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.

Types of Snow Blowers

If you live in an area with consistent snowfall or extreme winter weather, choose between a corded or cordless electric snow blower or a single-, two- or three-stage gas snow blower.

Tip: If you’re new to your region, research snowfall averages over the last few years to give you an idea of how much work you’ll need your snow blower to do.


Single-stage gas

Ideal for light to moderate snow up to 12 inches deep.

  • Clears paths up to 22 inches wide
  • Should not be used on gravel

Two-stage gas

Ideal for moderate to heavy snow up to two feet deep.

  • Powerful 
  • Clears paths up to 45 inches wide 
  • Handles heavy snow and ice

Three-stage gas

Ideal for moderate to heavy snow up to two feet deep.

  • Powerful
  • Clears paths up to 28 inches wide
  • Handles heavier snow and ice
  • Throws snow up to 50 feet

Electric

Ideal for light & fluffy snow under 6 inches deep.

  • Lightweight
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Quiet operation 
  • Economical

Cordless

Ideal for light to heavy snow up to 12 inches deep.

  • Lightweight
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Quiet operation 
  • Clears wider paths


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 don’t require regular maintenance, are generally more economical and weigh less than their gas-powered counterparts. 

Cordless Snow Blowers: High-voltage battery-powered snow blowers now perform comparably to single-stage gas-powered snow blowers and are effective on light, moderate and heavy snow. Great for use on walkways and driveways, battery powered models 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 single-, two-stage and three-stage models.

  • Single-stage blowers feature an auger that breaks up snow and then lifts and tosses it aside. Be careful not to use this blower on gravel, as the auger touches the ground and collects everything to be thrown to the side.
  • Two-stage blowers have an auger that lifts snow and an impeller that blows it, allowing them to clear a wider path with more power.
  • Three-stage blowers collect snow and ice, chop it up, and then propels it away. This three-step process can chop through thick snow and ice, making it the strongest blower available.


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.

  • Heated Handles: 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.
  • Chute Control: Rotate the direction of the cute from the dash, allowing you to precisely direct the snow as you maneuver curves.
  • 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.