Best Two-Stage Snow Blowers Under $1,000

Do you remember the last time there was heavy snowfall around your neighborhood and you let out a groan due to all the snow that would need to be shoveled out later in the day? Well, why don’t you plan ahead this time and get a snow blower to do the work for you? Also known as snow throwers, these machines help remove snow by “throwing” them into a location where it can be easily discarded.

[Diagram of How Snow Blowers Work]

Snow blowers have a helical component called an auger that collects the snow. For single-stage snow blowers, the auger also serves the purpose of propelling the snow out of the chute. Two-stage snow blowers have an additional component called an impeller fan that helps discard the snow from the chute.

Types of Snow Blowers

The four general types of snow blowers are: single-stage electric, single-stage gas, two-stage gas, and three-stage gas.

[Diagram of Snow Blower Types]

Single-Stage: these snow blowers are designed to handle light, powdery snow with an accumulation of less than eight inches. Single-stage snow blowers are best-used for small to medium-sized areas.

Two-Stage: due to having a stronger engine, these snow blowers are capable of handling snow accumulations of more than eight inches. Two-stage blowers are best used for clearing snow from large areas.

Three-Stage: these machines could be considered two-stage blowers on steroid. Three-stage snow blowers contain an additional component called an accelerator that boosts the speed of the auger. Three-stage snow blowers are not really needed unless you are dealing with a lot of heavy snow.

Electric vs. Gas: you may come across single-stage snow blowers that are powered by gas or electricity. Each have their pros and cons. For example, the pros of electric-powered snow blowers include being lighter and quieter than their gas-powered counterparts. The cons include being limited by the power cord length, having limited size options etc.

Factors to Consider

The following factors should be considered when you determine the type of snow blower that will meet your needs.

Path Size: how wide is the walkway, driveway etc. that you would be clearing? You will find that snow blowers come with different clearing widths, starting from around 15 inches to more than 30 inches.

Ground Material: is the walkway, driveway etc. paved with gravel? If so then stay clear of single-stage snow blowers. The auger of single-stage blowers can touch the ground so this may lead to a dangerous situation where the gravel is collected then launched out of the machine as fast projectiles.

Noise: living in a neighborhood that has strict noise regulations may make it difficult to use a gas-powered snow blower in the early morning or in the evening.

Amount & Type of Snow: as explained above, the amount of snow your area typically gets will dictate the type of snow blower you purchase. If you mainly deal with light snow then consider a single-stage blower. Anything more? Consider a two or three-stage snow blower.

Top-Rated Snow Blower Recommendations

Here are a couple of 2-stage snow blowers recommended by customers.

1. YARDMAX 2-Stage Snow Blower
This mean machine is powered by a 208cc snow engine and has steel augers that will easily slice through packed snow and ice. The device comes in two sizes: 24″ and 26″. Also features a simple crank chute control system.

2. Snow Joe Snow Blower
Has a color theme fitting of winter. The Snow Joe 2-stage snow blower comes with a powerful 2500 W motor and a width clearance of 24 inches. The ergonomic grip allows for stress-free handling.

3. Snow Beast Gas-Powered Snow Blower
Very fitting for people dealing with large outdoor spaces. The Snow Beast snow blower has a clearing path of 36 inches. This device should encounter too many problems with wet snow due to its steel construction. Save time on clearing snow with this great device.

Snow Blower Safety Precautions

Unfortunately, many injuries have occurred due to the use of snow blowers. We already mentioned one cause. Using a single-stage snow blower on gravel can cause projectiles (like sharp rocks) to launch from the chute. This can easily injure people as well as damage property.

There was even a study conducted on snow blower injuries. Researchers examined over 30,000 injuries related to the use of snow blowers. The study reported that a major cause of snow blower injuries was a clogged machine.

Source: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1553-2712.2010.00730.x/full

If the chute of the snow blower gets clogged due to the presence of wet snow then make sure to (1) turn off the engine completely and (2) to never use your hand to dislodge the snow. This may seem like common sense but the findings of the study say otherwise.