Post # 1
We have a long driveway and an old snowblower that is about 12 years old. When it snows and Darling Husband is away or at work, I get SOO freaking frustrated just trying and trying and trying and trying and trying and trying to get it started. Sometimes it works fine, but sometimes I spend as much time trying to start it as I do blowing snow. Part of the problem, I know, is that I have trouble pulling the cord hard enough.
So, in other words, I need a snowblower that even a girl can start. But nothing too expensive. Recommendations?
Post # 3
How long is the driveway? I know that up here with as much snow as we usually get, *knock on wood, this winter is WEIRD* a lot of folks actually buy a 4 wheeler and blade attachment. Even the kids can scrape the snow then.
I rent currently, so I don’t have any blower advice of my own. Sorry.
Post # 4
I think the driveway is about 100 feet long, with a slight incline. We don’t have a place to store a four-wheeler…not a bad idea though.
Post # 5
I feel your pain.
I can NEVER get anything with a cord to start!
Have you considered one with an electric starter? Don’t know what the extra cost is…
Post # 6
Our snow blower doesn’t have a cord (I legit just ran down to the garage and looked, haha). It starts pretty easily, although we’ve had a mild winter (NE Ohio) and I haven’t used it yet this winter. While our driveway isn’t super huge, it’s big enough and on a slope. It’s really annoying to blow and shovel, so we have this … shovel attachment? I don’t even know what to call it for our mower. It’s a tractor mower, and it has a ton of power to it. I probably have used that more to get rid of snow. It’s pretty quick and works well.
Post # 7
My dad got a fancy snow blower this year for his birthday–of course it hasn’t snowed here yet, so…
Post # 8
We actually got a plow this year for FI’s truck to solve this issue. Of course since we got it, hasn’t snowed one bit. The first year we moved here (like a week or two after moving) it snowed 2 feet and we had to clear with shovels. That SUCKED.
Post # 9
When I lived in Northern Ontario I was in a university town. A lot of students for some reason *cough lazy? cough* would buy a brandnew snowblower and then sell it at the end of their degree on kijiji. I picked up a 4 year old, push start snowblower that was worth $2000 for $200. Also, er, to put this delicately, a lot of elder people require a snowblower to clear their driveway. Unfortunately not all of these elderly people are around to see it year to year, so there are lot of snowblowers in these ads from deceased family as well.
In the end, what I’m saying is you should see if you can find one on classified ads.
Post # 10
We payed big bucks for a new one this year. But if Darling Husband was ever away, I would call my neighbour and pay him to clear our driveway with his tractor. The snow blower is not my thing.
Post # 11
I used to live up north (and my parents still do). They have a snowblower but I have no idea what kind it is.
Post # 12
I ditto looking in classified ads or on Craigslist for a used snowblower with a push button start. Depending on how much snow you actually get, you don’t need anything fancy or big ; maybe look for something in the 20 inch range; Toros are a relatively good, cheap brand. If you’re not getting big storms in between clearing, you might even look into an electric snow shovel, which is really cheap and easy to use and adequate for light snowfall.
Personally, we get a ton of snow (except this year of course :), so we bought a 32 inch Honda. It’s kinda at the top of the market, and definitely one of the most expensive, but some of our neighbors have been using the same model for over 10-15 years, so it’s more of an investment. If you get a lot of snow, pretty much everyone I know swears by Hondas. They do sell a “snowblower kit,” which is basically one of their mid-range models in pieces and you put it together yourself. If you’re mechanically minded, that might be a way to save some money, too.