Is an Electric Snow Thrower the Best Choice For You?
If you live in an area that get numerous snowfalls, it would be wise to purchase a snow thrower. Although your snowfalls may be only 6 to 8 inches each time, you can save yourself a lot of labor and time by using a snow thrower. The good news is that you don't have to spend a lot of money to enjoy more time inside your house instead of outside shoveling snow. The first choice you have to make is whether you need a gas-powered or an electric snowthrower.
There are advantages and disadvantages to both.
Gas snow throwers have the following advantages:
- They have powerful engines that can handle up to 20'
- Able to cut wider paths up to 30'
- Ice and compacted snow are not a problem.
- Models usually have several forward and reverse speeds.
- Models are self-propelled for easier maneuvering
Disadvantages of gas snow throwers:
- They can weight from 50 to 100 pounds making them sometimes difficult maneuver.
- Need annual maintenance.
- Have to have more storage area
- Can be quite noisy
- The purchase price is higher
Electric snow throwers have the following advantages:
- They only weight about 25 lbs. So they're lighter and easier to operate
- They don't cost as much as gas models
- There's almost no maintenance
- Take up very little storage space.
Disadvantages of electric snow throwers:
- They can only handle up to about 10' of dry snow.
- Can't handle ice, wet, or compacted snow.
- Can't be used on gravel, only on paved surfaces
- Need an electrical cord that takes some getting used to.
- Area is limited by length of electrical cord.
The choice between gas or electric then depends on how much snow you get each year and how often you get it. For most areas of moderate snowfalls, an electric snow thrower is all that is needed. If you sometimes get a little more snow, you just make another pass.
The electric snow blower is also the most economical and is the easiest to handle and operate.