The winter of 2011/2012 has so far been relatively calm and snow free. Compared to last year, it has been awesome but let’s be real here… we are less than two weeks in to the official winter season. I am expecting to get seriously dumped on this year just like we have for the last two. Because of the last two seasons, the fact that I am getting older, my driveway is 90 x 16 in size, I have decided to buy a snow blower.
After spending some time looking around and researching models I have narrowed my search to 2. A Toro, and a Sears Craftsman. I have to say that while I love the Toro brand, I am leaning to the Sears model. Both are 2 Stage models. The Toro has more horsepower than the Sears, it costs about 400 bucks more.
Then there is the other factor. One that I hadn’t counted on, but one that has effected me none the less. I like the Sears brand. I like what Sears stands for, and the fact that they have been around for so long. So when I heard they were going to close up to 100 stores in 2012, I decided that I would probably buy from them. I want to help keep the brand alive. I know it’s probably not the best reason to purchase from them, but there is something about buying from the Chicago based retailer that I like.
By the way, since I am buying a snow blower, the winter season will probably be fairly light this year. Consider this my gift to you.
After the second major snowfall of the season, I am trapped at home today. I got the driveway shoveled but there is so much snow in the street, I can’t make it out to any main thoroughfare. So here I am, working at home on a logo design, and I am having a hard time getting my head wrapped around it. When this happens my mind tends to wander and I find myself thinking of all sorts of things. Things like, “I wish I had a snow blower so I wouldn’t have to shovel so much.” So I started digging around on the internet looking for snow blowers, and found a few that look promising, although I won’t be buying any of these today.
I’ve narrowed my choices to three based on about 50 reviews that I have read today, and I’m kind of leaning to the more expensive Toro brand. The choices are the Toro 15 Amp Electric Curve Snow Thrower, and the GreenWorks 26032 (20″) Electric Snow Blower, and the WORX WG 650. The price difference is $200.00 with the Toro coming in with the high price point, and the others right at $299.00.
All 3 cut an 18 inch path which is great, but the Toro has just a bit more power and will go through snow up to 10 inches deep. The Greenworks and WORX blowers can only handle snow up to 8 inches deep. The question is though, how often do we get a 10 inch snowfall at one time? Not very often, even last nights big storm only dumped 8 inches on us, and last years massive 36 inches of snow came in 4 separate storms.
All of them have great features, and have gotten great reviews, I’m just not sure if the Toro offers that much of an advantage over the others. I’m thinking with the $200.00 I save by buying the WORX or GreenWorx brand I could get myself a really warm pair of snow boots and gloves. Two things that are really important when you are out in the snow.