Snow Blower/Thrower Features

The first snowstorm just recently hit Flagstaff, Arizona. For the next five months, you will never know when you will wake up and look out at the driveway just to see it covered with snow. When this happens, you now have to clear the driveway to get out, and on top of that, you must get the kids ready, make breakfast, and get to work on time. Just when you thought it could not get worse, the snow plow has been through and has left you a nice pile of snow at the end of your driveway. There must be an easier way than having to shovel out all the snow. The answer to that problem may be to buy a snow blower.

Snow blower/throwers are not inexpensive tools, however, if you buy the right one, you will not regret owning it at any point. A snow blower will save you time and your back. There are many different makes, models and types of snow blowers, out on the market today. The best snow blowers though, are designed to be easy to handle, very versatile, have a sensible amount of power, and can shift a great amount of snow around in a very short time. Here are a few questions you should ask yourself when buying a snow blower.

What Size Do You Want?

he size of the blower is important as you want one that can clear your required area quickly and easily. Consumer surveys recommend that you choose a snow blower at or above a 24-inch bucket width. These models will get the job done and do it efficiently and effectively.

What Size of Engine Do You Need?

The best snow blowers have a typical engine size of 208cc. This size of engine offers more than enough power and torque to drive the snow blower through various depths of snow. The engine also needs to be reliable and require little maintenance.  

The most versatile snow blowers will also offer you six forward speeds and two reverse speeds. This gives you the best selection of operating speeds so you can handle any snowfall or drifts at the pace that suits you. The combination of engine size and multiple speeds makes sure you have a snow blower that is easiest for you to use in all conditions.   

Should I Get a Single-Stage or a Two-Stage Snow Blower?

When purchasing a snowblower, you need to be prepared to spend $900 to $1500. The price all depends on the features you get with the snow blower. There are many features that are a must when purchasing a snowblower. In a consumer survey, people preferred snow blowers with electric starters. This will save you a lot of time and effort on those freezing mornings because it will require less effort to start and you can get to clearing snow sooner, thus an electric starter is a must on a snow blower. Another must on a snow blower is the ability to change the direction of the discharge chute while moving, this will allow you to clear the snow more efficiently, and you can put the snow where you want it. Headlights are an important feature that you will not regret since you will be using your snow blower in the early mornings when it is dark and cold, to stay on top of the snow fall. You will also be using it in the evenings when you get home and it is dark out.   

Now that you know all the features you need in a snowblower, let’s talk about the different brands of snow blowers on the market. There are fourteen different brands of snow blowers out there from Cub Cadet, Toro, Troy-Bilt, Husqvarna, Ariens and all the way to Huskee, but which one is the brand that is going to get you the best quality and best performing snow blower on the market?

Consumer Reports stated that the Ariens snow blower is leading the market when it comes to two-stage gas model snow blowers that come with electric starters and have snow clearing widths of 21 to 30 inches ( The snowblower guide ( states that the best commercial two-stage snow blower is the Ariens 921046 Deluxe Two-Stage Electric Start Gas Snow Blower.  

As we researched the different snow blower ratings on the internet, we found that the snow blower rankings are:

  1. Ariens Deluxe 28 
  2. Husqvarna ST224p 
  3. Toro Power Max 826 OXE
  4. Cub Cadet 2X 24
  5. Troy-Bilt Storm 2410

All these snow blowers have the some of the same features but each one performed differently on reliability, performance, and dependability when tests were done from different sources. 

Shop Snow Blowers at Homco in Flagstaff, AZ

If you realize it is time to buy a snow blower, then it is time to come to HomCo and talk to one of our expert associates on which snow blower is right for you. In the last blog, we discussed the different models of Ariens snow blowers and why HomCo carries the Ariens Brand. HomCo carries a wide selection of Ariens snow blowers and can order any of the Ariens models we do not have in stock. We can also order any of the Husqvarna brand snow blowers if you find one that is the right one for you.    

HomCo is a full service dealer for the Ariens snow blowers, which means HomCo sells them and services them at any time (see pervious blog for service details). Since customer service is HomCo’s number one priority, every Ariens from HomCo comes with a full tank of gas and is started and run by one of HomCo’s technicians to make sure it is fully operational before the customer receives it. HomCo will also do a walk
through with every customer to show them how to properly operate the snow blower and to ensure customer satisfaction. 

Is it time to buy a snowblower? Perhaps it is or isn’t, but whichever the answer, you should swing by HomCo because they are your one-stop shop for all your winter needs. If you just need to buy a better snow shovel to handle the snow load, ice melt for your sidewalks and driveway, a roof rake to clear your roof, or for that big purchase of a snow blower, HomCo will make sure you are getting the best quality products for your winter projects with the best customer service possible.