It’s been a strange winter thus far, with warm weather and exceedingly cold weather. Have you adjusted well to the changes, especially the snow? Besides considering a portable generator, a snow blower is another essential piece of winter equipment to have handy. So find out everything you need to know about the second item on your winter must-have list:
In this post, we’ll explore the benefits of the Snow Blower.
One of several DIY solutions for efficient snow removal, the snow blower, could be one of the most loved power tools in your garage! Why? If shoveling is physically impossible or you’re not going to hire someone else to shovel, using a snow blower can save you a lot of time and sweat equity.
Choose the right snow blower for the job. First, you’ve got to identify your “snow removal profile” – how much snow you need to clear from how large an area. Then, take into consideration what the terrain is like and what kind of snow is falling, most of the time. Will you be pushing the snow blower up a slope, or running it right down the driveway in a straight, level line? Is the snow wet, icy, powder or in-between? All of these factors come into play while you’re pondering in the snow blower isle at the store.
Snow blowers come in three types: single-stage electric, single-stage gas and two-stage gas. More than one of these types may be able to handle your typical snow-clearing job.
Single-Stage Snow Blowers
- Easier to handle
- Best in light snowfalls of eight inches or less
- Great for clearing small to medium-sized areas
- Best for paved surfaces
Electric single-stage models tend to be lighter and more compact that gas units. They start with the push of a button and require an outdoor extension cord to operate. Larger gas-powered single-stage snow blowers on the other hand, are not tethered to a power cord, and typically can clear wider, higher areas.
Two-Stage Snow Blowers
- A larger engine and intake area clears more snow faster
- Best in medium to heavy snowfalls in excess of eight inches
- Great for driveways over 60 feet
- Two-stage operation prevents clogging in heavy, wet snow
- Cut through hard-packed snow or ice
Some two-stage snow blowers have engine-driven wheels that can handle uneven or sloped terrain. The push-propelled models are best for level surfaces. You can also use tire chains with some models for more traction in all conditions. Chances are, you’ll still need to shovel around parked cars and for finishing work.
Don’t forget a gas can! Easy-to-use, spill-proof gas cans are ideal to keep on hand for fueling gas-powered tools like snow blowers.
About the Author
Tempe Thompson is a sales and inventory expert at Runyon Equipment Rental. She has over 35 years of experience and has accumulated a tremendous amount of knowledge and expertise. She could talk for hours about how to use all of Runyon’s tools and equipment, in addition to suggesting which type corresponds to a certain application.