Best Gas Snow Blowers

Review & Comparison, Last Update March 4, 2019
You can clear the snow from your driveway and around your house with a shovel as a part of your fitness program. But you'd better leave a workout for a gym and buy a snow blower to deal with the snow. This review includes some of the best gas snow blowers available on the market this winter! ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2019
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Scoop Size
Engine
Snow Throwing
Movement Type
Auger Material
Conveniences
Tire Size
Warranty
 
PROS
The powerful 254cc engine allows you to use this tool under any conditions and its high-torque drive ensures a throwing distance of up to 50 feet.
CONS
This snow thrower seems to be quite big.
OUR VERDICT
This Ariens snow blower will be a perfect choice if you need to clean a large territory from snow. The impressive 28"-wide blade will cope with the consequences of any snowfall.
detailed parameters
Scoop Size
28" x 21"
Engine
254cc Ariens AX
Snow Throwing
2-Stage, Snow throwing ~ 50 ft
Movement Type
Self-propelled, 6 forward and 2 reverse speeds
Auger Material
Steel
Conveniences
Electric start, 200-degree rotation steel chute with remote deflector, Heated grip handles, Headlight, Auto-turn steering, Shovel for chute cleaning from snow
Tire Size
16"
Warranty
3-year limited warranty
PROS
Dual LED headlights make clearing the driveway really comfortable in the dark. The adjustable height of the grip handle and the power steering make this snow thrower convenient for any user.
CONS
The tool is rather noisy when it's running.
OUR VERDICT
The ST224P model copes with the snow after the heaviest snowfalls. The 23" high scoop allows removing a thick layer of snow. The tool will be an ideal assistant in snowy areas.
detailed parameters
Scoop Size
24" x 23"
Engine
208cc Husqvarna
Snow Throwing
2-Stage, Snow throwing ~40 ft
Movement Type
Self-propelled, 6 forward and 1 reverse speed
Auger Material
Steel
Conveniences
LED headlight, Heated grip handles, Adjustable handle length, Power steering, 180-degree remote chute rotation with remote deflector, Adjustable auger height, Electric start, Shovel for chute cleaning
Tire Size
15"
Warranty
3-year limited warranty, 5-year engine and auger warranty
PROS
The electric start allows you to start the engine even when the temperature is -20° F. The innovative free-hand control technology makes it possible to drive the snow blower with one hand.
CONS
Assembling the snow blower is quite complicated.
OUR VERDICT
The snow thrower with the best price to quality ratio! This unit manufactured by Briggs & Stratton will be your reliable partner in clearing heavy snow on mid-sized areas.
detailed parameters
Scoop Size
27" x 20"
Engine
250cc Briggs & Stratton
Snow Throwing
2-Stage, Snow throwing ~ 40 ft
Movement Type
Self-propelled, 5 forward and 2 reverse speeds
Auger Material
Steel
Conveniences
Headlight, Free hand control allowing one-hand drive, 180-degree chute rotation with remote deflector, Electric start button
Tire Size
14"
Warranty
3-year limited warranty
PROS
Rubber auger blades make clearing large areas from snow quick and easy. The compact size of the tool allows you to save some space in your garage or shed.
CONS
The snow throwing distance is fairly small.
OUR VERDICT
It is a convenient and compact snow thrower for a quick removal of snow from your yard, driveway or pathway.
detailed parameters
Scoop Size
21" x 13"
Engine
208cc OHV
Snow Throwing
Single-stage, Snow throwing ~15 ft
Movement Type
Not self-propelled
Auger Material
Radial rubber tire
Conveniences
Electric start button, 180-degree chute rotation with remote deflector
Tire Size
8"
Warranty
2-year limited warranty
PROS

The model comes equipped with a special crank allowing you to change the chute direction within 200 degrees right on the go to neatly pile snow just where you need it.

CONS

The unit is a bit hard to push due to smaller wheels.

OUR VERDICT

Packed with decent power and smart technological solutions, this snow thrower boasts excellent performance and wear resistance. Functional and affordable, it’s a reasonable and reliable choice for any average sized household in an area with a harsh to moderately cold climate.

detailed parameters
Scoop Size

22" x 12.5"

Engine

208сс Snow Series™ Engine

Snow Throwing

Single-stage, Snow throwing ~30 ft

Movement Type

Not self-propelled

Auger Material

Thermal plastic urethane

Conveniences

Electric push button start, Auger-assisted drive system, Quick-adjust chute deflector, On-the-go chute rotation

Tire Size

8"

Warranty

3-year limited warranty

Ariens 2Stage DLX Sno-Throw Plow

Impressive Power

Ariens has been one of the world leading producers of anti-snow tools since 1960. Its Deluxe 28 gas snow blower is the mighty tool that can help you clear the largest snowdrifts. It has an immense 28” wide blade allowing you to clean any territory in no time. The manufacturer has designed an extra powerful engine for this snow blower. It can process up to 65 tons of snow in one hour. 14” steel serrated  augers easily break the dense snow or ice. You will not need to do the same job twice. This 2-stage snow blower features the high torque rotor that throws the snow at a distance of 50 feet. It should be mentioned that the Deluxe 28 blower is a self-propelled machine with six forward speeds and two reverse speeds. You can drive this snow blower using just one hand, too! Just steer the tool in the right direction and it will do the rest.

Review of Ariens 2Stage DLX Sno-Throw Plow

Freedom of Movement

Definitely, the power is a priority for a snow blower though the user-friendliness is also important. We would like to emphasize that you do not need any special skills or knowledge to operate it. This blower differs from other machines where you must squeeze a lever or pull a trigger to make a turn and, in addition, adjust the blade position and chute rotation all the time. The Ariens Deluxe 28 blower, in contrast, features the integrated Auto-Turn Steering Technology allowing you to push the tool slightly in the right direction and it will move by itself. It adjusts the wheel differential, too. You will surely like the large 16” directional snow tread tires and reversible steel skid shoes of this snow blower. Many users complain about difficulties with starting the cold engines of their gas snow blowers. You will never have this trouble with the Deluxe 28 blower that has the electric start system reliably functioning under most severe freezing conditions. The manufacturer has also provided this product with heated handles. Although, it is not a big deal but you will enjoy this feature on a cold day. The headlight will add extra comfort when you clear snow at dawn or during the snowfall.  Our opinion about this snow blower is highly positive. It can be the best available tool to clear the snow on a large territory. It is also necessary to say that Ariens has designed the snow blower, which is very efficient and totally user-friendly.

Ariens 2Stage DLX Sno-Throw Plow in the use

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Husqvarna ST224P

Reliable Toiler

Husqvarna is a company from Sweden where people know well how to deal with snow. The company is the market leader in the production of home appliances and commercial tools. Its engineers thoroughly analyze customers’ demands with the objective to create the perfect tools successfully coping with any task. The Husqvarna ST224P gas snow blower is designed to resolve all problems related to snow clearing. It allows you to remove snow from pathways and driveways, clear your yard or parking space. It is powerful enough to handle any task with its 6.3-horsepower engine and the 24-inches wide blade. You can clear a large area quickly and easily with the help of this snow blower. Its improved performance ribbon augers effectively work with snow layers of 2-12 inches thick and its high-torque rotor throws snow and ice mix far away from you. You will also appreciate the adjustable auger elevation allowing you to use the snow blower on the gravel or uneven ground without any damage to the rotor. This feature considerably extends the lifespan of the blower. The appliance is self-propelled and has six forward speeds and one reverse speed. The high maneuverability is ensured by 15” snow-grip X-Trac tires and the differential lock. All in all, the Husqvarna ST224P model is a powerful and reliable snow thrower that any user will appreciate.

Review of Husqvarna ST224P Power Steering Snowthrower

Perfect in Every Detail

Are there any more advantages of the Husqvarna ST224P snow blower apart from its undisputable power? It evidently differs from its predecessors by the power steering technology making its operation easy and comfortable. The operator will also enjoy the heated grip handles in particular if the weather is freezing cold. All the controls are located on a single panel, allowing you to adjust the chute rotation (through 180 degrees) and tilt angle remotely. The handle length is also adjustable, making it comfortable for users of any height. If the snow clogs the chute or sticks to the frame, you can remove it with a small shovel supplied with the snow blower. This accessory is also important for your safety since the auger might be dangerous even if the engine is stopped. All these features make the Husqvarna gas snow blower your reliable assistant when you need to clear snow. Regardless of the intensity of a snowfall in your area, you will always be able to clear your area off snow.

Husqvarna ST224P Power Steering Snowthrower in the use

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Briggs and Stratton 1696619

No Frost Can Stop It

Briggs & Stratton is a famous manufacturer of gas engines with the history of over 100 years. Its engines are used in lawn mowers, tillers, tractors and other special agricultural and construction equipment of other renowned brands. One of the product lines of the company consists of diverse snow blowers and other tools of this type. We have picked the Briggs & Stratton 1696619 for our review. If your area has lots of snow in winter, this gas snow blower with a 27” blade will help you clear the large territory in no time. If the weather is frosty, you might have a problem trying to turn the gas engine on. But it is not true for this appliance. Its 1150 Snow Series™ engine starts with no trouble even if the temperature is as low as -20° F. You can use the electric start or a common starting cord. Anyone can operate this snow blower easily since it features simple and understandable controls and automatic transmission. You should only select one of five available forward speeds or two reverse speeds and steer the blower confidently in the direction you wish. The Free Hand Control ™ technology allows you to steer the snow blower with one hand and use the second one to adjust the chute rotation or control other functions. Many people leave their homes early in the morning and get back from work late at night. It is not convenient to clear snow in the darkness. The bright LED headlight of this snow blower will make the fulfillment of this task much easier for you. The powerful engine, steel frame, and notched auger can even break ice blocks and clear compressed snow from your yard. You will be definitely pleased by the efficiency and ease of use of this Briggs & Stratton 1696619 gas snow blower.

Review of Briggs and Stratton 1696619 Dual-Stage Snow Thrower

History of Snow Clearing

People have been clearing their yards from snow at least since the Middle Ages. However, at that time people used ordinary shovels and brooms. Snow was not regarded as an inconvenience. Roads and pavements were uneven and rough. Snow could make them smoother and more comfortable for travel in sleds and other winter carriages. Many US counties used horse-driven ramming carriages for stamping snow covering the roads in winter. Farmers could transport cargoes on sleds faster and carry more stuff per each trip. But this style of the road improvement became obsolete as soon as people started to pave the roads with stone, cover with asphalt and other materials. A slippery road was dangerous both for pedestrians and vehicles in winter. The first snow-clearing horse carriages were adopted in Milwaukee in 1862. In 1913, snow blowers with gas engines were used on the winter roads in the USA for the first time. These machines looked like a truck and a tractor. Nevertheless, the speed and quality of road clearing have improved significantly. As a result, enthusiasts started to invent small-size mechanisms for use in the private households. They saw a great market opportunity there. The most successful inventor was Arthur Sicard, who is believed to have designed the first self-propelled rotor snow blower in 1925.

Briggs and Stratton 1696619 Dual-Stage Snow Thrower in the use

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Troy-Bilt Squall 2100

The Weather Doesn't Matter

The Troy-Bilt Squall 2100 snow blower is a small tool for clearing small and medium layers (up to 13 inches thick) of snow on driveways and pathways in winter. This compact snow blower features a 4-cycle gas engine, which means it does not require mixing gas with oil (unlike 2-cycle engines). Besides, this technology is more eco-friendly. The blade is wide enough to clear the 21-inch walkway at a single pass. The rubber auger and drift cutters can handle compressed snow and throw it up to 15 feet away. It is sufficiently powerful to clear a parking space for several cars from snow. The auger touches the ground in the operation mode and drives the blower forward. You will have no difficulty steering it. The electric start allows you to turn on the engine even in the extremely frosty weather. You should only plug it into the mains outlet. The remote two-way chute control allows you to rotate the chute within 190 degrees and adjust the direction of snow displacement. The elevation angle, though, should be adjusted manually. All controls are conveniently located on one panel and can be used in mittens or gloves. We believe that this single-stage snow blower will be an ideal choice for a small-size yard. It will be a clever solution for the winter season!

Review of Troy-Bilt Squall 2100 Electric Start Single-Stage Snow Thrower

Company's History

The man who changed the common perception of agricultural activities was С.W. Kelsey. He introduced the first US-made A-1 tiller in 1937. The tiller could easily handle any hard and stony soil. For quite a long time, Troy-Bilt was different from its competitors by its exclusive production of tools with rear-hinged teeth and power wheels. When Mr. Kelsey retired after 26 years with the company, he was replaced by George Done. In 1966, George organized a merger of the company with WATCO with the objective to increase the market share. Troy-Bilt® trademark was registered in 1968 by WATCO Machine Products and after that, the name of Troy-Bilt became particularly popular with gardeners. Later, WATCO changed its name to Garden Way Manufacturing and launched the production of a wide range of gardening tools. In September 2001  Garden Way, Inc. and the Troy-Bilt trademark were acquired by MTD Consumer Group, Inc. Today, the mission of the company is to design, produce, and sell the best products that will help customers all over the world to make their lawns and gardens more beautiful.

Troy-Bilt Squall 2100 Electric Start Single-Stage Snow Thrower in the use

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Briggs and Stratton 1022ER

A Powerful Workhorse in a Compact Body

When winter is just around the corner, it’s high time to get ready for snowy days and check your snow cleaning tools. And even if you don’t have a large shed to store all your equipment, it doesn’t mean you are only down to a snow shovel and can’t go for a full-scale snow throwing machine. A compact gas snow blower from Briggs and Stratton will perfectly suit the needs of an average-sized household and won’t take much space in your garage.

This model is a single-stage thrower, hence the compact size. As any other models in this range, it has a slimmer body and smaller 8” wheels. Normally, single-stage blowers are not self-propelled to prevent unwanted cleaned surface damages and the 1022ER is not an exception. However, due to a smaller size and more lightweight design, you’ll have no problem handling it. And thanks to oversized controls, you’ll operate the machine without a hitch even when wearing gloves.

What’s more, despite its compactness, this machine offers pretty powerful performance and stands out for high cleaning efficiency. All of this is achieved owing to some simple yet clever technological solutions the model comes complete with. Under the hood is a branded four-stroke gas engine with 208cc displacement. It’s a Snow Series engine designed to flawlessly operate under extremely low temperatures (up to 20 degrees below zero) and harsh conditions. An electric start button will ensure smooth start every time while an auger-assisted drive system delivers down-to-pavement cleaning. Besides, made of durable thermal plastic, the SnowShredder auger boasts a highly wear-resistant design with serrated surfaces to chop through thick snow layers with ease and rubberized edges for better cleaning and easier unit propelling. So, neither a heavy snow blanket nor compacted icy layers can scare this little snow fighter.

Review of Briggs and Stratton 1022ER Single Stage Snowthrower Snow Thrower

Blow It Your Way

To make your yard rather a neat and clean space with perfectly cleared driveways, sidewalks and entries than a kind of battle field with big snow piles here and there, the best recommendation of experienced snow blower operators is to blow snow in different directions and throw it far. With the Brigg and Stratton 1022ER, you can easily customize the blowing performance as directed. A large plastic chute features a special crank mechanism to turn the chute within a 200-degree radius and discharge snow in different directions. What’s more, you can do it right on the go by pushing a control button on the handle. Other than that, to change the throwing height and the blowing distance (up to 30 feet), it is enough to simply squeeze an adjustable chute deflector.

Summing up, this compact and functional snow thrower from Brigg and Stratton distinguished by a well-thought design will become a solid choice for any home owner limited in storage space and in need of a reliable snow cleaner.

Briggs and Stratton 1022ER Single Stage Snowthrower Snow Thrower in the use

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What Is a Gas Snow Blower?

Winter is a wonderful season when you can wallow in the snow, sled from hills or play snowballs. It is a pleasure to walk along the pathways covered in snow and listen to its crunching under your feet. The landscape is snow-white all around. But all these pleasures of winter do not always please owners of detached houses who have to clear their yards, driveways, and roofs from snow. It is not an easy task! That is why it is recommended to acquire a snow blower. A gas blower might be a perfect solution if you have to clear a large area of snow. Usually, this tool is equipped with a notched auger which grinds snow and ice and throws them through the chute up to 20 feet away or even further. The vast choice of gas snow blowers available today allows you to select an appropriate model for using in a private household or for commercial utilization like cleaning driveways and parking lots near shops and supermarkets. We have selected 5 best gas snow blowers on the market today.

If you have a house, you should take care of the surroundings all the year round. It is not sufficient to have just a snow blower for winter, you will need many other tools for various works around your house. In autumn, when leaves change color and fall, you definitely need to use a leaf blower or backpack blower.

Best Gas Snow Blowers 2017

What Features to Compare

Power Output and Effectiveness

First of all, it is recommended to check the power output and effectiveness of a snow blower in order to make the right choice. The effectiveness is measured according to several criteria. The first one is the engine power: the higher it is, the higher the auger rotation speed is, the faster the auger clears snowdrifts, and the higher the snow throwing distance is. The most powerful blowers easily remove even the ice-coated snow. It is also recommended to check the scoop size and blade width. These features determine how much time you need to spend on removing the snow. The larger your yard is, the bigger blade your snow blower should have.

Mode of Operation

There are two types of gas snow blowers differing by the mode of operation. There are single-stage and 2-stage gas snow blowers. Single-stage snow blowers have an auger that grabs snow and throws it away through the chute. These tools are used to clear snowdrifts up to 15 inches thick. The augers of single-stage tools touch the ground hence it is not recommended to use them on graveled surfaces. The augers of such snow throwers have either plastic or rubber paddles to increase their durability. The 2-stage models feature steel augers that take the snow (and ice) in, then the rotor grinds it, and throws the mix through the chute. The augers in these blowers don't contact the ground and can be used on any surface including gravel and concrete.

Convenience

The choice of a gas snow blower also depends on the convenience since these tools are usually heavy and bulky. Some of them are self-propelled, the others are not. Self-propelled snow blowers have a transmission and can move on their own. A user should only control and steer these snow blowers. The whole process of snow clearing is much easier and more comfortable then. Non-self-propelled tools are cheaper but require a considerable physical effort to operate them. More than that, there are many other convenient features that make your work with a snow blower simple. Headlights will help you work when it is already dark. Power steering will increase the agility and maneuverability of a snow thrower. You will also like a remote deflector or a joystick control of the chute. A cold start of the engine can be a real problem if your snow blower does not have an electric start. However, it is recommended to have both an electric start button and a cord starter that will be useful if you do not have access to the mains.

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