Most ladies agree, there is nothing more beautiful than a scenic snowfall covering the ground with a pristine white blanket of fresh snow. But soon after the enjoyment of winter’s wonder, the cleanup efforts must begin. And let’s face it, shoveling all that snow from the driveways, sidewalks, patios, and decks can be a tough job for a man or a woman.
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Snowblowers certainly make that job easier, but many of them are a heavy, noisy, complicated, and outright frustrating machines. Snowblowers have earned the reputation of being a tough machine to own because of the maintenance issues and headaches they bring.
If you are responsible for clearing the snow at your home, there are some considerations to take into account when you are a woman looking to buy a snow blower.
While some men enjoy “tinkering” with a snowblower all year round, to ensure it works on the days it is needed, most ladies would prefer something “that just works”! That is why cordless electric snow blowers (battery powered) that use a rechargeable battery are the right choice because “they just work”. There is no need to perform all of the traditional gasoline engine related maintenance tasks like mixing the gas, changing the oil, cleaning the carburetor, and draining the gas in the spring.
With cordless electric snowblowers, the only “maintenance” is charging the batteries. This is easily done with the included charger which plugs into a regular electrical outlet.
Here again, electric snow blowers win out over gasoline-powered snowblowers. Depending on where you live, you may experience anywhere between 5-35 days per year when you need to use your snow blower. When those days arrive, you want to be sure that your snow blower will operate. Due to all of the maintenance required with gasoline-powered snowblowers, there is quite a risk that it may not operate when you need it!
Sometimes the carburetor gets gummed up because the gasoline is too old. Or maybe the starter motor won’t start the engine. Or the spark plugs are no longer working. There are a lot of common issues that cause the gasoline-powered snow blowers to not be reliably ready for service when you need it.
On the other hand, with electric cordless snow blowers, there are none of those issues to worry about. Electric motors are infinitely more reliable than gasoline engines since there many fewer moving parts, nothing to lubricate, no starting system, etc…
Pushing a heavy snow blower around your property can be exhausting and downright dangerous. Gas powered snow blowers typically weigh 150 pounds or more. Battery powered snow blowers can weigh as little as 35 pounds. This makes pushing them easier as well as moving them around where needed. It could be impossible to take a heavy snowblower from your driveway to the back patio or even onto a deck. Cordless electric snow blowers are easily handled, picked up and moved, and even transported with ease.
Traditional gasoline snow blowers are big and bulky machines that take up a lot of valuable storage space and they smell of gas and fumes. Electric snow blowers are much smaller, they can be stored away neatly in a corner of a garage or even hung on the wall easily. Some apartment dwellers even store their electric snowblower in an inside closet!
Gasoline powered snow blowers can cost anywhere from $500 on the low end to over $1500 on the upper end. Cost is another reason why electric snowblowers are recommended. Since the machines are much simpler vs. having a complicated and expensive gasoline engine, the price is much more affordable.
Cordless electric snow blowers usually cost between $200 and $500 depending on size, power, and features.
Ongoing maintenance costs cannot be ignored either. Gasoline engines have regular maintenance that can easily cost $100 per year for a professional service. Cordless electric snowblowers have zero ongoing maintenance needs
Cordless Snow Shovels
In addition to traditional snow blowers, cordless snow shovels are a viable alternative for anyone with a smaller area to clear. These are lightweight, low-cost, and very easy to store and transport.
Conclusion & Recommendations
For ladies who are looking at purchasing a snow blower, we strongly recommend cordless electric snow blowers due to their no-maintenance, maneuverability, and ease of storage.
For homeowners with a larger property, we recommend the Greenworks PRO 20-Inch 80V Cordless Snow Thrower. It is a very light blower at just 33 pounds, but the 80v system has plenty of power to cut through snowfalls up to 10″ deep. The brushless motor is whisper quiet, meaning hearing protection is not needed.
For homeowners with a smaller property or apartment dwellers, we strongly recommend a cordless snow shovel. The Snow Joe 24V-SS10 Cordless Snow Shovel is our top pick due to its light weight and ease of use on surfaces such as driveways, sidewalks, around vehicles, decks, and patios. The battery charges quickly and it can be stored just about anywhere with ease.
So there you have it, there certainly are some valid considerations for women buying a snow blower that they will be happy with. Maintenance, maneuverability, and storage are just a few key considerations.