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Snow Blowers Buyer’s Guide
There’s a lot of technical terms being thrown around in these reviews, so it may benefit you to brush up on some of the features to look for when purchasing the best snow blower for your needs. Here’s a quick breakdown of some terms you’ll often see and how they relate to your snow blowing experience.
Stage: Snow blowers come in single, double and even triple stages. A single stage machine relies on an auger to both gather and toss the snow. They tend to be pushed along by a combination of the auger movement and muscle power. These machines are ideal for lighter snow removal jobs. Two stage snow blowers combine the action of an auger with an impeller, which throws the snow independently. Less common three stage machines combine the impeller and auger with an induction accelerator. These are especially advantageous for heavy and wet snow.
Single-Hand Control: Having to stop to make adjustments invites performance problems and slows the job. Handles that are accessible with one hand while keeping the other free for continuous operation prevent this from becoming an issue. The ability to operate the chute and deflector from the operator position is also important.
Electric Start: Pull start engines can be a chore on bitterly cold winter days. Better to push a button so you don’t spend too much job time just trying to start the motor. It spares wear and tear on the back and arm too.
Transmission Speed Control: Higher-end snow blowers are self-propelled and offer a variety of forward speeds and the ability to travel in reverse. Varying snow conditions may take more or less movement time, and a multi-speed transmission gives you options for most situations you may encounter.
Headlights & Hand Warmers: Sometimes you don’t have the luxury of deciding whether to remove snow in the daytime, especially in the far north climate. Many machines are equipped with headlights so you can work after sunset or in the early morning hours. Keeping your hands warm, even with gloves, can be a challenge thus hand warmers are nice added feature for extra comfort.
Keep these terms in mind when comparing prices and features to find the Best Snow Blower!