You’ve just made the decision to take the plunge and buy a snowblower and now you’re wondering – What next? Well, as it turns out there really is a lot to consider. It’s an important decision and one you should give a lot of thought to as there are plenty of different options to choose from. When I first set out to find myself the perfect snowblower, I was surprised by all the choice available to me. Like any major purchase, the task can seem a little overwhelming at first, but if you step back and carefully compare your own needs against what’s available it should actually be a pretty straightforward process.
This is a product with so much variety that, depending upon your needs, you may spend as little as $100 or pay in the thousands for a snow removal machine. The amount of snowfall your hometown is subjected to will certainly play into your decision, as will other factors such as your own health. In this buying guide I’ve outlined some key things you should keep in mind when making your purchase; you’ll find links to more detailed articles on each area of consideration as well.
Pick Your Stage
You may have heard a friend or family member refer to a single-stage snowblower or a dual-stage snowblower and wondered what the heck they were talking about. Well, just to confuse the issue a little more there is actually a three-stage snowblower as well. To simplify things, what stages essentially refer to is how the machine handles the intake and expulsion of snow. As a rule of thumb, a single-stage snowblower is likely to be less expensive and you can expect to pay a fair bit more for a three-stage model. If you click on this link you’ll find a more detailed explanation of the differences between the three models.
What’s in the Chute?
Another important component of a snowblower is the machine’s chute – assuming the one you’re looking at has one. This part of a snowblower might seem a little more straightforward and it generally is; as you might’ve guessed the chute is used for moving snow from the ground and redirecting it to where you want it to go. This description is a little simplistic, though, as chutes may differ in how they deal with snow removal and how they’re controlled. In this article we look at these differences and how they might affect your purchase decision.