Things to keep in mind when buying a snow blower
Looking for a new snow blower? Here are a few things to think about before your purchase.
If you want the best snow blower for your needs you should consider the size of the area you want to clear and the typical snow conditions in your part of the country. A snow blower with a powerful engine and wide working width will save you time if the area is large and covered in deep, heavy snow. Smaller areas covered in dry snow require less power. The Husqvarna range of snow blowers includes several different engine sizes, and working widths between 61 cm and 76 cm.
One-stage blowers for light household work
The one-stage blower is a simpler type of machine that is perfect if you are only doing lighter snow shovelling work for your home. Unlike the two-stage blower, the one-stage snow blower doesn’t have an impeller fan. It also doesn’t have powered wheels; instead the auger screw drives it forward.
Two-stage blowers for heavier snow
The two-stage models are the most effective for heavy and packed snow. Two-stage means that the snow moves through the machine in two steps; first through the auger screw before being discharged through the chute by an impeller fan. The two-stage models also have powered wheels.
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A few other things to keep in mind when you buy a snow blower
- A snow blower with power steering is easier to manoeuvre than other models. Choose a model with over steering if you need to make lots of turns; either while clearing large open areas where you need to go back and forth many times or when removing snow from winding walkways.
- For trouble-free cold starting, you might consider buying a model with electric start. It’s a great help, especially on those really cold days.
- For more comfortable operation when the temperatures are really low, choose a snow blower with heated handles.