What You Need to Know About Gas vs. Electric Snowblowers.
It starts with just a few snowflakes; but before you know it the inches are piling up on your driveway. It’s almost Winter and that means it’s snowblower season, but which kind should you choose? The two main types of snowblowers are gas-powered and electric, and here we’ll go over the pros and cons of each so you can decide which is the right blower for you.
Once you’ve decided to ditch your snow shovel you should start considering the type of snow removal situation you’re facing. Do you have a short driveway or walk? Or is the trip down to your mailbox a long one?
The Electric Blower
If your driveway isn’t that long, an electric snowblower may be a good choice for you. Electric blowers come in corded electric and battery models (when using an extension cord be sure it is rated for outdoor use and it is not in your blowing path before starting!). These blowers are lighter weight than even single-stage gas snowblowers and take up less space in your garage or shed. With an electric blower you also have an electric start, so it turns on at the touch of a button. Corded electric snowblowers have an obvious range issue, in that they can only go as far as the cord allows. However, if you just have a walkway and a short drive to do that’s not much of a problem. Corded blowers will be the cheapest of all the available options, and the lightest.
With cordless electric snow blowers you’re using a battery, so it’s a good idea to have a second battery charging while you’re using the first if you plan to be out working for a long time. Most electric blowers are single-stage, meaning they don’t have the power that is generated by a two-stage gas blower. So if the snow is very heavy and wet you may have trouble breaking through. On the plus side, it’s lightweight and has maneuverability so it can be a better choice for some.
Gas Powered Blowers
Gas-powered blowers are a more expensive option, but for many people it’s worth it for the advantages they give. With a gas-powered mower you’re limited only by the size of your gas tank; and while the pull-cord start was once a deterrent for some, there are many electric start gas snow blowers that are just as easy to turn on as an electric mower. Gas blowers also add features such as a higher intake height, which means they can blow through almost any snow pile. A large gas blower will also be much more powerful than a battery-operated or plug-in electric blower and can come with features such as being self-propelled, or possessing track drive and power steering to make the job of handling such a heavy machine easier.
Brands like Cub Cadet, Ariens, and Snow Joe make a wide variety of both gas and electric snowblowers that you can purchase at a local hardware store such as Brinkmann’s, so you’ll have plenty of options to choose from.
The choice is yours. What’s important is to consider your circumstances and go from there. If you have a great distance to blow, or often have a lot of heavy snow, you may want to consider a high performance, gas-powered snowblower. If you have a smaller area to cover and tend to get lesser amounts of snow you can probably get by with an electric model and save yourself some cash.