As the temperatures plunge and snow covers the ground, you might start thinking about how you’ll tackle snow removal for your home this winter. If you’re a first-time homeowner, it might be a little overwhelming to research all of the options at your disposal.
Should you consider buying a gas- or electric-powered snow blower? What’s the difference between single-stage and two-stage? What’s the maintenance involved with these pieces of equipment? What are some of the equipment limitations? Will a good old-fashioned shovel be enough? The Handyguys — home improvement specialists — share their opinions on getting the right snow blower for your needs.
According to Consumer Reports, a single-stage gas- or electric-powered snow blower only includes an auger, which picks up the snow and also throws it. A two-stage gas-powered snow blower has an auger to gather all of the snow and then an impeller, which will propel it. Two-stage gas-powered snow blowers also may work best in areas prone to more than 8 inches of snowfall, says Consumer Reports.
Looking for more tips on snow removal for your home? Check out what you need to know about snow shoveling safety.
PAUL: You know Brian, it’s starting to get cold out and I’m thinking about snow.
BRIAN: You gotta think about moving that snow. If you are in areas that get lots of snow, you are going to need something like this.
PAUL: This is a two-stage gas powered snow blower. I got this a few years ago. It’s awesome.
PAUL: It’ll throw the snow across the street. You need something big like this that’s two-stage.
PAUL: If you really need to move it—you have a big driveway—you are going to want something that is powerful.
PAUL: This thing has an impeller and it has an auger. So the auger clears the snow and the impeller blows it.
PAUL: It’s got a lot of power and you can go up over a foot deep. However that may not be the right model for everyone.
PAUL: I know a lot of new homeowners are looking for a snow blower and they want to know.
PAUL: Do they need to get something like this? Or what about this? This is an electric snow blower.
BRIAN: I have used these in the past Paul and these are pretty good if you don’t have a far distance to go.
BRIAN: If you are in within a reasonable distance from an outlet.
BRIAN: And the snow is not that deep. Or if you don’t have a huge area to do.
BRIAN: They’re electric, right, so you have to drag around an extension cord but no gas,no oil, no maintenance, all you have to do is plug it in and go.
PAUL: Right, so on my combustion engine I’ve got to make sure I always have good gas in the blower.
PAUL: I can’t allow it to go stale, I have to drain it in at the end of the season.
PAUL: I have to change the oil and make sure I have the correct levels and I have to store it.
BRIAN: That’s right. This you can hang up on a hook in your wall, this will fold up if you want.
BRIAN: There’s different versions of this but essentially they are small, compact, lightweight.
PAUL: Exactly and you don’t have to trip on it throughout the other 9 months of the year when you are just storing it.
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BRIAN: Thanks for watching.