Pros and Cons of an Electric Snow Blower
When winter is coming, it is best to have a decent snow blower handy, especially if your locality experiences regular or heavy snowfall. Like any other machine the electric snow blower has its advantages and drawbacks. However, making the right choice is largely dependent on the scale of usage. Electric snow blowers are smaller and have a low-to-the-ground design as opposed to the much larger and more powerful two-stage gasoline snow blower. Here are a few things to keep in mind before making a purchase.
Lightweight and Cost Friendly
An electric snow blower has a single motor and due its single-stage status it is lightweight and cheaper to acquire. Electric snow blowers are powered by electricity and require extension cords to operate. A battery powered model can be availed, newer versions can be charged for a run time of up to seven hours.
A Low Carbon Foot Print
Electric snow blowers do not use fuel and as a result are environment friendly. Since there is no gas exhaust the electric snow blower is a better choice, even if the contribution is small.
Easy to Steer and Low Maintenance
An electric snow blower is easy to steer and does not require a lot of strength. While the location and the quantity of the snow is a very important factor, on a medium amount of snow, it can be a blessing for a person of older age. Almost no maintenance is required for the electric motor and it takes up less storage space as opposed to a gasoline snow blower. Maintenance can be a cumbersome task, especially if you do not have the time for it.
Not for Heavy Snowfall
In places with heavy snowfall the size, single motor and the use of an electrical power outlet can be counterproductive. The smaller size and less weight will require more effort and if the ground is wet then the machine stands little chance against it. Gasoline snow blowers have two-stage motors; one throws the snow while the other powers the blower’s wheels. This feature adds weight, mechanical assistance and power to its operations.
Electrical snow blowers require a power outlet and the length of the cord or extension limits its range. This presents a challenge for people with long driveways or larger outdoors.
At the end of the day, if money is a factor then the electric snow blower has appeal, not to mention it’s easier to start, run and manage. However, this advantage is meaningless on snow thicker than eight inches or any region that experiences extreme winters with regular snow fall and is prone to hardened icy grounds. While fuel costs more the electrical advantage becomes useless when the effort to remove the snow is doubled. If you are looking to clear large areas and the average weather conditions are presenting heavier snowfall it is better to opt for a gasoline snow blower. For the average user the electric snow blower is fast, easy and cost effective.