Hints & Tips
Businesses will be under greater pressure than ever to keep open this winter when the snows start falling in earnest.
A few years ago it was the done thing for companies and industrial estates to shut up shop but today those which keep going gain great credence from their customers for staying open no matter what.
So here we give you ten top snow blowers to keep your premises accessible when the white stuff puts in an appearance.
First is the Stiga Snow Cube Dual-Stage Petrol Self-Propelled Snow Blower perfect for smaller to medium sized businesses.
It will clear forecourts, parking areas and drives of compacted and fresh snow as it has a 212 cc designed especially for colder conditions which is easy to start and reliable.
The machine is two staged – first a front auger breaks down the snow and then a powerful impellor takes over and throws it through a chute.
There are five forward and two reverse gears and it is designed to clear right up to the edges or borders.
Snow hog tyres give great traction and the handles are adjustable to give the most comfortable working conditions.
Adjustable show shoes let you work at different heights depending on the surface.
The working width is 56 cm and the intake height is 50 cm and it can throw the snow up to nine metres away. The chute rotates through 190 degrees and can be adjusted while on the move.
This one costs £699 compared with the recommended price of £779.
Delivery is free within two to three working days and there is a one year manufacturer’s guarantee.
Next is the MTD ME 66 Snow Blower / Thrower – a 2 stage self-propelled designed for a larger property or business.
This has a 66 cm clearing width and is powered by a 277 Snow Thor X 80 engine designed for freezing conditions.
It is very strongly built and again is a two stage machine, first churning up the snow and ice with metal augers before a powerful impellor takes over and blows to stuff away through and exit chute.
The working height of the machine is 53 cm to deal with deeper falls of snow.
It has 16 in wheels with deep-tread tyres for good traction and it has four forward and two reverse gears.
The gear lever is on the central panel and the exit chute can be adjusted through 180 degrees and the pitch altered with a simple joy stick.
The snow blower has an electric start for great convenience – no pulling on starter cords and there is a central headlight for working when it gets dark.
The manufacturer’s recommended price is £1299 but we have it on offer for only £999.
It comes with free next working day delivery and a one year manufacturer’s guarantee.
Now a machine made for longer paths and made for dealing with heavy snow falls and icy conditions.
The MD SnowCAT 2-stage Snow Blower with Caterpillar Tracks has 270 cc engine which drives caterpillar tracks which give amazing traction and let you turn the machine on the spot making it useful for areas which need high manoeuvrability.
Again it is a two stage blower with metal front augers picking up the snow and an impellor in the body of the machine throwing it away through an exit chute adjustable via a joystick.
The working width a 70 cm and it can handle a depth of 54.5 cm. The engine has an electric start and there is a headlight for working in the murk.
Currently you can save £900 on the manufacturer’s recommended price as it is for sale for only £999.
Delivery is free the next working day and there is a one year manufacturer’s warranty.
Now one from a favourite garden machinery brand.
The McCulloch PM55 Two-Stage Petrol Snow Blower has a Briggs & Stratton 205 cc engine giving plenty of power and reliability and is easy to start thanks to an extra large recoil handle.
Again a two stage machine with front augers and a separate impellor, it has an exit chute which is easily adjusted as can the pitch.
The transmission gives you infinite control going forward and back so you can work close to path and other edges and there is a differential lock to disengage either wheel lock.
There are very deeply-patterned tyres and snow skids at the front which can be adjusted according to the task.
This machine currently has £200 off the manufacturer’s recommended price at £1099.
Delivery is free the next working day and there is a one year manufacturer’s guarantee.
Now here’s a more powerful machine again, the MTD ME 76 Snow Blower / Thrower – a two stage self-propelled one designed for larger business premises and larger educational establishments.
This has a 375 cc Snow Thor X engine designed specifically for colder weather making it a very powerful machine and it is simple to fire up as there is a starter motor.
Again it works by collecting and breaking down the snow and ice before an impellor throws it out and away and the front auger has sheer bolts in case it hits something solid.
The machine has a working width of 76 cm and height of 53 cm. There are four forward and two reverse gears and the wheels have heavy duty thick tread tyres for excellent grip.
The chute can be rotated through 180 degrees via a central joystick which also controls the pitch.
There is a headlight for working when it’s dark.
This machine costs £1245 compared with the manufacturer’s recommended price of £1595, delivery is free the next working day and there is a one year maker’s warranty.
The Stiga Snow Power Dual-Stage Self-Propelled Petrol Snow Blower has a substantial 84 cm clearing width and a 61 cm working height, so it can deal with substantial falls.
The augur and impellor blast the cleared snow and ice up through the chute to a distance up to 12 metres away.
There is a Briggs & Stratton 305 cc engine designed for colder weather and a long life while using little fuel. The motor is started either with a starter motor or a recoil start.
It has a variomatic drive with six forward and two reverse gears giving it absolute speed control and making it easy to drive around obstructions and close the path edges.
There are front snow shoes which can be altered according to the surface being cleared.
The exit chute rotates 200 degrees and is electronically controlled and the pitch is easily adjusted.
Tyres with heavy treads and a front headlamp are also featured on this machine which costs £2059 compared with the manufactured recommended price of £2539.
Delivery is free the next working day and there is a one year maker’s guarantee.
Now we’re getting into some seriously hard working equipment and the Stiga Pro 1171 HST Self-Propelled Petrol Snow Blower is a serious piece of machinery for those who have larger business premises to be clear.
The Briggs & Stratton engine is designed for the job and the transmission is hydrostatic giving absolutely precise speed control which is handy for close manoeuvring around car parks and forecourts.
The working width of this machine is 71 cm and the intake height is 50 cm, so it is built to tackle large areas and heavy falls.
It is a dual stage machine and the impellor can throw the snow through the chute to a distance of 15 metres.
The cute can rotate through 200 degrees and both the chute and deflector can be adjusted from the operating position.
The working height is adjusted by altering the front snow skids.
There is a powerful headlight and as an added bonus for the user the handlebars are heated.
Sixteen inch wheels have deep patterned specialist tyres.
This one costs £2399 compared with the recommended retail price of £2899, delivery is free the next working day and there is a one year maker’s guarantee.
Italian manufacturer Bertolini makes extremely sturdy equipment which is often the professional and their 411/10E Professional Two-Stage Snow Blower is a really hard working and robust machine.
This has a Lombardini diesel engine designed to deliver real power and to have a long life.
The electric start is another great feature as are the four forward and three reverse gears giving a working speed up to over 4 kph.
The working width is 60 cm and operating height is over 62 cm. And again it is a two stage machine with front augers and an impellor to blast the snow away.
The height can be adjusted via front snow shoes.
It has great manoeuvrability as the differential can be controlled from the handlebars.
The handlebars are fitted with vibration damping for greater user comfort.
An added bonus with this machine is that the snow blower mechanism can be detached so that other equipment can be fitted, like a heavy duty snow brush and snow plough.
Other attachment like cultivators and mowers can be purchased to make this machine an all year round work horse and making it a great value for money purchase.
There is a fitted towing hitch as well.
This one is £4898, over £100 less than the maker’s recommended retail price.
Delivery is free the next working day and there is a one year manufacturer’s warranty.
Now we’re getting into some really serious machinery designed for clearing very large areas hit by heavy snow falls.
The first is the Stiga Park Pro 25 4WD Ride-on Snow Blower designed to clear up to five acres.
It has a twin cylinder Japanese engine and is a four-wheel drive monster which can work at speeds up to 11 kph.
A power take off clutch disengages the front mechanism so the operator can leave the driving seat in safety and leave the engine running.
Hydraulic steering makes control easier and the chassis is articulated. And the front mounted auger is raised in one movement via a power lift.
There is a simple way to release and connect attachments which include a snow blade with rubber and metal scraper bars, rotary sweeper and a sand spreader.
The working width of this machine is 90 cm and there is a powerful headlight for working in the murk.
This machine costs £7750 compared with the manufacturer’s recommended price of £8635. Single and dual stage snow blowing attachments are extra.
Delivery is free usually within five to seven days and there is a two year maker’s warranty.
And finally there is the Stiga Titan 32H 4WD Ride-on Snow Blower with Cab, a machine designed for the professional where very large areas need to be cleared and kept snow and ice free.
This is a real beats of a snow clearing machine with attachments not only to blow the snow away to keep large areas ice free.
The power is from a three cylinder Yanmar diesel engine. And this machine is intended for work on car parks and large industrial estates including ports and airports.
It can work at up to 15 kph and has four wheel drive hydrostatic transmission for excellent speed control.
The chassis steering between rear and front axles ensure no tail swing or over-steer and accessories can be easily fitted thanks to the hydraulics front and rear.
The cab is heated and designed for excellent all round visibility and both seat and arm rests are fully adjustable.
A wide range of accessories designed to be easy to fit are available including snow blower, snow blade, snow bucket and rotary sweeper. Two sand spreaders are also available.
The machine is delivered free within 30 to 40 working days, there is a two year manufacturer’s warranty and it costs £19,900.
Not all of you will need a machine quite this big so have a look at our web pages for a huge selection of snow blowers to keep you going this winter and if you have any further questions please phone our team on 08454 588905.
- Did you see this week’s offers in the weekend Independent and Sunday People ? - September 21, 2020
- Ten top gardening bargains selected for the August bank holiday 2020 - August 28, 2020
- New BackPack Leaf Blower – an Autumn Special that will Blow You Away - August 25, 2020