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Let it snow!

3 types of electric snowblowers to meet your winter needs


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It’s beginning to look a lot like winter. As temperatures linger below freezing and the snow continues to fall, you’ll need your snow shovels and snowblowers to get through the next few months. If you live in a snow belt, you may already have a favourite gas-powered snowblower. But did you know there are also a variety of electric-powered options? 


Electric snowblowers are compact, lightweight and typically powered by a lithium battery. They’re available in corded and cordless models, and they’re ideal for clearing light snow or smaller areas, like sidewalks and pathways. Here are some electric snow removal tools that you may not have tried and the best ways to use them.



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1. Cordless snowblowers


As technology advances, battery-powered cordless blowers continue to improve in power and duration. This type of snowblower uses a motor and a chute to clear your driveway of up to 12 inches without the limitations of a cord.

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2. Corded snowblowers


If you’re looking to swap out your gas-powered snowblower, a corded electric model is a great alternative. These snowblowers can also clear a snow-covered driveway of up to 12 inches using a motor and chute. To increase your reachable clearing distance, consider using a winter extension cord.

Safety tip! Always be aware of the snowblower's cord to prevent slips, trips, and falls, as well as damage to the machine and electrical contact.

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3. Power shovels


To clear the nooks and crannies where larger snowblowers won’t fit, consider an electric power shovel. It doesn’t have wheels or chutes – instead, you plug it in and push the snow forward like a broom. Ideal for light snow, these shovels can clear snow up to 6 inches deep.

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Did you know?

The greatest single-day snowfall in Canada occurred on February 11, 1999 in Tahtsa Lake in northern BC. The region received 145 cm, or 4 feet and 7 inches of snow.


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