Magazine article Landscape & Irrigation

Snow Throwers, Blowers: Dedicated or Attached?

Magazine article Landscape & Irrigation

Snow Throwers, Blowers: Dedicated or Attached?

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When winter comes and you're involved in a lot of commercial landscape maintenance accounts that include snow removal, you'll probably want to make sure you have plenty of snowthrower/blower attachments to equip your riding mowers, skid-steers and other maintenance vehicles. If, on the other hand, residential accounts are your forte, you might want to keep walk-behind, dedicated snow throwers/blowers in your equipment inventory--especially if you do a considerable number of walkways and pathways.

Walk-behinds are either 1- or 2-stage. Single-stage units are popular because they're inexpensive, lightweight (for throwing in the back of a track), and ideal for clearing snow from sidewalks, steps and other narrow, hard-to-reach areas where you need maneuverability.

Intermediate-size walk-behinds are generally in the 5- to 7-hp range. They have multiple forward and reverse speeds, friction disk-drive systems, serrated augers, and the ability to add features like counterweights, headlights, drift cutters and snow cabs. They might have a 22-inch clearing width and throw snow up to 38 feet.

Commercial 2-stage units--8 hp and above--are wider and have multiple forward/reverse speeds to help clearing large sidewalks and walkways. Counterweights, headlights, drift cutters and snow cabs are more common on these units. Because they are the biggest and heaviest in the walk-behind category, look for features that make them easier to use and maneuver.

You might also want to look for special features like easy turning, automatic power adjustments and one-hand control (so you can rotate or adjust the chute or change speeds, on the fly, with the other hand). …

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