Snow Blowers

Written by Charles Peacock
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Snow blowers are a great way to save yourself--and your back--from the tough task of shoveling snow. If you live in an area that regularly sees large snowfalls, looking into snow blowers is probably a good move. Let's examine some of the different types out there so you can make a well-informed purchase.

Varieties of Snow Blowers

As you can probably imagine, snow blowers can be acquired cheaply or expensively. This can be both good and bad--if your snow removal needs are light, a cheap snow blower may well do the trick. In all actuality, however, spending a little more on a unit will probably leave you with something that gets the job done and lasts you more than a few winters.

Snow blowers come in two main designs: single stage or two-stage. Single stage blowers are generally lighter weight and are intended for lighter snowfalls. They work by bringing the snow into the machine and blowing it out in one single motion using a single high-speed spinning auger. Because a single auger is doing all of the work, it works great for light amounts of snow but may get bogged down or jammed if subjected to really deep snow.

Two-stage blowers work by utilizing two separate processes, one to pull in the snow and one to blow it out. A powerful, slow-moving auger lifts the snow into the machine, and feeds it over into a separate high-speed impeller. The impeller then shoots the snow out of the machine. This distribution of power (typically benefiting from a much heavier engine) helps remove heavier amounts of snow.

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