I guess this question hinges on the amount of space that needs clearing in a yard. So take my house. I have an average-sized city lot and I need to shovel in front of my house, a path to the porch, the porch stairs, a path from the back door to the garage and in front of my garage. Pretty typical, but a pain in the arse if I don't go with the "look at it as fresh air and exercise" approach to shoveling.
So I decided I would buy aÂ snow blower. And so I went to a few stores that sell snow blowers. And I froze with sticker shock. (But this is common for me. I seem to always think things should cost about half of what they do). I did not buy one, but I have not let go of the thought.
Are snow blowers really worth the money? Is it one of those purchases that "pays for itself?" Or is it more like a dishwasher, which, in my opinion, is just as much work as hand washing dishes, just different work?
I guess so, unless paying someone else to do it is cheaper.
Maybe your purchase won't happen for this season, but try checking them out during the summer. The prices will be incredibly lower during the off season.
All depends where you live. Most people who live downtown probably do not need one. I live in the burbs with a large circular driveway. Buying a 2-stage when I bought the house was a wise decision. Driveway is done in 20 minutes
First thing I bought when I got my house. Single stage model has worked great for me even when we had the 15+" snowfall last year. And it's so lightweight, I was able to throw it in a car and go help my friends clear their driveways, as well.
I use a shovel to clear my steps and that's it; I don't mind shoveling, but I can do my whole driveway and sidewalks in under 20 minutes with the snowblower and the time saved is what makes it worth the $$$.
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