5 Best Cheap Snow Blowers to Help You Dig Out

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BUDGET SNOW THROWERS GET THE JOB DONE

With the epic winter storm Juno hitting the Northeast, shoveling snow is going to be a particularly back-breaking effort during the next few days. A cheap snow blower, a.k.a. snow thrower, can make the job a whole lot easier for as little as $100. Cheapsim.com identified five worthy contenders.

TORO POWER CLEAR 518 ZE (STARTING AT $399)

The Toro Power Clear is small but mighty, reviewers say, and should handle blizzard amounts of snow without choking. The gas-powered 99cc engine throws snow up to 25 feet and clears an 18-inch path. The 210-degree chute rotation is the widest among Cheapism's picks. This model features an electric start; a slighter cheaper model with a recoil start is also available.

GREENWORKS 26032 (STARTING AT $160)

This GreenWorks snow thrower features a lot of power in a small package. It's an electric snow blower with a 12-amp motor and a discharge shoot that adjusts 180 degrees. It can clear a 20-inch path and throw snow 20 feet. Users like the three-height adjustable handlebar and the 8-inch radial wheels for easy maneuverability.

TORO POWER SHOVEL 38361 (STARTING AT $99)

The Toro Power Shovel isn't meant for heavy-duty clearing of, say, mega-size drifts on a driveway. Still, users report that it hands-down beats a regular shovel for smaller areas with up to 6 inches of snow. The lightest and cheapest model on Cheapism's list, this electric snow shovel comes with a 7.5-amp motor, clears a 12-inch path, and throws snow up to 20 feet straight ahead.

WORX WG650 (STARTING AT $230)

The Worx WG650 electric snow thrower can clear an 18-inch path while hurling snow up to 30 feet through a chute that rotates 180 degrees. Despite its 27-pound weight, reviewers say it's easy to maneuver and light enough to hoist into a truck or car. This model features a 13-amp motor and a height-adjustable handlebar.

CRAFTSMAN 88780 (STARTING AT $500)

This Craftsman snow thrower can cut a 21-inch path through deep drifts with a 13-inch intake. It features a chute that rotates 190 degrees and a 179cc engine that runs on gasoline. Consumers hesitant about the recoil start can turn to the snow blower's electric start, although reviews say that's rarely necessary. (Note: Avoid using on gravel or very bumpy surfaces.)