Gas powered Snow Blowers

Which Should You Buy?
July 15, 2014 – 03:42 pm

Choosing a Snow Blower - Quicken Loans Zing BlogSpring may be on the horizon, but I’d be willing to bet that the next snow storm is even closer. Although I love watching the snow fall, I hate cleaning up after it. In fact, I made a pact with my boyfriend so I wouldn’t have to shovel at all (don’t worry, I do my fair share of work in the summer).

I’ve been thinking about buying a snow blower to make the job easier, and there are more options then I imagined. However, consumers can pick from two main models – electric and gas powered. If you’re in the market too for a new snow blower or just tired of using the ol’ shovel, I’m going to break down some pros and cons of each one.

Electric Snow Blowers

Honestly, I didn’t even know electric snow blowers existed. I had heard of electric lawn mowers and kind of laughed a bit. The risk of running over the chord and electrocuting myself seemed all too real, so I’ve steered away from them.

Despite what I think, I did discover that electric snow blowers have some great benefits:

  • They don’t require gasoline.
  • They don’t require any engine oil.
  • They’re much lighter than gas snow blowers.
  • They’re quieter than traditional snow blowers.
  • Most offer push button starts (no more ridiculous pull cords!).
  • They may be more affordable than gas snow blowers.

While these are all great reasons, before you jump on buying the next electric snow blower you see, consider a few of these drawbacks as well:

  • They’re limited by the length of the cord.
  • May overheat quickly.
  • The cord may get in the way, which could be dangerous.
  • Water and electricity don’t mix, so you have to be cautious.
  • They may not be able to handle more than a couple of inches of snow.
  • Most run about 12 – 14 inches in length ­­­­­– limiting size options.

Gas Snow Blowers

Nothing says winter quiet like the sound of gas snow blowers breaking the silence after a blizzard. Although they have some drawbacks, which I’ll go over in a second, traditional gas snow blowers are also another option you have.

Gas-powered snow blowers have a few basic, yet powerful, benefits:

  • They’re more durable than electric snow blowers.
  • They can handle heavier snow more efficiently.
  • No electrical chord to get in the way.
  • They come in a variety of sizes – from 12 inches to over four feet in length.
  • Most models are self-propelled.

Don’t forget to think about some of the things that might make owning a gas snow blower difficult:

  • They’re bulky and heavy.
  • They’re loud – deafeningly loud.
  • Pull-start cords may make them difficult to start – at least if you’re a weakling like me.

Now that you have the facts, what type of snow blower should you buy? If it were up to me, I’d probably stick with the tried-and-true gas snow blower. I just don’t feel comfortable dragging around an electrical chord while I’m trying to clear snow.

Source: www.quickenloans.com
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Can you change a pull start gas powered snow blower into an electric start? | Yahoo Answers

Look for teeth on the flywheel. Then a 12 volt or 120 volt house current starter should be avalible for that engine.

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