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Snow Blower Buying Guide

Snow Blower Buying Guide

Snow Blower

Buying Guide

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This winter, let no snowfall stand in your way. Clear space quickly, efficiently, and powerfully with Lowe's extensive selection of snow blowers. From affordable compact models that maximize efficiency to heavy-duty machines that clear large areas and deep snow in a cinch, you'll find the snow blower that's right for your property, climate, and budget.

Getting Started

Getting Started
  • Consider the size of the property you need to clear.
  • Research your geographic area's average snowfall per year, as well as long-term weather forecasts that predict the kind of winter your area can expect.
  • Consider the time you usually have to do the task, as well as your neighbourhood's noise levels and regulations. If you're planning to clear snow at certain times of the day, you may consider investing in an extra-quiet engine.

Types Of Snow Blowers

  • The machine's auger spins at high speed to chip ice and snow, collect it, and direct it out of a discharge chute.
  • Lighter and easier to handle than other models.
  • Operator must guide the machine, although some self-propulsion results when the auger contacts the clearing surface and pulls the machine forward.
  • Best used on pavement or other smooth surfaces where the machine won't pick up rocks or gravel.
  • Varies in clearing widths from 30 cm to 56 cm.
  • Some models feature multi-directional clearing chutes that can be aimed from the operating position.
  • Intended for residential use after light to moderate snowfalls of 7 cm to 13 cm.
  • In addition to the snow-churning auger, these machines feature a high-speed impeller that collects snow and pushes it from the discharge chute at increased speed.
  • Can handle deeper snow and wider clearing paths (from 50 cm to 90 cm, depending on the model).
  • Feature engine-driven wheels or tank-style tracks, resulting in increased self-propulsion and control.
  • Adjustable height; can be used on almost any surface.
  • Multiple speed, reversible transmission on most models.
  • Can handle snowfall in excess of 20 cm.
  • Most models have 4-cycle winterized engines for extreme temperatures and freeze-resistant starting mechanisms and cooling systems.
  • Options* include: heated handgrips, hydrostatic variable-speed transmissions, electric start mechanisms, headlamps, drift cutters, and vinyl cabs.

*Options vary by model and manufacturer.

  • Featuring all properties and functions of two-stage snow blowers, plus:
  • An accelerator that moves 10x faster than augers, which clears more heavy, wet snow in less time.
  • Suitable for tackling driveways over 15 meters long.
  • Power steering for superior control.
  • Remote joystick chute control.
  • The most advanced control, maneuverability, strength, and engine power for all the toughest jobs.
  • Options* include: heated handgrips, hydrostatic variable-speed transmissions, electric start mechanisms, headlamps, drift cutters, quiet engines, and vinyl cabs.

*Options vary by model and manufacturer.

  • All electric snow blowers are single-stage models (see above for more info).
  • Require less maintenance than gas-powered models.
  • Feature a lower price-point than gas models.
  • Eco-friendly: require no gasoline or engine oil.
  • Lighter and more compact than most gas models.
  • Feature easy, single-push starter button.
  • Ideal for smaller areas that require an easily portable blower (ie. decks or steps).

Tips and Tricks

Follow these best practices to get optimal results from your snow blower. You can increase the efficiency and maximize the lifespan of your machine simply by using, storing, and maintaining it properly and on a regular basis.

Tips and Tricks
  • Always clear slopes by moving up and down the slope's face. Clearing across the face can jeopardize the machine's stability. Do not attempt to clear a slope that is steeper than recommended in the snow thrower's operating manual.

  • Choose engine-driven wheels to better handle uneven terrain and reduce operator fatigue if you are clearing large, challenging areas.

  • If there is ice forming on your snow blower during storage, it's likely that residual snow is melting from the heat of the engine and then re-freezing into ice during storage, which can interfere with operation and controls. Clean as much residual snow as you can from your machine after usage; use a dry method such as a snow brush or compressed air.

  • For most winter outdoor power equipment, 5W30 grade oil (-30°C to 10°C) is recommended. Always use quality motor oil, indicated by the American Petroleum Institute (API) symbol. The service rating on the symbol is the age range of engines for which that oil is appropriate. The closer the second letter of the rating is to the end of the alphabet (e.g. SN, SM, SL), the more current the rating.

  • When unclogging a snow blower, use a broom handle or similar wooden item. The auger and impeller can injure your hands even when the blower is shut off.
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