could your company benefit from a generator?

Steps For Maintaining A Pengo Auger

by Luke Lawson

To avoid problems with your auger when it is time to fire it up, you will need to perform regular maintenance. This is especially true if you have not used your auger recently and it is now the season to operate it again.

Safety First

Before you begin performing maintenance on your pengo augers, make sure to wear safety goggles, protective gloves and a breathing apparatus. Make sure that you do not have any loose clothing that can become caught in the auger machinery.

Keep The Auger Fueled

Make sure to mix fresh fuel for your auger before firing it up. Mix in the appropriate octane fuel with fuel cleaners and stabilizers. The ratio of fuel to additives should be based on the recommendations from the manufacturer. Never fill the fuel tank up all the way.

Oil The Right Amount

Add enough oil based on the manufacturer's specifications. If you add too much oil, you will cause the auger to smoke. It may also run very rough or not start. However, if there is not enough oil, you can cause damage to  the auger and can also cause it to overheat. 

Keep The Auger Clean

Because of the nature of the auger, it is likely to become dirty and will need to be cleaned periodically, Otherwise, the auger will not function properly and the dirt may also cause the auger to corrode. Make sure that the filter also remains clean or that it is replaced, depending on the manufacturer's specifications.

Choose A Storage Method

When it is time to store your auger again when it will no longer be used for the season, be sure to either use the dry or wet storage tank method. If you will be using the dry tank storage method, run fresh fuel mixed with a stabilizer. This is designed to prevent fuel residue from building up. Make sure that the auger is inspected at a later date to make sure that the dry storage method did not cause it to crack or cause the needle to stick open or shut.

With the wet storage method, fill the tank part way with fresh, stabilized fuel. Then, run the engine for a few minutes. The engine will need to be run at least once a month and more fuel may need to be added periodically, but this is better for the engine in the long run.