While a person can grab the shovel and, using back breaking labor, get the job done, there is no reason to when a powered snow removal system can do the job faster and more efficiently.
Taking on the challenge of removing snow with an inexpensive, gas powered blower not only save times but saves money as well.
Well Worth It
As previously mentioned, snow removal by hand can be labor intensive. In some ways, it can also be dangerous should a person slip and fall while attempting to clear snow. By using a gas powered snow removal system, the potential hazards are lessened and the job is completed quickly.
Gasoline powered blowers come in two varieties, single stage and double stage. Single stage systems use a combination auger and impeller to remove snow. Double stage blowers use a separate auger and impeller and thus are more efficient at removing deeper snow and snow that is well packed or very moist and thus sticky.
For those that have a small area to clear, a single stage blower is fine for clearing. Larger areas such as longer driveways, long sidewalks or areas where road plows produce significant berms of snow, a double stage blower is better suited.
While there are other powered blowers, such as electric, gasoline blowers have the power and performance that will get the job done in a variety of conditions.
Four Great Inexpensive Heavy Duty Blowers
Top Single-Stage SnowBlower under $400
This single stage blower – Yard Machines Model #31A-2M1E700 Blower offers a rotating discharge tube, and cuts 21 inches wide and has an intake of 13 inches, giving it plenty of room for clearing most spaces. It is real easy to use and it has wheels for mobility.
This is a great blower for handling most small driveways and sidewalks but a little heavy for porches.
Best Snow Blower under $500
Made by Yard Machines, this is essentially an electric start version of the E700 model. The Yard Man Model #31AS2S1E700 Blower has the same cutting swath at 21 inches and an intake of 13 inches.
The addition of an electric start makes starting faster and doesn’t require recoil starting like the model above. Again, this model is great for smaller surface areas and sidewalks.
Best Small Gas Snow Blower for the Money
The Ariens Model #938031 Blower is the single stage offering from Ariens, who is a US manufacturer and is well known for their self propelled models. This 208cc cuts a 21 inch swath and has around a 10 inch intake.
The discharge tube is manual but will rotate. The rubber auger makes sure to not damage surfaces and it is wheeled for mobility. This is a simple to use, snow blower for any home.
Best Snow Thrower under $700
The Power Smart Model #DB7659A Blower is a double stage, self propelled blower that offers a cutting swath of 24 inches and a intake of 21.
The all steel construction offers robust staying power and it is electric start for easy starting. The large rear tires have excellent traction in low friction and the weight will help power through deep drifts or wet snow. This is a powerful blower for any home.
When purchasing any power equipment, always read and follow the operator’s manual included with your purchase. Additionally, always wear the appropriate safety gear when using any power tool or equipment and since blowers can discharge at a significant distance, always be aware of your surroundings for your safety and that of others.