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These Powerful Gas Snowblowers Gobble Up Snow

Trust in one of these gas-powered machines to clean up any snowfall.

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If you want to be prepared to clear a lot of snow quickly, a gas snowblower is considered a go-to solution. Although electric snowblowers are gaining in popularity, gas models tend to be more powerful and eliminate the hassles of dealing with cords or charging batteries.

Understanding Snowblower Specs

Number of Stages

A single-stage snowblower has one auger or paddle that pulls in the snow and then discharges it. (Because of the way they work, single-stage machines are sometimes referred to as snow throwers.) With a two-stage snowblower, the auger grabs the snow and then transfers it to an impeller that ejects it. A three-stage model adds another process in between: a secondary auger chops up chunks of heavy or frozen snow before it’s ejected.

Thanks to their one-process configuration, single-stage models tend to be lighter, easier to operate and maneuver, and less expensive. However, a single-stage snowblower is generally not as powerful as a comparable two-stage or three-stage model and also typically has a shorter throwing distance. If your area tends to get a lot of heavy snow or you have a large area to clear, it might be worth the investment to opt for a two-stage model. Unless you’re a professional landscaper, I don’t recommend buying a three-stage snowblower. These heavy-duty machines are quite expensive and deliver more power than most homeowners need.

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Clearing Width

This tells you how wide of a path the snowblower can clear in one pass. A wider path will allow you to clear the space more quickly. An average machine designed for residential use will typically have a width between 20 and 26 inches, but high-end heavy duty machines often offer larger width capacities.

Electric Start

If a snowblower has an electric start, the engine fires up with the push of a button, as opposed to a pull cord. This makes it easier to begin clearing on cold mornings when pull-cord machines can be a bit sluggish to start. Every model I recommend has an electric start, but some are missing an onboard battery and must be plugged in to use this feature.

How We Evaluated

I live in the mountains, and heavy snowfall is an inescapable reality. So is the chore of having to remove it. I’ve used a wide variety of tools and equipment to manage snow removal, including basic manual snow shovels and powerful snowblowers. To recommend the best gas snowblowers, I drew on my own experience and also reviewed hundreds of Amazon, Lowe’s, and Home Depot user reviews. I analyzed and compared clearing capacity, features, and cost for each model. After combining all that information, these 10 gas-powered snowblowers stood out among the rest. Any one of them is sure to make your snow removal process faster and easier.

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Best One-Stage Snowblower
Briggs & Stratton Single-Stage Snow Blower with SnowShredder
Briggs & Stratton

Key Specs

  • Model Number: 1222E
  • Number of Stages: One
  • Clearing Width: 22 in.

Briggs & Stratton is a company known for its engines, so it’s not surprising that this snowblower boasts a powerful 250-cc motor that enables the machine to propel snow up to 30 feet away. The SnowShredder serrated auger easily chops up heavy, frozen snow. Oversized controls allow for easy operation, even when you’re wearing thick gloves, and onboard headlights illuminate your way in low-light conditions.

  • SnowShredder handles frozen snow
  • Powerful engine

  • Some Amazon users report slower performance with light snow or slush
Best Value One-Stage Snowblower
Troy-Bilt Squall 208E Snow Blower

Key Specs

  • Model Number: Squall 208E
  • Number of Stages: One
  • Clearing Width: 21 in.

This snowblower is compact and easy to operate and maneuver without excessive exertion. The E-Z Chute control system lets you easily adjust the discharge direction. With a 6-inch depth capacity, this model might not be the best choice if you tend to get a lot of heavy snowfalls.

  • Ergonomic, vibration-reducing handle design
  • Compact and easy to store

  • Designed for light snowfalls under 6 inches
Best Two-Stage Snowblower
Craftsman 30-Inch 357-cc Electric Start Two-Stage Snow Blower

Key Specs

  • Model Number: SB630
  • Number of Stages: Two
  • Clearing Width: 30 in.

This snowblower delivers the reliable quality craftsmanship you would expect from Craftsman and runs on an impressive 357-cc engine. The power steering makes it very easy to turn and maneuver, and the 16-inch tires provide great traction. The adjustable skid shoes help minimize damage to concrete and other surfaces.

  • Wide clearing path
  • Power steering

  • Expensive
Best Value Two-Stage Snowblower
PowerSmart 22-Inch Two Stage Gas Snow Blower

Key Specs

  • Model Number: PSSAM24
  • Number of Stages: Two
  • Clearing Width: 24 in.

This snow blower’s self-propelled engine and 24-inch width means you will be clearing large sections of snow quickly. And the 40-foot throwing power ensures the snow stays far out of your way. You can either pull to start or plug in an extension cord to use the faster electric start option.

  • Can throw snow up to 40 feet
  • Self-propelled operation means less exertion

  • Not as easy to maneuver as more compact models
  • Must be near an outlet to use the electric start feature
Best for Professionals
Ariens Deluxe 30

Key Specs

  • Model Number: 921047
  • Number of Stages: Two
  • Clearing Width: 30 in.

For serious snow removal, choose the self-propelled Deluxe 30. The 14-inch steel auger can handle heavy, thick snow without issue, and the expansive 30-inch clearing width means you will make quick progress. The built-in headlight and heated handles are also great features that you will appreciate on cold days with limited visibility.

  • Self-propelled
  • Large width capacity

  • Relatively small gas tank
  • Very expensive
Great Traction
Husqvarna 24-Inch 208-cc Two-Stage Snow Blower

Key Specs

  • Model Number: ST 224
  • Number of Stages: Two
  • Clearing Width: 24 in.

The 15-inch tires and adjustable skid shoes on this snowblower provide traction and stability in all types of conditions, and the heated handle grips are a nice touch you’ll appreciate when it’s time to brave the cold. Some Amazon customers note that the lightweight auger is susceptible to damage from rocks or other objects.

  • Ample clearing width
  • Heated handles

  • Auger susceptible to damage
Most Durable One-Stage Model
Honda Single-Stage 20-Inch Snow Blower

Key Specs

  • Model Number: HS720AS
  • Number of Stages: One
  • Clearing Width: 20 in.

Honda is known for producing reliable, high-quality motors, and this snowblower has a 187-cc engine with more than enough power to deliver the performance you need to cut through even a heavy snowfall. The auger-assist drive gives it an extra boost and means less exertion on your part.

  • Light and compact
  • Durable metal auger

  • Expensive for a single-stage model
Easy to Use
Cub Cadet Two-Stage 26-Inch HP Snow Blower
Cub Cadet

Key Specs

  • Model Number: 2X 26 HP
  • Number of Stages: Two
  • Clearing Width: 26 in.

The 26-inch Cub Cadet’s heavy-duty serrated steel augers can efficiently chop through frozen snow and ice, and the zero-turn power steering makes it easy to push, turn, and maneuver, even in cramped spaces. It can throw snow up to 40 feet and is designed for use on smooth and gravel surfaces. Some Home Depot users report the machine has a tendency to leave a layer of snow behind, especially in deeper snow.

  • Power steering
  • Bright LED headlights

  • Might leave some snow on the ground on initial pass
Best for Flat Pavement
Toro 21-Inch Power Clear 721 E Snow Blower

Key Specs

  • Model Number: 38753
  • Number of Stages: One
  • Clearing Width: 21 in.

If you need a reliable machine to clear snow off a flat pavement surface, the Toro 721 E is a good option. It can cut through snow up to 9 inches deep and throw it up to 35 feet. The curved paddles are designed to help cut down on clogging. Its weakness operating on inclines means it would struggle on slopes, so it’s best for people who have flat or almost-flat driveways.

  • Easy-to-use controls
  • Two-year full-coverage warranty

  • Not best for use on inclines
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