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Of course my snowblower won't start

I wasn't the least bit surprised this morning when I ambled into the garage to start the snowblower for the first time this season. I poured in some year-old gas, pushed the primer button a few times and pulled the cord -- about 20 times.

Nothing.

Before I even walked out the door, I said to my wife, "Wanna take bets on whether the snowblower starts?" She politely declined.

As I spent the next hour shoveling like a sucker, I pondered the reasons the old Toro failed me in my time of need:

  1. I didn't completely empty the tank last spring.
  2. I didn't so much as check the spark plugs.
  3. I didn't buy new gas for the season.
  4. I didn't try to start it before my neighborhood got hit with a bunch of snow.

So I totally had it coming. But wait, I have an excuse!

I actually have three, yes three, snowblowers in my garage. My father-in-law gave them to me a few years ago: one good one, one crappy one and one for parts.

The "good" one worked perfectly when he demonstrated it to me. Then, the day I fired it up for the first time, it worked for about 30 seconds, then died. And never started again. The most impressive thing I could get it to do was to shoot a blue flame out the side (yes, I know it's probably a carburetor issue).

I even changed the spark plug, which turned into an empowering but useless venture. Finally, I stuffed the "good" snowblower into the corner and began using the crappy one.

The crappy one has been fickle but generally useful. It seems to start when it feels like it, and usually refuses to work during heavy snowstorms.

That's why, last Saturday, I finally took the "good" snowblower to Ace Hardware to get it fixed.

And, like the rest of Milwaukee, I'll probably wait till July to have it ready.

So no, I wasn't surprised when the crappy snowblower didn't start, and I admit that it's probably my fault. But somehow that didn't make me feel any better during my morning shoveling.

Next call: Ace, to get an update on that repair ...

Talkbacks

TosaJimBob | Dec. 5, 2007 at 1:58 p.m. (report)

NinaMarie.....if that is your photo on your page...you should have the guys lining up to shovel your walk for you.....very cute....

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NinaMarie | Dec. 5, 2007 at 1:23 p.m. (report)

34356 That's pretty funny. I don't have a snow-blower, but I did spy an 80lb bag of salt that the old tenants left in my garage. I'm about to head out there and unleash that baby all over my driveway, hoping it melts something.

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brunocarlson | Dec. 5, 2007 at 11:41 a.m. (report)

35104 I too have a Simplicity older than every other powered peice of equipment in my garage. Heavy, metal, and dangerous in every sense. I aso have a "Snow Pup" given by my father-in-law for my wife to use if needed. Let's face it the older one is to heavy even for me to use if it is slippery. Yet the snow pup sat there like an old dog, didn't even start. My Simplicity started like a charm and my only worry is when I need to stick the broom handle down the shoot to unclog it.

It is the envy of the block for it's massive size and ability to do even the largest piles left by the city in front of my driveway.

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yinger73 | Dec. 5, 2007 at 10:14 a.m. (report)

TosaJimBob--my Simplicity snowblower (37) is older than I am (34). It also still works like a champ.

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TosaJimBob | Dec. 5, 2007 at 10:04 a.m. (report)

I have a Simplicity snow blower that I bought used 25 years ago....I walked out the other day....put some gas in it....primed it....pull the choke out and it started with one pull....they don't make em like they use to....

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