Snow Blower Buying Guide
This winter, don't let snow stand in your way. Get the best gas or electric snow blower so you can clear ground efficiently and powerfully. We carry equipment to fit all sizes of yards, from affordable electric snow blowers to heavy-duty machines that clear large areas and deep snow. Find the top snow blower for what you need in our snow blower buying guide.
Shopping For a New Snow Blower
Clearing snow from your property doesn’t have to be a back-breaking effort. When you shop our selection of snow blowers to find the best one for your yard, you’ll make winter maintenance as easy as it gets.
Get looking today to find the snow blower that best suits your property, climate, and budget.
Other Features to Look For
- Power Steering: This features allows you to maneuver a snow blower more accurately through the snow. The effortless steering gives you the control by allowing you to turn left or right with a click of a trigger.
- Electric Start: Replacing pull cords on gas snow blowers, electric starts provide a quick start with a touch of a button.
- Headlights: LED headlights give you more visibility during large snowfalls and at night. They are also a great safety feature for pedestrians and drivers.
Engine-driven wheels can handle uneven terrain fairly well, with the added benefit of reducing operator fatigue, especially when clearing large, challenging areas.
The best way to clear a slope is to move up and down the face instead of across. 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 blower manual.
Typically, this happens because the engine’s heat has melted residual snow, which has then frozen. If left on, it can interfere with operation and controls. Clean as much residual snow off the snow blower after usage, using a “dry” method like compressed air or a snow brush.
Most winter outdoor power equipment requires 5W30 grade oil. Quality oil will have an American Petroleum Institute (API) symbol on it. Also check the service rating on the symbol, which indicates the age range of engines for which that oil is appropriate. The closer the second letter to the end of the alphabet (e.g. SN, SM, SL, etc.), the more current the rating.
First, turn the snow blower off or disconnect it from its power source. Then, wait about 10 seconds for the inner parts to stop moving. Most snow blowers come with a removable tool on the front you can use to dislodge snow from the auger, impeller, or chute. If you don’t have one, use a broom handle or similarly-shaped object.
Note: Never use your hands to clear out snow, even if the snow blower is off. Snow can get packed in tightly and moving it can cause the blades to suddenly rotate.
Shear pins, or shear bolts, connect the auger to the auger shaft. The pins have special grooves on them that allow them to handle a large amount of torque. They’ll snap if they encounter too much torque, like hitting a rock or curb. By breaking, the shear pins prevent damage to the gear case and auger shaft. It’s an inexpensive fail-safe mechanism that prevents expensive damage.
Protect Your Purchase
Don't get caught unprepared. Get coverage for your snow blower or other outdoor power equipment with an extended protection plan. We'll cover parts and labour on qualified repairs for two or four years after the manufacturer's warranty expires.
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