Many people find it challenging to choose between a snowblower and a snow thrower when clearing snow off your walkways and driveway. Some people think that another name for a snow thrower is snowblower. However, that’s not the case as both machines are entirely different. This guide explains snowblowers and snow throwers in detail to help you decide when preparing for winter. In this article, we’ll be exploring:
- What is a snowblower?
- The pros of using a snowblower?
- What is a snow thrower?
- The pros of using a snow thrower?
Now that you know exactly what to anticipate, let’s dive right in.
What is a Snowblower?
A snowblower picks up snow and then moves them. It doesn’t do this in a single action but in two stages. In the first stage, a snowblower fetches the snow pile and then transfers it to the central part of the snow removal machine. The impeller fan then throws the snowfall out through the chute. The presence of the impeller fan ensures a blowing action in the snowblower. Snowblowers throw snow farther than a snow thrower and make removing vast piles of the snow faster and less strenuous.
What are the Pros of Using a Snowblower?
There are some distinct advantages you get to enjoy when you use a snowblower. Below are some of the pros of utilizing a snowblower; let’s take a look.
- Ideal for rugged terrains: snowblowers work excellently in tough terrains like dirt surfaces, slopes, gravel and many more. Its power-assisted wheels allow for easy maneuvering in rugged terrains.
- Ideal for large areas: When clearing a large area, a snowblower is your best bet for a quick and easy job. It will allow you clear a wide radius in very little time. Since they get the snow farther away, you don’t have to worry about blowing snow into cleared areas.
What is a Snow Thrower?
A snow thrower’s duty is in the name. It is a machine that scoops snow and throws it away from the driveway or walkway. A snow thrower does all this in a single motion. You can call them a single-stage snowblower because of how easily they clear snow in a single movement. However, snow throwers ‘throw’ snow and do not ‘blow’ them. It uses an auger to lift the snow and throw them away.
What are the Pros of Using a Snow Thrower?
Although they might not sound like much, they have their strengths which is what makes them popular. Below are some of the pros of utilizing a snow thrower.
- Compact design: a snow thrower only has a single-stage, which makes it compact. It is pretty easy to utilize in tight spaces, and they are also lightweight. It’s easy to push snow throwers compared to a snowblower. As long as you don’t clean a massive collection of snow, it would serve you just fine.
- Simple to control: another part of snow throwers that you would enjoy is how simple it is to control. They come with intuitive controls that make the snow cleaning job easy and enjoyable. New users do not require a manual to start using them.
- Ideal for Light Snow: when the snowfalls are light, snow throwers work pretty efficiently and swiftly. It is excellent for sidewalks, driveways and walkways.
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Hello! I’m Jessica Zander, a garden coach and consultant based in the Boston area (zone 6b), offering virtual consultations across the country and Canada.
I’ve been passionate about gardening since the early 1990s, and in 2022, I launched You Can Do It Gardening to empower individuals to feel more confident in their gardening endeavors.
Following a 30-year career in nonprofit finance and operations, I transitioned out of that field in mid-June of 2023 due to the growing demand for coaching services. Interestingly, my years of presenting financial statements to boards and finance committees proved to be valuable experience for teaching people about gardening! I enjoy sharing skills, providing guidance and suggestions, and collaborating efficiently with clients to make significant improvements to their outdoor spaces, both small and large. I also regularly teach at the Arlington Continuing Education and Cambridge Adult Education.
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