Snow Blowers


Snowblower tire chains scratch paver driveway

March 14th, 2015 ernie Posted in General No Comments »

Snowblower tire chainsNever use Snowblower tire chains on a driveway that has interlocking stone installed on it. The tire chains on a snowblower, car or truck will scratch the driveway for sure. In addition if you are using a snow clearing service, make sure they use a Teflon blade to avoid scratching the driveway. If your snow clearing company cannot provide this service, or will not talk about it, or worse gloss over it, then try another company. Once your driveway is damaged, the only way to correct the damage is to replace the stones on your driveway, which can be very expensive.

Snowblower tire chains – Avoiding the Issue

Many companies offer this service at no extra cost however you will need to specify this in your contract. If you plan to clear your own snow from your driveway and have tire chains, remove them and only rely on the rubber tires. Although your snow blower may slip a bit it is much better than scratching your pavers with tire chains. In addition, Teflon skid shoes can be purchased for your snow blower. These skid shoes go on the bottom of the housing which comes in contact with your driveway. They will not mark your driveway and only cost a few dollars to purchase. Most people can install their own skid shoes.

Consumers should also remember that snow plow operators do not want to have any problems with their customers and certainly not cause any damage that they would be responsible for. Make sure that your requirements are always clear and written down in the contract to ensure that both parties are clear about the requirements. This way there is no room for any misunderstandings. Also check in with neighbors or previous customers who have used this service in the past to confirm service levels and general satisfaction levels.

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Landscape Removal

June 21st, 2014 ernie Posted in General No Comments »

Landscape RemovalLandscape removal may seem like an odd post to be included on a site dedicated to reviewing all things about snow removal, but there is a reason for this unusual title.  Consider that you have hired someone to clear the snow from your driveway and they use a truck and a blade much like the one shown in this picture. they might also use snow blowers, or tractors with blades or large blowers mounted on the front of the tractor.

Basically they will run the blade up and down your driveway to clear the snow away which is fine. Many contractors all over Canada and the United States use this type of technology. The problem comes when they are not careful about the edges of your driveway and scrape either some of your lawn or worse some of your landscaping as well. It ends up being pushed further onto your lawn and leaves and unsightly mess in the spring which you will need to repair.

How Can You Prevent Landscape Removal

If you are concerned about this sort of issue when you hire someone to clear the snow from your driveway the solution is actually quite easy. Either do it yourself, hire someone else that does not use a blade or stick markers along the edge of your driveway to indicate where the edge is and where the landscaping starts.

Steel markers can be purchased with round red reflectors at the top that are easy to see and indicate clearly where the edge of the driveway is or where your landscaping begins. Either way, you should not have to make any repairs in the spring if the snow plow driver abides by these markers and does not knock them over.

Many companies will provide markers and place then at the edges of the driveway on either side to make the driveway. This is also advertising for them as well since their phone number and company name will be prominently displayed. it is to your advantage to have these markers in place other wise there is almost a certainty that your lawn at the edges of your driveway are going to be damaged.

For some people this may seem to be a minor issue, however if you have expensive landscaping along your driveway with flower beds etc, you certainly do not want them damaged in any way. Use the markers to indicate where the landscaping begins and avoid any chance of Landscape Removal.

Landscape Removal Companies

These same companies also provide landscaping services in the summer time. In fact I spoke to one owner just recently and this is exactly what he does. During the winter he is clearing snow and in the summer he is working on landscape projects, sometimes for the same customers that he removes snow for in the winter time. It is a good business for him since it provides time off for him and his crew during the fall and spring and also provides work for just about the entire year.  There is also a lot of equipment and he keeps it running all of the time to make money.

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General Snow Blower Information

July 7th, 2012 ernie Posted in General 1 Comment »

General Snow Blower InformationGeneral snow Blower information you need to know. We used to include this material with every post. Now we link to it to allow us to provide more information about specific snow blowers and snow throwers that are being reviewed. Please read this information for your own safety and information.

Delivery

Most customers will have to arrange for delivery of their new snow blowers. They are far too big to take home in your car, so you will need a trailer, rent a van or arrange for delivery by the store that you are purchasing the snow blower from. There will be a charge for this service, but it will be the easiest way to arrange for your new snow blower to be delivered to your home. Some stores will rent their vans/trucks to you for a very low price for 2 hours for you to take your purchases home.

Accessories

Most snow blowers can be purchased with tire chains to provide extra traction in icy situations. In addition, snow shields are also a good idea if you want to protect yourself from windy conditions and snow being blown back at your face by the wind.

Safety & Operation

A snow blower is a powerful machine and should be treated with safety in mind. Carefully read all of the safety guidelines in the manual prior to operating the machine for the first time and follow these guidelines to ensure that both you and the machine do not have an accident.

Prior to starting your snow blower the first time each day, perform a quick walk around check of the machine to ensure there are no loose parts and no leaking fluids. Check the engine oil to ensure that it is at the correct level as specified by the manual. Top up if necessary. Fill the fuel tank while the engine is cold and prior to using the machine. If you do spill fuel, wait until it has fully evaporated prior to starting the engine. Never spill fuel on a hot engine to avoid fires and always fill the fuel tank outdoors to avoid any possibility of vapors going into your house.

Finally never point the chute in the direction of people, buildings or cars to avoid any possible damage and accidents. Sometimes chunks of ice can be thrown at high speed from the chute and if they hit something, it can cause a lot of damage.

Never work on your snow blower with the engine running – this seems like an obvious thing but people still do it and are hurt, sometimes badly, every year. Always turn it off before you do any maintenance, add fuel, check the oil, fix the chains on the tires, or clear the augers of snow.

Clearing Snow from the Augers – this is were lots of people are hurt every year. Before you try to clear snow that is plugging the augers, shut the engine off to avoid sudden turning of the augers or the impeller which could cause lots of damage to fingers, hands and arms.

Use Snow Clearing Tool – This is the really important part. You have plugged the augers with snow, you have shut the machine off and now you are trying to clear the snow away. Never place your hands inside the augers to get at the snow. Use a broom handle if you have an old machine, or the snow clearing tool that came with your newer machine to clear the snow. You can also purchase these tools from most stores as an extra if you break yours or if you have an older machine which does not have one. This is the safe way to clear snow from around the augers and the impeller.

Sometimes the snow is so compacted, that as you clear it away, it allows the augers to turn as a result of built up tension in the pulley mechanism. Better to have a broom handle stuck in there than your hands!

Most new snow blowers come with a snow clearing tool which you can use for this purpose. Always use this tool and never use your hands. If you have an older machine, an old broom handle will do the trick as well.

Maintenance

Like all snow blowers or snow throwers, maintenance is important for your machine to operate at a peak level for many years. Change the engine oil regularly, check the belts for tightness, change the spark plug as required and grease any spots outlined in the manual. If you need to leave the snow blower outside all year round, cover the machine with a proper cover to keep it looking new and avoid deterioration of the tires and metal components.


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CARB Compliant Explained

December 7th, 2011 ernie Posted in General 1 Comment »

CARB Compliant ExplainedWe have been trying to find out exactly what CARB compliance means for snow blowers for the past hour and have only found the following definition, which is not complete, however it is the best we could find. Most engines in California, must be CARB compliant. The objective is to manage the level of pollution in all gasoline and diesel burning engines. California has some of the most restrictive controls in the country to help them deal with SMOG issues they have in major metro areas.  This is good for all of the country, not just California. It comes from Amazon.

“CARB is an acronym for California Air Resource Board, whose stringent air-quality standards have been adopted by many states. A Non-CARB Compliant Engine fails to meet these standards. While CARB-compliant engines run cleaner than non-compliant models, they still emit pollutants.”

CARB Compliant Explained

We wanted to add this definition to our blog, because many snow blowers indicate that they are CARB compliant and we really did not know what it meant. If you live in California, just about any engine you purchase must be CARB compliant, while other states are in various stages of adopting this standard. California has some of the toughest anti pollution laws in North America. If you have ever been in LA during the summer time, they you will understand why. The haze over the city can be really bad, so much so that sometimes you cannot even see downtown from some of the distant suburbs.

While all engines emit pollutants, CARB compliant engines will emit far less pollution so it is important to do your part to contribute to cleaner air for all of us. We already have far too much pollution in our air.

That is about all we can say so far about CARB Compliance as it relates to snow blowers, however we did find that it also applies to lawn mowers and most small engines in California. Also they have extended this compliance requirement to diesel engines as well which covers tractor trailers. Truckers you must pay attention to this requirement across the country, but especially in California.

A CARB compliant engine only really meets this condition as long as it is maintained well. This means changing the oil regularly and using the right gasoline for your engine.

Consumers can reduce the pollution caused by lawn mowers by making sure that the spark plug is always clean and gaped properly, that you are burning fresh gasoline, that you are using a 4 cycle engine and not a 2 cycle engine which burns oil in the gasoline and that the oil is changed on a regular basis. Clean oil protects your engine as well and will ensure that it lasts a lot longer than it would other wise. even after 6 months of use, your oil will be black and not doing a very good job of lubricating your engine.

Many people do not bother with this kind of basic maintenance and a CARB compliant engine can quickly become non CARB compliant simply due to lack of good maintenance.  Take the time now to evaluate your oil right now in your snow blowers engine or your lawn mowers, consider  the last time it was changed and make arrangements to change your oil before you use your lawn mower again. Follow the standard safety procedures that are outlined and covered in your lawn mower’s manual.

If you are uncomfortable doing this yourself, arrange for a handy man to do the work or take it into a small engine mechanic to have the oil changed and keep your snow blowers engine running in an optimum manner to minimize pollution.

 

 

 

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Snow Blower Maintenance

April 7th, 2011 ernie Posted in General 1 Comment »

Snow Blower Maintenance KitWinter is Over for Most of Us, especially in the northern US, however for some people in Canada and those at higher elevations you may still have snow and get a lot of snow until even mid June which is a really scary thought. You even might get a freak snow storm in May, but it is getting pretty close to late spring and that means lots of sunshine and no snow. The good news if you do get snow is that it will not stay around very long. The warm sun is going to melt the snow quickly even if you have to clean it off the driveway and the front steps.  Once the snow is gone it is time to consider snow blower maintenance before you put your snow blower away for the summer.

Time for Snow Blower Maintenance

This is probably the last thing I really want to think about at this time of year, but it is a good time to do some maintenance on your snow blower. It is too early to rake the lawn, it is too wet and it is too early to plant the garden or start thinking about planting flowers and shrubs. The ground is just not warm enough, in fact in some areas it could still be frozen.

So why not do some basic maintenance before you put your machine away for the summer and forget about all f the things you were going to do with your snow blower.

Make a List

If you are really not in the mood that is ok too, but at least make a list of things that you want to do with the snow blower. The list probably will include all of the standard things, and we will provide a partial list later on. But it should also include any maintenance items which you noticed while using the blower during the winter, but it was either too cold or not bad enough to worry about or both.

Add those items to your list now and tape them to your snow blower. If you leave it anywhere else you are going to forget were you put the list in the summer or next fall when you finally get around to completing the list.

Here is a Short list of Items to Check and Perform Maintenance

  • Change the oil
  • Empty the gas tank of all gasoline so it does not get old
  • Check the tire pressure
  • Check the belts
  • Grease all oil fittings
  • Spray rust inhibitor on any parts that are or might rust
  • Check all connections and linkages
  • Check and clean the spark plug
  • Special items which you have identified
  • Special items identified in your maintenance book

That is about it for this post. Just a short one to remind you that you can save yourself a lot of money through proper care and maintenance of your snow blower.  Mine is over 25 years old and still running well. I have changed the spark plug once and clean it every year. The oil is also changed every year and moving parts are oiled or greased to ensure that they are all running smoothly. I also spray used engine oil on the frame to avoid and delay any rust due to the salt that it sometimes picks up from the snow  that the plow pushes off the road.

Comments appreciated.

 

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Pot Holes – Winter is Almost Over

March 21st, 2011 ernie Posted in General 1 Comment »

Pot Holes - Winter is Almost OverWinter is almost over and most people cannot wait for it to be finished. Yet old man winter just keeps bringing one more storm to bother us after another and dumps all kinds of snow on us. Fortunately most of this snow now is a combination of snow, wet snow and rain and even if it does accumulate, we know that it is not going to last long. Winter also brings thaws and freezing cycles which is what causes these huge pot holes all over the place. They damage our cars and cost us thousands every year. City expenses are going up at an astronomical rate due to pensions and management costs, so they are cutting in other areas. Our roads are getting worse every year as repairs are not being made as fast as they should and this means that there are going to be more and more potholes to contend with.

Pot Holes

We really have to be careful of the potholes that form in the streets. Potholes occur when there is a lot of fast freezing and thawing. When the water gets under the pavement, it freezes and pushes up a small section of asphalt and then the asphalt disintegrates as cars and trucks drive over it, leaving a hole in the road. There can be thousands of these pot holes and they can really damage your car if you are not careful.

Damage to Your Car

In Toronto the other day, a man was knocked out when his car hit a pothole, which was violent enough to trigger the air bag to be deployed. The air bag knocked him out as it deployed. He must have hit that pot hole pretty hard at a fast rate of speed. How about that and it is a real story.

If you hit a large hole too hard, you can trigger this kind of reaction in your car and you can do even worse damage. Your tire could be punctured giving you a flat tire. You can also cause your alignment to be pushed out of whack and this will not show up for months until one day you notice that your tires are wearing unevenly. Then it is the cost of a new tire, an alignment which can go into five or 6 hundred dollars if you are not careful.

Pot Holes All Year Long

Although pot holes seem to be the worst during the spring until the road crews are able to make repairs, there can be large pot holes form at other times of the year as well. These are sections of pavement that are weak to start with and the continuous pounding of traffic will dislodge some of the asphalt leaving a hole. Drivers need to be watching he road at all times and trying to avoid these large potholes no matter what time of the year.

A monster pot hole opened up one day after a rain storm. Actually it was a sink hole that formed in the middle of the road. The road was under mind by a culvert that collapsed and driver drove his car right into it. He was lucky to get out alive. His car was a write off.

Slow Down Around Potholes

If you must go through a pothole, slow down and take your time. No damage to your car and you will not get knocked out or worse. My neighbor hit one and it cost him close to one thousand dollars to pay for the damages to his car. So what if it takes a little longer to get to the office, you will save yourself a lot of money, not to mention the frustration of having to get your car fixed!

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Is a 30 Inch Snowblower Too Large

December 15th, 2010 ernie Posted in General 3 Comments »

Is a 30 Inch Snowblower Too LargeIs a 30 inch snow blower too large? This is a common question from many of our readers and so we decided to try to answer the question. The quick answer is no, not at all. However there are some considerations that you may want to think about when you make the purchase of any snow blower when it comes to size. Larger snow blowers do take a lot of room and you may not be able to fit your car, your snow blower and other home tools into your garage.

We have used a small 24 inch machine for the past 20 years. We have a standard two car width driveway of average length and we live in what some people would call the snow belt. This machine in terms of size has worked well for me over the years and it might take me 15 minutes on a heavy snow day to clear my driveway! If we were replacing it, here is our list of what we would consider as part of our purchasing decision when it comes to how big a machine we would buy.

Is a 30 Inch Snowblower Too Large

The area that you need to clear is a big factor. For people who live in suburbia and have the standard single or two car size driveways, any size will do and it really does not matter how big or small a machine your purchase. On the other hand if you are clearing a long driveway with heavy snow at the end left by the snow plow you may want to consider a larger more powerful machine. The bigger they are in terms of width the more powerful the engine and the ability to throw the snow further.

Time to Clear

If time is a factor then the wider the machine the better, especially if you have a lot of driveway or parking lot to clear. For small driveways it will not really matter. One driveway of a friend of ours is a about 500 yards long and he has a 48 inch machine. I am glad he does, because other wise he would be out their all morning clearing snow.

Storage

Storage can be an issue for some people. My little 24 inch machine sits in my garage right beside my two cars and there really is not more room to handle a larger machine. Even a 30 inch machine would be too big for our situation. If you can store your snow thrower outside then it will not be an issue in terms of how big or small your snow thrower is. A 48 inch snow thrower takes up a lot of room all year round!

Folding Handles

The last point is all about the new feature that some manufacturers have added and that is folding handles. You might like to have a wider machine but do not really have the space to store it. Now you can fold the handles down so that your snow thrower will take a smaller foot print. Measure carefully and assess whether a large machine with folding handles will fit in the space you are going to use for your snow blower.

Good luck on your selection. We will just close by saying that anything smaller than a 24 inch machine is probably not sufficient for most people. Heavy wet snow is pretty tough on the smaller machines and you want something with sufficient power to clear this away. in addition the extra weight of a heavier machine will mean better traction and faster snow clearing operations.  Let the machine do the work, do not try to manhandle it. You will just get frustrated with trying to clear the snow off your driveway. Comments appreciated.

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Best Time to Buy a Snow Blower

August 22nd, 2010 ernie Posted in General 4 Comments »

Best Time to Buy a Snow BlowerIt is still summer time and who wants to buy a snow blower now or even think about the cold winter months that are just around the corner. However for some people it might be the best time, if you can take advantage of an early sale of last years models or machines that are this year and the vendor wants to move some of their product early in the year!

With today’s economy, the stores such as Home Depot, Walmart and many others are motivated to improve their sales figures and move product. This could be the time to take advantage of sales they have or even strike a bargain with them and get ten or fifteen percent off. The best time of course is in the spring at the end of the season, however if you missed that opportunity,  then the next best time is probably right now to take advantage of an early sale.

Snow Blower – Look for the Best Deal

Even though you may be able to take advantage of a sale for a snow blower, it is still important to figure out exactly what you need and want in a snow blower. There are lots of features,  sizes and engine power to select from and since you will have it for some time, you want to make sure you purchase the best machine that will meet your needs.

We have talked about how to chose a snow blower in other posts, however we will do a quick re-cap here to save you time in looking for the other post. The following is a list of criteria, in no particular order of priority since each person will attached different importance to each one depending on their own situation. Here goes:

  • Electric start vs pulling a starter chord
  • Width of snow chute for clearing snow
  • Engine power
  • One hand steering
  • Tire size and grip, with chains or not
  • Fuel tank size, important for large areas of snow clearing
  • Steel chute
  • Tool boxes
  • Clear out brush
  • Low noise muffler

Snow Blower – What is Important

For most people the most important items will be the size of the clearance width and the engine power. You want a large enough machine so that you can clear snow quickly. However if you have a small driveway, then there is no sense in spending a lot of money on a large snow blower. Remember that  you have to store it somewhere in your garage or shed. You do not want to leave it outside all year long if you can help it.

Features such as lights, one hand operation, electric start and chains are all considerations, which add to the price and may be needed if you have the conditions that warrant these features. Figure out what you need and then look for a snow machine that meets your needs in the price zone that you are comfortable with.

We were just at one of the big box stores the other day and they have all of their snow blowers out on display. Costco also has snow blowers available. Check out the prices before the season starts and you may be able to fond deals that save you a lot of money.

If you see deals at one of the big box chains, please let our readers know on this blog so that we can all save some money. Also just to let you know that if there are spam comments, we will delete those comments. Place a link to our page on your web site back to ours. We will be happy to do the same.

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Snow Clearing – Health Issues

August 9th, 2010 ernie Posted in General 1 Comment »

Snow Clearing - Health IssuesThe subject of your health and snow clearing is a really important subject. Every year many men have a heart attack while they are shoveling snow and even die because they thought they could shovel show without any repercussions.

Unless you are very fit and exercise on a regular basis, you may want to take it easy when it comes to shoveling snow. Imagine that you are one of these couch potatoes or perhaps you walk a bit, but you do not exercise on a regular basis which pushes your heart rate and muscles to a level that increases your overall health. Now suddenly you have a foot of snow on the driveway. You do not have a snow blower and you have not hired anyone to clear the snow for you.

Out you go to clear the snow with shovel in hand. The snow is deep and heavy due to the warm temperatures.  Even after 5 minutes you are puffing and sweating. Instead of stopping and catching a breather allowing your body to catch up to your exertions, you keep going only making it worse. Prime heart attack time! No warm up and you are not monitoring your heart rate. You begin to feel pressure in your chest and arm! Clear signs that your heart is under stress and may be getting ready for a heart attack! This is what happens to many people who are not in shape an in fact are grossly out of shape. next thing they know they are sprawled on the driveway clutching their chest and hoping someone will see them to get help!  Do not let this happen to you!

Snow Clearing  – Alternatives to Shoveling Snow

In a previous post we compared the economics of purchasing a snow blower vs. hiring someone to clear the snow for you. These are two definite alternatives that are much better than shoveling and in the case of hiring someone you do not need to do any work at all.

If you are at all concerned about your health, make a decision today regarding how you will clear you driveway of snow in the winter time. Now is actually the time to hire a snow removal company for next winter. They are starting to take contracts and will be happy to sign people up early. Also if you have one in mind that you does good work you will want to get a contract with them nailed down before everyone else does.

Using a snow blower is either really easy for people or difficult. Sounds silly to write that, but it is true. If you are the type that feels they have to man handle the blower, then you are going to work hard. If you let the machine do the work for you and use it’s power to change direction, to go back and forth and to blow the snow, then you will have an easy time. If you are doing it right you should be able to navigate with the snow blower with one hand on the handles and let it do all of the work placing little strain on your body.

Snow Clearing  – Your Health

Why even take the chance of having a heart attack of straining your back? If you suspect that you might be susceptible, then just spend the money to hire a snow clearing company. After all if you are not around, it really will not matter how much it cost.

Feel free to leave us comments on this post. Note that spam comments will be deleted. We would love to hear what you have to say about this subject or any other posts on this web site.

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Snow Clearing Services

July 21st, 2010 ernie Posted in General 1 Comment »

Snow Clearing ServicesIt is the middle of summer and who wants to even think about clearing snow and the cold winter that is coming. Yet this is the best time to start making arrangements as well as deciding whether you are going to purchase a snow blower and clear snow yourself or hire someone to do it for you. Calling early might net you a discount for early contract signing or a sale price on a snow blower, but make sure you do your home work in both cases.

Snow Clearing Services – Hire or Buy

For some people the decision is pretty easy. They have no desire to be out in the cold weather clearing snow and are very willing to have someone come in when ever there is a snow fall. Other people look at the economics and for them it it is a clear decision. They want to have a snow blower and they want to do it themselves, because they figure it will cost them less money over the life of the snow blower.

I fall into the latter group and would never consider hiring someone to clear the snow. But what are the economics of the decision. Once you get past the emotional part of the decision and the discomfort part of the decision it just comes down to cold hard dollars and a set of assumptions. We will try to list a few of these in our blog to help people make a decision for them selves.

Snow Clearing Services – Economics of Purchasing a Snow Blower

In making this type of analysis you really need to make a few assumptions. They will be different for each person based on where you live and how large a driveway you have. Adjust the numbers to fit your situation and recalculate to see what the trade off is between hiring someone to do snow clearing for you vs. purchasing a snow blower.

Snow Clearing Services – Assumptions of Purchasing a Snow Blower

  • Medium cost of a snow blower is around $1200
  • Annual maintenance is approximately $100
  • Assume that you do not do your own maintenance
  • Operating cost is several tanks of gas, assume $30
  • Assume $300 in repairs every five years

The cost of owning and operating a snow blower over five years based on the above would be : $1200 to purchase the snow blower, 5 times $100 for maintenance, 5 times $30 for gas and one repair of $300 for a total of $2150 in cost spread equally over five years is $530 per year. This is probably the most unfair advantage since while your operating costs will occur every year, we have spread the capital cost of $1200 over five years when we know that your snow blower will last much longer.

So lets break this down slightly differently. Your average annual operating cost will be 5 times $100 for maintenance, 5 times $30 for gas and one repair of $300 for a total of $950 in cost spread equally over five years is $250 per year.

Assumptions of Hiring someone to do Snow Clearing For You

  • 2 car width driveway
  • no clearing of snow from the steps
  • snow cleared after 2 inches has fallen
  • snow cleared whenever snow plow has past
  • Snow clearing for months of Dec, Jan, Feb and March
  • Snow clearing contract would be in the range of $450 per season

Total cost of snow clearing over five years is $2250 or $450 per year with potential increases each year.

The cost that you may have to pay for someone to come and clear your driveway really depends on the amount of snow you get on an average year and how large a driveway you have. Also whether you want them to clear your steps as well. Ask for a written quote and ensure that it specifies how they will handle the assumptions listed above.

Deciding To Buy a Snow Blower or Hire a Snow Clearing Service

Obviously with the numbers we have chosen for this analysis shows that the cost of purchase vs. the cost of snow clearing is pretty close. In your situation the numbers may be close to what we have assumed or they may be quite different. Substitute your own numbers based on your situation and the location were you live to help you make a decision regarding what you should do from a purely economic perspective.

You can also take into account the cost of money i.e. the interest rate you could earn if you invested the money or the interest you would pay if you borrow the money. With interest rates today, these numbers are pretty small and do not play a significant role in the decision to buy vs hire.

Assuming our variables are close to your situation, you will quickly realize that the decision to buy vs hire snow clearing services really comes down to an emotional issue. Do you really want to get out their and blow snow when it is cold and windy. Imagine your are trying to get to work on time and you have to be concerned about clearing the driveway so you can get your car out.

Personally I enjoy getting out and playing with my snow blower. Sometimes I will also clear snow from the neighbors driveway to give him a break. He will often return the favor as well for us.

Finally one last comment on the buy vs. hire decision. My snow blower is over 22 years old and I might have spent $500 on repairs over the past 22 years. I do all of the work myself and purchase any parts I need from a local repair shop. In my situation the decision is obvious. Buy the snow blower and clear the snow myself even if I need to hire someone to maintain the snow blower.

Feel free to make any comments on this post. We will be glad to add them as comments providing they are not spam comments.

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