Snow Blowers-Throwers

snow thrower uses the auger to throw the snow and a snow blower uses an impeller (like a fan) to blow the snow.

The Basic Differences

The short answer is they are not the same. A “snow thrower” refers to a single stage snow removal machine that picks up the snow in one motion and throws it out the chute with the continuation of that movement. The term “single stage” describes the fact that the snow is thrown in one single movement.

A “snow blower” refers to a two stage snow removal machine. The auger scoops up the snow (first stage) and feeds it to the impeller which blows the snow (second stage) out the chute. The “blower” part seems appropriate since the impeller operates much like a fan, except is much more powerful.

Other Differences

Snow throwers are smaller machines than snow blowers. The single stage, while effective at snow removal, does not throw snow as far as a two stage model. Two stage snow blowers are bigger and more powerful. Some can blow snow up to 50 feet with relative accuracy.

Two stage snow blowers are also wider, lending themselves to being able to take fewer passes to clear a large area and are generally recommended for people who have more than a sidewalk to clear. They also have taller intakes, making them able to handle deep snow drifts.

Single stage snow throwers are a less expensive option, though. If you do not get heavy snowfall or have large areas to clear, a single stage snow thrower may be a great option.

Before using Snow Blowers-Throwers:

  1. Read, understand & follow all instructions on the Snow Blowers-Throwers and in the operating manual before operating the equipment.
  2. Thoroughly familiarize yourself with the controls and the proper use of the snow blower.

*** Know how to stop the unit and disengage the controls quickly. NEVER PUT YOUR HAND INTO THE DISCHARGE CHUTE OR AUGER OF A SNOW BLOWER! To safely clear a clogged discharge chute or auger, follow these instructions:

  1. Shut OFF the engine.
  2. Wait 10 seconds to ensure the impeller blades have stopped rotating.
  3. Always use a clean-out tool or stick; do not use your hands.