Features that Help Make Snow Removal Simple
Once you’ve narrowed down the type of snow blower that fits your needs, consider some of the features that will make snow-clearing easier.
Clearing Width and Intake Height
The clearing width and height intake of snow blowers varies.
- Snow blowers with wider clearance widths can clear an area in fewer passes
- Higher intake means the snow blower’s auger housing is higher off the ground. A higher intake can handle deeper snow drifts
- Greater width and height can make snow clearing quicker and easier
Speed control provides multiple speeds in both forward and reverse, so you can customize the speed of the machine to suit your needs. This can also help prevent clogs in heavy snow.
Many gas snow blowers now feature electric start mechanisms. These replace pull cords, so you can start the snow blower with the touch of a button. This is often faster and easier than attempting to use the pull cord in frigid weather.
Chute control allows you to control the direction of the chute and adjust the direction snow is discharged. This is especially useful when maneuvering around curves.
Drift cutters are the narrow steel bands on the sides of the auger. They cut through deep and high snowdrifts, helping you to power through snow quicker and clear it more efficiently.
Check the power rating of the snow blower before you buy it. A more powerful engine (higher cc or cubic centimeter rating) or electric motor (higher amps rating) offers more clearing ability.
It might seem like a simple feature, but you’ll appreciate a heated handle on frigid winter days. A heated handle offers greater comfort outdoors when gloves just won’t cut it.
For snow clearing in dark or low-light conditions, choose a snow blower with headlights. This is especially useful in winter weather when it gets dark early.
Universal Cab and Covers
If you’re clearing snow in active storms, you may want to consider getting a universal cab or cover attachment to help shield you from snow, wind, and sleet. Cab covers are typically constructed from durable clear vinyl and feature a universal fit that attaches to most medium-large two-stage and three-stage blowers.
Choosing the right snow blower for the job helps to make quick and efficient work of snow removal. This lets you get the job done properly, so you can focus on what you really want to do, whether it’s enjoying fun outdoor activities or staying warm and cozy indoors.
Now that you’re ready to clear snow like a pro, all you need to do it choose the right machine for the job. Check out our selection for your perfect snow blower.