Snow Blower Comparison
Snow Joe SJ623E
Snow Joe SJ621
Snow Joe iON18SB
Snow Joe SJ618E
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Snow Blower Buying Guide
Things to Consider
When choosing a snow blower, there are things you want to ask yourself that will help you determine the power and type of snow blower you need and will get the best results from.
- How much snow will you be clearing? If you’re clearing 8” of snow or less than a single stage blower will work just fine. For medium and heavy snow falls, you will want to select a two stage model which has a more powerful engine and better intake area as well.
- How large is the area you are clearing? If you’re clearing a short driveway or walk a single stage will be just fine. If your driveway is longer than 60 feet you will want to choose the two-stage which has more power.
- What kind of snow are you clearing? If it is light powdery snow, your single stage motor will handle this just fine. For heavy, wet snow, use a two stage blower that has strong impeller that will prevent the heavy snow from clogging and cut right through that hard packed snow with augers that are serrated for easy cutting.
- What is the terrain I am clearing like? – Push type blowers are good for even surfaces that are level but if you need something that can handle rocky, uneven terrain. Sometimes tire chains will improve the snow blowers traction in bad weather.
Types of Snow Blowers
There are several different snow blowers on the market. We’ve listed each one along with the best uses for that type.
- Single stage electric snow blower – are easy to start and will not need near the amount of maintenance as the gas powered models do. They tend to be smaller and more compact than other types and require an outdoor approved extension cord to use.
Single stage electric snow blowers are great for small driveways and sidewalks. If you live in an area that only gets light snowfall, this snow blower is the perfect choice. It is also good for budget conscious buyers that are looking for a good snow blower for less money. Single stage snow blowers can come in electric, cordless or gas powered varieties.
- Two Stage Snow Blower – These gas powered blowers can handle 8” snowfalls with ease and are best for clearing larger areas. The engine driven wheels handle all types of terrain easily and prevent the user from becoming tired.
Dual stage or two stage snow blowers are great for areas that have experienced heavy snowfall all the way up to a foot tall. The construction of this two stage blower is strong and durable so it can easily handle heavy, wet snow and ice too.
A two stage snow blower is good for professional contractors that have a snow removal business as it can handle the long work times and large amounts of snow. For larger driveways and walks you will want to use the two stage blower so the snow us blown all the way off the driveway. It can even be used on gravel driveways.
Snow Blower Features
You want to find a snow blower that has a lot of the following features which make the snow blower much easier to use and handle. These features are listed below.
- Electric starter – this allows the snow blower to be plugged into a three prong power outlet safely rather than having to use a recoil starter like a mower has which can be hard for some people to operate.
- More power engine for either gas or electric. This helps the snow blower get rid of more snow at a faster rate and lessens the time you have to be outside clearing walks and driveways.
- Greater width and higher intake height – These two features determine the size of the path that you are cutting with the snow blower with each pass. The wider the cutting path the more snow you can take care of at one time.
- One handed operation – This is always beneficial so you can adjust the blower if necessary while you are clearing floor.
- Speed Controls – This will allow users to control how fast or slow the snow blower moves forwards and backwards while clearing the snow.
- Power steering – If you want easy maneuverability and simple turns and handling, get power steering.
- Easy glide wheels – You will be able to easily steer your snow blower with good, all terrain wheels. Some models even have two tires on each side that produce even better grip while in motion.
- Good tracks or tread – There are some models of snow blowers that changing the wheels out for all terrain wheels will help it handle a lot better.
- Remote chute control – Chute controls allow the user to direct where the blown snow is going to land and stay.
- Joystick chute control – This is another option for chute controls and is even more convenient and easy to use to direct the removed snow out of the way.
- Extended chute – An extended chute prevents blow back of the snow that you are removing. It tosses the snow farther out of the way so there is no worry of the snow blowing right back where it was in the first place.
- Drift cutters – This feature cuts through the deep snow and helps move it into the auger where it can be throw out of the way
- Headlight – A headlight is a great way to improve illumination in the areas that you are working, especially in lower light conditions.
- Heated hand grips – This is a great feature that makes working outside in the cold much more tolerable. The heated hand grips keep your hands much warmer which allows you to work for longer periods of time.
Purchasing a good quality snow blower can reduce your workload tremendously in the wintertime when snowfall is heavy. Deciding which snow blower to get will depend on the budget you have, your average yearly snowfall, the size of your driveway and walks, the amount of times you will be using it each season. You don’t need to purchase a snow blower that is way above the usage you will use.
For example, if you have a small driveway and sidewalks and have light snowfalls in the wintertime, you do not need a high powered snow blower that is capable of handling 60 foot driveways with a foot of snow on them.
The information in this buyer’s guide and the reviews of the three excellent snow blowers we have featured is designed to help make the process of finding the best snow blower for your work load and other needs.