How to Choose and Maintain Snow Blowers

Posted by: on February 12th, 2013 | 2 Comments
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If you live in an area that receives frequent or heavy snowfall, you know that once all the flurries have settled, someone has to clear the driveway and sidewalks.

When a foot or two of fresh snow drops, a good snow blower can quickly become your new BFF.

Perhaps you don’t own a snow blower yet, but you’ve been thinking about purchasing one. After all, the very thought of breaking out the snow shovel is causing a slight twinge in your back.

Mike, aka FlyingHDsod, from our Community Forums would like to offer you some advice on how to choose the right snow blower for your needs — and get you in out of the cold a little sooner.

In the first video he’ll explain the features and benefits of single-stage snow blowers, like the ones from Toro that have easy-start systems that will usually crank after one or two pulls. You’ll also get invaluable tips on how to keep your snow blowers running at peak efficiency, and learn how to check critical equipment parts on your blower for signs of wear.

For bigger jobs, jump ahead to learn more about our two-stage snow blowers.

For clearing larger driveways, sidewalks or patios, two-stage snow blowers are ideal for removing snow quickly.

To help you determine if a two-stage snow blower is the right choice for you, Mike from our Community Forums explains the important features and benefits of these types of blowers. He’ll also tell you how to keep your two-stage snow blower running efficiently, and show you how to detect signs of wear in equipment parts like the auger paddles and skid shoes.

With the right equipment, you’ll always have a friend ready to help keep you from getting snowed under.



We have more DIY and home improvement videos here on the Home Depot blog and on The Home Depot’s YouTube channel.


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  1. Andrew Klock says:

    This is a great post – thank you for the information. I am in the market for a snow blower and am interested in the differences between the electric and gasoline models. I was given a gasoline model which now fails to start after two years of use, even though I believe I maintained it properly, hence my interest in electric models. I live in the Northeast with occassionally significant snowfalls of 12+ inches. Could you point me to more information about electric models so I can find out if they are up to the job of handling New England winters? Thanks!

    • Craig Allen says:

      Andrew, I’ve taken your question over to our online How-To Forums for some expert advice from our home improvement experts.

      Click here to go to where I posted your question.

      -Craig, from The Home Depot