If you live in a snowy area, then you’ll understand just how annoying it is to shovel your pathway and driveway every morning just to get your car out for work. The problem with snow is that it’s a great cover for slippery sheets of ice hiding just under the surface. To ensure that neither you nor any loved ones injure themselves by slipping on hidden ice, you need a snow blower.
Types of Snow Blowers
There are four main types of snow blowers for you to choose from. The types vary on how they swallow and spit out snow.
Single-stage models have a rotating auger that scoops up large quantities of snow which is expelled through the discharge chute. These models can run off of gas, electricity, or batteries. These models have a limited intake capacity of only 8 inches, meaning that anything taller will require repeated passes to remove.
A two-stage snow blower uses both a rotating auger and an impeller fan to break up any chunks of compact snow and ice. The impeller fan then blasts it out through the snow chute which can be thrown over 20 feet away from the unit. Two-stage models only run off of gasoline which ensures super-powerful performance and portability. Typically, this type of snow blower can handle snow depths of 12 inches and beyond.
The most powerful type of snow blower is the three-stage variety. In addition to a rotating auger and impeller fan, the third stage includes an accelerator which works extremely efficiently at picking up large quantities of snow in a fraction of the time needed for the other two models. Once again, gasoline is the only fuel of choice for this beast. Three-stage snow blowers can tackle snow mounds of up to at least 16 inches.
Benefits of Gas-Powered Snow Blowers
We mentioned previously the three different sources of power for snow blowers – cordless (rechargeable batteries), corded-electric, and gasoline. The following section will break down various points that make gas-powered snow blowers superior to their cordless and electric counterparts.
Effectiveness and Efficiency
When working outdoors during cold, wintry months, we want to limit how much time we spend outside. Even with a jacket, hat, mittens, and boots, the cold can get to you. Gas-powered snow blowers have larger intake capacities compared to cordless and electric versions. This means with a single pass, you’ll be able to remove more snow, reducing the amount of work and time spent working.
Portable and Long-Lasting
Obviously, the main difference between gas-powered and corded-electric snow blowers is that with gas, you won’t be tied down by power cords and extension cords. This allows you to clear snow in large areas without getting tangled in cords. One might argue that cordless models are portable, which is completely true.
However, cordless models have limited battery life per single charge, mainly due to nature of battery-draining snow blowers. A single gallon of gas can power the model for several hours, whereas a single battery change on a cordless model might only give you around 20 to 30 minutes of work before needing to recharge.
Like any gas-powered garden or power tool, gas snow blowers require frequent maintenance to ensure optimal performance after long resting periods. However, their maintenance issues are usually nothing to worry about, whereas cordless and corded-electric models may not have as many maintenance issues, but a single problem could mean the end of your machine.
Variety of Sizes
Finally, if you recall, all three types of snow blowers can be powered by gasoline, whereas batteries and electricity only offer enough power to run single-stage models. If you need a machine exclusively to remove snow from paved paths, gas-powered models are available. If you need something beefier for tackling all sorts of terrain, then a gas snow blower is your only choice.
This article serves to provide you with a quick lesson on the benefits of owning a gas-powered snow blower. Like with any outdoor power tool, you should only purchase a model that suits your unique situation best. If you measure snowfall in feet, then you might require a heavy-duty two- or three-stage gas-powered snow blower. If you need something just to remove snow from smooth surfaces such as driveways or sidewalks, you could go with gas-powered, cordless, or corded-electric models.