When you are ready to clear snow from the driveway, the first thing you’ll have is a quality snow blower. Heavy duty snow blowers run with 4-cycle gas engines. But the freezing weather makes it hard to get the machine started.

Here’s a quick procedure to get it started with the least hassle


It’s wise to do a pre-checkup before starting a snow blower.

  • Check the full level

Ensure that the tank is full or is at the required top mark. Remember to go through the manual for manufacturer’s recommendations. Always use fresh fuel after your snow blower has sat in the garage for a little while. This is imperative because fuel goes stale after sitting for long in cold conditions.

  • Oil-Up

Check that the oil is at the required level. That is at the full or top mark.

  • Ensure you have the Drive Control Lever at Neutral Position.

You’ll see the N-mark for quick setting.


  • Set CHOKE Control to FULL

Full Choke seals the Carburetor so that the fuel gains a rich combustion for a quick warm up. But if you have just cleared the deck in the last 10 minutes, Full Choke is not necessary. Instead, you can just set it around half to open the carburetor slightly.

But if you have your machine stored in a warm or heated garage, you should probably skip this step. Always open the carburetor after you are done using the choke

  • Shift the Throttle to FAST Position

This setting is usually shown by the rabbit symbol on most snow blowers. It is the correct operating position for all snow throwing machines.

It ensures the proper fuel combustion ratio which results in better engine performance. It is a significant contribution to achieving full economy.

  • Unlock the Fuel Valve

Your snow thrower comes with a fuel shut off valve.  It’s intended to open or close the flow of fuel. To run the engine, this valve has to be open.

After working with the snow blower, shut the valve to prevent fuel leakage in storage.

  • Snap the Ignition Switch

This is the Run/Rocker flip switch on the tool. Flip it upwards to the RUN/ON position. This measure engages the ignition system. Keep it in that position until after you have finished using the snow blower.

  • Use the Safety Key

This key is a safety measure which comes in handy when you want to stop suddenly. By removing the plastic or metallic key, the engine makes an emergency stop.

Some models will not start until the safety switch has snapped into place.

  • Press the Primer Bulb

As we said, freezing temperatures make it almost impossible to kick-start the engine. Push the bubble switch to lead some fuel into the carburetor. Press this a few times depending on the temperature and manufacturer’s recommendations.

However, NEVER use the primer bulb when the engine is still warm.


When your Snow Blower uses a Pull Cord or Starter Rope

  • Pull the rope out
  • Feel for the resistance level
  • Quickly and firmly pull the cord upward to start the engine

When your Snow Blower uses an Electric Start

  • Plug in the three prong extension cord into a power outlet
  • Check to see if the voltage on the outlet matches that of the Snow Blower
  • The other end goes into the snow blower’s power adapter
  • Push the start button in short repetitions
  • Release the start button when the engine roars to life
  • Unplug the extension cord from the power outlet


When the choke is set in the OFF position, the carburetor is open for free air flow. This way, the correct fuel-to-air ratio is maintained. It ensures the engine runs smoothly for the time you’ll be using it.

And here’s how to start a snow blower. Now you can use the Snow Blower Safely.