ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SNOW BLOWERS

By Kemar Trepair on December 07, 2020

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With winter here once again, it is important to know a little bit more about your equipment and that it is the best for you. With heavy snow during this season, a trusty snow blower is always an asset in your home. Funnily enough, the snow blower was invented and developed in Ontario, Canada in 1884. A necessary invention since it snows almost nine months of the year there. 
 
It is a confusing and daunting task to choose the right snow blower. There is a huge selection of single, double, and triple stage models, all with various widths and a complex array of features. If this is your first time purchasing a snow blower, you will be “blown away” by the blizzards of features. 

DIFFERENCE IN GAS AND ELECTRIC SNOW BLOWER

There are two different types of snow blowers, ones that run on electricity and the others that operate on gas. Both types are capable of moving a large amount of snow, but all have their different methods. Some differences are:

A. Free Range of Motion 

With a driveway over 50 feet long, your best option is a gas snow blower as using an electric snow blower over 50 feet may affect the power source by overheating and may have some issues using an extension cord. 

B. Ease of Maneuverability 

A common misunderstanding about snow blowers is that the smaller it is the easier it is to move around. Single- stage and electric snow blowers are small and light- weight, they are not always easier to move about. The heavy duty two- stage and three stage blowers are normally easier due to the fact that they have solid contact with the ground and normally self- propelled.

C. Moving Heavy Loads

 Moving heavy loads requires more power, hence we will refer to the gas ran models. Gas- powered snow blowers come with serious power for moving heavy snow. Blowers like Two - Stage blowers have an impeller that ejects snow faster , and three- stage snow blowers have an extra auger that is built and designed to let the snow move faster, cutting through it like butter. 

D. Cost Comparison 

Electric Snow blowers will cost between $98 to $850, making them a cheaper option. Once your property is small and does not see a lot of snow and build up, an electric model may be a better fit for you. 

However, Gas- Powered snow blowers cost between $360 and $4000. This large price tag is accompanied by heavy machinery that allows large clearing and fast work to be carried out. 

MODELS

Blowers are available in single, two, or three stage models. However, snow blowers that use gas to function normally require more maintenance and need fuel often. Also, seeing that they are heavier, a gas snow blower is harder to maneuver, and is used mostly for commercial uses. 


 TYPES OF SNOWBLOWERS. 

There are six different types of snow blowers, these are:

1. Electric Snow Blowers

Electric Snow Blowers are a convenient option for clearing away medium-sized snow piles, as they are not the most powerful models. This type of snow blower is ideal if you live in a normal city- style home, as they work best on smoother surfaces, like concrete so if you have a dirt driveway and or walkway, the electric snow blower may not be the best choice. 

Electric snow blowers can be found for very reasonable prices, which adds to the appeal of purchasing this particular price. These can be found at Home depot Canada, TROY-BILT and Walmart, where you can find snow blowers for anywhere between $98 CND and $359 CND, all depending on size and model.





2. Cordless snow blowers

 A Lot of people feel that dealing with a cord while trying to remove snow is a major hindrance. If you are one of those people, it is in your best interest to get a cordless model. These cordless models work just like a normal corded electric snow blower and some can even do the same level of work as a single- stage gas- powered model. 

One of the major benefits of having a cordless snow blower is the fact that you can take it everywhere you may need it. You need to be able to clear snow as efficiently as possible, so a cordless snow blower will be more convenient for those with very long driveways or a larger property.

You also need to note that these types of snow blowers are also electric, which means it will still need a high-voltage battery to be powered. These batteries normally hold a high enough capacity that it's unlikely to run out of charge before you are done cleaning . 

These types are also super lighter than a gas powered snow blower. Unlike the corded one, you will be able to work freely around the yard. They can cost anywhere from $200 to $1500.00. These can be found at Walmart ca and Home depot Canada.


 3. Gas- Powered Snow Blowers

These gas-powered model blowers are by far the most powerful types of blowers out there. These types of blowers are best suitable for when you have big jobs before you. These Blowers are normally preferred by people living in the rural area because they are built to handle larger amounts of snow pile ups. 

Being built with an auger that lifts the snow off the surface and then toss it to the side, Gas- powered snow blowers are truly made for larger jobs, with a bigger driveway than usual, you will be grateful to have this power machine at hand. These can be found also at Walmart ca , for anywhere between $769 and $1,999.    



4. Single - Stage Snow Blower

A single- stage snow blower also has an auger, but this one has a different structure, this auger is made to break up, lift and toss the snow aside. These are lightweight which means they are ideal for function between tight areas, size ranging between 10 to 24 inches in width. However, they are not self propelled so you will have to push it around. 

This snow blower is not suitable for gravel, once the auger touches the ground, everything is collected and will be thrown, can we say projectiles? If you are on gravEl or stone surfaces, we advise you avoid these types of snow blowers, hence avoiding lawsuits. You can find these at your local Home depot Canada store for as low as $399.  

Single- stage snow blowers are made for light to medium snow piles and smaller paved or slightly sloped driveways and sidewalks. While they can manage a lot of light, dry snow, they will struggle with wet, heavier snow, and may break. 



5. Two -Stage Snow Blower

Two- stage snow blowers unlike all the others listed before, is equipped with a corkscrew- shaped, this is a slow- turning auger that lifts the snow, allowing a impeller that blows it, Clearing a wider path with more powers. This system allows more snow to pass through the blower, tossing it through the air to the side. These come in at anywhere between $490 and $2000 at LOWE'S  and Home depot Canada.

These models are bigger, heavier and a lot more powerful than the single- stage snow blowers. Equipped with larger augers, they can easily cut through compacted ice and snow. This machine can be used on gravel surfaces as well, since the auger does not touch ground.

Having a self- propelled mechanism, this allows your blower to go through a long stretch of snow without slowing down, Awesome for a quick cut through. These blowers are built for large amounts of snow and even ice, best suitable for medium to large sized driveways. 




7. Three- Stage Snow Blower

 These Three- Stage snow blowers collect both snow and ice. It chops ice up and then throws it away. The aggressiveness of which it chops through ice and disposes of it makes it the strongest snow blower available. These can rock up between $2000 and $4800 at Cub Cadet , Home depot Canada and Walmart

This blower is made to cut through the thickest snow and ice pile up. Having the power to handle over 20 inches of snow of the wet and heavy type. These blowers generally come at a higher price tag and are recommended for people living in climates that receive heavy snowfalls. 


All snow blowers are built for the efficiency of removing snow on a dime, but not all of these machines can be operated by you. Some instances we advise for you to contact a legitimate proven Snow removal company or Snow personnel. Become a patron today, so we can help you get it done….