If you live in a place where snow is constant in the winter months, you would know what trouble it is to wake up early in the morning to shovel snow out of your driveway. As much as I like snow and appreciate the beauty of it falling from my window, it can be a lot of hard work. This is why electric snow blowers are heaven sent! It cuts the work in half the time it usually takes to clear the pathway and it is also very convenient. Let me explain further what an best electric snow blower is and what it can do.
- What is an electric snow blower?
- How does it work?
- Choosing the electric snow blower
What is an electric snow blower?
An electric snow blower has 3 types; a single stage, 2-stage, and 3-stage. We will talk about the basic characteristics of an electric snow blower so as not to confuse you. A single stage electric blower is powered by either electricity or rechargeable batteries. It has an auger which sucks in the snow and blows it out of your way to create a clear path. What’s amazing about this machine is that since it is electrically powered it leaves no footprint. So you won’t have to worry about contributing to the already uncontrollable environment problems.
This electric snow blower is only ideal for household use and for small driveways or deck. While this machine is also used commercially, the single-stage is ideally for household use because of its size and capacity.
How does it work?
The mechanism of an electric snow blower is quite simple. As modern as it is, it is uncomplicated and easy to use. The electric snow blower has an auger. Don’t be blown away by the name. An auger is just a set of blades inside the machine. These blades rotate when you switch on the machine and pulls in the snow and throw it varying directions but more commonly to the side. It can clear about 10 – 20 feet of pathway. The width of the pathway cleared will depend on the length of the auger. Based on your engine size and capacity, a snow blower can remove about 200 to 800 pounds of snow per minute. The snow it collects can be thrown as far away as 25 feet.
However, because of its mechanism, it also has the tendency to suck in other solid materials such as rocks and other small debris. This being said, make sure that when you clear your driveway with this electric snow blower, no person is close by or your car parked near to avoid accidents.
The type of blades in the auger may vary depending on the size. Smaller machines usually use plastic blades while bigger machines use metal. This portable and highly convenient machines are ideal for light to medium snowfall.
Choosing the electric snow blower
Before you buy your snow blower there are some things you need to consider.
A single-stage electric snow blower is not suitable for very long driveways or parking area. You have to know how big or small is the driveway you will be clearing. For much larger driveways of about 60 feet long, it best to choose the 2-stage or 3-stage electric snow blower.
Depth of snow
You must determine the depth of the snow that you usually encounter during the winter season. Normally an 8-inch depth of snow will be easily cleared by a single-stage snow blower. If you have a 16 inch deep of snow or more, it is best to get a 2-stage or 3-stage snow blower.
Kind of snow
There is light snow, heavy snow, wet snow, and hard-packed snow. Before you buy an electric snow blower, you have to know which of these snows you normally get during the winter season. Again, single-stage electric snow blowers are ideal for light snow. The heavier and harder it gets the more suitable it is to go for the bigger capacity snow blowers like a 3-stage unit.
The reason why knowing the terrain is important is that single-stage units are suitable for level surfaces only. For steep slopes, it is best to opt for engine driven wheels or use tire chains to enhance traction.
Because this is electrically powered it leaves no carbon footprint, unlike gas-powered machines where carbon emission is quite high. You will not feel guilty about adding more damage to mother earth.
The use of electricity makes it economical because of the incredibly high fuel prices. While you may have to shell out more on the onset but as time passes, what you save on fuel will turn out to be more than what you have invested. You also save up on maintenance cost because there will be no spark plugs to be replaced or other maintenance job needed to operate it.
Easy to use.
This unit uses a very simple mechanism. It also looks very unassuming, much like a regular lawn mower. It is easy to operate and gets the job done in no time. Just switch on when you are ready to go and switch off when you’re done.
Easy to store.
Since this machine is compact it is easy to store when not in use. It doesn’t take up so much space in your garage and it’s very portable, especially the cordless snow blower.
It being electric makes it quick to set up and use. Just plug in and you’re good to go. No need to check on fuel level, spark plugs, etc. You won’t have to spend a long time out in the cold to clear your driveway.
Can only clean small driveways, pathways, and deck.
If you are using a single-stage snow blower it can only be used to small driveways. It is also not suitable for gravel, unpaved pathways.
The power cord can restrict movement.
The power cord is limited so you may have to use an extension cord to reach the pathway and clear it all the way to the entrance. If you find this inconvenient you can opt of a cordless snow blower.
Not ideal for thick snow and areas where there is heavy snow.
A single-stage snow blower is only good for light snow. You may have to choose a bigger one if you have heavy snowfall in your area.
There is more to learn about these super convenient, life-saving machines. You can check out more models and designs to help you decide which is the best unit for you.