Getting the Right Snow Blower
As the temperatures plunge and snow covers the ground, you might start thinking about how you’ll tackle snow removal for your home this winter. If you’re a first-time homeowner, it might be a little overwhelming to research all of the options at your disposal.
Should you consider buying a gas- or electric-powered snow blower? What’s the difference between single-stage and two-stage? What’s the maintenance involved with these pieces of equipment? What are some of the equipment limitations? Will a good old-fashioned shovel be enough? The Handyguys — home improvement specialists — share their opinions on getting the right snow blower for your needs.
According to Consumer Reports, a single-stage gas- or electric-powered snow blower only includes an auger, which picks up the snow and also throws it. A two-stage gas-powered snow blower has an auger to gather all of the snow and then an impeller, which will propel it. Two-stage gas-powered snow blowers also may work best in areas prone to more than 8 inches of snowfall, says Consumer Reports.
Looking for more tips on snow removal for your home? Check out what you need to know about snow shoveling safety.
PAUL: You know Brian, it’s starting to get cold out and I’m thinking about snow.
BRIAN: You gotta think about moving that snow. If you are in areas that get lots of snow, you are going to need something like this.
PAUL: This is a two-stage gas powered snow blower. I got this a few years ago. It’s awesome.
PAUL: It’ll throw the snow across the street. You need something big like this that’s two-stage.
PAUL: If you really need to move it—you have a big driveway—you are going to want something that is powerful.
PAUL: This thing has an impeller and it has an auger. So the auger clears the snow and the impeller blows it.
PAUL: It’s got a lot of power and you can go up over a foot deep. However that may not be the right model for everyone.
PAUL: I know a lot of new homeowners are looking for a snow blower and they want to know.
PAUL: Do they need to get something like this? Or what about this? This is an electric snow blower.
BRIAN: I have used these in the past Paul and these are pretty good if you don’t have a far distance to go.
BRIAN: If you are in within a reasonable distance from an outlet.
BRIAN: And the snow is not that deep. Or if you don’t have a huge area to do.
BRIAN: They’re electric, right, so you have to drag around an extension cord but no gas,no oil, no maintenance, all you have to do is plug it in and go.
PAUL: Right, so on my combustion engine I’ve got to make sure I always have good gas in the blower.
PAUL: I can’t allow it to go stale, I have to drain it in at the end of the season.
PAUL: I have to change the oil and make sure I have the correct levels and I have to store it.
BRIAN: That’s right. This you can hang up on a hook in your wall, this will fold up if you want.
BRIAN: There’s different versions of this but essentially they are small, compact, lightweight.
PAUL: Exactly and you don’t have to trip on it throughout the other 9 months of the year when you are just storing it.
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BRIAN: Thanks for watching.