Have you ever lived in an area that has enough snow every year that you have to constantly shovel it off your driveway and walkways? Then, you already know what a time-consuming task it must have been using a shovel.
Right now, it may be that you’re considering getting a snowblower or snow thrower as they are properly called for the fact that they don’t blow snow.
Just a bit of history.
The first snowblower was developed in 1925 in rural Canada to clear snow-covered roads by a farmer and road contractor Arthur Sicard. Having been built by a farmer, it was not surprising to have it look like a hybrid of wheat, with two rotating blades on the front and a long chute that hurled the snow to one side. Further developments and variations on this first system became needful for all road builders, airports, and railroads around the world.
In 1951, Toro launched the domestic push snowblower cementing the machine’s role as one of the most important back-saving devices ever made.
Generally, you have the options of an electric snow-blower and the gas snowblower. Both have got their best uses though.
ELECTRIC SNOW BLOWER
Electric snow blowers tend to have a cutting range of about 18 inches and a power rating of between 12 and 15 amps. They are good for clearing snow areas within the size of a 3 car driveway and sidewalks. They could be classified as capable to clear up to 10 inches of snow at a time, but snow depths of 4 to 6 inches are more practical. They could clear snow from the electrical outlet up to around 150 feet maximum.
GAS SNOW BLOWER
Gas-powered snow blowers on the other hand, like the name, implies use gas instead of electric. It does not need a chord. The gas snow blowers are usually of two kinds; the single-stage and the two stages blowers following their capacity.
Single-stage snow blowers are usually 21 to 24-inches and are rated to clear about 12-inch snow at a time. You can be sure to remove 6 to 8 inches in one pass. Instead of the 2-cycle engines which require you to add oil to the gas, they are now powered by 4-cylinder engines, which are quieter and can handle more load, and more equipped for tougher terrains. The 2 stage gas snow blower, on the other hand, are sized to a cutting width of 24 to 33 inches and are self-propelled with up to 6 forward speeds and backwards.
The unique thing about the 2 stage snow blower is that it can handle wet snow better, as they are powered by a secondary impeller from the chute and are also able to clear up to 24-inch deep snow. On a commercial scale, you should be considering the 2 stage gas snow blower, especially if you live in the mountains. In some cases, the single-stage can come in electric or the gas model, just the way you can get the 2 stage gas model coming with an electric starter in many cases.
Before you choose a snowblower
Before you decide to pick which kind of snow blower you should go for, you need to answer a very vital question; what do you need? Your answer to this question has a way of helping you go for the very appropriate snow blower well suited for your need.
The PROs and CONs
The different snowblowers have got their uniqueness, and they’ve also got their pros and cons, you need the understanding of those to aid your decision.
The Electric Snowblower
The Gas Snowblower
|✔ Easy to use||✔ Suited for larger areas as they are not limited by distance|
|✔ Suited for small areas||✔ Can handle tougher terrains|
|✔ Light||✔ Covers more areas in less time.|
The Electric Snowblower
The Gas Snowblower
|✘Cannot handle any cutting range beyond 18fts.||✘Cost of operation can high because of gas.|
|✘Require Electricity.||✘Bulky and occupy space.|
|✘Cannot handle far distances for the short length of the chord.|
|✘Not conducive for tougher terrains.|
Your choice of whether an electric snow blower or a gas snow blower will be largely dependent on the area you need the blower to clear. So if you have a larger space or area you’ll need a higher capacity snow blower, then a gas snow blower it is, not minding that it will need gas and has other constraints.
And if it’s just a small area, a portable electric snow blower would do because it will not take much energy but has a limitation in terms of speed, and the chords may be a concern at some point. A snow blower is a great tool, but the choice of which to take lie with you. As you know your need better (what use you want the tool for), you are set to pick what’s best for you