Finding the Right Snow Thrower

Winter is on the way and it's time to start getting ready for snow. There are several ways to clear snow from your sidewalks and driveway, including shoveling and snowplows. However, shoveling can be tiresome and a snowplow isn't always available. If you want to get the job done easily, purchasing a snow thrower is a great option.

There are different types of snow throwers and doing research will ensure you choose the right one for you. Here's a breakdown of three basic types of snow throwers to consider when purchasing a snow thrower.

Squall™ 2100 21" Single-Stage Snow Thrower

Electric Snow Throwers

Generally smaller and more lightweight than gas snow throwers, electric snow throwers are easier to start and much quieter. However, with an electric cord, the clearing area is limited based on the length of the cord. The cord must also be suitable for cold temperatures. Electric snow throwers should only be run on paved surfaces and will take longer to clear very wet or compact snow.

Single-Stage Snow Throwers

These models are lighter and easier to handle than two-stage models. Single stage snow throwers are best for clearing midsize driveways in areas with snowfalls of 6 inches or less, as well as paved surfaces like sidewalks and patios. If you're considering this type of snow thrower, try Troy-Bilt's Squall' 2100 Snow Thrower with a 21-inch clearing width and 4-cycle engine, which means no more mixing oil and gas.

Two-Stage Snow Throwers

This is the most powerful of all three snow throwers and is best for clearing large driveways of heavy snowfalls. Two-stage snow throwers have engine-driven wheels that can handle uneven terrain and reduce the amount of effort it takes to remove snow. These models will throw snow quicker and farther than single-stage snow throwers and can be adjusted for use on gravel driveways. Troy-Bilt offers the Storm' 3090 XP Snow Thrower with Just One Touch', a new feature that allows you to adjust the chute direction and pitch with just your thumb.

Once you've done research, you'll be able to choose which type of snow thrower will suit your needs this coming winter.