A recent Harris poll of more than 2,000 adults showed that snow blowers or snow throwers were the piece of outdoor power equipment most coveted by neighbors. We’ve already seen quite a bit of snow this winter and we’re sure to get plenty more before spring arrives. You might be thinking it’s time you ditch the shovel stop coveting your neighbors snow blower and get one of your own. If so, we’re here to help.
Single or 2 Stage Snow Blowers? Choosing Your Snow Blower Type
There are two main questions you need to answer when getting ready to buy a snow blower:
- How much snow do you get during the season?
- How much of an area do you need to clear?
Knowing the answers to these questions will help you determine whether or not a single- or 2-stage snow blower or snow thrower is right for you.
Single-stage snow blowers are lighter and easier to move around, but they are limited in power and tend to be for light-use only. They are good for small areas and usually perform best for wet or fluffy snow under six inches, with a clearing width of 20-21 inches.
Dual-stage snow blowers are great for large areas and heavy snow but can also be quite heavy in weight which can make them trickier to maneuver. The engines are usually 4-cycle engines and perform best for snowfalls over six inches. The clearing width can range from 22-45 inches depending if you choose a light-, medium- or heavy-duty dual-stage snow blower.
Many stores allow you to try out floor models, so getting the feel for different snow blowers before buying is your best bet. From there, you can look into other features such as ease of starting, ease of use, comfort and safety.
What Snow Blower Engine & Features Do You Need?
Depending on the model, some Briggs & Stratton snow blowers feature:
- Briggs & Stratton® Snow Engines: With ReadyStart® guaranteed to start down to 20 below.
- Dual Serrated Auger Blades: Sharp serration lines the outside and inside of the blades to cut through snow and ice easier.
- Side Chute Rotation Crank: Chute crank easily adjusts to the direction snow is thrown.
- Free Hand™ Control: Easily operate the snow blower with one hand while using the controls with the other hand.
- Push Button Chute Rotation: Simply push a button to change the direction snow is thrown
- Dual Trigger Steering: Allows the operator to effortlessly turn the snow blower right or left. By pulling either handle-located trigger, the power shifts from two wheels to one making the snow blower practically turn on its own.
- Gear Drive System: Conveniently change speeds on the go.
- Electric Chute Deflector Control: Automatically adjust the distance snow is thrown.
Depending on how often you use your snow blower, you can determine which of these features is most important to you. A dependable snow blower starts and ends with a reliable snow engine, so be sure to make that your top priority. Otherwise, you may be stuck in the cold, shoveling your way to freedom.
What if your snow blower clogs during use?
To safely clear a clogged discharge chute, follow these instructions:
- Shut OFF the engine.
- Wait 10 seconds and visually check to be sure the impeller blades have stopped rotating.
- Always use a clean-out tool, not your hands.