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.

How to Pick the Right Snow Blower

Consider the size of the property, as well as the actual surfaces that need to be cleared. For example, a narrow driveway and no sidewalk and light snow calls for a more compact model, while a long, wide driveway with heavier snow necessitates a bigger model. Research your geographic area for average yearly snowfall and long-term weather forecasts. This will give you an idea of the kind of winter you can expect. Consider how much time you’ll be able to devote to clearing snow. If you work long hours, a heavy-duty snow blower can make things easier on you. Take into account your neighbourhood’s noise regulations levels and regulations. If you’re planning to clear snow at certain times of the day or night, you may consider investing in an extra-quiet engine to keep your neighbours happy.


Types of Snow Blowers

Electric Corded or Cordless Snow Blowers

All electric snow blowers are single stage models, which makes them ideal for smaller areas that require an easily portable blower, such as decks or steps. They're usually more affordable, lighter, and more compact than gas-powered models, require less maintenance, and their lack of reliance on gas and oil make them an eco-friendly option. When considering an electric snow blower, remember that they're better at handling dry snow. Because they can't handle wet snow as well, think about a more powerful machine if that's the kind of snow you usually get in your geographic area.


Single Stage Gasoline Snow Blowers

Lighter and easier to operate than other gas models, the machine's auger (snow "chewing" blade) spins at high speed to chip ice and snow, collect it, and direct it out of a discharge chute. The operator must guide the machine, although some self-propulsion results when the auger (the paddle mechanism visible from the front) contacts the clearing surface and pulls the machine forward. They're best used on pavement or other smooth surfaces where the snow blower won't pick up rocks or gravel, and some models feature multi-directional clearing chutes that can be aimed from the operating position. Single stage snow blowers have cleaning widths that vary from 30 to 56 cm, and they're best intended for residential use after light to moderate snow, usually between 7 to 13 cm.


Two Stage Gasoline Snow Blowers

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. They can handle deeper snow and wider clearing berths, from 50 to 90 cm, depending on the model, and can handle snowfall in excess of 20 cm. With an adjustable height, multiple speeds, and reversible transmission on most models, as well as engine-driven wheels or tank-style tracks, two stage snow blowers can be used on almost any surface. Most models have 4-cycle winterized engines for extreme temperatures and freeze-resistant starting mechanisms and cooling systems. Options that vary by model and manufacturer can include heated handgrips, hydrostatic variable-speed transmissions, electric start mechanisms, headlamps, drift cutters, and vinyl cabs.


Three Stage Gasoline Snow Blowers

Two stage snow blowers feature all the properties and functions of two stage models, plus more, like an accelerator that moves 10x faster than augers, which can clear more heavy, wet snow, and in less time. Typically, they're suitable for driveways longer than 15 m, and come with power steering and remote joystick chute for superior control. They also include advanced control, maneuverability, strength, and engine power for the toughest jobs. Additional options that vary by model and manufacturer can include heated handgrips, hydrostatic variable-speed transmissions, electric start mechanisms, headlamps, drift cutters, quiet engines, and vinyl cabs.



Skid Shoes

Skid shoes are a safety feature that makes it safe to clear snow from gravel areas. Available on most two-stage models, they allow the height of the auger to be adjusted which will provide a needed lift on gravel driveways. 

Heated Grips

More for your comfort, this feature is an added way to keep your hands warm while you're clearing the snow. Heated grips will keep your fingers warm no matter how harsh the weather is! 

Drift Cutter

Acting like knives, drift cutters will help you get through and clear hard-packed and icy snow drifts with ease. 

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. 

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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