Are Snow Blowers Self Propelled?
Snow throwers go a long way to save homeowners and industries a significant amount of time when it comes clearing snow from their compounds. There are different types of snow blowers in the market; single stage gas, single stage electric, two-stage gas and three stage gas machines. However, getting the best quality machine is a something every consumer wants.
What Makes The Equipment Unique?
1. Makes Work Easier
Different operating mechanism of this equipment is what differentiates the many types of snow blowers in the markets. Two-stage snow throwers are usually self-propelled; meaning you do not need to push it. To aid in self-propulsion, they have large wheels, equipped with tyre chains. Tyre chains go a long way in helping operators remove more snow without necessarily pushing the massive machine around a foot pile of snow.
Self-propelled snow blowers offer excellent snow clearing capacity compared to single-stage snow throwers. They have one or more low-speed metal augers, which help in breaking up of snow that exceeds 8 inches in height. After breaking up snow, the metal augers move it into a separate high-speed impeller or fan, which blows snow out of the discharge chute with a massive force.
The good thing about the self-propulsion mechanism is that, when the blower is used on gravel or concrete driveway, the auger is not exposed to the surface. Due to this massive blowing force, a self-propelled blower has a larger and wider drill, to protect the discharge chute and auger in the first place. The large and full auger makes them demand for a bigger storage space.
Moreover, self-propelled blowers allow for direction change. They allow the operator to disengage the original drive wheels from the engine. For the expensive self-propelled blowers, they come with handlebar triggers, which enable operators to maneuver the machine quickly around the compound without necessarily stopping the machine when in use.
They are usually single purpose tools, but in most times, the clearance components are replaceable. Operators can attach other implements; for example rotary tillers, to go about other cleaning activities. It is for this reason that you will find self-propelled snow blowers in airports, large demand municipalities and heavy-duty contractors. This is because they can efficiently clear tons of snow, with minimal time while meeting the highest safety standards like preserving the tarmac and runways.
Vital Features in a Self-Propelled Blower
- Single-handed Drive Lever – Self-propelled snow blowers come with a single drive wheel and auger control lever. The other lever controls the chute.
- Drive Disengagement – It allows the operator to steer the machine, by quickly disconnecting with either or both wheel, when the machine is in use.
- Deadman Control – It is a critical safety feature that stops the augers from spinning when you release the handlebar grip controls of the machine.
However, not all snow blowers are self-propelled. For example, single stage blowers require operators to push them around when clearing the snow. Two stage blowers, with many using a self-propelled operating mechanism, have more muscle and five or six forward speeds to cut through huge tons of snow quickly. They are quite heavy machines hence, the self-propulsion feature, and may need regular engine maintenance.