Winter in Utah has its own set of charms, but we can probably all agree that shoveling snow isn’t one of them. Whether it’s dry and powdery or heavy and wet, shoveling is the pits. If buying a new snow blower is in your immediate future, we have some tips for finding the best choice for your situation.
Not every storm that comes through Utah this year is going to drop feet of snow (thankfully) so the first step is to determine what your needs are going to be. Are you looking for a serious gas powered machine that makes quick work of a snowy driveway? Or do you just want something lightweight to keep that pesky lake effect snow from creating a skating rink on your sidewalks and drive?
For lighter jobs usually clearing around 2-4 inches of snow, an electric or cordless snow blower might be the perfect option. These smaller machines are about the size of a vacuum and are easy to plug in and go. Good for all ages, this could help motivate your teenager to get up early and clear off the walks.
If your clearing job is going to require a little more effort, a single-stage snow blower is a good option. These are typically lightweight and easy to maneuver, but still have enough power to rid your home of snow. These are usually gas powered and take up a little more space than a shovel, but it’s also a lot less work than shoveling.
For those with serious snow problems, look for a two or three-stage snow blower to get the job done. These are powerful machines that delight in attacking the snow and forcefully blowing it off your driveway. Most of these more advanced blowers usually have higher clearance which makes working on gravel or uneven surfaces much easier. These are going to be some of the priciest options. A good time to get a new blower is at the end of the snow season so watch for good sales in the spring.
Snow removal can be as easy or difficult as you want to make it. If you like the challenge and workout that comes with shoveling, stick with a good quality snow shovel. But if you’re like most of us, the idea of spending more time outside on a cold snowy day than you have to isn’t ideal.