John Deere snow blowers come in a range of models suited to different needs. Highly revered for their power and efficiency, John Deere snow blowers enable you to clear snow easily without breaking your back. They also last for years and come with a warranty.
The downside of this particular brand, however, is the price. Some models cost well over $1000. Despite the price tag, many experts and consumers agree that John Deere products are worth the investment.
To avoid buying a snow blower with more features than you need, it's important to assess several factors carefully before purchase. First, consider what the average snowfall is like in your region. Next, ask yourself who is going to operate the machine and how much space you need to clear. Also decide whether you prefer to use a control panel to direct features on the machine or if you don't mind adjusting them manually. Use these guidelines to select the best snow blower for you.
If you live in a region with light or average snowfall, select a single stage model with less power and clearing width. John Deere clearing widths range from 22 inches to 32 inches. In particular, models such as the 522E Single Stage and 726E Compact snow blower are more affordable and efficient to work on average snowfall. They are also smaller and lightweight for easier use and storage.
For larger snowfall, select models such as the 827E or 928E dual stage snow blowers with a range of forward speeds, reverse speeds, and functions such as cut depth. These features enable you to adjust the machine depending on compactness and depth of snow.
Operating a snow blower with a wider clearing width and stronger engine requires more effort on the part of the operator. Depending on who operates the machine, smaller lightweight models may be better suited to you. If several people will use the machine, a gas powered self-propelled model may be best. This type of model essentially drives itself with the operator walking behind it.
If you have a big yard or long driveway, dual stage snow blowers clear a large amount of area quickly. They also blow snow farther away. Their disadvantage though is they do not work well in areas with gravel, rocks, or loose objects. Dual stage snow blowers have augers that touch the ground and can easily scoop up debris. This debris can get lodged inside the machine and cause damage. For areas with gravel and debris, single stage augers are recommended.
For clearing large spaces, it's also beneficial to have the control panel mounted on the snow blower deck. This allows the operator to adjust the chute from side to side and the height of the snow without having to stop the machine and adjust by hand. While manually adjusting these features may not be difficult for small areas, doing so with large jobs can be time consuming and more labor intensive.
John Deere snow blowers also come with additional features such as heated hand grips, halogen lights so that you can operate the machine during different times of day, and noise reduction mufflers. Top of the line models also have larger wheels and bigger fuel tanks for very large areas.
After assessing your needs, compile a list of the most important features. Then consult a John Deere salesperson for their expert recommendations and read reviews from other consumers.
John Deere offers 6 models of snow blowers ranging in size and power for homeowners and professionals. Compare your needs and budget to the following models.
The 522E Single Stage and slightly larger 727E Compact are the smallest and most affordable models. Both have electric start.
The 827E Dual Stage and 928E Dual Stage are larger and more powerful for clearing more snow quickly. They also have extra features such as halogen lights and deluxe consoles, but may not be suitable for surfaces with debris.
The 1130 SE Dual Stage is a full feature model with a larger fuel tank and other special options. It has a 30-inch clearing width.
1332PE Professional is suitable for very large spaces. It has the largest clearing width at 32 inches and 16.5 ft-lbs of torque power. In addition to all the special John Deere features, it has a special reinforced protective frame.
Inquire about renting a snow blower from a garden or lawn center before purchase. Buying a snow blower is an important investment and renting one ahead of time will help you decide your comfort level with the control panel and engine.