It seems that this weekend we are due to slide straight from autumn into winter with plunging temperatures and snow flurries in the north and east.
Now is the time to prepare for winter and to make sure that snow does not paralyse us, as it has in the past.
So here are six snow blowers for large domestic properties and businesses which will keep you moving when others slip and slide to a standstill.
And if the snow doesn’t get you, the falling leaves will certainly take up your time this weekend so we’ve added a couple of leaf blowers which will save your hours of back-breaking work.
The first is the MTD M56 Snow Blower / Snow Thrower – 2 stage self-propelled machine suitable for houses with large drives and parking areas.
It has an augur at the front which churns the snow into the body of the machine.
Here a separate impellor blasts it up and through a chute and away.
There is a 179 cc engine and it is self-propelled and large wheels with Snow Hog tyres to give excellent grip.
The engine has been designed to start easily in cold conditions.
The clearing width is 56 cm and the intake height is 41 cm, enough to deal with everything but the worst and heaviest snow falls.
The exit chute can by adjusted through 180 degrees and is corrosion resistant.
This one costs £549 compared with the maker’s recommended price of £699.
Delivery is free the next working day and there is a one year manufacturer’s guarantee.
The MTD M61 Snow Blower / Snow Thrower - 2 stage self-propelled machine is designed for people with larger properties or for small businesses as it is excellent for clearing forecourts and car parks.
There are five forward gears and two reverse and it has a working width of 61 cm and an intake height of 53 cm. so it can deal with snow falls of a foot and more.
The exit chute is easily adjusted to allow you to change the direction and height of the snow.
This machine costs £749, delivery is free the next working day and there is a one year manufacturer’s warranty.
An even bigger machine suitable for larger business and local authority premises is the MTD ME 66 Snow Blower / Thrower.
This one has a wider working width and is built to tackle really heavy tasks.
The clearing width is 66 cm and it has a 277 cc engine specially designed to work in freezing conditions.
It is very strong and has an electric start and uses with four forward gears and two reverse and can has an intake height of 53 cm.
The augur has sheer bolts to save it from damage should you hit anything solid.
There are 16 in wheels and heavy tread pneumatic tyres for excellent traction.
The gear lever is on the instrument panel for ease of use and the pitch and direction of the exit chute are controlled by a joy stick.
There is also a headlight to keep you working through the gloom.
It costs £999 compared with the manufacturer’s recommended retail price of £1299. Delivery is free the next working day and there is a one year maker’s warranty.
Another machine suitable for bigger premises is the Stiga Snow Patrol Dual-Stage Snow Blower
The working width is 55 cm and it has a 182 cc engine with four forward and two reverse gears
Power to each wheel can be controlled separately giving really great manoeuvrability.
It too is dual stage with a front auger churning up the snow and ice and an impellor then blasting it away through the exit chute up to ten metres away.
The chute can be adjusted while driving the machine and the engine is easy to start with a dead man’s handle safety device.
Skid shoes at the front are adjustable according to the height of the snow fall and the 12 in wheels have rugged tyres for good grip.
It costs £599 compared with a recommended price of £679. There is a one year maker’s guarantee and free next working day delivery.
The Stiga Snow Cube Dual-Stage Petrol Self-Propelled Snow Blower is another machine from the same maker suitable for larger premises and more challenging jobs.
It has a 212 cc engine and has five forward and two reverse gears and heavy duty Snow Hog tyres give plenty of grip even when it’s slippery.
Adjustable snow shoes at the front mean you can work on many different surfaces.
The working width is 56 cm and the intake height is 50 cm and the snow can be thrown up to nine metres away.
This machine costs £699 compared with the maker’s recommended price of £779.
Delivery is free the next working day and there is a one year maker’s guarantee.
But please remember to order in plenty of time – we can’t get to you if the roads are blocked.
This cold blast or air will certainly send the leaves flutering and you really can’t put off clearing them up much longer so have a look at our site for some great bargains.
For smaller gardens there’s our own great little MD Sweep 26 Lawn & Leaf Sweeper for just £89.95.
Just push it along and revolving brushes sweep leaves and small twigs straight into a collector at the back.
Delivery is free the next working day.
For something more substantial have a look at the Einhell BG-PL 26/1 Petrol Garden Vacuum / Leaf Blower currently on special offer at £139.95.
It will blow the leaves into a pile and then at the flick of a lever will vac them up and shred them into a bag ready for the compost heap.
What’s more it’s easy to start and light and easy to use.
Have a look at the special pages on our site you’re bound to find something to suit your needs.