snow can cause a lot of wear and tear.

Gregies small engine repair has been busy all day.

Steve Korte was in the middle of removing the snow from the Monday night, Tuesday morning storm when his snowblower broke down.

Korte explained, “It just kept on getting worse and worse."

He’s confident this will be the last snow removal of the season.

“This is it, spring starts soon.  It is right around the corner,” Korte smiled.

The folks at Gregies say to keep your snowblower out of the shop, start it up and run it once a week during winter.

The biggest thing you can do is to make sure and use new gas in your machine.    

Greg Bauer, owner of the shop said, “Better off to have fresh gas ... 45 to 60 days maximum."

Or ditch the snowblower altogether, and do it the old fashioned way like Tom Farrington.

Farrington explained, “I have a snowblower but choose not to use it.  It is a point of pride."

Shovel versus snowblower, for a lot of people it comes down to cost.

The typical snowblower can last 20 to 25 years with good maintenance.

So experts say run the gas completely out of it in the spring, and get the oil changed every two years to keep yours running in tip top shape.