Top 10 Best Single Stage Snow Blower Reviewed In 2017
People who live in South Florida or Southern California have no idea how easy they have it. Not only do they have a life without snow, they have a life without having to buy and maintain snow blowers (otherwise known as snow throwers).
If you have some money saved up then you can look for snow blowers with heater grips, LED lights for those early morning or later evening sessions (well it will be winter so with days being shorter there is a good chance you will be clearing snow at dusk or in the dark) and of course an electric starter.
If you do need a snow blower, the very least you can ask for is one which is reliable, simple to use and doesn’t require an enormous amount of maintenance. Ask and ye shall receive – here is list of the top 5 best snow blowers you should consider.
№1 – Toro 38361 Power Shovel
Well, one might wonder what can Toro possibly throw in the ring to compete with Snow Joe’s iON paradigm shift? Well… We might say, no lesser paradigm shift of their own. As the name will tell you, this is not a snow blower as such, but it is a power shovel acting as an electric snow thrower. The advantages here are clear – it is smaller, extremely lightweight (well, at least regarding snow blowing machines) and very mobile. It goes without saying it is less powerful, but do you need that much power on an electric shovel? We don’t think so, and neither did Toro. Be as it may, the Toro Power Shovel will clear at least 4 inches of snow on any day, and clear up a driveway in less than half an hour. However, you will still have to drag a cord behind you, and the shovel being more mobile, it is a lot easier to get yourself entangled than other snow blowers. If you experience light snowfall and have a small area to clean – the Toro Power Shovel may be your ideal choice and certainly deserved its place on our best snow blowers list!
№2 – Snow Joe iON18SB Ion Cordless Single Stage Brushless Snow Blower
Snow Joe strike again – and we are impressed! No cords and no gas with one swift move – the Snow Joe iON snow blower is an evolutionary step in the right direction. While this is definitely a machine that is intended to use in clearing up small to medium areas of light snowfall, the machine does pretty well even though it’s run exclusively on battery. The 40 V 4.0 Ah EcoSharp battery can last you around 40-50 minutes in each session before you have to recharge it, which is usually enough. However if there’s extra snow out there and you don’t want to just sit around for the battery to regain its strength, then we recommend that you purchase an extra battery and just swap them and continue clearing snow. This is definitely such a great convenience! Additionally, the Snow Joe iON can move up to 495 pounds of snow per minute thanks to its heavy-duty, steel auger with 2 rubber blades. It also features a rubber scraper bar at the base of the auger, which makes for a really close “shave” if you catch our drift. The machine clears up full 18 inches of path for you, and is very lightweight to move to and fro. We are impressed… Say goodbye to extension cords and sticky oil! Cordless snow blowers like the Snow Joe iON are the future.
№3 – Power Clear 518 Ze 18 In. Single-stage Gas Snow Blower
A competitor to the Snow Joe Ultra, this Toro unit doesn’t cut corners but aims to deliver. And deliver it does – as can be expected from Toro! Boasting an engine of the same power as the Snow Joe (15-amp), the Toro features an innovative design called Power Curve. Power Curve is intended to clean snow all the way down to the very surface of the pavement and prevent clogging, however, customers report this does not always work as intended. The angle of chute adjustment is also lower than on the Snow Joe by 20 degrees; this Toro allows for 160 degrees of adjustment, which, if we’re honest, is plenty enough. Adjustment of the discharge chute is further helped by the zip deflector. This single-stage electric snow blower is lightweight as expected, and is intended for clearing up light snowfall from relatively small areas, such as driveways, patios, walkways, decks and so on. However, this Toro snow blower doesn’t come with a power cord, and doesn’t feature a light, which can be very inconvenient in those long, dark winter days.
№4 – Snow Joe Ultra SJ623E 18-Inch 15-Amp Electric Snow Thrower
This Snow Joe Ultra snow blower is really something and high up on our best snow blowers list. It’s a very capable electric machine capable of competing, even outperforming gas-operated snow blowers in its class. Its 15-amp motor is to thank for this strength, which, combined with its 4-blade heavy-grade steel rotor make short work of even thick chunks of snow. However, be aware that this Snow Joe is intended for clearing up small areas and light snowfall – in these conditions, the Snow Joe Ultra can clear up to 750 pounds of snow in a minute! The discharge chute can be rotated up to 180º, which makes it very convenient. Being an electrical snow blower, it is very light and can be manually transported from one area to another. The only hassle we could think of is that it didn’t come with a power cord in the package. However, this is fairly easy to obtain, and perhaps it is best to choose the power cord on your own. While it can be annoying, with the cord dragging around you all the time, some practice will make this a non-issue. Very easy and simple to operate, which is exemplified in its press of a button turn on procedure. This machine also comes with a headlight, which is of great help if you need to work during the night or in conditions of poor visibility!
№5 – Poulan Pro 967044501 40V Single Stage 20″ Brushless Snow Blower
This snow blower from Poulan gets the job done. Being a single-stage snow blower, it goes without saying that it is best used for clearing up light snowfall, for up to 6 inches. It boasts a 21 inch clearing width, which is a decent width for collecting snow, and the 8 inch auger diameter makes short work of incoming snow. This snow blower also features self-propelling, thanks to the durable auger. Due to its size and power, however, the Poulan Pro is ideal for clearing smaller, paved areas from snow, like sidewalks or driveways. Customers report a machine malfunctioning on the very rare occasion, or the dipstick being located differently than from what is shown in the manual (some have it on the oil cap, others on the bottom of the machine). Finally, Poulan offer a long warranty, so you shouldn’t worry.
№6 – Power Clear 721 E 21 in. Single-Stage Gas Snow Blower
It’s not easy to find a gas-powered, low-priced snow thrower; you’re going to end up spending at last $400-600 for any machine that’s worth investing in.
In that price range the blowers are all single-stage machines suitable for smaller jobs, and the Groom+Style review team recommend the Toro Power Clear 721E. As we’ve already mentioned, you’re not going to go wrong with any Toro equipment, and this one more than holds its own.
The 721E has “Power Propel” with an integral scraper (auger-assisted drive, not self-propelled) to make it easy to push and maneuver while staying low to the pavement to clear everything in its path. And it has the same power curve system as the Toro electric snow blower we reviewed above so it clears lots and lots of white stuff without clogging – as much as 1800 pounds of snow per minute at depths up to 9 inches – and throw it as far as 35 feet. The clearing width of 21 inches is more than you’ll find on comparable machines.
№7 – Snow Joe iON18SB Ion Cordless Single Stage Brushless Snow Blower
Now, for a machine that most of us can afford – especially those of us who hate fussing with gas, oil, tune-ups and noise.
The Snow Joe iON18SB is a battery-powered, lightweight yet durable snow thrower which is perfect for smaller jobs like driveways and sidewalks covered in fluffy snow.
Even though it’s small, this machine can move nearly 500 pounds of snow per minute, cut an 18 inch path that’s eight inches deep, and toss snow up to twenty feet thanks to a steel auger with two rubber blades. That’s more than enough for most homeowners.
The Snow Joe is powered by a 40-volt lithion-ion battery, which will last almost an hour of operation before needing to be recharged. It has some nice extras, like a chute that rotates 180 degrees at the push of a button and an LED headlight.
№8 – Snow Joe Ultra SJ623E 18-Inch 15-Amp Electric Snow Thrower with Light
If you are tired of the back-breaking work of shoveling away snow from your driveway or sidewalk, then it is time to buy yourself a Snow Joe Ultra Snow Thrower.
There is a lot to love about this electrically powered snow thrower. It is quite lightweight, but it is a tough machine that gives you loads of power. It is powered by a 15 amp motor that can allow you to move up to 720 lbs of snow per minute and the scraper blade is specifically positioned so that you can scrape away snow up to 8 inches from the ground.
The Snow Joe has 4 thick rubber blades, and unlike other electric models that have a plastic auger, it has a durable steel auger that has a snow clearing capacity of 18 inches, and the 180-degree discharge chute allows you to direct the snow up to 25 feet away.
The snow thrower works exceptionally well with removing light to moderate snow, but if you need to use it for higher and thicker snow drifts, you will need to do several passes to be able to clear away the snow.
If you need to work in low light conditions, the Snow Joe has an onboard 20-watt halogen light, and the easy-glide wheels make the blower easy to maneuver in tight spots.
The snow thrower is easy to start with a press button ignition and it has an auger safety lever that you can press on that propels the machine forward, which is great if you need to push the unit up a slight slope. There is a safety switch that is activated when you release the handle, which protects you if you accidently start the machine, and the unit comes with a handy clean-out tool for when the chute gets blocked.
As the machine is powered by electricity, it is recommended that if you need to use an extension cord, it is best to use a 100-foot cold weather extension cord.
№9 – GreenWorks 2600502 13 Amp 20-Inch Corded Snow Thrower
The compact GreenWorks Snow Thrower is the ideal choice for those who need to clear away light to moderate snow drifts.
The snow thrower is easy to use and with a 12 amp motor it gives you enough power to effectively clear a path through 10 inches of snow, and with a 20 inch clearing width and 180 degree directional chute, you can remove up to 850 pounds of snow up to 25 feet away.
The six inch wheels provide greater maneuverability, and the adjustable handle can be set to three different heights, which gives a more comfortable operator experience. The snow thrower’s handle also folds down for easy storage.
One of the highlights of this economical unit is the safety feature: the safety cord lock that conveniently holds an extension cord securely in place. If you need to use an extension cord, you will need to use a 100 foot heavy duty cold weather extension cord.
№10 – Troy-Bilt 2100 208cc 4-cycle OHV Engine Single-Stage Snow Thrower
The Troy-Bilt Squall Single-Stage Snow Thrower has a strong 208cc 4-cycle OHV engine, which can give you the power you need to cut through snow up to 10 inches thick. It has a clearing swath of 21 inches, so it is ideal for clearing away thick snow from pathways, pavement, and driveways, and it especially excels at removing wet, slushy snow.
Most gas-powered snow blowers have a pull cord start, but the Troy-Bilt snow thrower also has an electric push button start if you need it, but as it is quite easy to start with the cord, you may not have to use the button.
The auger-assisted drive makes it easier for you to maneuver the machine over uneven terrain, and the 190 degrees fully rotating chute with a 2-way remote chute control helps you to remove thick built-up snow.
Troy-Bilt has designed this snow thrower with some great operator features. As the snow thrower has a 4-cycle engine, there is no need for you to mix the oil, and the fuel viewing window shows you when you are low on fuel. The ergonomic gull wing handle grips give you that extra comfort while you are using the machine, and the handle can fold away, which makes the snow thrower easy to store. Troy-Bilt also offers a generous 2 year limited warranty.
Single-stage buying guide – how to pick the perfect single-stage snow blower
The auger on a single-stage snowblower is made out of plastic or hard rubber and makes direct contact with the surface. Unlike their two-stage cousins, single-stage snow throwers clear the entire surface area. As a result, drifting snow, especially on a blacktop surface, quickly melts away in the sun.
Entry-level single-stage snow blowers are great for people who have smaller driveways or find themselves needing a snow blower on only a rare occasion.
These units are less costly, have lighter engines, and generally include just the basic features. If you only get light snow a couple of times a year, this may be the right choice for you.
If you don’t mind manually cranking the chute and struggling against the mountain at the end of your driveway, an inexpensive entry-level snow blower will service you well.
A mid-grade snow blower, however, will make the experience much easier. They feature more powerful – and consequently, more expensive engines – and quick chute levers, helping you to plow through snow-covered driveways and sidewalks much faster.
Professional single-stage snow blowers feature rugged yet lightweight frames designed to be manhandled into the back of a pickup truck. You’ll often see landscaping crews clearing sidewalks with them after plowing parking lots.
Commercial grade components aren’t an accessory; they’re a necessity. These contractor-quality snow throwers feature extended life paddles and heavy-duty drive belts designed to clear dozens of properties in a single day.
Snow blower buying guide
Always clear slopes by moving up and down the slope’s face. Clearing across the face can jeopardize the machine’s stability. Do not attempt to clear a slope that is steeper than recommended in the snow thrower’s operating manual.
Choose engine-driven wheels to better handle uneven terrain and reduce operator fatigue if you are clearing large, challenging areas.
If there is ice forming on your snow blower during storage, it’s likely that residual snow is melting from the heat of the engine and then re-freezing into ice during storage, which can interfere with operation and controls. Clean as much residual snow as you can from your machine after usage; use a dry method such as a snow brush or compressed air.
For most winter outdoor power equipment, 5W30 grade oil (-30°C to 10°C) is recommended. Always use quality motor oil, indicated by the American Petroleum Institute (API) symbol. The service rating on the symbol is the age range of engines for which that oil is appropriate. The closer the second letter of the rating is to the end of the alphabet (e.g. SN, SM, SL), the more current the rating.
When unclogging a snow blower, use a broom handle or similar wooden item. The auger and impeller can injure your hands even when the blower is shut off.
Should I buy an electric snow thrower or a gas snow blower?
The most common snow throwers and blowers can be divided into basic three types: single stage electric, single stage gas and two stage gas. There are also three stage snow blowers on the market, but they are too big for clearing residential areas.
We will continue this snow blower buying guide by looking at the basic features common to each type. This might help you to decide which is the best snow blower for you.
Single Stage Electric Snow Throwers
- Electric motor is relatively quiet and needs no fuel, oil or engine maintenance.
- It requires a cold weather outdoor extension cord.
- Made for clearing small, short driveways and walks that are paved.
- Auger makes contact with the ground, so keep away from gravel surfaces.
- Can handle snowfalls up to 10 inches deep.
- Smaller and easier to operate than a two stage snow blower.
- Largest models can clear an 18-inch wide path.
If you are interested in learning more about specific single stage electric snow throwers, then you may read our reviews of the Greenworks 26032, the Snow Joe SJ620 and the Toro 1800 Power Curve.
You might be looking to get rid of the slightly clumsy power cord that provides power for the electric motor. If you want to go cordless, then read our review of the Snow Joe iON21SB-PRO cordless snow thrower.
Single Stage Gas Snow Throwers
- Typically has a 2-stroke gas engine: you have to mix the gasoline and oil.
- Newer models have 4-cycle gas engines which run cleaner for less pollution.
- Engine is started with a recoil start.
- More noisy than an electric thrower and its engine needs maintenance.
- It clears paved driveways, but not gravel surfaces.
- The snow intakes are about 18 to 22 inches wide.
- Does not weigh as much as two stage snow blowers.
- It is not self propelled, might be difficult to get up a steep incline.
- Works best if the snowfall is less than 10 inches deep.
Single stage gas snow throwers are less popular than single stage electric snow throwers, but there are a few models available that might be worth an overview. If you like the look of these small gas powered snow throwers, then read our review of the Yard Machines 123cc snow thrower.
Two Stage Gas Snow Blowers
- Powered by a 4-stroke gasoline engine that requires regular maintenance.
- Engine has electric start as well as recoil start.
- Moves around on self propelled wheels or tracks.
- Gear box provides multiple reverse and forward speeds for the wheels.
- Auger does not make contact with ground, so you may use it for gravel driveways.
- It has an impeller that blows the snow out of the chute.
- Recommended for clearing a large driveway with a steep incline or gravel surface.
- It can clear snowfalls of more than 10 inches deep.
- Wide cleaning path of between 24 to 32 inches.
- More difficult to move and store due to its bigger size.
You may read our two stage gas snow blower reviews of the Ariens Deluxe 28 and the Husqvarna ST224 for more answers to your questions about dual stage snow blowers.
Electric Start Snow Blower
Electric snow thrower motors turn on with a single control, so there is no problem there. Gas snow blowers are another matter. Most of them now include an electric start plug box with a start button. You plug an electric cord into an electrical outlet and then plug it into the electric start box. Press the button to turn the engine over. You can unplug it and start clearing snow once the gasoline engine is turning over smoothly. No need to pull the recoil start cord, although it serves as a backup starting method if no outdoor outlet is available.
A good safety feature is the dead-man control. The auger and impeller is turned on and spins when this control is pressed and pressure is constantly applied to the control. If pressure is released, the auger and impeller stop turning. This safety feature prevents the self propelled snow blower from running forward if the operator should slip or otherwise lose control of the machine. It is similar to the controls you find on most lawn mowers.
Know the Types of Snow Blower
There are three main types of snow blowers, the single stage snow blower, two stage snow blower, and the three stage. Single stage blowers have the auger start upon keying the start for the machine.
A two stage snow blower has an electric start that can engage a drive and a separate start that engages the auger. The auger is the mechanical turning device the churns the snow up so the blower can push it through the chute.
Depending on the width you need to make clearing snow an efficient job and the weight or depth of the snow, each of these types has its special purpose.
Single Stage – Electric
These clear about an 11-inch swath of light snow. They are ideal for small walkways that are paved and decks. They are not ideal for areas of the country that receive more than 8 inches of snow per year.
The best way to use a single stage snow blower is during a snow storm so that there is not a heavy layer of snow to move. They come in two styles:
Electric snow throwers are quieter than gas blowers and kinder to the environment. They do not have powered drives so the brunt of pushing the blower is left on you.
Two Stage – Gas
As mentioned before these types of snow blowers have two stages to operation. The first engages the drive and the second engages the auger. Being gas driven, they can be noisy. They also can run longer than electric snow blowers and clear up to an 18-inch swath on most prosumer models or 48 inches on the professional models.
Two stage snow blowers work to break up snow to turn it into a lighter mix that is easily thrown through the chute.
Three stage – gas
When you get into the three-stage snow thrower models the emphasis is on being able to clear deep snow efficiently over large spaces. Three stages let you break through the ice and wet snow that can accumulate in driveways and parking lots.
Many of these models are designed as attachments for tractors, snow plows and trucks. There are professional models and prosumer models too. If you get very deep and heavy snow or have to clear a large area – these are the models that will work best for you.
Best Snow Blower and Snow Thrower List
With a variety of snow blower models available on the today market, it’s not easy to find the best snow thrower for you. You can use our snow blower comparison chart to quickly identify the models you should be considering.
Then you can read our snow blower reviews, buying guide and all the other information we have brought together to help you buy the best snow blower/thrower.
Best Snow Blower Reviews
What is the best snowblower on the market? That depends on what type of snow blower you are looking for and what type of snow thrower it is. There are gas and electric ones to choose from, as well as single and dual stage blowers too.
To start to make it all easier to understand, we are going to start by listing the best snow blowers of the year. Then we will narrow it down more and teach you how to find the snow thrower that will be best for you.
How to buy the best snow blowers for home use
There are a lot of things to consider when you are selecting a snow blower. This brief guide will put you firmly on track to selecting the best snow blower for you. These are all points that cover the features you should consider and why you may need them or could do without them.
Know the amount of snow and terrain you expect
There are two parts to this question, the first is how much snowfall you average per year. If it is less than 8 inches then considering a single stage or electric snow thrower is a good idea. Anything over that and you need a gas driven blower. Also, an electric snow thrower is best for paved or smooth surfaces, such as a walkway or deck. If you are working on a gravel drive then you definitely want the power of a gas snow blower.
Decide the price range
This is important. Buying the best snowblower may not mean getting the most expensive one, but you do need to realistically know how much you can spend and how much you will have each year to perform maintenance and any repairs.
Here is another hint for figuring out the price range, make sure you know what is covered by the warranty and what the prices are for replacement parts and service before you invest in a snow blower so you don’t get one that is too expensive to maintain.
How much maintenance can you handle?
Maintenance is key to extending the life of your snow blower. Most come with minimum maintenance requirements but there will be extra steps involved with electric and 2 stroke gas snow throwers. Make sure you understand what it will take to clean the auger as well and make sure all the maintenance is something you feel comfortable with your ability to keep up or you could invest in a snow blower that will have a surprisingly short lifespan with you.
Must have features
There are certain must-have features for any snow blower you buy. It must have a dead man’s switch. This may not be an actual separate switch but it will allow the machine to shut down automatically if both levers are released. This is a safety feature that you cannot afford not to have. Also, make sure you have an idle feature is recommended, this will reduce wasted fuel as it will let you keep the snow thrower running while you clear whatever is on the way out of the way.
There are a lot of other features available on snow blowers, some of which you may want to consider. Lights are a big feature, there are small lighting systems and large ones. If you live in an area that gets heavy storms and winds, having halogen lights is essential. You also want to think through whether you need detachable chutes as well. That can make it easier to take care of the whole machine and to store it.
Where will you store it?
Storing it is something you need to think through carefully. Electric snow throwers are small and compact, you can tuck them in a basement or shed. Gas powered two stage snow blowers are much larger. Many of the handle designs with these are stationary so the blower is longer than it is wide. Make sure you can store and protect your snow blower or it could get harmed by the elements too.
Motor driven or push
With both the single and two stage snow thrower types you can have the option of a motor drive or push drive. The less expensive models will be push driven and depend on your effort to move along. The larger models will have a drive that will power the blower along with you only having to steer it and control the chute.
Wheels or Tracks
Snow blowers can come with wheels or with snow tracks. The tracks can be similar to a scaled down tank track or they can be more like a snowmobile set up. Wheels are good if you are working on paved surfaces while track types are good for gravel bases and deep snow.
2-stroke or 4-stroke
With the gas models, there is a choice between a 2 or 4 stroke engine. With the 2 stroke engine, you can get more running time from a single tank of gas, but the gas must be pre-mixed with a special kind of oil. They also have a higher exhaust rate and may not be ideal for some communities. The 4 stroke engines use regular gas and have less exhaust output.
Single or dual hand controllers
More snow blowers are made with the single-hand style controller, but a dual hand is still available. With the single hand model, you can engage and control the auger and drive with one hand while using the other to control the chute.
Dual hand drivers are better for fixed chutes and allow for greater control over the machine itself. They are most helpful if the terrain that has to be cleared is uneven or has features that require greater maneuverability.
Front or side snow thrower
The two basic snow blower chute placements are front and side. Some of the more expensive models allow for a fully adjustable snow thrower placement in a 180 degree range. Front blowers keep moving the snow in front of you, as the snow is thrown it gets lighter and easier to move. This is good if you have a specific snow storage site you are aiming towards. Side snow throwers are more common in urban areas as the main storage sites are general along the sides of sidewalks and driveways.
A Look At Some Interesting Features
Amongst the various interesting features, is has the capacity to clear walkways filled with snow quite easily. This is because it has the capacity to clear snow in walkways which are 28 inches wide and further it also can dig out snow which is embedded 21 inches deep and that too as it passes along. It comes with a highly efficient and powerful 357 cc 4-cycle OHV electric start engine. This goes a long way in getting rid of large areas of snow easily, effectively and efficiently.
It also has a 4 way chute and pitch control. This certainly allows the users to manage and change the direction in which the snow is being thrown. It can easily move through thick layers of snow. This is possible because of the 16 x 6.5 inch X-trac tires. The tires are designed especially to plough through thickest of snow effortlessly. Hence it is quite obvious that winter months will no longer be depressing and painful when you have this snow throwing machine available with you.
The product comes with a dimension of 48.2 inches x 30.8 inches x 32.4 inches and weighs 283 pounds. The 4 cycle overhead engine with 4-cycle OHV comes with a motor which can generate 357 cc of raw power. It also has the unique Vortex 2890 which helps to generate the best of Touch and Turn Power. It also comes with 2 year limited warranty for the machine as a whole apart from 4 year warranty for the gearbox.
It has quite a few advantages and benefits. One of the most obvious advantages is the fact that it covers a reasonably wide area and also a decent depth when it comes to cleaning and removing snow. Therefore in one stroke it is possible to get rid of snow by almost 95% using this device.
The tires are also specially designed to afford stability and balance even when the surface and ground below is wet and slippery. It also can run continuously for 3 hours and therefore is very efficient and productive.
Chose the right product
There are certain things you have to check while buying the snow blower. How much snow do I want to clear? For small amount like eight inches, single stage devices are sufficient. For heavy, choose two stage units. How big a place do I want to clear? For smaller pathways single stage, for more sixty feet driveways, select two or three stage device. What type of snow do I want to clear? For light snow, single stage units, for wet snow, two stage unit and for a heavy and wet snow, use three stage units.
Features to look for
Most snow blowers, nowadays, come with a feature called “a dead man control”, which is a safety feature that allows you to stop the auger blades and impeller from spinning when you release the handlebars. In addition, gas models can come with an electric starter, which is preferable to a pull cord.
Many snow blowers come with a special clearing tool, which is a plastic stick that can be used for this purpose. Never use your hands or your feet to clear clogs in a snow blower, instead use a broomstick or another long object.
Multiple speed options help you prevent clogs when you have to clear heavy, deep snow.
It is best to choose a snow blower that has headlights because it gets dark really early in the winter. The best models have halogen headlights, which improves visibility where you are working.
Because the gloves do not always keep your hands warm, it is best to look for snow blowers that have hand warmers. This will keep your fingers comfortable no matter how cold it is outside.
Because people that own a snow blower often try to clear a clogged auger or discharge chute with their hand, the most injuries are to the hand or finger. To avoid that kind of injury, you will have to buy a model that includes a handlebar dead-man control and a clearing tool. Anyway, a few safety tips:
Start the gas-powered snow blower outside, not in your garage or shed, protecting you that way from carbon monoxide poisoning.
What to consider while buying snow blower?
Snow blower is necessary if you live where snow a lot in winter, before buying snow blower, you can consider the below factors.
First of all, safety issues of the snow blower is the most important feature to be noticed when considering any appliance is the safety that it can provide the user. They are powerful and are really dangerous, if they are not handled with proper care. Just make sure, to buy the snow blower with proper safety labels and read the instructions for the operation, before laying your hand on the best snow blower.
How large area you want to clear, and how heavy the snow will be? You will need to be clear regarding the size on the location in which you want to clear the snow. The location maybe dependent around the distinct wants and there cannot be a popular continuous which will be relied on whilst purchasing the best snow blower. Similarly, the level of snowfall really should be taken into account, there could possibly be a heavy, significantly less and moderate snowfalls. Determined by this the suitable really should be preferred to become purchased.
What stages of snow blower you want to choose. As we introduce before, you can pick from single stage and two-stage snow blowers. Normally, the two stage are designed in a way that it removes a large junk of snow and is a powerful tool that to be used in the scavenging of snow. Single stage ones utilize the power of an impeller to remove the snow and is generally not as powerful as that of the dual stage ones. They are small and more easier to handle relative to the two stage ones.
Snow blower brands for you to pick
GreenWorks. Greenworks design their tools to have the quality you depend on, the ease of use it is meant to have, and the range of premium power to meet your expectations without the hassle of spilling gas, extension cords, or emitting hazardous gas into the ozone.
Snow Joe.Responding to the need for an easy-to-use machine that could tackle heavier snowfall on large driveways and walkways, Snow Joe developed the Snow Joe snow blowers, a larger electric snow thrower that delivers the power of a gas machine with the convenience of an electric unit.
Toro. Toro merchandise are ideal for residential use, the Toro 1800 electric Energy Curve snow blower is smaller in stature but packs sufficient muscle to easily clear deep snow from driveways and walkways. The unit’s wide, compact stance, deep-cutting blades, and potent electric motor move huge volumes of snow out with the way, even though the adjustable chute puts all that snow appropriate where you need it.
Here we share the best snow blower buying guide 2015 for your reference. Hope our information can be helpful for you more or less.
Snow pushers remove the snow by pushing it with a moldboard. This snow removal equipment is not preferred in today’s world but it was a part of trend till the year 1970. It was used to clear a large amount of snow from driveways, roadways and parking lots. It was only used by the snow removal contractors. It was specially built for municipalities and other commercial purposes. They were not that efficient, but somehow they were helpful in clearing the driveways.
A snow shovel is a sort of shovel which was built for removing snow. The first snow shovel was found in Russia where people used it for removing the snow from their driveways or roadways. They were available in different shapes and size. People used to opt for the lightest one because it was not a self-propelled product and the person has to operate it for clearing the snow. Snow shovel comes with only two features which include a scoop and a handle. This snow removal equipment sometimes produces strain on the shoulder. Alternatively, clearing snow with a snow shovel can also have a significant impact on the health of a person.
The snow plow is snow removal equipment designed for mounting on any vehicle. It is popular since 1913, but the first snow plow had a wooden body which was not that efficient. It was designed for mounting on every sort of vehicles such as truck or train. In most areas of the world, the snow plow is mounted on the train to remove the snow from the train track. This snow plow clears the snow with a blade which is attached to the bottom. It efficiently removes the heavy or deep snow from the driveways.
Snow Roof Rake
People might wonder how they could remove the snow from the roof. Well, removing the snow from the roof is no more a challenging task. With the advanced technology, certain equipment is available which can help people in clearing the snow from the roof. It is necessary to remove the snow from the roof as it may form ice dams which in turn, lead to the leakage of the roof. The snow roof rake efficiently removes the snow from the rooftop. If you are living in a small house, you can use a snow roof rack to keep it snow-free by removing the snow daily. However, if you are living in a taller house, then the snow roof raking is the best option for clearing the overhangs. Conversely, this machine is not effective in removing hardened or wet snow from the roof.
Snow Blower Cover
When the winter season is over, then you have to protect your snow blower from damaging for the entire summer season. A snow blower cover will save your machine from damaging even if you leave this machine outside. The snow blower cover is usually made up of weatherproof material which safeguards the machine in the harsh weather and other elements such as heat from the sun.
How to Choose a Snow Blower
Even the best snow thrower reviews won’t help you if you don’t know how to determine the best model for your application. Our ratings are determined by specifications and performance abilities to help you determine what are the best snow blowers. Even so, there are outside variables that you should consider when purchasing a snow blower. They are the climate, the size of your yard, the strength of the person operating the machine, and cost.
The size and type of terrain you are covering comes into play as well as the depth of your snow fall. Even if you have a massive yard, if you only receive an average of 10 inches of snow at a time, then a single stage snow blower will work for you. While having the hefty and reliable power of a three stage system, more times than not it will go under utilized. You should take into consideration the region you live. What are the average snowfall depths? The average snowfall depth chart to the right shows what you should be expecting.
2. Size of Yard
When considering the size of your yard, think not only about square footage, but dimensions of that square footage and how a snow blower works. The electric models have limitations the larger ones do not. The power assisted units can do what smaller ones are not able to. The number of stages can reduce the work load significantly if you have a larger distance to throw snow.
A lot of people living in the southern states like George or South Carolina may have small yards and low average snow fall where an electric snow blower would e a great fit. If the length of the yard is extensive, then the owner would have to consider buying a cordless electric snow blower or some kind of extension cord to cover the extra distance. Caution! If your extension cord or anything gets caught in the auger DO NOT attempt to remove by hand. There are many amputations and injuries every year from this kind of instance. Most units will come with a snow broom to assist. If the yard is relatively small, but snowfall is middle to heavy, then a sturdy single stage or a two stage model would be perfect but a new factor now comes into play.
3. Strength of the Operator
The person using the snow thrower should be of average to better strength. While these machines make clearing a driveway of snow easier that with a shovel, they are still sometimes heavy machines going against potentially thick snow. You will be sore after it’s use if you are not in exceptional physical condition. With that said, you my be able to get away with a single stage unit. If you do not have the strength to push it you will need to find a model that has power assisted wheels. Some snow blowers will also require a pull card to start them, which can be difficult to use and require a lot of muscle to start. This comes into play even more when your yard isn’t completely flat. Uphill through the snow can be a nightmare for even the sturdiest of us. This means you’ll need a more advanced or bigger model to have this feature. That brings us to the last requirement.
When asking how much is a snow blower? Keep in mind the features coming with it. The power assisted wheels, headlights, electric start, pivotable chute, clearance width, and addons like a snow shield are all important features, and also make the cost of a snow blower much less, due to the value you are receiving. Our ratings try to keep this in mind when determining the appropriate amount of stars given.
If you’re not quite sold on any of the devices on our “best of” list, perhaps you’ll find one of the other machines we’ve reviewed here a little more interesting. The best advice I can give you is to really take your time with your decision as this is a major purchase. I can only hope you find these reviews helpful in your own personal quest to find the right snow removal machine for your family.
So, TOP10 of single stage snow blower:
- №1 — Toro 38361 Power Shovel
- №2 — Snow Joe iON18SB Ion Cordless Single Stage Brushless Snow Blower
- №3 — Power Clear 518 Ze 18 In. Single-stage Gas Snow Blower
- №4 — Snow Joe Ultra SJ623E 18-Inch 15-Amp Electric Snow Thrower
- №5 — Poulan Pro 967044501 40V Single Stage 20″ Brushless Snow Blower
- №6 — Power Clear 721 E 21 in. Single-Stage Gas Snow Blower
- №7 — Snow Joe iON18SB Ion Cordless Single Stage Brushless Snow Blower
- №8 — Snow Joe Ultra SJ623E 18-Inch 15-Amp Electric Snow Thrower with Light
- №9 — GreenWorks 2600502 13 Amp 20-Inch Corded Snow Thrower
- №10 — Troy-Bilt 2100 208cc 4-cycle OHV Engine Single-Stage Snow Thrower
by Don Oliver | Last Updated September 1, 2017