We’re in the thick of it here in Minnesota. The snow is piling up and the temps have dropped. Speaking of snow, how are you moving it these days? Are you still shoveling? Did you choose an attachment or snowblower that just isn’t cutting it for your property? Let’s take a look at the options available to sort out which snow removal tool is right for your home’s winter lawn care.
Sweep the Sidewalk?
Snowbrush attachments certainly have their place when it comes to snow removal tools. They make snow clearing a breeze down long pathways or across large parking lots. They are relatively easy to connect to your riding mower or compact tractor and – let’s be honest – they look super cool.
A potential downside of using a snowbrush attachment is that any debris that dormant underneath the snow is at risk of being thrown about, making the attachment less-than-ideal for gravel areas and the edges of pavement where loose soil may have collected. Additionally, these attachments are not very effective at clearing heavy snowfalls. This is an attachment to have in your arsenal if you have large areas to clear, but it probably won’t end up becoming your workhorse snow removal tool.
Some Snow Blades Don’t Cut It
We’ve all imagined having our own plow. They make clearing the driveway a dream, right? Well, yes and no. Snowblade attachments can efficiently clear paths but they also struggle with heavy snowfalls and packed snow. They also require some touch when you operate them, otherwise you can chip into your pavement. Again, you can add a snowblade to your roster of snow removal tools, but it won’t become the star of your team.
Save Time with Single-Stage Blowers
Ah, the ever-trustworthy single stage snowblower. Compact with straightforward operation. Hold the handle , rip the cord and start clearing a path. If your property is your typical residential plot with a driveway and some sidewalks, a single stage snowblower will be your best friend over winter. Compact and easy to maneuver, single stage blowers can handle up to moderate snowfall. They may struggle with heavy snowfalls, but anything short of that – single stage snowblowers can handle it.
All Hail Two-Stage Snowblowers
Two-stage snowblowers are winter maintenance royalty. They can handle everything that the others can’t and they do so with style. They can power through heavy snow and clear an area in no time. Not only do they have the power to get the job done but they offer the operator comforts that the others may not. Built-in handwarmers and LED headlights are just a few of the added amenities that help make snowblowing your property as easy as possible. They tend to be on the pricier end, but the additional cost is well worth it.
Shop Snowblowers with Minnesota Equipment
Whether you’re looking for a John Deere attachment or to select from our lineup of single and two-stage snowblowers, you can rest assured that Minnesota Equipment has models, parts and accessories you need. Don’t wait for the snow to pile up, stop in at one of our locations or shop online today!