Often this means out in the weather taking the time to use a shovel to remove snow from drives and sidewalks and even patios and porches. Many times the area to be cleared is not enough for a self propelled blower but too much for a shovel. That is why there are hand held, powered blowers that can easily be used in place of larger blower and can be used to clear patios and porches with ease.
How Snow Blowers Work
Without going into great technical detail, the basic concept of snow removal is very simple. Remove the snow from one location and place it in another. To do this efficiently and without a great deal of back breaking labor, the snow blower or automatic snow shovel was created. While smaller surfaces like small driveways and sidewalks and that of patios have been traditionally too small for gas powered blowers, the advent of electronic technology has allowed the use of electricity for powering smaller hand held devices for removing snow. They work on the same principle as the larger blowers in that they use an auger to break up the compacted snow.
Hand held snow blowers are single stage in that the auger also propels the snow some distance away. Without a disposal chute the snow is discharged far forward, typically beyond the surface to be cleared. They are also lighter and more mobile than the larger blowers for getting around sharp, tight corners like those found on porches. These hand held blowers are also easier to store than the larger blowers in that not only do they not take up space but they do not require fuel that must be drained for storage. For those looking for a small blower, here are five blowers considered among many to be the best on the market.
Top Electric Snow Thrower
This easy to use and handle blower features a 9 amp motor for cutting a 12.6 wide swath in the snow and can handle snow up to 4 inches deep. The Power Smart Model #DB5006 Blower has a locking ring for cord control and the auger propels snow up to 20 feet.
It is light weight and easy to store. This is an excellent, inexpensive, hand held snow blower for side walks and patios.
Best Small Electric Snow Thrower
This hand held blower has an ergonomic design to prevent back strain and is powerful with a 7.5 electric motor to cut a 12 inch swath through snow. The Snow Joe Model #322P Blower will handle up to 300 pounds of snow per minute and discharge the snow up to 20 feet. It has a cord control system and the entire unit is very lightweight at 12 pounds and is easy to maneuver.
This is a perfect blower for small surface areas and makes the job quick and fast. Best of all, it comes with a two year warranty.
Best Snow Thrower for the Money
Toro is a recognized brand in outdoor power equipment. This blower, Toro Model #38361 Blower has a telescoping metal handle and has an ergonomic design for less back strain. It will handle 300 pounds of snow per minute and discharge the snow up to 20 feet.
It will cut a swath 16 inches wide and cut snow up to 6 inches deep. It is very light weight at 12.5 pounds and the control for the cord is easy and simple. The unit is rust resistant and comes with a two year warranty.
Best Electric Snow Shovel
This ergonomic, hand held blower can move up to 300 pounds of snow per minute and discharge up to 20 feet. This unit – Snow Joe Model #324E Blower also has a light to make working in no light and low light conditions easier and safer.
The 10 amp motor is powerful enough to handle even dense snow and the unit is light weight and easy to use and control. It comes with a two year warranty and is easily stored in a closet thanks to its small size.
Best Electric Snowblower
While not a handheld, there are some surfaces that are too large for a handheld and too small for a self propelled. That is where this single stage blower comes in. The Snow Joe Model #SJ620 Blower has a 13.5 amp motor for moving dense snow, discharging for 20 feet. It will cut a swath 18 inches wide and will handle 600 pounds of snow per minute.
It is still light weight enough to handle porches and large patios and take on a small to medium driveway with easy. It is electric powered and the discharge chute is remotely operated up to 180 degrees. Easy to store, this is a great small to medium range snow blower. Great for any home.
For the longevity of the unit and the safety of the operator, it is imperative that any individual should read and follow the operating manual and safety instructions. Always be aware of the surface that is to be cleared and make sure to use ample cord space and room to prevent problems.
Always wear safety gear when operating any power equipment and never store the unit plugged in. Be sure to allow the unit to dry properly before attempting to store the unit as moisture buildup could result potentially damaging the unit.