Should You Buy a Snow Blower?
For those of you living in warm countries, or in the Southern part of the United States, this post may not be relevant to you. If, however, you live in an area that experiences excessive snowfall during the winter season, continue reading. If you live in a snowy area, you will likely have visited the idea of purchasing a snow blower, and weighed the pros and cons of using a plow service. In this post, I will discuss exactly why you should (or shouldn’t) buy a snow blower, and how to make that decision easier for you.
Things to Consider
Before doing any research or thinking about buying a snow blower any further, it is important to consider the following: do you actually need one? While many areas in the United States do get snow, many do not experience the unmanageable levels that would prevent you from effectively clearing with a shovel. For example, areas outside of New York City may only get a couple inches during the winter, but cities like Madison, WI get a whopping 51 inches each year. If you do not live in an area that gets significant snowfall, it is likely you will be able to save a few hundred dollars and make due with a simple shovel. However, if you do live in an area that gets tons of snow, you should take the following few points into consideration when deciding whether or not to buy.
How much snow do you get?
Snow blowers come in a variety of different style with different features and capabilities designed to tackle different levels of snow. There are heavy-hitter 3-stage gas powered blowers that are designed for heavy snow up to two feet deep, and lighter single-stage gas blowers designed for up to 12 inches of light snow. It is important to know about how much snow to expect, as you don’t want to be caught with 24 inches and only have something capable of dealing with 12. For more information on this, you can check out the blower guide from Home Depot.
Snow blowers are an investment, there is no getting around that fact. Even for a light blower, you can expect to pay around $300 and, for the more rugged models, the price can shoot up to thousands of dollars. Given this fact, make extra sure you will get your moneys worth if you plan on buying one. Typically, plowing services cost about $40 per storm (they have their own pros and cons but that is for another post), so if you don’t get consistent heavy snowfall, it may be more beneficial for you to use one of those.
Finding the Right Model
I’ll be honest, I don’t have a lot of experience with various snow blower models. I know that some come with nice features like built-in hand warmers, but am not versed enough to speak about them. I did find a site (https://www.snowblowerguides.com/) that has an extensive selection of snow blower reviews, and discusses various models in great detail. If you have decided you need a snow blower, I suggest heading over there and reading more about the model you are considering.