Are you a first-time snow-thrower shopper? Headed out to the store to buy a snowblower, but not sure your car will be big enough to get it home? Do you find yourself wondering how much a snow blower weighs?
The answer isn’t a simple one. There are a wide range of snow blowers. Some “power snow shovel” blowers are meant for cleaning off a walkway of light snow. These are light – both in weight and power – but tip the scales starting at 12 pounds. This doesn’t include the extension cord if needed.
On the other side of the “scale” (pardon the pun) – are large industrial-grade throwers. As an example, the Troy Built Polar Blast 4510 can clear a 45″ wide path through the snow. This might be overkill for most homeowners, but handy if you are cleaning the sidewalks around a school or commercial campus. This beast weighs in at almost 475 lbs!
This goes to show that as a user or seller, you cannot rely on the weight of a snow blower to determine its power. You may find that a heavy weight electric power is slower and less powerful than a light weight gasoline snow blower. In this article, we will analyze the weights of different snow blowers alongside their range.
Weights of different snow blowers and their range
Snow throwing is usually a hard task – especially if you are dealing with a great wet mass of it. It is very crucial that you consider the weight of the snow blower you want to acquire so that the snow removal process can be simpler and less effort demanding. This is because the weight of the snow blower is going to affect its operation, steering, and movement.
So, how much does a snowblower weigh? Based on our market analysis, the smallest snow blowers (excluding power shovels) in the market are about 18 to 22 inches wide and weigh around 28 to 30 pounds. The largest snow blower, on the other hand, is around 45 inches wide and its weight ranges between 475 and 480 pounds. This means that the minimum and maximum weights of snow blowers are 28 and 480 pounds respectively.
While this is a wide range, it translates to the fact that the weight of a snow blower is dependent on its size. We will discuss how much a snow blower weighs based on its standard size within the size ranges available in the market. The standard sizes of snow blowers are 20-inch, 22-inch, 25-inch, 30-inch, 32-inch, and 35-inch.
Is A Lighter Snowthrower Better?
In short, not always. A heavier weight can be a good thing. When fighting large snowstorms, or battling the plow remains at the end of your driveway, a lighter snowthrower will tend to nose up over the snow. The above video shows one way to increase the weight of your machine at home to counteract this effect.
As you have seen throughout this article, different snow blower models are designed with varying weights. The weight range of the snow blower models in the market is 35 to 320 pounds depending on the size. The specs used to discuss how much snow blowers weigh can be used as a guideline for you as you shop for your ideal machine.
Lightweight snow blowers are associated with less performance when plowing snow while the heavy weight snow blowers are categorized as high performing. The weight of a snow blower greatly influences the amount of snow it can plow and how it gets its work done.