In addition to keeping my John Deere Snow Blower/thrower in a tip-top maintenance shape, what is the one thing that I always have on hand before firing up my snow blower/thrower?
Yup, a can of ordinary silicone spray (I use DuPont Teflon Snow and Ice Repellent, 10-Ounce).
I spray it on different parts of my snow blower/thrower to prevent snow and ice from sticking:
- Underneath the electrical (control) buttons – helps to repel water during slushy operation;
- Chute Rotating Motor and Sprocket – spray while rotating back and forth;
- Chute Deflector motor – spray while adjusting the deflector up and down;
- Liberal (and I mean LIBERAL) amount on the inside of the discharge chute as well as the impeller, augers, gearbox and auger hood (inside);
Snow build up on chute and deflector motors are especially hard on the electrical systems, possibly causing all sorts of problems down the road.
So I pretty much go through about half a can per use and keep about 2-5 cans on hand. I specifically avoid the fine aerosol/mist version because I need the spray (with a straw-like nozzle) to get into tight spots.
Applying silicone spray makes it so much easier to work because the snow just slips right off instead of sticking all over the place! Just make sure to apply it and let it dry for at least 30 minutes.
). It’s an old farmers trick to apply this material to harvesting equipment because it is safe and durable.
I do not use:
- WD-40 – WD40 evaporates very fast and it not really meant to be used this way
- Sno-Jet – This product has changed hands multiple times; I recommend against solely on the fact that it does not have an MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet)
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