Last Updated on June 2, 2020 by the staff of TheAllElectricLawn
If you are looking to buy a snow blower for your needs, there are plenty of choices in the market. Snowblowers come in all sizes, powers, and specifications, and the best snow blower is the one that meets your specific needs in the best way possible.
One important factor to consider is whether you want to buy a gas or electric unit. Both types of snow blowers have their own distinct advantages. In this blog, we consider the specific benefits of each type.
In recent years, electric snowblowers have become quite advanced and powerful. In comparison to gas-powered snow blowers, they are much easier to handle and operate.
A decade ago, the electric motors installed on electric snowblowers weren’t very powerful, mainly because power storage capacity was low for batteries. Currently, however, battery storage capacity has become much better and engine efficiency has improved significantly. Although they are still not as powerful as gas snow blowers, you will find their power to be sufficient to get rid of snow.
Due to their compact size, electric blowers are very handy and easy to maneuver around, making it easy even for a beginner to operate an electric snow blower with ease. Since they are much lighter than gas powered units, you won’t get tired too quickly while using them.
Electric blowers come with rechargeable batteries that can be connected to any home outlet. When using an electric blowers, you won’t upset your neighbors because they are not as noisy as gas guzzling blowers. They are easier to store because they are so compact.
Another benefit is that they are much easier to clean and maintain. You don’t have to mix gas and oil or pull on a recoil-based starter every time you need to use the snow blower. No need to keep fuel with you which can be a safety hazard.
Electric snow blowers start with the push of a button. They are simply more convenient than gas blowers.
Last but not least, electric snow blowers are better for the environment since you won’t be burning fossil fuels to operate them.
Options with Electric Snow Blowers
There are two options with electric snow blowers; corded and battery powered. A corded electric snow blower will restrict your movement unless you use an extension cable. The extension cord and wires can also snag onto obstacles like plants, rocks, fences or garden furniture as you move around.
The upside is that there is no battery so you don’t have to worry about recharging them in the middle of your work. These units are also much cheaper than battery powered snow blowers.
If you are not restrained for budget than a battery powered electric blower is your best option. Although they cost more, you can move them around anywhere without worrying about cables and wires trailing behind you. You can also buy multiple batteries to ensure that you get everything cleared in a single go and let one battery charge up as you work.
Gas Snow Blower
Although electric snow blowers are becoming more popular with all types of users for their convenience, safety and eco-friendly usage, there are still plenty of fans for old fashioned gas snow blowers.
If you need to clear away heavy snow often, gas powered snow blowers are ideal. There is simply no comparison with the electric snow blowers for the kind of power that you can generate with a gas blower. If you have a long stretch of driveway a large front porch or live in an area where you get plenty of snow, then the gas powered snow blower might be the best option that you have.
Gas Snow Blower Sizes and Features
Gas powered snow blowers are generally bigger than electric units. The motor on these blowers is bigger and there is a greater range of sizes available with gas options.
The smaller gas-powered snow blowers create the same kind of power that you get with most electric blowers. As you move up the scale of engine sizes, gas snow blowers become bigger and more expensive. They also provide more features and greater working capabilities.
Really large, commercial grade gas snow blowers can clear away massive volumes of heavy snow and ice much faster than an electric unit. These snow blowers have bigger augers that can cut deeper into the snow and have a very wide clearing path.
Bigger gas snow blowers are two-stage machines, which means they will do much more work in a shorter period of time and blow away snow much further from the machine.
There are three main drawbacks of gas powered snow blowers. First they require more cleaning because of the fuel and are heavier to handle. Second, they are louder and take up more storage space. Third, they are not as environmentally friendly as electric snow blowers.
Which Snow Blower Is Better?
So which is better in a comparison between a gas versus electric snow blower? That depends on the individual user’s needs, budget and preferences. If you have a large porch or driveway to clean or get heavy snow frequently, the gas snow blower will be the better option.
However, if you want to use a more convenient, lighter, eco-friendly and advanced machine then the electric snow blower is clearly the better choice. The cordless electric snow blower in particular can be very handy because it allows freedom of movement.