Find the perfect snow thrower for you

With only a few weeks until the official start of winter, now is the perfect time to choose a snow thrower before the blizzards hit. With so many options on the market, which one is right for you?

“When choosing a snow thrower, you really need to take into account the size and surface of your driveway, as well as the type and amount of snow you typically receive each year,” says Megan Peth, marketing associate at Yard Machines.

There are two types of snow throwers to consider when purchasing- single-stage and two-stage.

A single-stage snow thrower is ideal for light, powdery snow. The auger of a single-stage snow thrower pulls the snow into the unit and then pushes it out through the chute. For example, the 21-inch Yard Machines single-stage snow thrower is more compact and lightweight than the two-stage models and is made for easy handling and maneuverability. With a 123cc POWERMORE engine and an E-Z Chute rotation adjustment, this unit is ideal for clearing smaller driveways and sidewalks.

Two-stage snow throwers are designed to clear large areas of moderate to heavy snowfall. The auger of a two-stage snow thrower has serrated blades that chop up the snow, then the impeller throws the snow out through the chute, directing it to the desired location.

Two-stage snow throwers also have other heavy duty features. For example, the 24-inch Yard Machines two-stage snow thrower is self-propelled to easily move through the snow at a selectable pace. With a push of the button, the electric start 179cc POWERMORE engine provides the power to remove snow from a variety of terrains with ease.

While snow throwers are perfect for cutting down your time in the cold, they can also be dangerous. Here are a few safety and maintenance tips from Yard Machines to keep you and your snow thrower safe throughout the season.

* Always review the operator’s manual before using your snow thrower to avoid serious injury.

* Before using your snow thrower for the first time, add fresh fuel, and then slowly and deliberately prime the unit. This should flush any broken-down fuel, and possible debris, through the system to get the fresh fuel flowing.

* Make sure to change the oil and spark plug each season.

* Run the unit regularly throughout the season even if it doesn’t snow consistently.

* Try to throw the snow with the wind, as opposed to against it.

* Always inspect for general debris before clearing snow, and never throw snow at buildings or vehicles.