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Snow Blowers vs Snow Shovels: Which option will save you time?

This year, in Cincinnati, most of us are thinking “will we see any snow this year?” Chances are…we will, whether we like it or not. We have had an extremely mild winter so far…but winter has only just begun. Now is the time to get prepared for when a snow storm inevitably comes our way – it will save you time in the long run.

When we think about removing snow from our driveways and walkways, there are typically two options: shoveling and snow blowing. Of course there are other options, like hiring someone else to handle it for us (which is a great idea if you are working with a large area or want to save your back), or installing a heated driveway (but that seems a little excessive for the area in which we live).  This blog will offer a comparison between snow blowing and snow shoveling to help you decide which option will work best for your limited time.

When thinking about the time that it will take to remove the snow don’t simply think about how quickly you can get the job done; instead consider everything that goes into the task, including what needs to be done to prepare to start the job.

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Shoveling is simple – get out the shovel, start shoveling. Most of us already know how to shovel snow so there is no time spent learning how to operate the equipment. Snow blowing, however, comes with more steps and will require some time learning the how-to’s if you have never used one before.

Take an electric snow blower, for instance – you must first take it out of storage, find an extension cord, move parked cars, plug in the snow blower, and then finally you can start removing snow. But the task doesn’t end there – afterwards you need to unplug and clean off the snow blower and then wind up the extension cord and store both things away again.

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Not to say snow blowers are less productive. If you are working on a large, open area then a blow blower is a more efficient route to take. They definitely clear snow faster than a shovel can and are much better on your back. The choice depends on how large of an area you are working with, how much physical labor your body can handle, and how much time you have in a day to spend clearing the drive and walks of snow.



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