Hints & Tips
Now’s the time to prepare for winter and all it has to throw at us.
We have the country’s largest selection of snow blowers and now is the time to order and ensure that your home or business is not forced to close if the coming winter is as severe as the last.
There are snow clearing machines for everyone including little electric for the more modest homes to major equipment intended for the industrial estates and major shopping and leisure centres.
So number one on our list is the Stiga Snow Electric 31 Snow Blower, a great little machine small enough to hand on the shed door when not in use.
This has a clearing width of 31 cm and is powerful enough to blow the snow up to five metres away.
It works much like an electric shovel with a 1100 Watt electric motor built to clear falls up to 23 cm deep.
It slides along the ground clearing right back to the hard surface and will save ages of hard work with a conventional shovel.
It costs just £89, that’s £10 less than the maker’s recommended retail price. Delivery is free the next working day and there is a one warranty from Stiga.
This next one is from an leading Italian manufacturing company and is the Oleo-Mac Artik 56 Dual-Stage Snow Blower with a manual start, the perfect machine for domestic properties and small businesses
It has a metal toothed blade to gobble up the snow and ice and force it into the main body of the machine.
Here an impellor stakes over and throws the snow up to 12 metres clear through a chite which can be rotated through 190 degrees and the pitch can be adjusted through 70 degrees to dump the wretched stuff just where you want.
Powering it is a 182 cc Loncin engine designed to work when it’s bitterly cold.
This machine has five forward gears and two reverse and it has sliders at the front which are adjustable to suit the surface being cleared. Heavy-tread tyres keep you moving.
It costs £499 compared with the maker’s recommended retail price of £699. There is a two year warranty from Oleo-Mac and free next working day delivery.
Now it’s back to Stiga for the next one and it’s the Stiga Snow Cube Dual-Stage Petrol Self-Propelled Snow Blower.
This is perfect for small businesses and larger domestic premises as it has a 212 cc engine again designed for when it freezes – and this one has extra large handles to make it easier to start.
This has a strong metal auger to drag in the snow and ice and an impellor to break it up further and throw it away.
There are five forward gears and to reverse for excellent manoeuvrability and heavy Snow Hog tyres to give plenty of grip.
The handlebars are adjustable to give you the most comfortable working position and the front snow shoes can be adjusted to suite the underlying surface.
This one has a clearing width of 56 cm and can deal with snow up to 50 cm deep. The chute rotates through 190 degrees and it can throw the snow up to nine metres away.
This one costs £699 – the maker’s recommended retail price is £799 –and it isd delivered free within two to three working days. Plus there is a one year warranty from Stiga.
Now here’s an absolute bargain if you have a small business premises like a medical centre or school to look after.
The MTD ME 66 Snow Blower / Thrower is a two stage self-propelled machine to keep you going when your competitors are falling victim to the white stuff.
This machine has a 277 cc Snow Thor engine with plenty of power and it also has the two stages in getting rid of snow.
The snow hood has an intake height of 53 cm to deal with heavier falls and the augers are fitted with sheer bolts to prevent serious damage should you hit something solid hidden by deep snow.
The front skids are adjustable so you can set the blower to work on looser surfaces like shingle and the 40 cm wheels have special tyres.
There are four forward and two reverse gears, handy if you get in a tight spot during clearance work.
The gear lever is on the control panel where sits the joy stick for altering the direction and pitch of the jet of snow just cleared.
It is started with a key, so no tugging on starter ropes and there is a front headlight.
This is for sale at a remarkably low price but only while stocks last, as it has £500 off.
The maker’s recommended price is £1299 but we have it for £799. Delivery is free the next working day and there is a one year guarantee from MTD.
Now another absolute bargain as the McCulloch PM55 Two-Stage Petrol Snow Blower is also in our sale but only while stocks last.
This is another machine which would be perfect for use at sports clubs and leisure centres as it has a Briggs & Stratton 203 cc specialist engine made for use when it’s freezing and when parks and access roads need to be kept clear if businesses are to stay open.
Another two stage snow blower it has both forward and reverse gears but this one has a differential lock to give better control and traction for when it gets really rough.
The chute rotation is controlled by a lever from the driving position and the pitch at which the snow is ejected is easily altered by hand.
Special x-trac tyres give excellent grip and the front skids can be adjusted simply.
This blower is currently on sale for just £899 – the maker’s recommended price is £1299! Delivery is free the next working day and there is a one year guarantee from the manufacturer.
And now for something a bit different, a machine designed for the roughest conditions as it runs on tracks.
The MD SnowCAT 2-Stage Snow Blower with Caterpillar Tracks is aimed at those who need to keep large areas working during the snow like hotels and industrial estates and shopping centres.
It has a 270 cc engine to power the tracks along and give great grip and access where other machines might struggle. Caterpillar tracks give great manoeuvrability as they enable you to turn on the spot.
And don’t worry, steering like this is very easily and quickly mastered.
The front augur is serrated to break down the snow and ice before it is blasted clear via an impellor.
The chute is controlled by a joy stick situated at the driving area, Thw working width of this machine is 70 cm (28 in) and it can clear snow to a height of over 54 cm (21 in).
It started with a key and has a headlight to keep you going through the murk.
This one is £1099, £800 less than the manufacturer’s recommended retail price. Delivery is free the next working day and there is a one year warranty from the makers.
Now machines for clearing larger areas – ones suitable for larger industrial estates and parking areas and public utilities like council offices and hospitals.
The Stiga Snow Fox Dual-Stage Petrol Self-Propelled Snow Blower has a Briggs & Stratton 205 cc engine to give plenty of smooth power in even the worst conditions.
There are options on this model of both a recoil and electric start and ten metres of cable is supplied if you opt for an electric start.
This has a six forward and two reverse gears giving great control in tighter areas where its mean front auger can break up heavy falls of snow and compacted ice.
The 190 degree revolving chute is simply adjusted and the impellor can throw the snow up to 12 metres away.
Front snow skids are adjustable and 13 in wheels have chunky tyres to cope with slippery conditions.
It costs £1089, £100 off the maker’s recommended retail price. Delivery is free the next working day and there is a one year warranty.
A bigger machine again, one suitable for really large areas is the Stiga Snow Power Dual-Stage Self-Propelled Petrol Snow Blower with a really wide working width of 84 cm and an intake height of 61 cm.
The two stage system can eject snow up to 12 metres through the chute which can be adjusted the direction and height so you can dump the stuff exactly where you want.
A Briggs & Stratton 305 cc engine from their specialist Snow Series provides the power and there are six forward and two reverse gears. These are located on the dash board where you will find chute pitch and direction controls as well.
Height adjustable and with a powerful head lamp this is a real tough workhorse for larger areas.
It costs £2059, £300 less than Stiga’s recommended retail price. Delivery is free the next working day and there is a one year manufacturer’s warranty.
And finally one for professional use in really large areas, the Stiga Pro 1581 HST Commercial Dual-Stage Snow Blower,
This one has a Briggs & Stratton 420 cc engine designed to work in temperatures down to -20F. And there is a 6.7 litre fuel tank to keep you working longer.
This one has hydrostatic transmission to give exact speed control as well.
Again a dual stage machine it has a 36 in auger and an extra powerful impellor. The working clearing width is 81 cm and the height of the hood is 50 cm so you can deal with really heavy snow falls over a large area quickly and efficiently.
Front snow shoes and not only adjustable but also reversible so you can get more wear out of them.
The snow exit chute rotates 200 degrees and both pitch and direction are adjusted from the control panel. And for operator comfort the control handles are heated.
It has Arctic Track tyres and a weatherproof cover.
This one costs £3069 compared with Stiga’s recommended price of £3379. Delivery is free the next working day and there is a one year manufacturer’s warranty.
These are just ten of the extensive range of equipment we have for dealing with snow.
There is a machine for every household and business so see these pages and make sure you are not one of those under the media’s spotlight id you have to close when winter sets in.
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