How To Use A Leaf Blower For Snow Removal

Getting snow off your property quickly and easily, however the right tool can make the process simple and straight forward. While snow blowers are often the best tool for the job, they are expensive and require storage space which you may not have.

Instead, you may look to use a leaf blower. A leaf blower can be used to remove snow in certain circumstances. The main factor is the depth and wetness of the snow. If the snow is light and dry a leaf blower will work well, however, if the snow is heavy and wet you’ll struggle to see results.

Below we’ll look at the advantages and disadvantages of using a leaf blower for snow removal and how to use a leaf blower to move snow. This will help you to effectively remove snow from your property using a leaf blower (if the circumstances permit) and help you to decide whether or not you should invest in a snowblower.

What Is A Leaf Blower?

A leaf blower is a piece of garden equipment that expels air from a pipe. It is designed to move leaves and other light debris from your garden. Leaf blowers can be corded or cordless as well as electric or gas-powered.

If they are gas-powered they can cause considerable air and noise pollution. While the main function of a leaf blower is to move leaves from your garden it can in certain circumstances be used to move snow.

Can Leaf Blowers Help Move Snow?

The short answer is yes, leaf blowers can be used to move snow. However, should you be using your leaf blower to move snow? The answers depend on a number of factors. Let’s take a look at the advantages and disadvantages to see if it’s the best idea for you.

Advantages

There are some great reasons to use for your leaf blower to move snow.

  • Using a leaf blower as a snowblower can in some cases save you money compared to a snowblower as it uses less fuel/power.
  • A leaf blower is much easier to move than a snowblower. Being able to move the tool easily can help you get into small areas such as around your car or on your porch.
  • A leaf blower is much quieter than a snowblower. This can be a real advantage if you live in a busy residential area and need to avoid disturbing your neighbors.

Disadvantages

There are some disadvantages for using your leaf blower to move snow. Be sure to read these carefully to see if it is a good idea for you.

  • The main disadvantage of using a leaf blower is that is not suitable for heavy snow. Against heavy and deep snowfall, a leaf blower will do very little.
  • Another disadvantage is most electrical leaf blowers are not up to the job. They will be more susceptible to damage from the wet snow and will also be mainly powered by a cable. This makes them less maneuverable and can lead to you falling or slipping.
  • Although cheaper than hiring a snow blower, a leaf blower will not have the same power and just cannot handle heavier jobs. For moving lots of heavy snow the only real option is a snow blower.

Recommended Gas and Electric Leaf Blowers

Gas Leaf Blower: Husqvarna 965877502 350BT 2-Cycle Gas Backpack Blower

Electric Leaf Blower: Worx WG520 Turbine600

How To Use A Leaf Blower As A Snow Blower

Begin by assessing the snow to see if it’s suitable to be moved by a leaf blower instead of a snowblower. For starters, a leaf blower can be great for moving light snow, up to around four inches. Snow up to this deep can be moved easily by most home leaf blowers, saving you a lot of time and effort shovelling it away.

You’re going to see the best results when you use your leaf blower on snow up to one-inch thick. This will minimize the strain on your leaf blower. If so, check your leaf blower. Is it gas powered or electric? The best leaf blower to use in this way is a gas-powered one which is less likely to be damaged should it come into contact with the snow. Electrical blowers can work but are more dangerous to operate in this manner.

Once you’re aware of the leaf blower you are using start it up and turn it to full power (if the option is available). You may need to wait for around five minutes for the leaf blower to reach full capacity. You can begin to test the leaf blower on the ground on a smaller patch of snow to see how it’s working.

Adjust your technique (the angle you use the snowblower at and the amount of time you spend going over one patch) depending on the snow conditions. Repeat this process until the snow has been removed from the areas you would like. Once you are happy turn off your leaf blower and leave it to cool down for around ten minutes before returning to it’s storage location.

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