Winter in Canada brings with it many fun experiences, like the chance to go sledding, skiing, skating and so much more. One of the not so fun aspects? Shovelling snow.
If you're looking for a way to upgrade your experience outdoors this winter, then it may be time to retire your shovel in favour of something a little more powerful. Snow throwers and snow blowers take the work out of clearing your driveway, sidewalk, and patio, and do it with a fraction of the effort you'd spend manually shovelling.
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What is a snow thrower and how is it different from a snow blower?
While you may have heard of a snow blower more frequently, a snow thrower is a similar and often more affordable option. A snow thrower is a single-stage machine, meaning it uses a rotating auger to pick up snow and cast it out of the shoot in one continuous motion.
A snow blower, on the other hand, works in two stages. Similar to a snow thrower, it uses a rotating auger to scoop up snow, but rather than immediately shooting it out, it feeds the snow into an impeller (a powerful fan) which blows it out of the chute.
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This Snow Joe snow thrower makes it easy to clear snow from your your driveway, sidewalk or patio. It's able to clear an 18-inch path in snow up to eight inches deep, and can remove up to 550 lbs. of snow per minute.
It features a 12 amp electric motor as an alternative to gas-powered snow throwers, and has 180-degree directional throwing capabilities to ensure that snow falls exactly where you want it to.
What shoppers are saying
Amazon shoppers have been impressed by this affordable snow thrower, which they say is "lightweight" and "easy to use."
One reviewer called it a "great piece of machinery," while another raved that it was "beyond expectations with this price."
Ideal for small to medium-sized driveways, this snow thrower is a great addition to your collection of winter essentials. However, some reviewers found that it wasn't powerful enough for tougher jobs.
"Does not work in more than 10-12 cm or if the snow is icy," shared one reviewer.
With snow falling heavily in many parts of the country, it's never too late to start preparing for winter. This powerful snow thrower is an affordable choice that may be a great option to tackle this year's snowfall, especially for those who want a break from shovelling.
Just note that while this "awesome" snow thrower is effective, even the most powerful of machines may still need a few tries before taking on the heaviest snowfall.
The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.