With the heat ravaging the Midwest and tentacles of the searing summer winding their way into the NorthEast, one could be forgiven for balking at a discussion of snowblowers. However, there is never a better time to consider a new snow blower than when the heat is allowing you to make breakfast on the sidewalk.
While we might be baking like a ham, right around the corner is ole Jack Frost waiting patiently to cover us all in a winter blanket of white, moist, snow for our trouble. Therefore, as hot as it may be, we need to be prepared for the onslaught of clearing driveways and sidewalks.
We Don’t Need No Snow Blowers
Unless you live in an area of the country that considers snow to be mythical or something shown on a movie screen, you do need a snow blower and a good one at that. Consider this, each year over 11,000 Adults and children are injured, some severely, from shoveling snow. When you consider that if you are injured shoveling snow, you are not only out the medical costs but the costs of being off work and more. Shoveling snow is one of the most dangerous chores around the home and the injuries cost you and businesses millions of dollars each year.
This is why you need a snowblower. A snowblower allows you to clear your walks and driveways faster and safer than using a shovel. Both single stage and dual stage blowers propel themselves into the snow and remove it a half or less time than it takes for your to shovel it. This means less time spent outdoors in the cold air and less time for your to slip and fall on any ice. In addition, you lessen your chance at a back injury or worse. If you get regular snow each year, you need a snow blower. All the ones below are two stage blowers for your convenience.
Five Great Snow Blowers For The Money
Top Value Two-Stage Snow Thrower
Remington is a U.S. based manufacturer and produces a quality line of tools and outdoor power equipment. This model – Remington Model #RM2860 Snow Blower has a 21 inch snow intake with a cutting swath of 28 inches, perfect for a wide range of applications. It has an all steel construction and the heavy tires will provide stability even on ice.
It has multiple forwards speeds and two reverse speeds and the unit has dual skids to protect your surface. The Powermore engine is a 243cc motive unit and the controls are easy to use and manipulate. The discharge tube is adjustable and remotely operated. This unit is new for this season.
Best Dual-Stage Snow Thrower
Briggs and Stratton are well known for their quality engines and this applies to their snow blowers and other power equipment as well. This model – Briggs and Stratton Model #1696156 Snow Blower packs a 250cc powerplant with 11.5-foot pounds of torque to cut and throw any type of snow from lite to deep and well packed.
Large tires offer a generous amount of stability and maneuverability and the discharge tube is remotely operated and fully adjustable. The unit has a 27 inch swath and a 19.5 intake and the intake has skids to protect your surfaces. This unit has dual headlights for low light conditions and people who have purchased and used this unit love the power and performance in all types of conditions.
Best Gas Powered 2-Stage Snow Thrower
When you have a lot of snow to deal with, you don’t want to waste time and this Murray will help you do that. The Murray Model #1696030 Snow Blower is electric start for faster starts and this model will cut a swath up to 29 inches wide. Perfect for residential or commercial use, this unit packs a powerplant with over 300cc of pure power.
The 21 inch tall intake has skids for surface protection and the discharge tube is adjusted remotely. This unit also features a built in headlight for low light conditions and the large tires offer stability even on thick ice. People who have this unit love the wide cutting swath and the high powered engine.
Best Snow Blower for the Money
Want solid performance in any snow type, in any extreme? The Ariens Model #921044 Snow Blower is for you. This model has over 300cc in the power plant and the engine is OHV for solid performance. It is electric start and the unit features a 28 inch wide cutting swath that can deal with any type of snow. The intake is 21 inches and it has skids for protecting surfaces.
The impeller is a three blade system for throwing the snow a good distance and to prevent clogging. This unit has large, well grip tires for stability and the unit has a built in headlight for low light conditions. People who have this unit can not express how much they love the power and performance of this well made snow blower.
Top Cheap Snowblower To Buy
New for this season, the TORO Power Max Model #HD-1028 Snow Blower is part of the OX series from Toro and has a high performance and powerful engine to handle all types of snow in almost any condition. Electric start and with a forward facing, semi-spotlight, this unit can power through snow even in the dark.
All steel solid construction makes for heavy use and this unit can be used commercially or residential. The tube is adjustable from the controls and the unit has multiple forward and reverse speeds. The large tires offer a generous performance even on thick ice. If you want high performance and quality, this Toro offers both.
As with any power equipment, always wear the appropriate safety gear at all times during operation.