When the temperature starts to drop, it’s time to get ready for winter. Learn about the different types of shovels, snow blowers, ice melts and other essentials to keep your home safe and warm during the toughest winter weather.
What Are the Main Snow Removal Tools?
Make sure to have the right equipment for winter. Choosing the right snow shovel is important: there are different dimensions, materials, blades and handles. Don't be intimidated to try the shovel in the store by imitating the motion of snow removal to pick the right shovel for your needs.
Electric snow shovels are a practical and eco-friendly tool to clear snow without the physical need of shoveling. They are more silent, lightweight and compact than traditional snow blowers. Some electrical shovels are now battery-powered, which allows for covering a larger surface than corded models. This type of snow blower is made only for light snowfalls, and is not as effective for hard and heavy snow.
Electric snow blowers are available in either corded or cordless versions. Corded models are more compact, lightweight, and affordable, but their electrical cord limits them to small surfaces. Cordless models are battery-powered, which allows for clearing larger spaces. New battery technologies are now allowing for shorter charge times and longer runtimes. Cordless models have a larger clearing width than their corded counterparts, and their batteries are often interchangeable with other tools from the same brand. Compared to gas snow blowers, both corded and cordless models are quieter, require less maintenance, and are an eco-friendly option.
Gas snow blowers are available in single, 2-stage or 3-stage models. Single-stage snow blowers gather and clear snow in one single motion, which makes them more suitable for clearing smaller areas. Two and three-stage snowblowers offer larger clearing widths, greater power, and are suitable for hard and heavy snow. They are also more heavy, noisy, and expensive than single-stage models.