Using a snowblower to clear your driveway, sidewalk, or parking lot can save a ton of time and energy, and is definitely easier on your back and knees than using a shovel. A removable cab for your snowblower can be a convenient accessory to your blower, and shelter you from falling snow and wind while you work. They’re also important for maintaining a safe working environment as well. Instead of pulling your hat over your face and keeping your head down as you go, these cabs allow you to keep your head up and maintain a clear view of your work area.
What to Consider
When considering a cab for your snowblower, it’s important to choose one that will fit your specific model. Some, like the Arnold Deluxe Universal Snow Thrower Cab can fit a wide range of machines, while others like the Ariens Snowblower Cab will only fit blowers of that brand. Luckily, most options will either state the brands they’re compatible with, or allow you to input your model and let you know if it will fit.
You should also think about whether or not you’ll be using your snowblower in low-light conditions, like at night or early morning. If your snowblower features a headlight that you want to utilize, make sure you choose a cab that doesn’t obscure the light, or has a cutout to let it shine through. Also, look for cabs that use a reflective covering, which can make it easier for drivers to see you.
How We Selected
Growing up in the Northeast, I've spent my fair share of time snow blowing driveways on frigid winter days. I used my snow blowing experience, as well as online research and evaluations, to assemble and curate this list of the best options you can buy. I excluded several models that appeared to pose durability or quality control issues, which is why this list is relatively short at only 5 entries. That said, I'm confident that regardless of your machine, or personal requirements, you’ll find an option below that fits your needs.
This Arnold model uses a universal design, allowing it to conveniently fit most popular snowblower brands like Troy-Bilt, Cub Cadet, Craftsman, and Yard Machine, to name a few.
Its large transparent windows offer 360-degree visibility which not only makes it easy to maintain straight lines and accurate blowing, but allows you to easily see any obstructions or debris in your path ahead.
The powder-coated steel frame should reduce the chances of rust or corrosion, and all the equipment needed for assembly is included with the unit. A convenient storage pouch will come in handy when it’s time to store it in the spring.
- Fits most snowblowers
- Tear-resistant fabric
The open front on this cab makes it quick and easy to perform chute adjustments as you go, without stepping out into the snow, and wind.
The heavy-duty steel frame should stand up to regular wear and tear, and the freeze-resistant windows are ideal for use in extra-low temperatures. Installation seems to be a two-person job, though, so keep that in mind if you don’t have an extra set of hands around the house to help out.
Also, unlike other models that can be used with a variety of blower models and brands, this is only designed to be used with Ariens Two-Stage snowblowers.
- Two-year warranty
- Can only be used with Ariens blowers
If you plan on doing your snow blowing during the late afternoon or evening, this Craftsman blower might be a perfect fit. A convenient zippered opening allows you to fit it over an existing dash light, and the reflective fabric makes it easy for other people or drivers to easily see you in your driveway or parking lot.
Plus, in addition to fitting all Craftsman 2- and 3-stage snowblowers, this cab also fits a wide range of other medium and large blower brands. When not in use, you can easily store the entire cab in an included storage bag.
- Includes storage pouch
- Tear-resistant fabric
Just because you don’t have the budget for an expensive model, doesn’t mean you can’t experience the comfort and safety of a snowblower cab.
This Guide Gear cab costs significantly less than the other options on our list, but still provides a good amount of protection from the elements, and also fits on a wide range of brands and models.
It appears to be fairly simple to install, and although it does lack a dedicated opening for your dash light. If you’re just looking for a basic cab to keep the snow out of your face, this is a great choice.
- Low price
- Compatible with many blower brands
This high-quality, durable Toro model costs much more than our other picks, but if you want a cab that will last a long time, and if price is no factor, then this could be a great option. The durable vinyl fabric covering is not only rugged enough to withstand tears and rips, it’s also resistant to mold and mildew.
Its six-gauge steel tubing frame should provide a sturdy and solid enclosure, which can really come in handy for areas that experience heavy winds. The adjustable design also makes this cab especially convenient for tall or short users who might find other options inconvenient.
- Rugged vinyl fabric
- High-visibility red color
- Very expensive