As you have gotten a LOT of very fine replies, I won't redundantly repeat
them over and over.
What little they didn't say (so far) is:
* There seem to be four different power sources for a snow blower.
1) Two cycle engine, mix gas and oil
2) Four cycle engine, oil in the crank case
4) Power take off from garden tractor
* Sizes are rated in inch of cut (width) and also in horse power. More HP
means more power, but burns gas/ electric faster. You get the job done
faster, and I doubt that a big unit actually uses more gas, over the course
of the year.
Several years ago, I got bombed in snow, and for the first time tried out an
electric snow thrower I'd found on the curb a couple years before that. It
worked so well, I was completely impressed.
Since then I bught a two cycle gas mixer, which is about 3 HP. I just simply
totally love it! I snow blow my own driveway, the driveway for the elderly
lady across the street, and some for the truck driver (who got hurt in a
wreck) across the street. As well as a little trim work for a couple other
Buying a snow blower doesn't obligate you to clear your neighbor's driveway,
though. You may choose to if you wish.
Christopher A. Young
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