The Poulan Pro PR621 (starting at $420) is one of the most powerful single-stage gas snow blowers available in the cheap price range. A Poulan Pro PR621 review on Home Depot claims it has at least as much power as pricier models. It makes quick work of 6 or so inches of powdery snow and throws a good distance, according to reviews on Amazon, but struggles with heavy snow at depths exceeding a couple of inches; one user, though, says it cleared away snow that had been compacted under a car. Consumers assert the PR621 starts on the first or second pull of the cord and is easy to maneuver, even for a female reviewer who weighs 100 pounds -- although she concedes that her husband moves along at a faster clip.
But complaints abound about poor design. Numerous Poulan Pro PR621 reviews report that snow throwers ordered online arrive covered in factory-added oil that leaked due to an ill-fitting cap. Users also gripe that the snow blower guzzles gas, the wheels are too small, vibrations loosen blots and screws, and snow blows back from under the unit, which doesn't clear down to the surface. (Follow up with a shovel, one review advises.)
The Poulan Pro PR621 sports a hefty 208cc four-cycle engine (no mixing of oil and gas needed). This is a single-stage model, so confine its use to paved or smooth surfaces. It weighs 90 pounds, cuts a 21-inch path, and has a 13-inch intake. The chute rotates 200 degrees, the fuel tank holds one gallon, and it sports a headlight. The engine on the Poulan Pro PR621 has more heft than most in this price range and some consumers consider it a good buy, especially for regions where medium snowfalls are the norm. But the absence of a backup electric start and negative reports about design and assembly keep it from earning a spot on our list. There are better budget-priced gas snow blowers out there.