Starting a snowblower may be one of the most frustrating experiences I’ve ever had the displeasure of living through. That’s largely because any snowblower I’ve ever used had a recoil start (pull start if you prefer) option. There’s nothing to get the blood boiling like yanking on that cord numerous times, listening to the engine sputter a few times, and then having it promptly cut out on you. You start to ask yourself: Did I overprime it? Is there enough gas in it? Is it getting the right spark to the engine? These are all valid questions that people have been asking themselves for decades.
Fortunately, if you’re willing to spend a few extra dollars you can buy a snowblower with an electric start and avoid all these problems. It’s quite satisfying to simply push a button and watch your machine roar into life; that’s what you can expect when an electric-start snowblower is working properly. Here’s a quick breakdown of the pros and cons of each type of start option.