Last week’s big blizzard is translating to big business this week for small engine repair shops across the Husker State. The deep, wet snow was the first test of the season for many Nebraskans’ snowblowers and some machines couldn’t handle it.
Mechanic Tony James says he can’t remember being this busy, working on scores of small snowblowers. “Those are the ones that are coming in tore up,” James says. “They get into those big clods at the end of the driveway that the snowplow pushes up. That’s a big problem, plus they’re just underpowered. It’s really tough to get through some of those drifts, let alone a 12-inch snow.”
James’ shop has a large fenced-in lot that’s crowded with dozens of snowblowers waiting for repair. He encourages Nebraskans to use a shovel, rather than a snowblower, on some parts of their driveway. “The ice balls should be shoveled or kicked out of the way because that’s tough on a snowblower,” James said.
Most of the snowblowers James is fixing have fuel-related problems. He says a lot of people forget to drain the gas in their machine at the end of the season and it fails to start the following winter.