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Snow Blower vs. Snow Thrower: What's the difference?
While they essentially perform the same task, snow blowers and snow throwers are, in fact, two different things.
A snow thrower is a single-stage machine, meaning it uses a rotating auger to pick up snow and cast it out of the shoot in one continuous motion.
A snow blower, on the other hand, works in two stages. Similar to a snow thrower, it uses a rotating auger to scoop up snow, but rather than immediately shooting it out, it feeds the snow into an impeller (a powerful fan) which blows it out of the chute.
Take the pain out of snow removal with this reviewer-loved snow thrower from Snow Joe. The snow thrower features a powerful 15-amp motor that can move up to 720 lbs of snow per minute, making walkway, driveway and sidewalk clean-up a breeze.
Its durable four-blade rotor is made from heavy-grade steel and can cut through a full 18-inch wide by 10-inch deep swath of snow with each pass.
The snow thrower comes equipped with a 180-degree adjustable discharge chute that can throw snow up to 25-feet in your preferred direction. It has a bright headlight to clear paths day or night and requires no gas, oil or maintenance; plus, Amazon shoppers can enjoy a two-year warranty for peace of mind.
What people are saying
With more than 4,000 reviews, Amazon shoppers "can't believe how good" the Snow Joe is at clearing snow.
"It should have died," given what I put it through, writes one reviewer, noting that they have plowed through ice, hardback snow, light powder, ploughed snow and this machine "it does it all."
"I can't believe how good it is," they continue. I have even "converted some friends away" from a gas snowblower after they "saw this little thing in action."
It's the "best gift to myself ever," raves another reviewer. It "cuts [shovelling] down to almost nothing." It takes half the time as a "gas guzzler" and is "way faster" than shovelling by hand. "[My neighbours] look on in envy."
While the Snow Joe snow thrower has earned an average rating of four stars or higher for easy assembly, maneuverability, and its lightweight build, some shoppers say it has issues with "scooping and flinging" wet, heavy snow.
It's "definitely right for most situations," but "clogs more easily" with heavier snow.
It does the "job extremely well with lighter snow," however, it's a bit small for "any snowfall over six to seven inches," writers another shopper. With that being said, it's still more cost-effective than "maintaining a gas thrower."
While an investment at $250, Amazon reviewers say they "can't believe how good" the Snow Joe thrower is and call it the "best gift" you can give yourself this winter. However, before you head to checkout, some users note the snow thrower can have a tough time with heavier, wet snow, something to keep in mind depending on your needs.
The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.