Snowblowers: What you Need to Know Before you Buy
If you’re looking to invest in a new snowblower for your field service business here are some things to consider before you buy.
The different models
The price of a snowblower can vary from $100 to $2000 or more for a heavy-duty model. Of course, every business has different needs. and the type of snowblower that will work best for your company depends on the type of area you will be
Of course, every business has different needs. The type of snowblower that will work best for your company depends on the type of area you will be clearing, the type of snow you will be removing, and the storage space available.
There are three main types of snowblowers; single-stage electric, single-stage gas, and two-stage gas.
Single – stage electric
Single – stage electric snowblowers are light, easy to use, and are best for clearing mid-sized areas. They follow a one-step process to eliminate snow—the auger loosens the snow sending it to the snowblowers discharge tube.
Because this model requires an electrical plug, reach is limited. Another disadvantage of this model is that they do not have wheels, requiring users to manually push them.
Single – stage gas
Single-stage gas snowblowers are more powerful than single-stage electric snowblowers and are generally made heavier. They can handle mid-sized driveways and provide users with the freedom to easily maneuver them anywhere because they do not require an electrical outlet to function.
Also known as dual-stage snowblowers, these models follow a two-step process to eliminate snow. An impeller acts as a fan located above the auger, when the auger lifts the snow, the impeller throws the snow out of the chute.
Two-stage gas snowblowers are equipped with engine driven wheels making them the most powerful model available. These snowblowers are perfect for clearing deep and heavy snow.
Two-stage gas snowblowers have engines that are compromised of 8 to 12 HP allowing them to clear 24 to 36 inches of snow. These models will move faster and farther than single-stage blowers and are generally equipped with more features than other models.
Buying used snowblowers
If a snowblower is out of your price range, buying a used one can be a good option. It’s important to do your research first and make sure the snowblower is in good condition before you buy.
It’s likely you’ll need spare parts for any snowblower you decide to buy. Before you buy it’s important to find out whether spare parts are easy to get your hands on. This can vary depending on the specific brand you buy.
It’s also important to look out for any cables or switches that may have come loose or are hanging as these could cause serious injuries. Double-check the auger bit and impeller device when testing stability. And of course ensure that you double-check any concerns that you may have with the seller, don’t be shy to ask any questions you may have.
Don't fall for big name brands
Some snowblowers that are on the market are equipped with big-name engines, but don’t be fooled. Keep in mind that the performance of a snowblower has more to do with the design itself rather than the engine. It’s also important to realize that the size of the engine is not directly related to the amount of snow it can clear. When you start shopping around, don’t just go for the bigger engine—go for what works best for you.
Know what you're working with
It’s important to be safe when working with a snowblower, never clear a clogged discharge chute or auger housing using your hands. If the snowblower you buy does not come with a plastic clearing tool, use another device to remove the snow. Single stage snowblowers, in particular, pick up and throw ice, gravel and anything else that comes into it, remember to keep people away when you’re working. If you have a gas-powered machine, wear hearing protection as these models can be damaging to your ears.