Winter is here and it came with a vengeance. The relentless march of snow falling means snow removal. Whether you are just shoveling your sidewalk, firing up your snow blower, or hopping in the cab of your snow plow, NAPA has everything you need to keep your snow removal equipment in top shape for the fight against old man winter.
When it comes to clearing snow the classic snow shovel is still a must-have tool. There’s a reason why the image in most people’s heads when they hear “snow shovel” is one of the best shovels for snow. The wide blade can clear a large area so you can take bigger bites in a single scoop. The flat lip scrapes down to solid driveways and sidewalks for complete snow removal. There’s nothing wrong with using the same snow shovel your parents used (it is still the best snow shovel in most cases), but there are also a few more options on the market. Different types of shovel handles can make lifting a load of snow easier. There are wheeled snow shovels that help take the strain off your back (including a snow shovel on a wheel design). There are even snow plow shovels that look like a small version of the snow plow for truck use for the streets.
Just remember to dress warmly with a good pair of gloves and take breaks often when shoveling.
Snow blowers and snow throwers are a basic necessity in some parts of the world. They can move snow faster than a shovel and with relatively less effort. But are they the same thing? What about sno blowers vs snow throwers? It comes down to the mechanical design of the snow moving parts. Here’s a breakdown of the different machine types.
Single Stage Snow Thrower
A single stage snow thrower is great for moving light snow. It has a single mechanism that both picks up the snow and throws it through the discharge chute. These are going to be your lighter duty electric snow blowers, cordless snow blowers
Two Stage Snow Blower
When the snow passes the 6” deep mark it is time to step up to a two stage snow blower. The first stage auger collects snow and passes it to the second stage impeller which blows it out of the discharge chute. These can be traditional gas powered snow blowers but advancements in batteries have seen a rise in cordless electric snow blowers that can clear a driveway with no issues.
Three Stage Snow Blower
When the snow starts nearing the 2’ deep mark it is time to fire up a three stage snow blower. These beasts have the same mechanisms as their two stage cousins, but another accelerator auger is added which greatly increases the volume of snow that can be removed. These snow eaters can blow snow across a yard and out of the way like a champ.
Regardless of which kind of snow blower you pick, there is maintenance to be done. Much like a snow plow the scraper blade needs to be checked and replaced when it gets worn down. Rubber paddles also wear down need to be replaced to maintain peak snow moving capabilities.
Now we are talking about moving some serious snow. You can attach snow plows to pretty much any vehicle that has enough power to push snow. There are small snow plows that attach to lawn tractors, ATVs, and UTVs. Moving up are lighter duty but wider residential snow plows that mount on mid-size trucks and SUVs, perfect for clearing driveways. Some of these snow plows for pickup trucks and SUVs can even be switched from front to rear of the vehicle. But when you need to clear the company parking lot nothing can compete with the designs of commercial snow plows when coupled with a heavy pickup truck
Regardless of what kind of vehicle you press into plowing snow, it is going to need a full pre-season service before everything turns into a winter wonderland. All belts need to be checked, fluids changed, filters changed, driveline inspected, and a full check of the entire suspension front and rear. A snow plow puts a lot of weight and stress on a vehicle so it is worth giving your vehicle a full check.
Your headlights are great for driving, but a set of extra snow plow lights will help you see the task at hand a lot better. Don’t forget to check the plow wear bar and replace it whenever it starts getting short. Remember, the plow wear bar keeps your main plow blade from wearing down so don’t forget about it. Give the snow plow hydraulics system a good check including the pump, hoses, cylinder, and cab controls. While you are inspecting the plow double check all the mounting hardware to make sure it is tightened to specifications.
Battling snow this winter doesn’t have to be an impossible task. With the right planning and right tools you can enjoy clear sidewalks and clear parking spots. Just make sure to keep up with the snowfall so it doesn’t turn into an impossible mountain to move later.
Check out all the snow plow parts available on NAPAonline or trust one of our 17,000 NAPA Auto Care locations for routine maintenance and repairs. For more information on finding the best snow blowers of simply narrowing down the best shovels for snow in your area , chat with a knowledgeable expert at your local NAPA Auto Parts store.
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With an automotive writing career spanning over two decades, Brian has a passion for sharing the automotive lifestyle. An avid DIYer he can usually be found working on one of his many project cars. His current collection includes a 1969 Olds Delta 88 convertible, BMW E46 sedan, and a slant-6 powered 1975 Plymouth Duster.