With summer closing, it is time to begin preparations for winter. That means getting ready for early snow fall and as such it is a good time to consider purchasing a snow blower or replacing that old blower.
Snow blowers are a great way to remove snow from driveways, side walks and patios. While there are many blowers on the market, the most powerful blowers and the ones that can take on the toughest of snow is the gasoline powered, snow blowers.
Especially useful are the ones with tracks instead of wheels, and thus making maneuverability easier and stable. Enabling anyone to get the job done quicker.
Tracks Over Wheels
Many self propelled blowers use wheels on the rear as a means of mobility. While this is acceptable in many situations, tracks or treads are better because they are less likely to have difficulty with the underlying ice that is beneath the snow.
Also, when dealing with deep and well packed snow, tracks allow for a better bite by the blower and thus makes it easier to deal with deep and well packed snow. Additionally, treads or tracks do not require air and therefore are not going to lose air during storage.
Tracks on blowers are high strength rubber that is capable of lasting for years and years without replacement. They wear less than tires and offer more stability overall with the equipment. The main difference is that tracks have more parts than wheels and thus are slightly more expensive than wheeled versions. However, this is offset by the advantages.
Top Compact Track Snow Blower under $1500
A two stage, electric start snow blower from Ariens, which runs on tracks instead of wheels. The Ariens Model #ST24LET Blower cuts a 24 inch swatch with an intake of 20 inches and a discharge radius of over 30 feet.
It has multiple forward speeds and a single reverse speed for easy control. This is a great blower for small to medium yards with lots of snow.
Best Two-Stage Snow Thrower
All Ariens models are made in the U.S and this blower – Ariens Model #921023 Blower uses a 250cc engine to cut a 28 inch swath with a intake of 21 inches and a discharge over 30 feet.
Complete with an electric start for easy running, it also has multiple forwards and reverse speeds and can be controlled single handed. The tracks make it very stable and easy to run and the discharge is remotely turned. A great blower for any size yard.
Best Track-Drive Snow Thrower
A blower by the leading manufacturer of power equipment, this 30 inch blower – Husqvarna Model #ST330T Blower can handle moist, deep, packed snow. It is electric start with multiple forward and reverse speeds and has a long discharge radius.
Best of all, the transmission is all cast iron and the impeller is 4 stage for efficient and quick snow removal with less clogging. This is an excellent machine for any snow condition.
Best Snowblower for Heavy Wet Snow
Another 28 inch blower, this one – Ariens Model #926042 Blower is designed to tackle any terrain. Hills, slopes, flats and bumps, this blower can handle them all with single touch, raise and lower system. All the controls are fingertip handled and the auto turn technology make handling this blower a breeze.
Multiple forward and reverse speeds, easy to adjust skids and more pack this blower with features. Built tough, this blower will provide years of generous service and help keep your area free of snow.
As with any power equipment purchases, always read and follow the instructions found in the operator’s manual. This is for safety and the longevity of the tool. Since blowers can discharge snow a good distance, always be aware of your surroundings for your safety and that of others.