Snow blowers (or snow throwers if you prefer) are made with one thing in mind: rapid and efficient removal of snow. If you live in snow country, consider one of these snow-blower options.
The three main types of snow blowers are two-stage gas, single-stage gas and single-stage electric. Since more than one of these types may be able to handle your typical snow-clearing job, it’s important to consider the advantages of each.
Two-stage blowers are capable of handling snowfalls in excess of 8 inches. These powerful blowers are the best for clearing large areas and have engine-driven wheels to better handle uneven terrain and help reduce operator fatigue. They discharge snow faster and farther than single-stage blowers with the aid of a high-speed impeller located behind the auger. A two-stage model is essential for gravel drives since the clearing auger doesn't touch the ground, elevated slightly by adjustable skid shoes.
Single-stage blowers are lighter and easier to handle than two-stage models. These blowers are best for clearing midsized areas with snowfalls of 8 inches or less. Snow is directed out the discharge chute by the auger. Although the wheels aren't engine-driven, all single-stage units have augers that contact the surface, providing limited forward-drive action. They are best used on paved surfaces.
Ask these five questions to ensure you get the snow blower that's best for your needs.