Some blowers have difficulty working on none smooth surfaces like gravel. For those that don’t have concrete driveways this can mean having to do it with back breaking labor. In the 21st Century, no one should have to end up in traction to clear snow.
As previously mentioned, not everyone has concrete for driveways and walkways. For those that do, there might be uneven sections. Some blowers can damage surfaces if not adjusted properly. Many blowers come with adjustable skids for handling any surface but they do have to be adjusted prior to use.
Also, larger and wider tires help to keep from disrupting the surface. Smaller tires on some of the walk behind blowers are thin and can damage surfaces due to the ice or snow if the blower is heavy enough.
Larger tires distribute the weight so there is little downward pressure to cause damage. Also, larger tires make it easier to turn on gravel and are less likely to damage the surface as well. As long as the blower has skids there is little potential for damage to gravel driveways and are less likely to be propelling rocks or pebbles at your neighbors.
Five Great Snowblowers for Gravel
Best Rated Single-Stage Snow Thrower
This single stage blower – Ariens Model #938031 Blower uses rubber augers to help prevent damage and gravel throwing. Still, it is powerful enough to handle up to 300 pounds of snow per minute.
It has a 208cc engine and can throw snow up to 20 feet. This is a great little snow blower for those that have small surface areas to remove snow.
Best Snow Thrower under $600
Ariens is made in the U.S.A. and have been making blowers for generations. Like the Model 31, this blower – Ariens Model #938034 Blower is gas powered and uses a rubber auger to remove snow. Discharge is up to 20 feet but this blower has a smaller engine of a 136cc.
While less powerful, in engine terms, it can still handle up to 300 pounds per minute. The cutting swath is 21 inches as had around a 10 inch intake. This is a great blower for residential use.
Best Snow Blower for the Money
The Powerland Model #PDST24 Blower is a gas powered, walk behind blower with 196cc engine for power and performance. It has adjustable skids and an easy to adjust discharge tube that can discharge up to and over 25 feet.
It has multiple forward speeds and a single reverse and has large snow tread tires capable of handling any surface. It has a cutting swath of 24 inches and an intake of 20 inches, more than enough to handle deep snow.
Best Snow Thrower under $1000
This blower – MTD Gold Model #31BM63LF704 Blower has a 26 inch cutting swath and is fully powered by a gasoline engine of 208cc. The intake is 21 inches deep and the discharge range is over 30 feet. The discharge tube is remote operated and this walk behind blower has multiple forward and reverse speeds.
The augurs is all steel and so is the impeller to make a double stage blower. This is a great blower for deep or hard packed snow.
Best Tracked Snowblower for Gravel Driveway
This top of the line, blower – Husqvarna Model# ST330T Blower uses rubber tracks to propel the unit. It has an all steel auger and impeller and a cast transmission and transfer box. It has adjustable skids, a drift cutter and multiple forward and reverse speeds.
It has a cutting swath of 30 inches and an intake over 21 inches. This is an excellent blower for any condition and is great for gravel surfaces.
As with any equipment purchases, remember to read and follow the instructions in the operator’s manual. Since discharge is a good distance, always be aware of your surroundings for your safety and that of others.