Winter is a time for warm fires and hot chocolate, not spending hours removing snow from sidewalks and driveways. Each year, hundreds are injured or suffer repetitive stress injuries and other types of injuries due to shoveling snow.
Even those who have small driveways or no side walks can suffer accidents when trying to use the traditional snow removal method of using a shovel. In these modern times there is no reason to put oneself at risk for a possible severe injury when there are better snow removal methods and equipment available that will automate the process.
Considerations When Purchasing Snow Removal Equipment
One of the first considerations is the size of the area that the snow needs to be removed from. Driveways, sidewalks, patios and porches should all be considered when determining the size of area that requires snow removal. Along with size, maximum distance should be determined as well. The reason for this is, should an electric removal system be warranted, it will need a connection to the house power supply.
Another consideration, is how often snow will need to be removed and how quickly will the snow need to be removed. Often, clearing a average driveway only takes 15 minutes with a powered snow blower, sometimes even less. The other consideration when purchasing a snow removal system is the average depth of the snow to be removed.
Naturally, until the snow is in place exact dimensions will not be known but there is an average snowfall for the area and that will help determine both the size and power needed for the snow removal system. All of these factors combine to help an individual get the right snow removal system and the right investment. Here are five different snow removal systems from electric to gas powered, self propelled for consideration.
Best Electric Snow Shovel in the Market
For those that have very small areas or who want something to help clear porches and patios, the Snow Joe Model #324E Hand Held Power Blower is an excellent hand held snow removal system. The 10 amp motor will handle up to 300lbs of snow per minute.
The handle is designed to prevent user strain and the device cuts an 11 inch wide swath through the snow. This unit also has a light for low light conditions to help facilitate snow removal safely.
Best Electric Snow Thrower to Buy
For those that have too much surface area for a handheld but not enough for a gas powered blower, the Snow Joe Model #SJ621 Rotary Blower and the next model are the in between stages of snow removal systems. The SJ621 cuts an 18 inch swath and can handle up to 650lbs of snow per minute and provide a discharge of 180 degrees adjustable.
The discharge distance is 20 feet and can handle up to 10 inches of snow depth. This unit is electric with a 13.5 amp motor and uses the single stage method for snow removal.
Top Snow Thrower for the Money
Like the Snow Joe SJ621 this blower has a 13 amp motor and single stage removal system. The WEN Model #5662 Snow Blower has a fully adjustable discharge chute and will discharge to 30 feet. The discharge chute is remotely operated. It has an 18 swath and will handle snow up to 10 inches deep.
It has 4.5 inch wheels to help with mobility and backed by a one year warranty. For one needing an intermediate size blower, this is the one of choice.
Best 2-Stage Electric Start Snow Thrower
Moving into the more powerful blower, these are fully powered, gas systems for removing decent to significant amounts of snow quickly and efficiently. This blower – Poulan Pro Model #961920068 Gas Snow Blower is self propelled with six forward and two reverse speeds. It has adjustable handle height and can be single handle operated. It also has adjustable skids for a variety of surfaces, grass, dirt and pavement.
It has 15 inch tires and has a cutting swath of 27 inches wide and can handle snow up to 20 inches deep. It uses a two stage system and will discharge snow up to 30 feet though the remotely adjustable discharge chute. The auger and impeller are all steel for longevity.
Best Snow Removal Equipment
This is a fully powered and self propelled snow blower with dual headlights. The Husqvarna Model #961930101 Gas Snow Blower has has powered steering and one handed operation. The discharge chute is remote operated and will discharge up to 35 feet.
This powerful unit will cut a swath up to 30 inches wide and will handle deep and compacted snow up to 20 inches. The tires are lug rated and are 16 inch for easy handling in snow and ice. Chains can be attached to the tires for better traction.
The auger is an improved performance type with all steel construction with a heavy grade aluminum gear box. For anyone who needs to remove a large area of deep or compact snow, this is the perfect snow removal system.
As with any power equipment, it is critical that all safety procedures are followed. Always wear protective gear when operating power equipment and make sure to read and follow the operating and safety instructions. Be aware of the surrounding and the surfaces to be cleared.
When operating in low light or low visibility conditions, make sure to wear clearly seen clothes and operate the head light. All a hot engine to cool before refueling and be sure to check all fluid levels prior to beginning operation.