The worst time to discover you snowblower need maintenance is right after the first big snowfall.

So that's why the experts at White's Farm Supply suggest firing up your snowblower now. Aside from making sure it starts properly, you'll want to lubricate the engine and check to make sure the shear pins are intact and free-moving.

If you're not familiar, shear pins connect the auger to the shaft and break away if a foreign object comes in contact with moving parts. This safety mechanism can rust if it stays in the same place for too long and then it won't function properly. So, at the beginning of the season, you'll want to remove the shear pin and spin the shaft a bit to make sure everything moves freely.

If you'd rather have a professional tune it up for the new season, White's Farm Supply has a full service department. You can drop your snowblower off or schedule to have one of their trucks pick it up for you.

In addition, if you're considering replacing or upgrading your snowblower this winter, White's Farm Supply is offering plenty of specials and has a great inventory — everything from 20-inch walk behind snowblowers to 10-foot tractor-mounted units.

Cub Cadet single, double and triple-stage snowblowers. whitesfarmsupply.com

This is the third season White's Farm Supply is offering Cub Cadet's 3x snowblower series, which Art White said has been gaining popularity because it tends to blow the snow more easily and doesn't push as much snow as other models.

Of course, the sales staff at White's Farm Supply is always happy to help you find the best machine to fit your needs and your budget. Stop by one of their five locations and tell them we sent you!