Electric Snow Blower vs Gas: Your Best Choices Explained
It’s hard to believe that it is already almost that time of year again, but nothing is going to stop our days from getting shorter, and our temperatures from dropping until spring rolls back around. Our descent into winter means you may be planning out your last garden harvest, prepping your plants for the colder months, and winterizing your sprinkler systems, but this is also a great time to start looking over any tools you may need to get through the season.
Snow blowers are often an essential item for areas that get alot of regular snow. Afterall, lifting and pushing around wet, heavy snow may seem like the ultimate workout, but it does get old pretty fast- plus at times it may not always be the best use of your time.
Snow blowers can help cut your winter maintenance time to a fraction of what you are used to, and if you have been considering a purchase of one, you’ve already discovered there are a variety of choices to choose from. One of your first questions may be, what is the difference between an electric snow blower vs a gas version? Today I’m going to break down that question for you below:
- Lighter in weight
- Do not require gas or oil
- Very quiet
- Limited by cord length
- May overheat
- May not be able to handle a heavy load
- Very durable
- Variety of sizes
- No electric cords
- Needs regular maintenance
- Can be loud
- Extra cost of gas and oil
Electric snow blowers are just that, a tool that runs off electricity provided by your nearest outlet. These are popular choices for areas that only need minimal clearing of snow, are not too large in surface area, and also have the electricity available for use.
There are a few variations in the electric designs; one being more of an electric shovel that clears only about 12 inches of width at a time with a very short, 4 to 6 inch clearance. Other versions can handle a bit more and have 12 to 21 inch widths with up to a 12 inch clearance. Both are handy tools to have for occasional, lighter amounts of snowfall and to help save your back when using a shovel.
Due to the specifications of an electric blower, they are a great resource for clearing off decks and patios, stairways, walkways, and shorter drives. They are handy, and often fairly inexpensive to have around for the occasional snowfall, and make clearing out your yard a pretty quick job.
Keeping the cord untangled and free from anything that might cause fraying is important as well. When preparing for the season and checking to make sure everything is running correctly, you can also double check and test your power outlets.
When working you also need to take care to avoid the power cord, as it could become tangled in the machinery, plus water and electricity doesn’t mix well, so the cord needs to be checked for frays. You also need to be mindful of how much work you are doing at a time, as too heavy a load, over too long a time may cause it to overheat, or even burn out.
Gas snow blowers are either single stage, or dual stage designs, both of which have an auger that propels snow up through a chute to be thrown free of the area you are clearing. The dual stage design also includes an impeller behind the auger for more efficiency- which is helpful for heavy, wet snowfalls.
They use gas to power their engine, which also needs to be maintained using oil (to keep all the parts well lubricated), as well as a clean spark plug to allow for ignition.
Gas blowers can have a maximum width of 45 inches, with as much as 2 feet of clearance to take on heavy snowfalls. Plus many are self propelled, meaning you can exert even less energy clearing up to twice as much as an electric version.
Gas blowers can cover a large area quickly, and move large amounts of snow with only one pass. Most chutes can also be pointed into chosen directions and also have adjustable heights to get the snow out of your way.
This is also much more bulky to store, and your gas and oil should be drained if you plan on letting it sit for any extended length of time. However, the payoff of a gas engine is that if anything goes wrong with it, it can most likely be fixed fairly easily. An electric motor is difficult to work on and it is usually cheaper to simply buy a new product rather than try to have it fixed.
For long term use a gas blower is also a better choice as it can be maintained and stored, plus it is easier to have serviced if anything goes wrong. If you have any questions please comment below so we can get back to you, and as always, please share!