On those early winter mornings, when you look out your window and know that you'll have to shovel
When picking out your snow blower, there are many options to think about before making your final purchase. The first is, do you really need it? If you have back problems or live in a geographically snowy area, then it's probably a good idea. A snowblower is a fairly large investment of your garage space, so think about that before picking your model. How much snow do you typically get? For snow that is traditionally less than ten inches per snowfall, a single-stage snowblower works great. For anything heavier, up to as much as six feet of snow, a stage two snowblower is required. Many of these machines also come with a push start option, or you can stick with the tether pull. Some are propelled forward by the augers themselves, while others are propelled independently.
Also to keep in mind: snowblowers are dangerous tools, even though they look cool and sound awesome. There are loads of risks when you operate a snowblower: the most common is the danger of broken and/or detached fingers. Augers can become clogged, and our first impulse is generally to fix that problem, whilst forgetting the tendency for the auger to right itself. Some snowblowers now come equipped with a switch that all but guarantees that the auger will stay put when being unclogged. Others come with pins that break when the auger becomes problematic, which turns the snowblower off until it is serviced. This protects you, and servicing is relatively easy itself.
Finally, choosing between petrol and electric is one of the major decisions to make before purchasing your snowblower. Electric is better for the environment, but some find that it has slightly less power. Petrol powered snowblowers are powerful, loud, and bad for the environment. Either way you choose, you will end up with a cleared pathway.