5 Best Cheap Snow Blowers to Help You Dig Out

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.)
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