Snowblower Buying Guide

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.

Husqvarna With Fully Automatic Adjustable Chute

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Who’s Pushing This Thing Anyway?

If you’re not afraid of a little work you might not be too concerned with how your new snowblower is propelled forward, but if you’re suffering from back problems you may be looking for a machine that will make your life a little easier. Some machines are self-propelled and some are not – obviously the self-propelled machines will cost you a fair bit more money. If you want to find out more about this topic, click here.

Briggs & Stratton Self-Propelled With Forward & Reverse

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Choosing the Right Gas Engine

Obviously there’s a big difference between an electric engine and a gas engine, but there’s also different types of gas engines as well. If you’ve ever stumbled upon an article where someone briefly mentions a 2-cycle engine or a 4-cycle engine and wondered what they’re going on about, then this article is for you. Here we explain in plain English what the difference is between the two types of engines.

The Difference is in the Start

Traditionally snowblowers have been started much the same way as you start your lawnmower – by yanking on a cord. Well, modern technology has come a long way and this is no longer your only option. How important what type of start the machine you’re going to purchase has is up to you, but you do have a couple of different choices. Here we look at the pros and cons of a recoil-start snowblower versus an electric-start snowblower.

Clearing the Way

Perhaps the most important thing to consider in a snowblower is how effective it is at clearing a path through the snow in your driveway. There are a couple of different factors to consider here too and this article will explain them in detail for you. You want to consider things such as how wide a path it clears, how well you can see where you’re going, and how much traction you’re getting as you go.

Clear Your Sidewalks With the Black & Decker Max

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Electric Versus Gasoline

We’ve saved some of the most important factors you should consider for the end of this article and probably the most important decision you will make is whether to go with an electric or gasoline-powered snowblower. There are a lot of factors to consider in this decision, such as the impact the machine will make on the environment, how much power you really need, and what kind of climate you live in. You’ll find everything you need to know right here.

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