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Tips for Finding & Buying a Used Snowblower

When people hear the word ‘winter,’ they think of the holiday season, time with family, and – often – snow. While this winter element can be enjoyable, too much of it can cause problems for home and landowners if not dealt with accordingly. That said, snow removal doesn’t have to be an annoyance, so long as you have the right piece of equipment on your side, specifically a snowblower!

Tips for Finding & Buying a Used Snowblower

This post will outline considerations for buying a snowblower and ensure you get the most out of your purchase, whether you are getting prepared at the beginning of summer or needing something in the height of winter. 

Is a Snowblower a Good Investment? 

As snow piles up, it can be extremely difficult to move with a shovel alone. A snowblower allows home and landowners to take on this task with ease, throwing the snow to the side and out of the way. Similar to any landscaping task, snow removal – without the right equipment – can take a toll on your body, which can slow down the process entirely. However, while buying a snowblower can absolutely be a worthwhile investment, not all machines work for each potential scenario. 

Factors to Consider Before Buying a Used Snowblower

A snowblower presents several benefits that can make operators’ lives easier throughout winter. That said, one must know what to look for before making a purchase to ensure they get the most out of their equipment. Considerations include: 

Typical Snow Depth

“How much snow do I normally have to shovel each year?” 

This should be the first question home and landowners ask themselves when looking for a snowblower. This will help determine the required capacity of a machine – in other words, how much can the snowblower actually move? 

Weight of Snow

“Is the snow light and powdery or wet and heavy?”

It’s no secret that powdery snow is easier to clear than wet snow that has become compacted. When buying a snowblower, ask yourself what consistency of snow you typically see, as this will help determine the level of power that will be required to make any sort of impact come winter.

Size of Area Being Cleared

“How large of an area needs to be cleared?”

While some homeowners only need to clear a small driveway when it snows, others may need to clear a larger area, whether that be a long driveway or a driveway plus a walkway. Whatever the case may be, potential buyers should assess their personal situation to make an informed decision regarding snowblower width.  

Storage Capacity

“How much space do I have to store a piece of equipment?”

This question may seem fairly unimportant and far down the list of priorities considered when deciding on which snowblower to choose. But imagine buying a snowblower and trying to use it on the first snowy day of the year just to realize that a) you cannot easily move it from the place where you originally stored it or b) you cannot put it back in its original spot. If a snowblower cannot be properly stored, there is a strong chance that it will be left outside and forced to withstand the winter elements, causing rust and other issues. When thinking about the piece of equipment that is right for you, don’t forget to consider where you are actually going to be moving the snowblower in and out of, even if you only end up using it once due to a lack of snow.

Does John Deere Make Snowblowers?

John Deere entered the snow removal scene in the 1970s when it began manufacturing snowblowers. And while the company no longer produces the push-behind versions of these machines, it does offer a range of Frontier snowblower implements that can be attached to tractors to boost versatility. This includes the following.

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