It’s getting to be that time of year, when you can see winter lurking just around the corner, and with it, comes snow. Here in the Midwest we are no stranger to snow storms, and a lot of people keep it old school and use a snow shovel. Do you ever look with envy at your neighbor who rolls out with a brand new snow blower and finishes in a fraction of the time it takes you with your shovel? It may be time to grab a snow blower of your own. Like most things, when you start shopping for a snow blower you may become overwhelmed by all of the different brands, types, and styles of snow blowers, but we have put together a little guide to help you find the right snow blower to fit your needs.
Once you have figured out
- How much area you have to clear
- What kind of snow you will be clearing
- What type of terrain you will be clearing
It is time to pick out a snow blower! Snow blowers come in 4 different varieties, Electric, Single-Stage, Two-Stage, and Three-Stage. Each one is designed to tackle different needs, and you don’t want to buy a snow blower that is under (or over) powered. To choose which is right for you, you have to know the differences between the four.
Electric snow blowers come in cordless (requiring a charge) or corded varieties, and are ideal for clearing small places like decks or hard to reach walkways, places that would be difficult for a larger gas powered model to reach. Electric snow blowers tend to be smaller, and light weight, making them ideal for these situations. Another plus is that you don’t need to fill them up with gas or change the oil, but this comes with the price of power. Electric snow blowers might have a hard time removing heavy or wet snow, and are better suited for light layers of powder.
Single-Atage snow blowers basically pick up the snow, and throw it. The auger contacts the ground and throws the snow up the chute and out. You have to be conscious about where you use a single-stage blower, because it will throw whatever is in its path, meaning it will shoot rocks out, so don’t use it on a gravel surface. These are a good starting place for the first time snow blower buyer, as they are small enough to store, but powerful enough to clear your driveway quickly. If you live in an area with larger snowfalls (exceeding 12 inches) you may want to upgrade to the Two-Stage blower, as the Single-Stage can have issues is large snow drifts.
The Two-Stage snow blower actually throws the snow in two steps. First, the auger scoops up the snow, then an impeller throws the snow out of the chute. Because of this the auger does not actually come into contact with the ground so it can be used on gravel surfaces. The Two-Stage blowers also offer more power and are wider, making it easier to clear large areas of deep snow. If you still want even more power than that, then look for a Three-Stage blower
Three-Stage blowers are the largest and most powerful snow blowers you can buy. Just like the name implies, the Three-Stage blowers actually throw snow in three steps. First, two augers pick up the snow and propel it back in to an accelerator. The accelerator chops up the snow and ice and pushes back into the impeller, and the impeller launches the snow out of the chute at extremely high speed. This means that you can clear large areas of super deer snow, and throw the snow around 50 feet.
If you are thinking about making the switch to a snow blower, or are looking at replacing your old one, stop in to either Ty’s Outdoor Power locations to see our full lineup of snow blowers and one of our expert staff can help you find the one that’s right for you.