John Deere


Issue H8

724D and 826D Walk-Behind Snowblowers

Serial No. (180001 - )


Safety Signs



Replacement Parts

Service Machine Safely



Storing Machine

Storing Safety

Preparing Snowblower for Storage

Preparing Engine For Storage

Removing Snowblower From Storage




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Storing Machine

Storing Safety

c CAUTION: Avoid injury! Engine exhaust fumes can cause sickness or death.

ˇ If it is necessary to run an engine in an enclosed area, use an exhaust pipe extension to remove the fumes. Always try to work in a well ventilated area.

ˇ DO NOT store snowblower with fuel in the tank inside a building where fumes may reach an open flame or spark.

ˇ Allow engine to cool before storing in any enclosure.

Preparing Snowblower for Storage

1. Remove any snow, ice or slush from exterior of engine.

2. Change engine oil and filter. Do when engine is warm.

3. Clean debris from engine cylinder fins.

4. Repair any worn or damaged parts. Replace parts if necessary. Tighten loose hardware.

5. Paint scratched or chipped metal surfaces to prevent rust.

6. Apply wax to metal and plastic surfaces of machine.

7. Apply light coat of engine oil to pivot and wear points to prevent rust.

8. Make sure tires are properly inflated.

Preparing Engine For Storage

NOTE: Properly preparing your snowblower engine for storage will make it easier to start the following season. Engine storage procedure should be used if snowblower is stored for longer than 60 days.

1. Park snowblower in a well-ventilated area.


2. Turn fuel shut-off valve (A) to OFF.

3. Run engine until it stops.

4. Drain any excess fuel from carburetor.

ˇ Hold paper towel under carburetor to catch any remaining fuel. Dispose of paper towel in appropriate manner.


ˇ Turn out carburetor drain screw (B) until fuel stops draining from carburetor.

ˇ Tighten carburetor drain screw.

5. Add stabilizer to fuel system.

IMPORTANT: Avoid damage! Be sure fuel is fresh when adding fuel stabilizer. Fuel stabilizers are ineffective when added to fuels that are more than 30 days old.

ˇ Mix fresh fuel and fuel stabilizer in separate container. Follow stabilizer instructions for mixing.

NOTE: Filling the fuel tank reduces the amount of air in the fuel tank and helps reduce deterioration of fuel.

ˇ Fill fuel tank with stabilized fuel.

6. Remove spark plugs. Put 30 mL (1 oz.) of clean engine oil in cylinders.

7. Install spark plugs, but DO NOT connect spark plug wires.

8. Crank the engine for approximately five seconds to allow oil to be distributed.

9. Store the snowblower in a dry, protected place. If snowblower is stored outside, put a waterproof cover over it.

Removing Snowblower From Storage

1. Inflate tires to: 165 kPa (24 psi) maximum pressure.

2. Check engine oil level.

3. Check gearbox oil level.

4. Remove spark plug. Cover plug hole with rag. Remove oil from cylinder:

ˇ Pull starter handle several full strokes OR

ˇ Use electric starter to crank engine several seconds.

5. Check spark plug gap. Install plug. Connect wire.

6. Lubricate chain and pivot points.

7. Lubricate internal drive. (See Lubricating Internal Drive in the SERVICE section.)

8. Inspect snowblower:

9. Hardware must be tight.

10. Covers, guards, and shields must be in place.

11. Adjustments must be correct.

12. Warm engine several minutes before you operate snowblower.