Snow Blowers vs Shovels: Clear Snow Easily With Powerful Options
Once the weather begins to cool, it’s only a matter of time until it cools enough for most people before the first snow begins to fly. If you spent last winter shoveling your drive, you may have dreamed of an easier way to clear it all off. But if you already have had experiences with a snow blower, or have very little room to store such a product, one of the many shovels available for snow removal may be right up your alley.
No matter which is best for you, there are many pros and cons to consider surrounding the snow blower vs shovel debate. Your best choice should weigh both personal preference and needs, and be a tool that you can use with ease.
- Moves large amounts of snow quickly
- Very durable
- Easy to push
- Easy on your body
- Requires maintenance
- Can be loud
- Requires storage space
- Added cost of electricity, or gas and oil
- Requires physical labor
- Can only clear so much at one time
- Can be difficult for certain people
Let’s face it, we’ve all wished for a snow blower while shoveling up the newest snowfall from your driveway. But if that snowfall only occurs on rare occasions, then the cost of a snow blower might not be worth the expense. However, if regular snowfalls are a common occurrence during your winter experience, then a snow blower might be exactly what you need.
Before you make your final investment, understanding your snow moving choices and what each entail is certainly something to take a closer look at.
Electric versions usually have a 12 to 21-inch clearing width, and a 12-inch clearance and are good for areas that do not receive a lot of snowfall at one time. Gas versions can handle much more snow at a time- up to 48 inches in width and 24 inches in height. They are used in areas that receive regular, heavy snowfalls. Gas versions also are often self-propelled, making your job that much easier.
Push button starts, self-propelling, adjustable heights, and chutes are all perks you can pick and choose from to get exactly what you need. These are all things that translate into them being much easier to use than a shovel if you have trouble moving easily, or are unable to lift heavier loads.
Overtime, gas blowers will also need further care concerning air filters, hoses, and spark plugs. Other parts may also need replacing as well depending on the age of your gas blower, but most maintenance steps are fairly easy to do if it’s ever needed.
Many models also don’t do well in smaller spaces, plus you may be restricted by cord length in certain areas. They also can be loud and require a place to be stored within.
Shovels are pretty simple to describe and use. They are flat, or curved, metal and plastic heads that are used to push and lift snowfall via a long handle into areas that aren’t blocking whatever access you are trying to create.
Some designs can handle large amounts of snow at one time to push, while others are smaller and lighter for you to dig and toss out of your way. Metal tips can also be used to chip away at ice to help get it scooped up.
Because of the nature of a shovel, all type offer some sort of physical exercise which is extremely beneficial to you in the long run. Plus shovels are very easy to store and require no maintenance.
You can also just grab a shovel and go! No need to prep or prepare before tackling the snow waiting for you.
Shovels also cannot clear snow quite as quickly as a snow blower, and larger amounts of snowfall may require some creative thinking on where, exactly, you will be tossing your snow to- especially if you have a particularly wide or long driveway.
Many times, the shovel vs snowblower debate is settled due to financial reasons, but there are plenty of options to consider that may fit into a budget depending on which you prefer. Shoveling takes no time to
Snow blowers take time to get ready, may not fit into all areas needed, and might be restricted at times by cord length, size, or weight. However, it does clear large amounts of snow quickly, and with
Personally, I am a fan of snow blowers in areas that receive large