Two-Stage Tune-Up

How to Maintain a Two-Stage Snow Blower

By  | Snow Blower Product Expert

There’s a reason why people have garages. Nobody likes cranking wrenches in freezing weather.

We recommend servicing your two-stage snow blower in the late spring or early fall before the cold weather numbs your knuckles.

Your two-stage snow thrower will last much longer if you perform three simple maintenance maneuvers:


Step 1: Change the Oil

2-Stage Oil Change

Not all oil is created equal. Two-stage snow blowers use 4-cycle or 4-stroke engine oil. 

Don’t use 2-cycle, 2-stroke or any oil that mixes with gasoline. Two-cycle engine oil is used with older single-stage models instead.

Also, since snow blowers operate in below freezing temperatures, you should use 4-stroke engine oil specially formulated for cold weather use. Otherwise, the oil can turn to sludge, preventing your snow blower from starting.


Step 2: Change the Spark Plug

If you used your snow blower a lot last season, replace the spark plug too.

We offer maintenance kits that provide the compatible oil and spark plugs. The kits vary depending on your engine type.


If you have an OHV engine, get an OHV kit. If you have an L-Head engine, get an L-Head kit.


Step 3: Rust Prevention

Snow Blower Spray Paint

You want your snow blower to last for a long time. Melting snow is notorious for rusting scratched steel.

Use a wire brush or sandpaper to remove as much rust as possible, so the paint will stick. Apply a thin coat and let dry. Repeat a few more times, and your rust problem is solved.

We currently sell Ariens orange spray paint, Husqvarna orange spray paint, and Toro red spray paint. If your machine isn’t orange or red, any rust-proof or rust preventing paint will work.


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