Are you tired of shoveling snow? Maybe it’s time to think about alternative ways to clear snow. If you’re between a snow blower or a snow plow here is a list of Pros and Cons to help you make a decision!

Snow Plow or a Snow Blower?

We all know that shoveling snow is back-breaking world. There are certain areas in Southern Indiana that only experience a few inches of snow a year. But for North East Indiana, we get a lot. For areas like ours, these are essentials for winter. So which one is the best option for you?

Snow Plow

A snow plow is an accessory that attaches to a truck, ATV or a UTV. It is used to scoop and displace the snow with a curved, angled blade. Thinking a snow plow might be the best option for you? Here are the Pros and Cons.

Pros:

  • Speed– With the correct vehicle attached to the plow, it can plow snow can quickly and effortlessly clear large amounts of snow.
  • Capacity– A plow is a great solution for a larger applications such a long driveways or parking lots.
  • Reliability– There isn’t much that can go wrong with a plow, and if it is attached to a dependent vehicle, it can have years of reliable service.

Cons:

  • Cost– Purchasing a heavy duty snow plow is a pretty bug investment, in addition of possibly having to buy another vehicle to use the plow.
  • Visibility– Visibility is reduced at the ground level, which can cause an increase chance of an accident or damage to the vehicle or property.
  • Space Restrictions– Do you have space to store a plow during the winter season and off season?
  • Damage– Increased speed, limited visibility, and a powerful motor can result in damage to your vehicle, lawn, structural components, and surfaces such as brick or loose stone.
  • Limitations– The size and power of a snow plow can render from clearing off areas such as a deck or a patio, side walks, and short to medium sized drive ways.

Snow Blower

Snow Blowers are an independent machine that is guided by the user from behind. There are many makes, models and features to choose from. But, they all do the same thing, which is removing the snow with a rotating spiral blade and shoots it out the side.

Pros:

  • Size– With the compact size that snowblowers are, it is much easier to store and maneuver.
  • Visibility– Snow blowers have ground level access meaning you can see everything in front of you and around you.
  • Safety– Built- In safety features and hands on control are safer for the used and their property.
  • Efficiency– Made for quick work of smaller driveways and walkways.

Cons:

  • Exposure– During the process of clearing your property you can be exposed to the cold weather.
  • Time– It can take a longer time to clear a larger area using a snow blower.
  • Capacity– A Single-Stage snow blower works great with light and fluffy snow. Snow that is heavy and more dense makes it difficult to use the Single-Stage snow blower.
  • Depth– A Single-Stage snow blowers are best suited for snowfall up to 6 inches. Any more than that, it requires to invest into more expensive snow blowers that can handle larger amounts of snow.

Still don’t know which one is best fit for you? Give us a call and we can help you decide if you need a snow blower or a snow plow! Call us at (260) 432-9438.

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