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Which snowthrower to choose: expert advice


If you are lucky enough to own a private house with a garden plot, then you probably realized a long time ago that cleaning snow in the winter is not the most interesting task. And you will be able to ease your work if you get a reliable and convenient snow blower for your home. But how to choose it, because today on the market they are presented in a large assortment? You may be able to help decide which snowthrower to choose for your home, studying the information in this article, selected to provide answers to the most frequently asked buyers questions below.

The standard snow thrower design includes the following components:

  • metal case;
  • engine;
  • control elements;
  • auger (one or more), representing a kind of meat grinder screw.

According to the type of engine, such snow blowers are divided, as well as saws, into electric, net- or battery-powered devices, and petrol devices.

Electric snow blowers in most cases are non-self-propelled machines. They have a compact, light weight, but a small engine power (two or three horsepower).

At the same time, the power of the engines of petrol snow blowers, which can be both self-propelled and non-self-propelled, can reach up to 15 horsepower.

For snow removal in relatively small areas, with the possibility of organizing access to the electrical network, buying an electric snow blower is a good choice. In other cases, it is better to purchase a gasoline snow blower.

Which one to choose from these two options? Self-propelled snow blowers are used to clean the soft snow of snow from the paths, sidewalks and small flat areas of land. The power of their engines is small (usually no more than five horsepower). A feature of this technique is that the owner needs to push and direct it. If a small, flat area is cleared, this is not a big deal, but clearing large areas with pits and climbs will require considerable physical effort, and it may take several days to complete all the snow removal work.

Electric snow throwers have a small power, usually not exceeding three horsepower, but they have a number of significant advantages:

  • low cost;
  • low weight;
  • compactness;
  • Ease of Management;
  • lack of significant noise at work;
  • ease of transportation.

As for the tips on working with an electric snow blower, here are a few of them:

  1. Fallen snow should always start to clean as early as possible, without waiting until it hardens and covered with a dense ice crust.
  2. If it is necessary to remove the old hardened snow cover, it is better to do it gradually, in several stages, occasionally loosening the crust with a shovel and lifting the auger.
  3. In the absence of electricity, you can power the snowblower from an electric generator.

Husqvarna snow blowers are considered premium-class vehicles designed primarily for professionals. Their excellent quality explains why they are so expensive. They assemble these units in Europe and complete them with engines manufactured by the world famous companies Briggs & Stratton.

Partner-equipped snow blowers are from the same manufacturer, Husqvarna. They are cheaper than previous models, as they are equipped with less powerful engines.

MTD snow blowers are sold under several trade names, for example, under brands such as Yard-Man, Cub Cade, Bolens.

These snow removal units are very popular because of their low prices. Such snow blowers are produced in the United States of America and in the People's Republic of China. They have an optimal price based on their quality.

The cost of such devices is different, but basically is in the range of 30-500 thousand rubles. The price of budget options with engines, both electric and gasoline of small power (less than six horsepower) - 30-60 thousand rubles. Such equipment, belonging to the middle class and having a number of additional devices and increased productivity, costs 60-120 thousand rubles. And the snow blowers of increased reliability from well-known brands (for example, such as Honda or Husqvarna) can be sold for 200-500 thousand rubles.

But it must be borne in mind that the cost of snowplows having a gasoline engine, you will need to add the cost of their regular refueling and periodic oil change. In addition, it must be borne in mind that for any snowthrower, both electric and gasoline, in the event of a breakdown that does not meet warranty conditions, contacting a specialized repair shop to replace the part may require costs in the amount of from two to ten thousand rubles.