With summer around the corner, it might be a good time to prepare for the onset of winter. While it is true that winter is months away, being prepared for the ravages of Ole Man Winter is always a good idea. Now is a perfect time to consider replacing or purchasing a snowblower for your winter needs.
It is almost always better to purchase things in the offseason as you have more choice and often things are in stock. Waiting until the last minute can cost you extra and then you are in a rush and might not get the right unit for your specific need.
Snow Removal System Stages
Snow comes in different varieties and you can’t always know what type you will end up having to remove. However, you can usually tell within a certain range, as to what you normally have to deal with. Some places get lots of wet, dense, well-packed snow while others get deep dustings but it doesn’t pack well.
For more dense, or moist snow it is often better to go with a two stage blower as these have more power and capability at moving large amounts of snow. By contrast, if you have a small surface area to keep clear then often a single stage blower is perfect.
There are gas powered blowers in both single and double stage. For single stage blowers, besides gas, there is electric plug-in style and cordless units that you can purchase. Each has their own advantages such as for gas provides for more powerful blowers, there is the hassle of having to drain the take before storing.
Electric plug-in units don’t have that storage issue but you have to hassle with a cord. Cordless units are great for small areas but don’t have the power or the charge longevity to handle larger areas. So, you should choice the fuel type that works for you.
Five Great Snowblowers Under $1000
Best Snow Blower for the Money
This unit – Snow Joe Model #iON24SB Blower is brand new on the market and it is backed by Snow Joe’s legendary experience. This is a cordless, two stage blower for those who need the power but don’t want the hassle. The all metal auger will handle up to 600lbs of snow per minute and cut a wide, 24 inch swath.
It uses two, revolutionary, interchangeable rechargeable lithium 40 Volt, 5 amp hour batteries for a generous run time. The control system is all digital and the discharge tube swivels up to 180 degrees. It has dual lights for seeing in low light conditions and it is easy to store. This unit is a great way to clear snow and protect the environment.
Most Durable Snow Thrower to Buy
Built under the name SNO-TEK by Ariens, the SNO-TEK 24 Inch Snowblower is a U.S. manufactured blower that delivers power and performance. Gas powered, this unit can throw snow up to 40 feet away with ease while the large tires help navigate the ice and ground. It has six forward speeds and two reverse speeds for easy maneuvering and the discharge tube is adjustable from the control deck.
The controls are easy to read and it has adjustable skids so you can use it on any surface. This dual stage blower has no problems removing snow and the people who have purchased this model love the power this blower has to get rid of deep snow.
Top Rated Single Stage Snow Thrower
The MTD Gold Model #31BM63LF704 Snow Blower is the new 2016/17 model from MTD and it has all the features you would expect from a quality blower. The heavy duty auger can easily handle deep and well-packed snow up to 21 inches deep and cut a swath 26 inches wide.
It is a gas powered unit with two stages for performance and the engine is electric start for fast and easy starting. The discharge chute is adjustable up to 200 degrees and the large tires make it easy to maneuver over slick surfaces. Adjustable skids means you can use it on any surface and you have the option for six forward and two reverse speeds.
Best Gas Powered Snow Thrower
If you need to remove hard, packed snow or snow that is stubborn or even just a light dusting, the Husqvarna Model #961930097 is a great blower for taking on the tough jobs. This two stage blower cuts a swath up to 27 inches wide and 21 inches tall with ease. Multiple forward and reverse speeds make this unit easy to get around and coupled with the large 15-inch tires, getting the job done has never been easier.
Heavy duty construction, multiple lights for seeing in low light conditions and the robust but adjustable discharge tube will get the job done and you back inside. People who have purchased this unit love the power and capability to remove dense snow and how easy this unit is to drive.
Best Snowblower under $1000
Yard Machines is a well-respected brand of power equipment for your yard and this blower is no different. The Yard Machines 26 Inch E-Start Blower is a gas powered blower with a two stage removal system and the engine is electric started for fast action. It uses a unique 12-inch impeller to get rid of deep and packed snow with fewer clogs and the discharge tube is adjustable from the control deck.
It has adjustable skids and can handle any surface without damaging it. People who have purchased this blower love the fact it is simple to use and assemble and how robust this unit is season after season.
Snowblowing accidents can be prevented by practicing safety first. Be sure to read all instructions that came with you blower and make sure you properly store your unit between seasons.