How To Start An Electric Start Snowblower

Real Estate Sales Representative with RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage

How To Start An Electric Start Snowblower

Snowblower Snowblower

We just had a $300 lesson on how to start and maintain our "snowblower" and thought we would share it with you and save you the expense.  Yea we know, just push the button... what button you say?  This one right here...


Before you push the button, here are a few tips to get it started without spouting out any nasty words or kicking the machines tires.

  • pull the manual start a couple of times to wake it up
  • set dial to choke
  • set engine speed to high
  • push the primer twice
  • when the machine starts, set the engine speed at half and let it warm up for 5 minutes



Okay, here's the easy part... push and hold the electric start button (DO NOT PUSH - RELEASE - PUSH - RELEASE), if the machine does not start, release the start button and let it come to a complete stop before you push it again, failing this you will break some teeth off the starters gear, lose one or two teeth and it may work, more and you are looking for a new starter.

If you want to get 10 - 20 years out of your snowblower, it is important to keep it maintained.  At the end of the season, remove any left over gas, change the oil and apply grease where required.  Don't forget to check the spark plug, clean and or replace with the correct plug for your machine.  Your machine is ready for next winter, just add gas preferably premium gas, check your oil, make sure it didn't leak out, then follow the steps above.  With a little luck it will fire up right away.

Okay Mr. Winter, we are ready for you!

How To Start An Electric Start Snowblower


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Laura Cunningham
Re/Max Realty Services Inc. - Brampton, ON
Voted Best Real Estate People-Brampton

Great tips! With the weather forecast, glad to hear you are ready to roll

Dec 11, 2010 05:24 AM #1
Richard Iarossi
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Crofton, MD
Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate

Al and Peggy,

Thanks for the tip. That looks exactly like my Sears model snowblower. I've never used the electric start since it's always turned over on the first pull. Expensive lesson.


Dec 11, 2010 05:44 AM #2
Craig Rutman
Helping people in transition - Cary, NC
Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor

That snowblower looks very similar to the one I left in NY when I moved down South! Glad to hear, despite the cost, that yours is now running properly and you know how to get it started.

Dec 11, 2010 05:49 AM #3
TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

How about coming down here to test that bad-boy out. The #$ҋԇ& "S" word is in the forecast for tonight and tomorrow...

Dec 11, 2010 06:57 AM #4
Anita Clark
ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055 - Warner Robins, GA
Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA

Unless it can aerate my lawn or roast marshmellows, it's not welcome here in the middle GA.  The half-inch of snow we got both days last year caused enough havoc.  ;-)

Glad yours is up and running...stay warm and safe you two! 

Dec 11, 2010 07:36 AM #5
Andrea Swiedler
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties - New Milford, CT
Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT

Hi Al & Peggy, now that is useful information to be sure. I am glad you are ready for the snow...

How do I start my snowblower? The guy next door brings over his bucket loader and goes up and down the driveway, LOL.

Dec 11, 2010 07:44 AM #6
Ed Silva
RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Hey kids, I just went out and bought a new snow removal mechanism for the wife. Sure beats an electric start any day.

Dec 11, 2010 08:42 AM #7
Chris Smith
Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage - New Tecumseth, ON
South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta

LOL, Al and Peggy... at least yours is home and now working.  Hopefully mine will be repaired by Tuesday or Wednesday.

Dec 11, 2010 09:17 AM #8
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Peggy you need to tell Al that he has to do it the manly way with a good old fashion pull start.  Or he can try to get Ed's wife to come up there and use her new fancy snow removal tool :)

Dec 11, 2010 12:36 PM #9
Al & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers
RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage - Brampton, ON
Our Family Wants To Help Your Family!

Yes Laura that got us motivated to get it fixed!

It was Rich, and one that will be remembered

How to get it started and without ripping gears Craig!

Oh no, can't do that Michael, we remember all too well how cold it was in your parts this time of year!

Ha, ha, roast marshmallows sounds good right now Anita, on top of hot chocolate!

Oh you are so so lucky to have a neighbour like that Andrea!

You are too funny Ed, but somehow we think that your bosswife, will be getting you to use it!

Maybe the Sunday snow will pass Chris and wait til yours is home from the shop

We were eyeing that fancy tool George and thought that would be mighty neighbourly of Ed to help us out, What do you think our chances are?

Dec 11, 2010 01:19 PM #10
Ellen Caruso
Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty - Glen Head, NY

I'd rather use my neighbors, The Cats. Seeing those yellow cabs moving around works for me!

Dec 11, 2010 01:53 PM #11
Al & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers
RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage - Brampton, ON
Our Family Wants To Help Your Family!

Would love to see one of those babies too Ellen! or a Deere LOL!

Dec 12, 2010 02:21 AM #12
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Hello Al & Peggy,

I had to chuckle as I scrolled through your posts and saw this one.  Makes me glad that we made a decision last winter to hire a plow driver & gave the snow blower to my stepson who was delighted with his unexpected 'gift.

Next visit I will comment on one of your real estate related posts.  (Guess I have been MIA for too long, but it is good to see ya again.  Love the holiday photo!)


Dec 13, 2010 03:46 AM #13
Al & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers
RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage - Brampton, ON
Our Family Wants To Help Your Family!

Hi Mary! great to see you here, yes a plow driver is looking more and more interesting.....

Dec 13, 2010 09:34 AM #14
Michelle Gibson
Hansen Real Estate Group Inc. - Wellington, FL

Al & Peggy - Thankfully this post doesn't benefit me.  Although the temp dropped AGAIN today and it may get down to the 20's tonight, which is unheard of.  Stay Warm!

Dec 13, 2010 12:55 PM #15
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