Snow Blowers

Quickly clear walkways, driveways and more with snow blowers

Snow Blowers

Spend less time shoveling snow and more time inside where it's warm with the help of a snow blower. If you live in an area that receives moderate to heavy snowfall, snow blowers to help you quickly clear walkways, driveways and more. This guide will help you sort through the different types of snow blowers and their available features so you can pick the power tool best designed to meet your needs.

Electric vs. Single- and Two-Stage Gas Snow Blowers

Depending on where you live and what kind of snowfall you expect each year, a powered shovel may provide adequate snow removal. If you live in an area that receives heavy snowfall, an electric or gas-powered snow blower will get the job done.

Because snowfall varies from year to year, when deciding what type of snow blower to get, you should look at the previous year's snow totals and averages over the last several years.

Also consider the type of snow you get. Is it light and fluffy or wet and heavy? Some blowers are more effective than others under certain conditions. Also take into account what type of surface you are clearing, as not every snow remover is designed to handle unpaved driveways.

Powered Shovels: If you live in an area that receives light snowfall and you have only a walkway, porch or patio to clean off, consider a powered shovel. These lightweight electric units are pushed along the ground and automatically clear snow out of your path, eliminating the need for any heavy lifting. Powered shovels tend to work best with lighter snow, though some models can shoot snow up to 30-inches to ensure it is moved far away from the area you are clearing.

Electric Snow Blowers: Electric snow blowers are perfect for clearing patios, porches, walkways and small-to-medium sized driveways. They handle light to moderate snow well and work best when used on smooth, paved surfaces. Electric models are generally more economical and weigh less than their gas-powered counterparts, making them easy to maneuver.

Gas Snow Blowers: Gas snow blowers provide plenty of power and are available in both single-stage and two-stage models. Single-stage blowers feature an auger that breaks up snow and then lifts and tosses it aside. Two-stage units have an auger that lifts snow and an impeller that blows it, allowing them to clear a wider path with more power.

Electric

  • Light
  • Fluffy
  • Under 6-inches
  • Walkways
  • Porches
  • Decks
  • Patios
  • Small driveways
  • Lightweight
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Quiet operation
  • Economical

Gas (Single-Stage)

  • Light to moderate
  • Up to 12-inches
  • Walkways
  • Small to medium
    driveways
  • Powerful
  • Clear wide paths
  • Handle heavier snow

Gas (Two-Stage)

  • Moderate to heavy
  • Over 6-inches
  • Walkways
  • Medium to large
    driveways
  • Powerful
  • Clear widest paths
  • Handle heavy snow and ice

Powered Shovel

  • Light
  • Fluffy
  • Under 6-inches
  • Walkways
  • Porches
  • Patios
  • Lightweight
  • No lifting required
  • May convert to broom
  • Economical

Features

Look for snow blowers with features such as hand warmers, headlights, speed control and more to personalize your blower for your exact snow removal needs.

  • Hand Warmers: Though gloves will protect your hands against the cold, they don't always keep them warm. Look for blowers that feature hand warmers to keep your fingers comfortable no matter how windy and snowy it gets.
  • Headlights: Blowers with headlights make it easy to see where you are going when darkness sets in early on those short winter days.
  • Electric Start: Many gas-powered blowers now feature electric start mechanisms, which replace pull cords and enable you to get started with the touch of a button.
  • Drift Cutters: Drift cutters are narrow steel bands on the sides of the auger that knife through hard-packed, icy snow drifts, making it easier to power your way through and clear them more efficiently.
  • Speed Control: Units with this feature include multiple speeds in both forward and reverse to ensure comfortable use.