A Closer Look at Snow Blower Parts

By Ross Bainbridge

You can maximize efficiency, dependability and ease of use with a number of snow blower parts.

A heavy-duty cover will protect your snow blower when not in use.

Drift Cutters
If you want to create sharp, aesthetically pleasing edges to your snow banks, either buy a snow blower that has a built-in drift cutter or buy a conversion kit. These are also known as drift breakers.

Electric Starters
There are two kinds of starters: Electric and recoil. Electric uses a simple button, while recoil uses a cord that you yank. Some starters use a combination of the two. You can convert recoil starters to electric by getting an electric starter kit. They are available for both two-cycle and four-cycle engines.

The Benefits of Electric Snow Blowers

By Ross Bainbridge

Electric snow blowers are just the thing to buy if you live in a region that never gets more than 6 to 10 inches per snowfall.

Electric snow blowers don’t rely on gasoline for power. Rather, they utilize a 6- to 12-amp cord, which you can plug into a regular wall outlet up to 150 feet away. They’re highly maneuverable in tight spaces, but you must always be aware of the cord because accidentally slicing through it can be a safety hazard. As with all snow blowers, it is recommended that only adults use them.

All electric snow blowers are single-stage units. This means there is only one auger for both scooping and throwing snow. The auger is a spindle with two or more curved blades or paddles spanning the width of the snow blower, rolling above and parallel to the ground. The high-speed auger of a single-stage machine eats snow and sends it flying up and out of the chute or vane.

The Emergence of the Snow Blower

By Ross Bainbridge

The first snow blower was built in 1925 to clear snow-covered roads in rural Canada. Designed by farmer and road contractor Arthur Sicard, this first snow blower resembled a wheat combine, with two rotating blades on the front and a long chute that hurled the snow to one side. Variations on this first machine eventually proved it to be a vital implement for all road contractors, airports, and railroads around the world.

In 1951, Toro introduced the domestic push snow blower, cementing the machine’s place as one of the most important back-saving devices ever created. Today, even the smallest, lightest, and least expensive domestic snow blowers can effortlessly clear 300 pounds of snow per minute and throw snow 20 feet away. A strong man with a good shovel would no doubt collapse under such competition. Even a top-of-the-line snow blower can eat snow at the rate of almost two tons per minute along a three-foot path and launch the snow a staggering 45 feet!

Reduce Costs And Increase Comfort This Winter

(NAPSI)-Winter is approaching and it’s time to prepare your home for the cold temperatures, snow, ice and windy conditions. Once cold air moves in, it doesn’t take long for heating costs to skyrocket, and stocking your home with essential supplies will better prepare you and your family for the winter months ahead. Many factors need to be considered when choosing how to winterize your home, particularly safety and efficiency.

Purchase items that will save energy costs and keep the area in and around your home safe. According to Discovery.com, the average winter temperature in the United States is 35 degrees. Falling temperatures lead to rising heating bills, but by winterizing your home properly, you can reduce winter energy costs. Every home should have a few basic essentials on hand to help keep costs down and increase safety. Have these items handy and take stock of your winter supplies early and often, so you don’t have to fight the crowds and the weather.

  • Snow Shovel. Buy a shovel that is light and sturdy. Keep your walkways and driveways clear of snow. When shoveling, do not overexert yourself and lift heavy snow by bending at the knees so you do not injure your back.
  • Salt. Make sure that you have a bag of salt available throughout the winter to throw down on your walkways and driveways in order to melt snow and prevent icing. Keeping high traffic areas clear lessens the chance of slipping and falling.
  • Window Roll-On Kits. Use window roll-on kits to keep the warm air inside and the cold air out. Duck® brand’s Roll-On Window Insulator Kits are easy to install, and have a pre-taped edge for easy adhesion.
  • Outlet Covers. Place covers on all electrical outlets. One place heat escapes and cold air enters the house is through uninsulated outlets. Place Duck® brand Socket Sealers directly behind the cover plate to easily increase energy savings in your home.
  • Weatherseals. The majority of heat escapes the home through gaps around doors and windows. Seal off these areas with a weatherseal to block these openings and seal heat inside the home. The Duck® brand provides a complete line of self-adhesive rubber weatherseals that come in five different varieties to effectively block any size gap. Make sure the surface is clean before you apply to ensure the seal sticks firmly in place.
  • Water Heater Blanket. Insulate your water heater with a water heater blanket. These blankets can reduce operating costs up to 15 percent. Be sure, however, that you note which blankets are appropriate for your specific water heater model.
  • Automatic Thermostat. Programming the thermostat allows the unit to turn off while you are sleeping or are away from home. This will help reduce energy costs while keeping your family comfortable at home.
  • Doormats. Place doormats inside each entrance to your home, making a space to dry wet shoes and boots. This will keep the floors dry and help to prevent slipping.

Most of these items are affordable and available at your local superstore. A well-thought-out winterization plan will not only ensure you have everything you need for winter, but you will also have more time to enjoy your favorite cold weather pastimes in your warm, cozy home. It is never too early or too late to protect your home, your bills and your family from the severe weather.

To learn more about these and other Duck brand home energy efficiency products, visit the Web site at www.duckproducts.com or call 1-800-321-0253.

There are a number of steps homeowners can take to save energy during the winter.