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Why a electric snow blower makes sense

Updated on November 27, 2013

Ever wonder why the snow blower has become one of the most popular home maintenance tools, on par with the lawnmower and the trimmer? The simple reason is that this gizmo makes snow removal fast and simple and saves your back from injury.

Where I live, winters can be pretty fierce. With the strange weather we are seeing nowadays, everyone should be prepared for worse winter climate too. Being prepared means batting down the hatches, making sure you have good tires on your car, and having the best snow removal tool handy: a snow blower.

Last winter we had about 4 feet of snow built up by snowfall just about every day (the background image is of my house) .Clearing away that much snow on a regular basis is a lot of hard work if you do it the old fashioned way with a shovel. It is also unhealthy. Digging with a shovel is one of the most strenuous things you can do. Some people imagine it to be exercise, but all it does it put localized pressure on your lower back (even though you use your legs).

The repeated movement of digging snow with a hand shovel which means down, push, lift, and throw of a heavy load (extended by the handle) repeatedly puts all the strain on your back. At the same time, anyone who is even somewhat out of shape can testify to the strain it also puts on your heart. Lifting a shovel full of snow is tough - do it two hundred times and your heart is hitting the roof.

So picture this: every morning you look out the window.. there is new snow! Kids love it - you grumble. Now do the 200 shovel-full removal routine over and over again and before you know it your develop spinal disc problems, sciatica, or a hernia.. effectively making you a cripple.

Why not prepare yourself for any type of winter instead with a small electric snow blower?

Coleman Cable 23098803 02309 16/3 Vinyl Outdoor Extension Cord, Orange, 100-Feet
Coleman Cable 23098803 02309 16/3 Vinyl Outdoor Extension Cord, Orange, 100-Feet

You'll need a nice extension cord to power up your snow thrower. My tip is to get a long cord, like this 100 footer, instead of connecting multiple cords.

Suncast SC2700 20-Inch Snow Shovel/Pusher Combo with Wear Strip And D-Grip Handle
Suncast SC2700 20-Inch Snow Shovel/Pusher Combo with Wear Strip And D-Grip Handle

In case of emergency during winter power failures, you obviously also want to own a good traditional snow shovel. A pusher shovel like this one works best for me.


Who needs a snow blower? Anyone who lives in a house. Don't forget parents and grandparents. The older they get, the harder it is to shovel snow. A small electric snow-thrower is a smart gift if they live in the northern hemisphere. If the property is small the best electric snow blower is a small one under 16 inches.

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      4 years ago

      This is one reason I moved to a country without snow. I like to read about these snow-removal tools because it makes me even happier to be where I am. I LOVE seeing news reports about snow storms in northern countries. I do remember enjoying a few blizzards as a kid because we got to stay home for a day or two and make igloos on the front lawn.


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