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Snow is pretty and even the biggest winter muffle doesn't leave it completely cold when the first flakes fall. But at the latest when it piles up several centimeters, the white splendor becomes annoying. Home and landowners have to ask themselves: How do you get driveways and sidewalks free quickly and without a lot of work? The snow blower is an alternative to the snow shovel and shovel. In this article we use an algorithm to determine 42 Petrol, electric and cordless snow blowers are the price-performance winners. Make the best deal with the petrol snow blower Fuxtec SF 210 for round 550 Euro. Cheap snow blowers for simple work are available from 43 Euro. In the video we show you what you should pay attention to when shoveling snow.

In this post you read: We start with a general explanation of snow blowers, followed by our recommendations of the price-performance winners from the categories petrol and electrical Snow blower both mentioning (but not a recommendation) a cordless snow blower. The basis for the evaluation are manufacturer data and the analysis tool “NLPP” from Saphirion. We then explain how we calculate the price-performance ratio. Then we explain the differences between gasoline and electric snow blowers. Then we go into the general purchase advice. To conclude, our tips for snow blower and a few lines for renting and renting a snow blower.

What is a snow blower?

A snow blower is a device about the size of a lawnmower. Your task is to draw in large amounts of snow, possibly shred it and then throw it out in a direction where the snow does not interfere. Many models are self-propelled, so you only have to steer them and not push them. In private use, such a device is ideal for clearing sidewalks and driveways quickly and easily over a large area.

Usually you get snow blowers with a petrol engine or electric motor. Hybrids are also available, where different motors take care of drive and milling. Electric snow blowers require a cable connection to an electrical outlet, unless they have a battery, while petrol snow blowers primarily work wirelessly. Each device type has its advantages and disadvantages.

If you are not familiar with the terms in the following table, you will find explanations below in the purchase advice.

snow blower 2020: Recommended products according to price-performance

Fuxtec SF 210 (Petrol) Lumag SFR – 110 Pro (petrol) Güde GESF 400 (electrical) Güde GESF 570 (electrical)

Calculated Price (NLPP)

1.438 Euro

. 4 460 Euro

152 Euro

249 Euro

Actual price

550 Euro

1.045 Euro

43 Euro

150 Euro

Power kW)

5.5 kW

9 kW

1.6 kW

2.0 kW

working width

60 cm

108 cm

40 cm

57 cm

Max. Working height

51 cm

51 cm

16 cm

22 cm

self-propelled

Wheel

Wheel

No

Wheel

tank capacity

3.6 liters

5.5 liters

Weight

78 kg

150 kg

14, 5 kg

21, 5 kg

Max. Throw

9 m

15 m

4 m

5 m

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Price-performance recommendation petrol snow blowers: Fuxtec SF 210

  • Source: Fuxtec

    Fuxtec SF 210

    All-rounder with solid performance and work area, but without any special extras.

Benefits
Very g ünstig
Electric and cable start
Solid middle class
Disadvantage
No work light
No special extras

At the top of our calculation is the SF 210 – gasoline snow thrower from the Baden-Württemberg manufacturer Fuxtec. This model offers with 60 x 51 centimeters a good working window and should have enough power with its 7.5 HP motor and ice-blowing function to get through solid snow and close it up to nine meters toss. The two-stage milling system can be started either by cable or electrically. The tank holds 3.6 liters, which should take about an hour of work. The basic values ​​of the snow blower are rock solid, but the model lacks extras: you will not find any work lights, handle heating or a folding handle. It is also with 78 kg quite difficult – which is not least due to the steel auger.

According to our NLPP calculation based on the manufacturer's data, the Fuxtec SF 210 based on the given data around 1. 440 Euro cost. The current price is only 550 Euro. We explain how we arrive at the calculated result in a later chapter.

Alternative: Lumag SFR- 110Per

If you need a little more strength, we recommend the Lumag SFR- 110Per. This offers all the extras, a large tank, and can snow up to impressive 15 Throw meters. Working height and width (51 x 108 cm) are also huge. The machine costs around 1. 045 Euro, according to our calculation, dealers would even use 4. 460 Euro not too much to ask.

Price-performance recommendation for electric snow blowers: Güde GESF 400

  • Schneefräse GESF 400

    Source: bestcheck.de

    snow blower GESF 400

    Only intended for simple work , but cheap and light.

Benefits
Attractively priced
Folding handle
Disadvantage
Only suitable for light work
plastic wheels

From heavy gasoline all-rounder to Light electric bargains: With an output of 1.6 kW, no self-propulsion and a working height of 16 cm is the Güde GESF 400 only for light work g uitable. The single-stage milling system throws snow a maximum of four meters away. In addition, the plastic wheels are quite small and have hardly any profile. For this, the device only weighs 14, 5 kg. As a result, the Güde snow blower can be used above all where you could shovel with a shovel, but where your physical condition does not allow it. In addition, the device is really cheap.

According to our NLPP calculation based on the manufacturer's data, the Güde GESF 400 based on the data given 150 cost Euro. The current price is only 43 Euro. We explain how we arrive at the calculated result in a later chapter.

Alternative: Güde GESF 570

The Güde GESF 570 . This snow blower is the best equipped in the price-performance ranking with 2 kW nominal power. Working width and height are compared to the GESF 400 grown and this one-stage model also offers self-propulsion. The machine costs around 150 Euro, our calculated price is 250 Euro.

Cordless snow blowers: AL-KO ST 4048 EnergyFlex solo

  • ST 4048 Solo Akku-Schneefräse EnergyFlex

    Source: bestcheck.de

    ST 4048 Solo cordless snow blower EnergyFlex

    Measure sensibly ne cordless snow blower for simple work – but you have to buy the battery and charger separately.

Benefits
Acceptable working window
Foldable handlebar and work light

We could only make out a few cordless snow blowers for which the manufacturer's instructions were sufficient to meet our price-performance calculation. But all devices have one thing in common: at best, they are only suitable for narrow snow packs. The AL-KO ST 4048 EnergyFlex solo is with 13, 5 kg quite light and should be so even without self-propulsion can be used well in nooks and crannies – or if your own strength is not sufficient for shoveling snow The working window is 48 x 20 cm and you get a foldable handlebar and a work light as useful extras. The specified maximum throw range is six meters. With 90 dB volume, the machine should be comparatively quiet

According to our NLPP calculation based on the manufacturer's data, the AL-KO ST 4048 EnergyFlex solo based on the given data round 190 cost euros. The street price is 200 Euro. In addition, we would like to clearly point out that the device does not include a battery or a charger – the costs are around 170 Euro. The fact that the energy supply is sold separately seems to be common practice among manufacturers. We could not find a real price-performance recommendation for cordless snow blowers.

A two-stage snow blower chops the snow and blows it out again using a blower. Image: Getty Images / iStock, Astrid 860

This is how we calculate the price-performance ranking

For the calculation we use NLPP . That stands for “non-linear performance pricing”. The software of the same name from Saphirion algorithmically determines a price-performance rating based on product properties – in this case consisting of manufacturer information – and prices. To put it more simply, she answers the question: “How much should this product actually cost?” Results can be that a branded product is exposed as too expensive. But even Spartan and inexpensive products do not necessarily perform well. The algorithm determines important and unimportant features based on the data basis and assigns a weight to them for the final formula calculation. It may turn out that a cheap model is packed with features, but they are not all general price drivers. The keyword “price driver” is very important here: the algorithm does not evaluate how important, for example, the work light is for the user, but only how much effect an existing work light has or should have on the price.

Of course we check what the program throws out for plausibility. If necessary, we use the option of manually marking properties as important. We also check the results of the price-performance evaluation again and judge whether the recommendation makes sense.

The following product properties were ultimately important for the price-performance calculation:

  • Power kW)
  • working width (cm)
  • working height (cm)
  • Self-propelled present?
  • Fireplace ejection available?
  • Caterpillar drive available?
  • Wheel drive available?
  • Cable start system available?
  • Folding handlebar available?
  • Work light available?
  • Electric start available?
  • Handle heating available?
  • tank capacity (l)
  • Weight (kg)
  • Max. Throwing distance (m)

All tested models: Fuxtec SF 210 Petrol snow blower, Lumag SFR – 110 Per petrol snow blower, Güde GESF 400 (94569), McCulloch ST 53, McCulloch ST 53 E, pike 9181 E, Güde GESF 570 (94565), McCulloch MSB 121, vidaXL 140217, AL-KO SnowLine 620 EII (112935), Lumag SFR – 80, Kärcher STH 10. 76 W (1. 335 – 203. 0), Grizzly ESF 2046 L, AL-KO SnowLine 46 E electric snow blower ( 112932), MTD M 56, Kärcher STH5. 56 W (1. 335 – 101. 0), AL-KO SnowLine 46 E (112932), pike 9555, AL-KO SnowLine 560 II (112933), Güde GSF 300 4PS (94572), Texas Snow Buster ST 1300, Alpina AS – 45 E (18280142) Lumag SFR – 65, Lumag SFK – 80, AL-KO ST 4048 EnergyFlex solo (113591), pike 9123, pike 9554, Lumag SFK – 90 Pro, McCulloch ST 76 EP, Husqvarna ST 121 E, Stiga ST 4851 AE solo (18 – 2861 – 31), McCulloch PM 55, pike 8616, Wolf-Garten Select SF 56 (31 A 32 AD 650), pike 9201 E, Kärcher STH8. 66 W (1. 335 – 201. 0), Güde GESF 260 (94567), AL-KO SnowLine 620 II (112934), Stiga ST 8051 AE solo, Rolektro RSF – 2000 GS, Alpina AS 5148 Li solo (18281141)

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Differences between electric and petrol

Gasoline engines are the battleships under the snow blowers. They are large and heavy, but offer enough power, depending on the engine power, to also powder frozen snow over a large area. In addition, with a petrol engine you are not tied to the range of the socket or have to wait for the battery to be fully charged. The disadvantage is that these devices are difficult to control, especially in winding areas. Also, not everyone has the power to start the device with a cable, these models are the most maintenance-intensive, take up most of the space and are by far the loudest.

One electric snow blower is the exact opposite of a petrol engine: the engine power is usually designed for everyday snowfall and not for a winter catastrophe. The devices are a bit quieter, smaller, lighter and therefore easier to use. The electric snow blowers also start at the push of a button. For this, models without a battery must always be connected to the power line by cable. This makes electric snow blowers a good alternative near buildings, for example in housing estates, or for winding application areas.

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What to ask before buying

Before you buy a snow blower, you should consider a few points – after all, the most powerful and beefy model may not be suitable for your property at all. That is why we would like to give you a list of questions that you should definitely answer for yourself:

  • Is a snow blower really necessary?

    A snow blower takes up a lot of space and even the best one doesn't do all the work for you. Only buy a snow blower if snow shoveling is not an option or it is really worth it for the area.
  • Which snow should be milled?

    The easiest task for a snow blower is fresh snow and powder snow. If, on the other hand, frozen, heavy or muddy snow is also to be milled, you need a larger caliber.
  • How quickly should the work be done?

    When it comes to speed, engine power as well as working width and height play a role. If the evacuation does not have to be finished in five to ten minutes in the morning, you may also be able to use a weaker but more compact device.
  • Are there slopes on the property?

    Weaker models may not make it up the mountain anymore. A wide selection of courses can help here.
  • Is the milling surface angled?

    Electric snow blowers are often easier and easier to maneuver.
  • Where should the snow blower stay?

    A snow blower is not in use most of the year and should be kept protected from the weather. So you have to make sure that you have enough space for such a device.
  • Who is the weakest person to operate the router?

    The pull starter of a petrol engine sets is a challenge and requires muscle strength. If the weakest person who is to operate the milling machine does not get the engine started, you should look for another model. An electric starter can help here, but an outlet must also be available.
  • Which floor types should be used for milling?

    Depending on the material type of the milling unit, the floor can be damaged. Artificial turf, for example, is a sensitive victim here. So determine in advance which substrates the snow blower is recommended for.
Depending on the area of ​​application, different weight classes are useful. Image: Hecht, Kärcher

What to look for when buying

In addition to these basic questions, there are some other factors that you should pay attention to when buying – or that are just useful to know. Above all, we always recommend a test drive before buying, if that is possible. So you can check the controls and get a feel for the device.

  • horsepower

    The engine power of a petrol snow blower is usually given in horsepower. Depending on the application, more or less horsepower is of course required – 6 to 11 PS are good guidelines for private use , Another output is in kilowatts. The models we tested start at 1.3 kW and end at 9 kW. 6 HP corresponds to about 4.4 kW, 11 PS about 8 kW.
  • Multiple courses

    Depending on the amount of snow and slope, a detailed gear shift can make work easier and even accelerate , Four gears should be enough, but a reverse gear should definitely be there.
  • Material of the auger

    Sure: A metal auger usually bites better through frozen snow than plastic or rubber. But if you are milling on sensitive soil, a softer material may be more advisable. Not to forget that metal also contributes to a higher weight.
  • fuel consumption

    It depends on the performance and weight of the snow blower, how much petrol the engine uses. Roughly, however, you can consume 1.5 liters for 20 to 30 calculate minutes. Calculate the most suitable tank size with a small buffer. Because if possible the tank should always be full so that no condensed water forms in it.
  • fuel tank

    plastic or metal? The type of petrol tank also has advantages and disadvantages. A metal tank rusts and can get dented, but is usually more durable than a plastic tank that could break. But plastic is lighter and reduces the total weight.
  • automatic hydrostatic drive

    An automatic hydrostatic drive is usually uncomplicated to maintain and has a high degree of efficiency, so you get a comfortable drive for your snow blower that should not cause any problems.
  • differential lock

    Snow blowers are especially in ice, snow and slippery conditions used where it can be that the wheels spin. A differential lock compensates for this difference, so that the drive can continue to move even on difficult ground.
  • Single or two-stage snow blower?

    Simple models offer a one-step system. Here the snow is transported directly from the auger into the chimney and flung away. This makes the device cheaper, but is hardly suitable for more than loose fresh snow. A two-stage system crushes the snow in the first step and directs it to a rotor or blower that ejects it. As a rule, single-stage models are only suitable for very simple work where a shovel does – so only recommended if you cannot shovel snow on your own.
  • One-handed operation is standard

    Usually you only need to operate a self-propelled snow blower with one hand. The second hand should be free so that you can, for example, adjust the chute's ejection direction or shift gears.
  • caterpillar or wheel?

    In most cases, a wheel drive is completely sufficient. If you are not sure whether a bike with a low profile is sufficient for the amount of snow at home, you should check whether snow chains can also be attached to the wheels. A caterpillar drive may only be necessary if the place of use is particularly impassable and has gradients.
  • ejection direction of the chimney

    In many models, the fireplace can be turned far enough to the side. If you rarely have to turn the fireplace, a manual mechanism is sufficient. If you have to work in angled areas, an electric chimney mechanism that can be turned using a joystick is worthwhile.
  • Assembly

    A snow blower does not necessarily arrive ready for use at home. Make sure that you have the necessary know-how to be able to assemble your device. Electric models are usually easier to handle here than the petrol variants. You can almost always take a look at the instructions on the manufacturer's website. So you can estimate how complicated the structure will be.
  • Maximum throwing distance

    Manufacturers usually state the maximum throwing distance of the milled snow. This refers to powder snow. For slush, however, you have to subtract a few meters from the specified value.
  • work light

    A work light can be very practical if you want to clear snow in the morning or evening. However, some manufacturers install the lamp behind the fireplace, so that it mainly illuminates the ejection and not the path in front of you. A side-mounted light is more practical. LED lamps are also usually more durable than halogen lamps.
  • grip heater

    On and a handle heater is a nice idea in itself, but with this feature you will also rarely mill completely without gloves – at work a lot of snow will fly around, which lands on the bare back of the hand, where the heater does not get there.
  • maintenance plan

    Every snow blower needs to be serviced, so that she will continue to do her work the following winter. Each model usually comes with a maintenance schedule, which you should also consider. Petrol milling machines in particular want to be maintained, but electrical variants are usually less involved.
  • Manual snow blower

    There are also snow blowers without a motor, the shape of which resembles manual lawnmowers. Although these are suitable for very low snow cover, a shovel usually does better.
  • Cordless snow blowers without battery or charger

    A pure cordless snow blower may often seem very cheap – many devices without self-propulsion cost around 200 Euro. However, it seems common for these devices to be sold without a battery or charger. However, this almost doubles the price. In terms of price-performance ratio, these devices lag far behind all others and are therefore only recommended if you have to completely exclude a petrol engine or an electric snow blower when buying.

Snow Blower Tips

When using your snow blower, you should always consult the operating instructions first – this guarantees correct use. However, some models may not give any active tips about rudimentary safety instructions. Here are our four most important pieces of advice on snow cutting:

  1. Often a thin blanket of snow remains after work. You should brush them away with a broom, otherwise this snow cover will freeze over and become a danger of slipping.
  2. Never reach into the auger! If a foreign body gets stuck in the device, use a stick or a similar tool to remove it.
  3. Even if your snow blower has a reverse gear, you should only use it when it is really necessary. When walking backwards, you could easily stumble and your feet could get into the auger.
  4. Always work in the wind direction if possible. As a result, the ejected snow does not blow against you.

Rent snow blowers

Snow blowers are usually only needed a few days a year. Such a device costs a lot of money, takes up space all year round and also has to be serviced. If you only want to save yourself from shoveling snow after a heavy onset of winter, you can often borrow a snow blower. There are both private providers and professional machine rental services. An internet search with the “borrow snow blower” and your place of residence usually gets you to your destination quickly. It can also be worthwhile to inquire at your hardware store – many offer rental equipment.

But keep in mind that you have to transport the device to the place of use first. As soon as your driveway is snowed in, this becomes a problem – it means: act with foresight.

If you should buy your own snow blower, you can of course turn the tables and do that Rent the device to your neighbors. How to get part of the purchase price back in.

Rian Voß

Rian Voß

Rian Voß always has the latest developments in graphics cards and CPUs in view k and writes about everything that conjures up pretty pictures on the monitor. His other passion is household electronics: from simple kettles to smart vacuum robots, he tests what makes everyday life easier.

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