I’m going out on a limb and making a bold winter prediction: there will be snow. Lots of it. Drifts of it. It will blanket your property knee-deep, just like last year. And it will weigh heavily on your mind (and body) unless you have a good way to deal with it.
With typical prices between $600 and $1200 for a new Honda or Husqvarna snow blower, we’d like to offer some advice to help you invest wisely. We’ve compiled advice here aimed at establishing the minimum requirements you will need for your particular property.
But before we send you into infographic-land, here are the main things you need to keep in mind. The first is that a snow blower and a snow thrower are the same thing. Glad we cleared that up.
Amount of Snowfall
- A single stage snow blower will clear up to 9 inches of snow comfortably.
- A 2-stage snow blower will clear up to 24 inches of snow comfortably.
Surface Area (defined by Honda)
- Small: A single car driveway or small portion of sidewalk
- Medium: A corner lot and two or three car driveway
- Large: Long driveway with three or more car spots, a parcel or parking lot
- A single stage snow thrower will clear smooth, paved surfaces only
- A 2-stage snow thrower will clear smooth or rough surfaces, like gravel or dirt paths
- A single stage snow thrower will clear flat surfaces, but inclines can get challenging
- A 2-stage snow thrower will clear flat or inclined surfaces
Again, these are minimum requirements. If your age or health are also contributing factors for your personal purchase, consider investigating features like track drive that will make the job easier. (Source: Honda Website)
Other Features to Consider
Electric start: Most gas-powered snow blowers offer plug-in electric starters. Easier than yanking hard on a pull cord on a cold day.
Safety controls: Make sure you have a shut-off handle that turns off the engine when you release it. Also look for controls that allow you to easily change the height and direction of the snow discharged. A trigger release will disengage power to the wheels, which makes steering and maneuvering easier.
Different Speeds: It helps to have different drive wheel speeds which you’ll find on most two-stage models. It can power up to push through heavy snow and prevent clogs. Single stage snow throwers typically have just one speed.
Headlight: If you’re working after dark, use a headlight. Especially if you didn’t have a chance to examine the area you are clearing before it got dark. Watch where you’re goin’ and throwin’ that snow, Joe!
Clearing tool: Usually this tool is a plastic stick you use to remove compacted snow jams from your machine. Some people use a wooden broom handle. Never use your hands or feet. You’ll want to keep them all in working order (hands, feet, snow thrower).