When it comes to buying a snow blower, especially if it’s your first one, you need to decide what size will fit your needs and how much you’re willing to spend.
If you have a small area and generally get light snow coverage, like in the mid-West or you live in an apartment and only need to do a small piece of sidewalk, you may want to consider an electric snow shovel. These are inexpensive and quite small, but can sure save you some back breaking work from having to use a snow shovel manually and push snow around for an hour or more. This nice little unit will throw the snow for you, all you do is scoop right through it.
An electric snow shovel is also a great addition if you want to keep your deck and small walk ways cleared off but your regular snow blower is just too big for those small jobs.
For medium sized jobs, you may want to consider something like the Greenworks 26032 which is completely electric and reasonably priced. No mixing gas or oil or worrying about if you can crank it, you simply plug it in and let it do its job. It’s great for those who are concerned about being eco-friendly and want to protect the environment from gas emissions, spills and oil leaks.
Another mid-sized model at a decent price is the Power Smart DB7659. It offers a compact size with big wheels so it’s easy to maneuver and get around in tighter spaces than a big model. This is a two stage unit so it can handle some heavier snow than the lighter models, but it’s a great choice if you’re not quite physically able to do a lot of snow clearing and just need a good compact snow blower.
For the really big, tough jobs there’s the Husqvarna 1830HV. This one is priced quite a bit higher but it will eat through heavy snow like a charm. It features a chain drive transmission for plowing through hardened snow without slippage and features a two stage auger/impeller design that will really throw the snow out of your way. This model is best for areas that gets a lot of deep snow coverage each year.
Choosing a snow blower can be a difficult task because there’s so many models available, but knowing what size you need and the price range to want to spend can make it a much easier task.