Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Compact Tractor Parts....

We carry a full line of compact tractor parts to choose from. Please visit www.myfarmparts.com to see our offering

Snowblower parts!

We have a large selection of snowblower parts for you folks doing the repairs now verses when the snow comes. Yes I know it was 90 degrees in the shade yesterday :)

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Snow Blowe Safety

Make sure any safety guides, shields or switch guards are in place and never remove them. Check with your manual for any further information on the safety features of your particular model. When operating the snowblower keep hands and feet away from any moving parts and always ensure that children and pets are at a safe distance. This is particularly important for snowblowers as they can take up and propel small objects a long way at a high speed.

Do not leave the machine running unattended, even for a brief time, always shut off the engine completely. Fill up the gas tank when the engine is cold, never when it is running or hot.

Do not wear loose clothes as they can easily become tangled in moving parts. Snowblowers vary considerably in the noise they make. Electric snowblowers are quiet but gas powered models can be very noisy. It is a good idea to have a pair of ear protectors for use with your snowblower and other machines, such as lawn tractors.

Snowblowers can easily become fouled by twigs and other debris. Do not use your hands to clear the auger or discharge chute. Use a broom handle or other stick. If you know heavy snow is predicted, clearing the area of loose material before it is covered by the snow will make snow clearing much easier.

Snowblowers with gasoline engines have the same risks as other machines so treat them accordingly. Gasoline engines produce toxic fumes so never run the snowblower in an enclosed space, your garage for instance. If you must test out the machine do it in an open area. Store gasoline in approved cans only in a safe place away from the hands of small children.

For electric snowblowers care must be taken to keep the cord away from the moving parts. Always use a cord designed for outdoor use and an outlet that has ground fault interrupting protection.

Maintenance of your Snowblower

Always do a thorough check of your machine at the start of the winter, before the first snow. Gas powered snowblowers need more maintenance than electric models and require the same types of maintenance as your car engine. The oil level and spark plug must be checked regularly and the oil changed at least once a year before the first use of the winter. Check the cord on an electric snowblower. See that it is not frayed or damaged and replace if necessary.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Choosing Right Snowblower

The type of snow blower you choose will depend on whether your driveway is gravel or paved, large or small, or flat or hilly, as well as on the severity of your winters. Snow blowers come in three basic design.

Two-Stage Gas Snow Blowers:
-They are larger and can clear an area faster - with clearing widths up to 30 inches - than single-stage models.
-Have driven wheels, a snow-gathering auger, and an impeller to help disperse snow.


Single-Stage Gas Snow Blowers:
-They are smaller(21-inch clearing width for most) than two-stage models and take longer to clear a given area.
-Are lighter to push and turn, are less expensive, and store in less space that two-stage models.
-Reply on a rubber-tipped auger alone to gather snow, disperse it, and help propel the machine.

Single-Stage Electric Snow Blowers:
-These are even smaller (11 to 18-inch clearing width) than single-stage gas models.
-Cost even less and are easier still to handle and store than single-stage gas models.

Ethanol Issues

For those of you yet to encounter problems with the mandatory 10% ethanol in the gas now...you will. It is now a must to have to go out and buy a ethanol gas treatment of some kind to keep your small engines running smoothly. If not....

1. The fuel and ethanol will separate causing the ethanol to rest on the bottom of the tank and where does most small engines draw their fuel from first...the bottom, so you end up with straight ethanol in your lines and carburetor.

2. Ethanol draws moister causing water to settle in the fuel tank

3. Straight ethanol will eat your gaskets, fuel lines and carburetor kits

4. Ethanol will pit the insides of your carburetor

5. Straight ethanol will pit the pistons, cylinder walls and more

As you can see...the person that decided to use ethanol in our fuel, never took into considerations the effects it would have on small engines across the board unless they are the ones that are actually manufacturing the additive.

Snow Blower Check List

- For gas-powered machines, follow the recommendations in the owner's manual for changing the spark plug and--for models with a four-stroke engine--the engine oil. Most recommend changing both at least once each year.

- Follow the recommendations for mixing oil and gas on models with two-stroke engines. Too little oil can damage the engine; too much creates added exhaust emissions and can hamper starting by fouling the spark plug.

- Add a fuel stabilizer to preserve the fuel between storms and clearing seasons. Stabilizers can keep fuel from degrading for up to one year to help prevent gum and varnish deposits from clogging the carburetor and fuel passages.

- Use an ethanol gas treatment on all your fuels for any small engine needs. If not, the ethanol will separate from the gas causing problems

- For two-stage machines, have some spare auger shear bolts on hand. The bolts are designed to protect the gearbox by breaking if the auger hits a hard object.

= For all machines, periodically tighten nuts and bolts, especially on control linkages, which tend to loosen as a snow blower vibrates.

- Adjust the auger's scraper and skid shoes if applicable, as suggested in the owner's manual. Doing so helps keep the auger closer to the surface, leaving less snow behind.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Latest Additions - Snow Plow Outifts

Just wanted to let everyone know we just bought a

- Complete 8' Curtis Minute Mount system that will fit a 1997 - 2003 Ford F250 Super Duty truck

- Complete 6'6" Western Minute Mount system

- Complete 6'6" Meyers plow outfit off a ford ranger