With Winter around the corner, many folks are taking a look at purchasing or replacing their snowblower. Having a snow blower is a great way to reduce the time and effort it takes to removing snow from walks, driveways and more.
However, with all the brands on the market and with companies constantly changing original equipment manufacturers going with the brand names doesn’t always mean that you will get a blower made by the company whose name is on the nameplate. The great news is, there are some brands that stand out as being quality units that are very reliable.
Who Makes What?
Understanding who makes what snow blower can help you with the different brands. In many cases, one manufacturer might make multiple blowers. Often different brands are focused on a specific market segment. For example, the manufacturer who makes the most brands is MTD. MTD Limited makes Craftsman, Yardman, MTD Label, Troy-Bilt, Columbia, Yard Machines, Remington, and Cub Cadet. Within these different brands, there are different models that are tailored to a segment within that brand’s placement in the market. Remington and Yardman, for example, are tailored to the value consumer while MTD labeled products are a mid-range model.
Importantly, this does not mean the quality is less in one brand or another, only that the features may be different or modified to be better suited to a type of consumer. Another example is Husqvarna. Husqvarna Outdoor Products LLC makes both Husqvarna and the Poulan Pro series of snowblowers. Both brands are ranked highly and both have records of reliable service but the Poulan Pro series is targeted to the budget conscious consumer while the Husqvarna brand is tailored to the feature-oriented consumer. Brands have changed a lot over the decades and this is especially true in snow blowers.
Five Great Snowblower Brands
Best Snowblower on the Market
Manufactured by Amerisun Inc, this model – Power Smart Model #DB7651 Two Stage SnowBlower is tailored for the budget conscious consumer. The LCT Storm Force engine is manufactured by LCT and is widely used on many snow blower of various manufacturers. This engine has a long history of very reliable service and this model has many standard features found on many blowers today.
These include multiple speeds in forward and reverse and having electric start. This model has an adjustable discharge tube, skids and a 24 inch cutting swath with a 21 inch intake. People who use this model love the fact it is easy to assemble and use and capable of tackling even large jobs.
Top 2 Stage Electric Start Snowthrower
Built in North Carolina, this model – Husqvarna Model #ST224 Two Stage SnowBlower features a Husqvarna branded engine that is also made by LCT. It is a very reliable and dependable electric start engine designed specifically for cold weather use. It has all the features one would expect on a Husqvarna snow blower including adjustable skids and discharge tube with wide angles.
Large snow tires that provide stability even on thick ice and this model features a 24 inch cutting swath with a 21 inch intake. It also has dual headlight and heated grip handles for better handling. People who use this model love the solid construction, the easy starting and the quick work this model makes of any type of snow.
Best Snow Blower for Home Use
Who makes Briggs and Stratton? They do. From top to bottom, this blower – Briggs and Stratton Model #1696619 Two Stage SnowBlower is manufactured by Briggs and Stratton and is a well made blower with very solid performance in all types of snow. This model features a 27 inch cutting swath with a 20 inch intake for a wider cut. Most of the features such as adjustable discharge tube, easy to use controls and headlights are found on many models both made by B&S and others.
The primary difference is this model uses a friction disk drive coupled with the electric start for faster and better starting. It also has a great warranty of three years on both equipment and engine. People love this model of snowblower and well it performs under all conditions.
Best Snow Blower for the Money
Manufactured by Husqvarna LLC, this snow blower – Poulan PRO Model #PR300 Two Stage SnowBlower is a top end model for the budget conscious. It has a 30 inch cutting swath with a large intake and many of the standard features of an adjustable discharge tube, electric starting, large tires with excellent grip on snow and ice as well as a built in headlight.
Where this model differs is in that it has power steering to better maneuverability. The power steering is capable of allowing the unit to be driven one handed. In addition, it has a powerful engine at 254cc producing a generous torque of over 12 foot pounds. Individuals who use this model love the power to get through deep, moist, well packed snow and the power steering.
Top Rated Snow Thrower
One of the top brands if not the top brand is Ariens. Ariens manufacturers their own snowblower with the exception of the engine which depending on model is either an LCT or Briggs and Stratton engine. They are also known for the very reliable operation and how easy they are to service.
They are often found in both residential and commercial service. This model – Ariens Model #921024 Two Stage SnowBlower has the standard features of large snow tires, headlights and more but it is the dependability that separates Ariens from other models. People who use Ariens love them so much they refuse to use another brand.
To ensure the longevity of your snowblower, be sure to follow all instructions for operation and storage of your new unit.