Most people living in the Northern United States are familiar with snow blowers because they make digging out after a major snowfall much easier, even for beginners. Although they may look complex, snow blowers are just as easy to control as a lawnmower once you familiarize yourself with the machine. Here are a few facts about snow blowers for those who are not familiar with their operation.
Snow blowers come in many different styles and varieties depending on factors such as snow depth and the size of the area. Smaller, electric snow blowers can be purchased for areas that receive light and infrequent snow falls. Electric snow blowers generally feature a single stage snow removal system, meaning that a single rotor feeds snow into the machine and pushes it out a side chute. Electric snow blowers are generally smaller, easier to operate, and cheaper- but they are not designed to deal with frequent, heavy snowfalls. For areas in the Northeast and Upper Mid-west that receive a lot of snow in the winter, gas or diesel powered snow blowers are a better alternative. Most gas and diesel snow blowers feature a two-stage system, meaning that an auger feeds the snow into the machine and a separate rotor sends the snow out the discharge chute. Two-stage snow blowers are better equipped to handle heavy snowfalls and larger areas. Gas or diesel powered snow blowers are very heavy, so most feature a self-propulsion system that can be controlled while operating the machine. Two-stage snow blowers are more expensive, but they will save time and energy when a heavy snow fall leaves you buried.
Much like lawnmowers, operators should exercise caution when running a snow blower because the auger can cause serious injury while it’s spinning. Be sure to read the instruction manual to ensure that you are operating the machine safely and correctly.