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How to Select the Right STIHL Blower

Joseph Coupal - Monday, September 30, 2019

If you're thinking about purchasing a STIHL leaf blower for work around your home, farm or ranch, but you're not sure which one to choose, the video below gives some helpful tips to consider when making your selection.

For more info about leaf blowers contact Monnick Supply in Marlborough and Framingham, MA.

Homeowner Leaf Blowers For Quick and Easy Yard Cleanup

Joseph Coupal - Monday, September 23, 2019
Monnick Supply Power Tools - Marlborough, Framingham, MA

STIHL blowers for the home are made with weekend warriors in mind. These lightweight leaf blowers are a breeze to use and can power through cluttered yards and walkways without hesitation. From electric and battery-powered motors to high-efficiency, low-emission, gasoline-powered engines, STIHL blowers deliver lasting quality in a product you'll actually enjoy using. To help you identify model features, look for these corresponding symbols: C = Comfort feature, E = Easy2Start™ and L = low-noise model.

STIHL blowers used around the home include a wide range of quality components, including high-tech polymer housings that resist corrosion and withstand impacts; adjustable blower tubes for custom height preferences; and upright, translucent fuel tanks for easy checking and filling (gasoline-powered models only). The list goes on. And almost all of these blowers also accept vacuum and gutter cleaner kits, making them even more useful around the home. There's no better choice for keeping your personal landscape looking pristine. For more information or to find the blower to meet the needs of your yard, contact Monnick Supply in Framingham and Marlborough.

Prepare Your Snowblower for This Coming Winter

Joseph Coupal - Monday, September 16, 2019
Monnick Supply, Snowblowers - Marlborough, Framingham, MA

When the leaves start to fall and snow is on the way, it’s a great time to get prep the snowblower for the winter. You don’t want that first snowfall to hit and find out your machine is not in working condition.

If you are not comfortable or unsure of something, its recommended to have a professional look at it. Monnick Supply offers pre-season specials for annual tune-ups.

Check for Damage

Take a minute to look over your machine. Make sure your auger, skids, and scraper are in good enough shape. Check that cables, handles, shear pins, and fasteners are securely in place. If you find excessive wear or damaged parts, order replacements and install them before the first snow hits.

Tighten Loose Bolts and Levers

A Well Maintained SnowblowerIt’s a good idea to check bolts and screws for proper tightness. The vibration of the machine over time may have caused them to come loose. It is recommended to remove the spark plug to prevent any unintentional starting during this process.

Check Tire Pressure

Months of storage can do a number on your tires and its important that they are inflated properly before use. This ensures you don’t damage other parts and get the best possible traction in icy conditions. Most tires can be inflated using a standard bicycle pump. Your user manual should provide the recommended tire pressure. If you hate dealing with pneumatic tires, maybe it’s time to replace them with some airless tires.

Flip the Skid Shoes

If your snow blower has skid shoes (most two-stage snow blowers do), it’s a good time to flip them if there is wear. Most skid shoes are reversible. And if you’ve already done this, it might be time to purchase some replacement ones before the season starts. They are relatively easy to install.

Inspect the Belts

Check for excessive wear or cracks on the belts. If you find some, it is time to replace them. Sears recommends snapping a picture of the belts before replacing them so you’ll know exactly where they go.

Fill the Gas Tank

You should have drained the gas tank before storing your snow blower away in the Spring. Or at least put in a fuel stabilizer.

Check Oil

Take out the dipstick and look to see how clear the oil is. If it’s dirty, it’s time for an oil change.

Install a New Spark Plug

Checking your spark plug at the start of the season is always a good idea. If there are signs of rust and corrosion, it’s time for a replacement. If it’s just dirty, maybe it just needs a cleaning. Spark plugs are cheap so don’t mess around too much trying to save an old one.

Spray the Discharge Chute

To prevent clogging, you’ll want to spray down the discharge chute with something. Many people have success with WD-40, cooking spray (my choice), or silicone. Some companies sell specially made snow repellent sprays too. Those tend to be too expensive in my opinion.

Start Your Snow Blower

With everything in place, it’s time to test your machine out. Let it run for a few minutes and check for any odd burning smells or unsettling noises. If all goes well, you’re ready to tackle the Winter.

For more information or to schedule snowblower service, contact Monnick Supply.

Checklist for Fall Home Maintenance

Darren Kincaid - Monday, September 09, 2019
Monnick Supply in Marlborough and Framingham, MA

Fall is a good time to take care of big home repair projects before shorter days (and in many areas, ice and snow) make outdoor work too difficult. And because we live in an area with cold winters, take some time this fall to boost energy efficiency throughout your home, and prevent damage from winter storms with proper tree care. Tick these 15 items off your list this season, and you can rest easy knowing that your home and yard are buttoned up and ready for winter.

  1. Care for trees and shrubs. If you have trees on your property, consider hiring an arborist to care for them — these pros can spot signs of poor health early on to prevent tree loss, and know how to prune properly to avoid falling limbs in winter storms. It’s also a good idea to observe your trees throughout the fall, keeping an eye out for signs that signal a need for intervention.
  2. Rake leaves. Leaves look beautiful blanketing the ground, but leaving too many leaves on a lawn over winter in a snowy area can inhibit spring growth. To make the job easier, choose a lightweight rake, wear gloves to protect your hands and use handheld “leaf scoops” to bag leaves quickly.
  3. Clean gutters and downspouts. Once most of the leaves have fallen, clean out gutters and downspouts (hire a helper if you are not comfortable on a ladder). Clogged gutters during rainstorms can cause water to pool and damage your roof or siding.
  4. Make exterior repairs. Take a walk around your property, looking for signs of damage to the roof, siding and foundation. If you spot anything that needs repair, schedule it before winter weather hits.
  5. Seal gaps where critters could enter. Mice need only a tiny gap to be able to sneak into your house and raid your pantry — and with colder weather coming, all of the little critters out there will be looking for warm places to make a home. Fill small holes and cover any larger gaps securely with heavy-duty hardware cloth to keep the wildlife outdoors.
  6. Check walkways, railings, stairs and the driveway for winter safety. When the landscape is covered in ice and snow, just walking from the driveway to the front door can be quite a challenge. Make navigating around your home safer by checking that all stairs are in good shape and have sturdy railings, and that the driveway is in good repair to make for easier shoveling.
  7. Stock up on winter snow removal supplies. We have cold, snowy winters, fall is the time to prepare. Check the condition of snow shovels and ice scrapers; replace as needed Pick up a bag of pet- and plant-safe ice melt, if needed Restock emergency kits for car and home If you use a snow blower, have it serviced and purchase fuel
  8. Shut off exterior faucets and store hoses. Protect your pipes from freezing temperatures by shutting off water to exterior faucets before the weather dips below freezing. Drain hoses and store them indoors.
  9. Add weatherstripping. Weatherstripping applied around the frames of windows and doors helps boost winter warmth and cut energy costs. Add door sweeps to the base of drafty doors to keep heat in and cold air out.
  10. Check safety devices. Test smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors; replace batteries as needed. Check the expiration date on your fire extinguisher and replace if needed. If you haven’t checked your home for radon, fall is a good time to do so — as the weather gets cooler and windows stay shut more often, radon is more likely to become trapped in your home.
  11. Remove window A/C units. If you use window air conditioning units in the summer, remove them before the weather turns cold. If you must leave window A/C units in, cover the entire exterior of the unit with an insulating wrap to keep cold air out.
  12. Clean dryer vents. Lint buildup in dryer vents can make your dryer work less efficiently and even cause a fire — cool, dry fall weather increases static electricity, which can ignite lint that has built up, so now is a key time to get that lint out. You can hire a duct cleaning specialist to clean the vents for you, or clean the vent yourself.
  13. Deep-clean the kitchen. Take a day to tackle some of the more labor-intensive cleaning tasks, and keep your kitchen working efficiently and looking great:
    • Degrease the range hood and filter
    • Clean the oven
    • Vacuum the refrigerator coils
    • Scrub tile grout
    • Clean light fixtures
    • Wash the walls and backsplash
    • Wash the garbage can and recycling bins
    • Clean small appliances
  14. Conduct an energy audit. A trained auditor can assess your home’s current energy efficiency and give you a list of recommended improvements you can make, which may include upgrading to Energy Star appliances, adding insulation to the attic or beefing up weatherstripping.
  15. Schedule a chimney cleaning and heating system maintenance. Making sure your chimney and furnace or boiler are cleaned, maintained and in working order before you need to turn on the heat is an important safety measure. And be sure to add a chimney cap if you don’t already have one — it will stop critters from crawling down your chimney!
For more information, contact Monnick Supply in Framingham and Marlborough, MA.


OPEN HOUSE! Introducing: Commercial Power Equipment Sales & Service

Darren Kincaid - Monday, September 02, 2019

Time: 9:00 am to 2:00 pm

Locations: 135 Maple Street Marlboro, MA & 759 Waverly Street Framingham, MA

Come down on Saturday, September 7th to meet our trained service technicians, demo machines, and see what we have to offer you and your business. Learn about our  repair and maintenance services as well.  Financing Available!


Marlborough Store

135 Maple Street,
Marlborough, MA
Call (508) 318-4788

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759 Waverly Street,
Framingham, MA
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