Everything You Need to Know Before Buying a Snowblower

Clearing snow is much easier with the proper tools. Save yourself time, effort, and back pain this winter by investing in a good snowblower. Keep reading to find out everything you need to know in order to select the best snowblower for your needs. 

Snowblower Features

Depending on the type of snowblower you choose, there are some additional features that may help you make even quicker work of clearing snow. 

Heated grips: Keep your hands warm and toasty while you work with heated grips, which are particularly useful for big clearing jobs. 

Headlight: Enjoy an easier time clearing snow before dawn or after dusk with a LED headlight to illuminate the way. 

Power steering: Though heavier in design, many 2- and 3-stage snowblowers offer power steering that makes the unit much easier to turn. 

Self-propulsion: In addition to power steering, a snowblower with a self-propelled drive will help move itself forward, which can be particularly beneficial when dealing with snowdrifts. 

Variable speed: Multi-stage snowblowers also offer multiple speed options for greater control over your pace. This can also help prevent clogs when dealing with heavy snow. 

Chute control: Some snowblowers offer the ability to adjust the direction of the chute, allowing you to choose where the snow is discharged. 

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There are a wide variety of snowblower accessories that can help with snow clearing in different situations. This may include drift cutters for use in very high snow, snow chains for greater traction in icy conditions, and skid shoes for uneven ground. 

How to Use a Snowblower

Using a snowblower correctly will help you work more efficiently. Follow these tips for successful snow clearing every time. 

  • Use a snowblower that is comfortably sized for your height to give you greater control when pushing and turning. 
  • Do not use a single-stage snowblower to clear hard-packed snowbanks, as this may damage the rubber auger. 
  • To prevent damage to your snowblower, clear slopes by moving up and down rather than making lateral movements. 
  • Choose a single-stage snowblower for walkways, balconies, and small driveways, a 2-stage snowblower for driveways that fit two to four cars, and a 3-stage snowblower for driveways that fit more than four cars. 
  • With a single-stage snowblower, it is best to clear snow shortly after it falls so that it doesn’t have a chance to compact. 
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Always finish on a patch of clean snow rather than snow that has been dirtied by road traffic. This will help protect the inside of your snowblower from corrosion. 

Snowblower Maintenance and Storage

Ensure that your snowblower stays in good shape for a long time to come with proper maintenance and storage. Here are some tips to keep in mind: 

  • At the beginning of the season, inspect the spark plugs on your gas-powered snowblower and replace them if necessary. 
  • At the end of the season, change the oil in your gas-powered snowblower and run the engine until the gas tank is empty. 
  • Prevent corrosion by keeping your snowblower away from sources of moisture during storage. Consider using a snowblower cover for extra protection. 
  • Make sure you always have extra parts like shear pins and drive belts on hand so that you can repair your snowblower in a pinch. 

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