Electric Snow Blowers
Especially with electric snow blowers, opinions and experiences differ widely, but we do not want to interfere in this basic discussion at this point. However, it is certain that both electric and gasoline snow blowers have their own advantages and disadvantages.
In order to have a closer look at electric snow throwers, be aware that there are two different systems. On the one hand, you have the classic models that are supplied with power via a cable. On the other hand, there are now snow blowers that come with rechargeable batteries. The latter models are currently still fairly are on the market. In our experience, cold temperatures can sometimes pose a problem for battery performance.
Advantages of electric snow blowers
- Often works very quietly and can be used at critical times. Generates hardly any more noise than would be caused by manual snow clearance.
- Requires little or no maintenance, since mostly maintenance-free electric motors are used here.
- The weight of electric models is often surprisingly low, allowing you to steer them easily.
- No need for gasoline.
Disadvantages of electric snow blowers
- The performance is in many cases much lower than that of a gasoline snow blower.
- Need to pay very close attention to the cable, for otherwise there is a risk of damage.
- Depending on the area, you may need a very long power cable.
- Performance of the rechargeable battery drops in very cold conditions.
How you evaluate the individual points is up to your needs and local conditions.
What to look out for when buying
When you buy an electric snow thrower, there are of course a few points that we think you should be aware of. Let’s briefly discuss a few points that we consider important when buying an electric model. Check out our top list of the best electric snow blowers and shovels.
The working width
Especially in the field of electric snow blowers, there are big differences in the working width. You should try to strike a healthy balance between the power of the machine and the size of the area to be cleared.
The working height
There are big differences in the working heights. In our experience, you can orientate yourself to the amount of snow you expect. If fresh snowfall is up to 30 cm at night in your region, it makes little sense to buy a snow blower with a maximum working height of 16 cm.
We generally recommend that you always consider the performance of the snow blower when making your selection, but the actual requirements should be the main focus.
The ejection distance
One point that is very often underestimated is the ejection distance. In general, we have the impression that electric models have a much shorter throw than gasoline models. We thus recommend that you first look carefully at the areas that you want to clear with the electric snow blower in order to make a decision about the correct ejection distance.
In our experience, it doesn’t help much if you need a throwing distance of 9 meters and get a snow blower with a 4-meter throwing distance. The snow must then often be cleared twice, which can be extremely cumbersome.
Especially the lighting is often forgotten with snow blowers, but good lights are very important and above all practical. This is because these machines are mainly used in the dark and at dusk, and often there is fog or snow occluding the area. Anyone who has ever worked with a headlight certainly does not want to miss it!
There are some very important points to consider when buying a snow blower. We recommend everyone to be clear about the performance you want. We use these devices on small surfaces with relatively soft and above all fresh snow.
In particular, working with such a device requires a certain degree of caution, whereby the power line should always be taken into account. When buying a good snow thrower, you should also pay attention to the following points:
- The working width
- The working height
- The ejection distance