The best time to consider investing in a snow blower is before the snow season begins. Not only is it less expensive in the off season but there is time to make the right choice for the right investment.
Snow is an ever present hazard during the winter months and being prepared for when it arrives save both money and effort and allows an individual the opportunity to get right to the job with no hassle. There are single and two stage models of snow blowers and each have their advantages and disadvantages.
Single or Double Stage Snow Blowers
The main difference between the two stages is how the snow is plowed and removed. In a single stage, the impellers and blades are in fact one unit. The blades both chew the snow and discharge. In a two stage, the blades pass the snow to an impeller that then discharges the snow.
Thus the main difference is the efficiency in which the snow is removed and how effective the discharge is. Single stage are fine for small yards, side walks and driveways. Double stage blowers are better for medium sized to large yards and surface areas or where there will be an overabundance of snow.
Single stage blowers come in corded or cordless versions and some are gas with double stage being primarily gas powered blowers. The advantage there is that gas blowers are also typically self propelled and have more power to spare for deeper or moist and well packed snow.
Five Great Snowblower Brands
Best Corded Snow Thrower
This corded electric 20 inch blower – GreenWorks Model #26032 Blower is single stage with a adjustable discharge tube. The discharge radius is 20 feet and the blower can cut through snow up to 10 inches deep.
GreenWorks is a company dedicated to producing zero emission tools and this blower is dependable and robust enough to use season after season.
Best Cordless Snow Blower
Another popular brand, this Snow Joe blower is a single stage, cordless blower for small to medium yards or driveways. The Snow Joe Model #iON18SB Blower can cut a swatch 8 inches deep and 18 inches wide and discharge up to 20 feet. This is also a very lightweight blower, coming in at around 32 pounds, making it easy to use and store.
This is a great blower with around a 50 minute run time, more than enough to small yards and driveways and enough time for sidewalks and the porch.
Best Gas Powered Snow Thrower
Yard Machines makes dependable blowers and this single stage, gas powered blower – Yard Machines Model #31A-2M1E700 Blower is no exception. Designed to cut up to 13 inches deep and 21 inches wide, this blower is powerful enough to handle dense or moist snow.
The discharge is up to 20 feet and the tube is adjustable. It is easy to use and very mobile and is perfect for sidewalks and driveways.
Top Rated Snowthrower to Buy
This model – Poulan PRO Model #PR241 Blower is a two stage, gas powered blower with remote electric start for dependable starting each and every time. The all steel blades will handle deep snow and will cut a swath 24 inches wide with no problems.
It has high rear tires and six forward and one reverse gear and can be operated one handed for easy mobility. This is a powerful blower for medium to large surfaces or where the snow is deep and packed.
Top Rated Snow Thrower
A self propelled, single hand operation, two stage snow blower, the Ariens Model #921030 Blower has the power to tackle any snow job. All steel blades and powerful impeller mean the snow is dealt with easily. The discharge tube can blow snow over 25 feet distance and the tube is remote adjusted. The cutting swath is 28 inches and can cut snow up to 20 inches deep.
Built to handle deep and packed snow, this blower can take care of any size surface. Two reverse gears and six forward gears give this model the ability to work in any situation and it is remote electric start for reliable and dependable starting.
Always wear the appropriate safety gear when using any snow blower, and always read and follow the operator’s manual.