Finding the Best Snowblower for the Money

It pays to do your research

By Snowblower.com Staff, Oct. 01, 2010

Saving money is important, but so is getting a quality deal. After all, saving wonít do you much good if you end up with a snowblower that konks out on you in the middle of the season. Like a car, riding lawnmower or other major machine, it pays to do your research to ensure the purchase you make will last you for a long time.

Snowblower Comparison

The first step in finding the best snowblower for the money is to decide the type of snowblower you want. Research the kind of snowblower you need to complete the job: gas or electric, one-stage or two-stage, and how large of an intake you need. Then you can make a list of the snowblowers that are available in the area.

Next, youíll need to use some online skills to run a comparison of your snowblowers. Look for regular positive reviews, as it is not uncommon for users to post occasional bad reviews if they have difficulty putting the machine together or operating it. As long as there arenít recurring issues with the machine you are researching you should be able to keep it on your list with confidence. Strike off any models that donít hold up to high standards, no matter how good of a deal you can obtain.

Once you have narrowed your list down to a handful of models from reputable brands you can then keep your eye out for sales.

Best Snowblowers for the Money

Above all, you should stick to brands that have a quality reputation Ė like Honda, Toro, or Ariens. These companies have remained in business for decades by offering exceptional machines that last a long time. As a rule it is good to stay away from large discount chain stores, as they generally offer brands that donít have a great reputation.

Excellent brands of snowblowers may cost you more initially, but they will last you much longer, and will give you much less in the way of operating headaches. Usually these companies will also have better support for users, which is another aspect you may want to research before buying. After all, if you do have an issue with your snowblower you want to know that you can get assistance easily.

Final Thoughts

A great deal is not always a good bargain Ė so if you have to save up for an extra season to afford a good model itís a better idea than going for a cheap snowblower that may not even last a season. Keep an eye out for flyers and sales and you will eventually find the deal you are looking for and end up with a quality snowblower that will help you keep your sidewalks and driveway clear, without that familiar pain in your back.

Another thought: does your neighbour need a snowblower as well? Why not combine resources and save money? After all, you only need your snowblower for a few hours each year. Why not share the wealth!

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