Snow Blowers will save a Homeowner a lot of work & choosing the right one for your home from among the different types doesn’t have to be a hassle:
- Single-Stage Gas,
- Single-Stage Electric,
- Two-Stage Gas.
Be aware that using a snow blower-thrower, might be easier than shoveling the white stuff, but it is harder than using a self-propelled mower. If you have hypertension, diabetes, or heart disease, consult your doctor before you use a snow blower. Also consider having your driveway plowed if it’s especially long and two or more cars wide
- It works best if the typical snowfall in your locale is less than 8 inches.
- This model of snow blower-thrower is ideal if you have a flat, mid-sized paved driveway and walkway(s).
- Single-stage machines are lighter and easier to handle than two-stage models & take about as much storage space as a mower.
- Most offer electric starting.
But they’re a poor choice for a gravel driveway, since the auger contacts the surface and can throw stones. In addition, the limited drive action of the auger is not sufficient for steep hills and can pull from side to side. Most clear a 20- to 22-inch wide swath. All lack drive wheels and require engine maintenance. Most also use a two-cycle engine that will require you to mix gasoline and oil.
- A single-stage electric model is best if you have a short, flat driveway or deck and walkway(s).
- This model of snow blower-thrower is ideal if the typical snowfall in your area is 4 inches or less.
- Single-stage electric models are the lightest, smallest, and easiest snow blowers to handle and store.
- They’re also less noisy than gas-powered models, and their electric motors free you from fueling and other engine maintenance.
But they’re unsuited to a gravel driveway for the same reason as single-stage gas models. Among their other downsides: The small clearing, only 11 to 18 inches wide, slows clearing, and you need to use a long power cord.
- This type of snow blower is best if you have long, wide, or hilly driveway
- This model of snow blower-thrower is ideal if the typical snowfall in your area exceeds 8 inches.
- If you have a gravel driveway, you’ll want a two-stage model, since its auger won’t contact the ground.
- All two-stage blowers offer electric starting and have driven wheels, an auger that gathers snow, and an impeller to throw it.
- Some clear a wide swath (24 to 32 inches wide).
Some drawbacks exist. Two-stage machines are relatively heavy, take up as much space as some lawn tractors, and require regular engine maintenance. Look for a model with trigger drive releases—they’re easier to maneuver—as well as one with a single joystick lever, which lets you quickly change the direction and height of thrown snow.