Snow blowers are a popular piece of machinery in areas that experience frequent snow storms and snow that stays for an entire season. A snow blower doesn’t really blow snow; it throws snow with an auger or impeller to remove snow from a specific area, such as: a driveway, sidewalk, parking lot, roads, railroad tracks, ice rink, and runways. They function on electricity, gasoline, or diesel.
Most snow blowers come in two classes: single-stage and two-stage. Single-stage features a paddle in the front (an auger) pulls the snow into the machine and redirects it through a discharge chute. Unfortunately, the auger meets the ground and is not suitable for unpaved surfaces. A two-stage machine uses an auger to pull the snow inward to an impeller and then redirects it through a discharge chute. Since the auger on a two-stage snow blower doesn’t touch the ground, it can handle unpaved surfaces and deeper snow piles than its one-stage counterpart.
You can find snow blowing equipment that ranges in size and capacity. Smaller versions are available to handle a few inches to industrial sized that can take on jobs that tackle snow of six feet deep. Homeowners love the smaller versions that Toro, Ariens, and other brands carry that are perfect for the snow that covers their driveways and sidewalks. Landscapers typically use the small and medium-sized blowers to take on jobs for their clientele who need a sidewalk or parking lot cleared.
When making the decision on a snow blower, we suggest learning more about how it is used and any safety notes you should be aware of. Some people have experienced traumatic injury to hands simply because they didn’t follow proper use instructions and safety instructions.