How much do snowblowers cost? Read this before you buy

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In this blog post, we will look at the cost of different snowblowers and compare them. How much does a single-stage snowblower cost? How much does a two-stage snowblower cost?

We will also compare several snowblower brands to see what brand is cheaper and what brand is more expensive. We have checked the various prices for the different types of snowblowers. You should see these prices as an indication of how much you have to pay for a certain snowblower. As we will see later, the cost can vary by more than 100% from brand to brand.

How much do snowblowers cost?

The cost of a snowblower depends greatly on the brand, fuel type, and specification. Our research shows that a single-stage snowblower costs between $200 and $800. Two-stage snowblowers cost between $600 and $3000, and a 3-stage snow blower from $1300 upwards. In general an electric snowblower is cheaper than a gas version, and a track driven machine is more expensive than a snowblower with wheels. Our research shows that the clearning width and augur diameter has less impact on the price.

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Costs of single-stage snowblowers

Type of snowblowerBrandPrice range
Single-stageAriens$ 550 – $ 840
 Earthwise$ 200 – $ 330
 Honda$ 810
 Toro$ 440 – $ 850
 Simplicity$ 400 – $ 600

Our research shows that there is a big price difference between the different brands. Earthwise is the cheapest brand, but those are electric snowblowers. Electric snowblowers are generally cheaper than gas machines.

Costs of 2-stage snowblowers

Type of snowblowerBrandPrice Range
Two-stageAriens$ 1000 – $ 3000
 Cub Cadet$ 900 – $ 1700
 Honda$ 2420 – $ 3390
 Husqvarna$ 900 – $ 2900
 Dirty Hand Tools$ 600 – $ 700
 Simplicity$ 1500 – $ 2900
 Toro$ 1800 – $ 2000

Compared with the single stage snowblowers two stage blowers are more expensive and also have a bigger difference between a cheaper and expensive blower. Honda is the most expensive two-stage snowblower brand.

Cost of 3-stage snowblowers

Type of snowblowerBrandPrice Range
Three-stageCub Cadet$ 1300 – $ 2200

We only looked at a few 3-stage models.

Cost of A Corded Electric snowblower

Type of snowblowerBrandPrice Range
Corded electricEarthwise$ 200

Cost of A cordless Electric snowblower

Type of snowblowerBrandPrice Range
 Cordless Electric snowblowerEarthwise$ 253 – $ 330
 Toro$ 500 – $ 850

Electric snow blowers top out at around $850, making them a less expensive option. If you have a small house in a region that does not see a lot of heavy snowfall an electric snowblower may be a good fit for you.

Cost of Tractor Mount Snowblower

Type of snowblowerBrandPrice Range
Tractor MountCub Cadet$ 1200 – $ 1400

Cost of Track-drive snowblowers

DriveBrandPrice Range
Track-driveAriens$ 2200 – $ 3500
 Cub Cadet$ 1800 – $ 2200
 Honda$ 2600 – $ 3390
 Husqvarna$ 2900

Ariens is the most expensive brands, followed by Husqvarna. Track driven snowblowers are generally more expensive than machines with wheels.

Cost of Professional-Grade Snowblowers

Grade of snowblowerBrandPrice Range
ProfessionalAriens$ 840 – $ 4300
 Honda$ 2600 – $ 3390
 Toro$ 630 – $ 2000

Cost of gas snowblowers

Type of snowblowerBrandPrice Range
Gas-poweredAriens$ 550 – $ 3600
 Cub Cadet$ 900 – $ 1700
 Honda$ 810 – $ 3390
 Husqvarna$ 900 – $ 2900
 Toro$ 440 – $ 2000
 Dirty Hand Tools$ 600 – $ 700
 Simplicity$ 400 – $ 2900

Gas-powered snow blowers cost anywhere from $400 – $3,600. The large price range is the result of the many different styles, sizes, and feature options, you find only in gas-powered snowblowers. Some can be as small as an electric model, or very large, heavy machines.

While planning to purchase a gas-powered snowblower, you must check the cost of gas in your area, is it affordable? or is it far too expensive compared to the cost of electricity?  You also have the option of a tractor mount snowblower but for this, you will have to check the compatibility and the model of your vehicle upon which you plan to mount it.

Clearing width

We checked how much the clearning width influences the price. Of course it has an effect on the price, but we could not find a big influence.

● Clearing width 18 inches

Clearing widthBrandPrice Range
18 inchesToro$ 440

● Clearing width 20 inches

Clearing widthBrandPrice Range
20 InchesHonda$ 810

● Clearing width 21 inches

Clearing widthBrandPrice Range
21 inchesAriens$ 550 – $ 840
 Toro$ 500 – $ 850

● Clearing width 22 inches

Clearing widthBrandPrice Range
22 inchesEarthwise$ 200 – $ 330
 Simplicity$ 400 – $ 600
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Augur width

We checked how much the augur width influences the price. Of course it has an effect on the price, but we could not find a big influence.

● Auger Diameter 10 inches

Auger diameterBrandPrice Range
10 inchesSimplicity$ 400 – $ 600

● Auger Diameter 22 inches

Auger diameterBrandPrice Range
22 inchesEarthwise$ 200 – $ 330

Buying Guide

When you are planning to buy a new snowblower for the next winter season, you must use the STAMPED method:

1. Starting system:

Nowadays, a lot of people think that electric snow blowers are the way to go for easy start-up and no pull-cord. But the fact is that many of the large gas-powered snowblowers feature electric start as well. Even in the event that you cannot plug into an outlet for the electric start feature, most new gas-powered snowblowers start with one or two pulls of the cord.

Most of the pull cords are easier to pull now than they were decades ago. It is easier to pull start the snowblower than it is to plug in and push the button. So push-button start-up is something you can get on both electric and gas snow blowers.

2. Turning Radius:

There are three different angles that different snowblowers feature: i) 200 degrees, ii) 204 degrees, and iii) 210 degrees.

3. Auger material:

When buying a new snowblower, you must look for auger assist drive which will help move your snowblower by its auger making contact with the ground. There are two different materials used in the construction of the augers of snowblowers: i) rubber and ii) Polymer with serrated steel.

4. Maximum throwing distance:

Chutes of different snowblowers rotate with 3 different mechanisms, i) basic crank, ii) manual, and iii) quick-stick. And there are 4 different throwing distances: i) 25 feet, ii) 30 feet, iii) 33 feet, and iv) 35 feet.

5. Professional:

If youare a professional snow veteran, you will need a professionalsnowblower to meet the size and demand of your job. You will have to order it ahead of time because you will never find one just rusting outside your local hardware store. These serious-duty snowblowers are built in limited quantities for snow removal veterans, who recognize quality never comes cheap.

Professional-grade snowblowers are constructed with commercial-quality components like heavy-duty corrosion-resistant, weatherproof, waterproof, rust-resistant, cast-iron gear cases, and solid stainless steel frames. The basic features of any good professional-grade snowblower include powerful halogen headlights, reliable interlocking controls, and remote deflectors.

6. Engine Capacity:

When buying a new snowblower, you must carefully check its engine capacity. The capacity of an engine is measured in cubic centimetres (cc) and refers to the total volume of air and fuel that is pushed through the engine by its cylinders. Snowblowers have the following engine capacities: 196 ccs, 208 ccs, 212 ccs, 252 ccs, 270 ccs, 277 ccs, 302 ccs, 389 ccs, and 420 ccs.

7. Drive

You must look for a snowblower that offers the smoothest maneuverability, variable speeds, and good traction. The major difference between the regular wheeled snow blowers and the snowblowers with track-drive technology is that steering a wheeled snow blower is generally easier because most track-drive snowblowers cannot pivot on a single wheel. Track-driven snow blowers will forever change the way you feel about snowfall.

Track-drive snowblowers now have turn-sensing technology that automatically helps to spin them in the direction you begin turning. Traditional track-driven snowblowers were typically slower than wheeled snowblowers. Yet, innovations like RapidTrak technology is closing the speed-gap between tracked snowblowers and wheeled snowblowers.

Final remarks

One of the most important factors to consider when looking for a new snowblower for the next winter season is the amount of snow expected. If your area is packed-down, if there is icy snow from vehicles everywhere and the snowbanks are always created by snow-removal trucks at the end of your driveways, you must buy a track-driven snowblower because they are generally heavier and have settings to lock them down closer to your pavement to remove the densely packed snow and muscle to get through your icy snow traps. Unlike wheeled snowblowers, track-drive snowblowers have superior traction control and allow you to safely maintain control on your steeper paths.

They are virtually unstoppable in the worst winter conditions, whether it is deep snow, slippery ice, uneven terrain, or steep and hilly driveways. The ever-evolving track-drive snowblowers from brands like Honda, Ariens, and Dirty Hand Tools now makes it possible to conveniently have the best of both types: the traction of a track-drive snowblower with the speed and sharp turning of a wheeled snow blower.

RapidTrak is exclusive to Ariens snow blowers. It gives you a choice between track-drive and wheel-drive on one snowblower for maximum versatility in any weather and ground conditions. RapidTrak snowblowers have 3 adjustable positions and include an extra-traction setting for the harshest weather and ground conditions.

It is a track-drive snowblower with the option to switch back to wheels if you need them. Unlike other track snowblowers, RapidTrak maximizes variable-speed operation while making sharp turns possible for models that utilize a hydrostatic drive transmission. They can also move faster than the traditional track snowblower, making it a lot easier to clean larger areas quickly.

To sum up this blog post, I would say that bigger is not always better and cheaper is not always easier. Use what you have read to buy the snowblower that is right for you.