Choosing the Best Snowblower – What to Know Before Heading to the Home Improvement Store

If the winter of 2010 has proven one thing, it’s that you can’t always rely on Mother Nature to be predictable. With record snowfalls on the East Coast and bone-chilling cold temperatures in the South, this winter has simply been a free-for-all, with everyone not knowing what;s in store for tomorrow.

However, those how live in heavy snow areas are sure about one thing–nothing beats a good snowblower. One of these gas powered or electric babies can really come in handy when the white stuff comes down hard…especially if there’s an emergency situation and you absolutely, positively need to get out of your garage.

But how do you shop for a snowblower? What features should you look for? And what’s the best snow blower for your needs? Here’s a few tips that might help you get started on the right track…

–Consider the engine first. A gas power snowblower will operate much like a lawn mower, with similar starting systems and features. Plus, many of the heavier duty snowblowers will most likely feature a gas powered engine. Electric snowblowers are lighter and require less energy to use–perfect if you have most dustings and the occasional blizzard.

–Get the right width and path for your region. With snowblowers, you can go extremely heavy duty (which cuts through thigh high drifts like butter) or extremely light weight (which gets an inch or two off your driveway pretty quickly). The best advice is to check with a snowblower expert at Lowes, Home Depot, or Sears. They’ll steer you in the right direction for your particular needs.

–Finally, consider converting your lawn tractor to a snow thrower. If you have a riding lawn mower, you can easily purchase a conversion kit to add a blade on the front that clears a path quickly. Plus, you can offer to clear your neighbor’s driveways and sidewalks as well–for the right price, of course. And easy way to make a few extra bucks.

Choosing the best snowblower doesn’t have to be difficult. Just find the one that’s perfect for your needs and stick with the top brand names, like Toro, Ariens, Cub Cadet, Troy, Yardman, Yard Machines, or MTD. You should be cutting a swath through the white stuff in no time at all!

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