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Why Winter Weather Temperature Changes Between Cold and Warm

Many Michiganders, and some non-Michiganders, know that Michigan winter weather fluctuates a lot. Within the last few weeks we experienced a mix of temperatures in the 30’s and high 50’s. This week, and within the next few weeks, we are expected to see cold temps and snow.

Since we won’t see spring for a couple of weeks, many of us wonder why we’ve experienced weirdly warm weather within the last few weeks.

Before you dismiss this winter weather as being out of whack, be aware that the fluctuation in temperatures is entirely normal.  It’s rare to sustain a spell of either very cold or warm weather over an entire winter season.  In fact, it would be unusual if we didn’t see a drastic change in the weather during the winter season at all.

The warm weather that we’ve seen this winter is a result of the jet stream. Think of the jet stream as a “river of air” in the uppermost levels of the atmosphere that move weather systems around.  The jet stream dictates temperature based on their orientation, location, and strength.

During January’s bitter temps, a large ridge of high pressure from the West Coast pushed the jet stream far to the north, which caused air to come down from northern Canada.  Eventually, that zone of high pressure broke so instead of constant cold weather, the Eastern U.S. is receiving occasional blasts of cold temps that last a day or two.  This is where our cold air comes from.

We’ve recently experienced spurts of warm weather because a new ridge of high pressure has developed, this time over the East Coast, allowing unusually mild to warm air to flow from the Deep South. The air that is flowing from the north is what’s causing warm temperatures in places that normally feel like the arctic.

What will March bring?

March is here and it brought snow with it. Many of us Michiganders aren’t surprised but we’re still ready for spring to arrive. Beware of March though. It has a reputation of being very fickle when it comes to winter weather. It’s a possibility that we will get dumped with a few more heavy snowfalls and see warmer temperatures this month so don’t be surprised if you have to break out your snow blowers one week and then store then away the next.

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Why Weingartz?

Weingartz, family owned and operated, began in 1945 as a farm supply store for local Michigan families. In the 1970s, we began to focus exclusively on outdoor power equipment. Over time, we morphed into the “power equipment superstore” that now defines all of our locations. The staff and experts at Weingartz work diligently to provide the best service possible and give honest and helpful advice to each and every customer.

Weingartz also sells parts for all outdoor power equipment at https://weingartz.com/parts-lookup.

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6585 Dixie Hwy.
Clarkston, MI 48346
(248) 620-5258
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Snow Mold

Snow Mold and Frozen Lawn Damage

When thinking of winter, people rarely consider how winter’s weather conditions affect their lawn. Winter brings snow and freezing temperatures, which contributes to snow mold and frozen lawn damage. The winter season can have adverse affects on your lawn, but this damage can be undone. Read more to learn how to keep your lawn green and healthy.

Snow Mold Damage

One of the most common winter lawn diseases is snow mold. In areas where snow can cover your lawn for weeks at a time, grass can develop snow mold damage, which you’ll usually see after the snow melts. Snow mold leaves you with an unpleasant bleached-looking lawn.

The two most common snow mold diseases are gray snow mold and pink snow mold. Both are a type of fungus but are caused by two different fungal pathogens. Typhula incarnata causes gray snow mold and Microdochium nivale causes pink snow mold.

Gray snow mold shows up as white crusted areas of grass in which the grass is dead, matted together, and bleached. The bleached areas of your lawn can range from some inches to a few feet. Gray snow mold typically appears in areas with the greatest snow accumulation, such as along driveways where snow drifts tend to build up.

Pink snow mold is caused by a fungus that thrives in cool, moist areas. Your lawn can develop pink snow mold even without snow cover. This disease receives its name from the buildup of pink fungal spores on the leaves of infected grass plants, resulting in pink snow mold on patches of matted grass.

Tips To Avoid Snow Mold

There are a few preventative measures that you can take to help avoid both types of snow mold.

  • Long grass is more susceptible to snow mold so mow your lawn until it stops growing. Remove leaves from your lawn in the fall and keep your lawn free of thatch. When we receive snowfall, those leaves can turn into a dense layer that restricts airflow and mats the grass. Additionally, keeping your lawn free of thatch helps ensure proper airflow, which prevents snow mold.
  • If your lawn is suffering from snow mold in the spring, you need to dry out the affected areas because snow mold can spread when your lawn is cold and damp.
  • Lightly rake damaged grass to reduce matting and increase airflow. Allow air and sunlight to reach the damaged areas of your lawn to heat up soil temperatures and dry out the grass.
  • If your lawn has severe damage in the spring, apply a light fertilizer to promote new growth.

Frozen Lawn Damage

Snow isn’t the only thing harming your lawn during the winter; freezing temperatures and ice also contribute to lawn damage. The deterioration of your lawn comes from the destruction of your grass blades when they are frozen.

You have no control over winter’s unpredictable weather conditions, so to help avoid frozen lawn damage stay off of your grass as much as possible. Typically when you walk across your lawn, the grass blades are elastic and bend underfoot but remain undamaged.

During the winter, when heavy objects press down on the blades, expanded water molecules cut through the grass and cause significant cellular damage. So each time you walk across the lawn, you’re stepping on frozen grass blades, breaking them and damaging the lawn.

Your lawn will eventually recover from frozen lawn damage, but for now stay off the grass until temperatures rise.

Snow and ice buildup on your walkways and driveway can also be frustrating during the winter. Snow blowers are built to efficiently remove snow allowing you to take care of business with little effort. These machines range from small single stage models to large three stage models that can remove snow, ice, and slush in seconds. Spreaders may also come in handy during the winter. They’re built to spread snow and ice melt, removing ice from walkways.

Email or call us at 855-669-7278 or stop by one of our stores for expert advice and to purchase your snow and ice removal equipment.

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Why Weingartz?

Weingartz, family owned and operated, began in 1945 as a farm supply store for local Michigan families. In the 1970s, we began to focus exclusively on outdoor power equipment. Over time, we morphed into the “power equipment superstore” that now defines all of our locations. The staff and experts at Weingartz work diligently to provide the best service possible and give honest and helpful advice to each and every customer.

Weingartz also sells parts for all outdoor power equipment at https://weingartz.com/parts-lookup.

Weingartz
46061 Van Dyke Ave.
Utica, MI 48317
(586) 731-7240
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Snow and Ice Melt – Should I Use Rock Salt or Professional Melt?

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Winter is in full swing with snow and ice accumulating on driveways and sidewalks. Snow blowers are great for snow removal, but sometimes you need a little extra help to rid your home of ice.

Deciding which chemicals to use to melt the ice on your driveway and sidewalk is an important decision. Many people simply buy the least expensive product on the market thinking that there is no difference. This could not be farther from the truth. In fact, the type of chemical that you use can have a devastating impact on your lawn, plants, and concrete.

There is a significant difference between traditional rock salt and a professional-grade snow and ice melt.

Rock salt is the mineral form of sodium chloride and essentially lowers the freezing point of water to melt snow and ice away. Small amounts of the salt partially melt the ice, forming a solution of salt and water. That solution moves under the ice to break the bond between the ice and pavement.

Ice melt is typically composed of calcium, magnesium, potassium, chloride, or a combination of these. Ice melt lowers the freezing point of water to melt snow and ice at much lower temperatures than rock salt. In general, rock salt will only melt snow or ice at 12 degrees Fahrenheit, while professional-grade melts have a much lower melting point of -12 degrees Fahrenheit.

 When it comes to de-icers, the benefits of professional-grade ice melt greatly outweigh ordinary rock salt.

Additional benefits of professional snow and ice melt include:

  1. Will not freeze
  2. Safer on your plants and lawn
  3. Is less corrosive than rock salt, making it safer for your driveway, sidewalk, porch, and yard
  4. Less corrosion also means you don’t need to worry when accidentally tracking residual ice melt indoors – it won’t leave oily residue on carpets
  5. Pet-friendly options – you can choose a 100% organic, all natural, salt free ice melt

When shopping, look for a professional snow and ice melt that is a 4-way blend of calcium, magnesium, potassium, and chloride. It is also best to select a snow and ice melt where the pellets have been coated with a liquid magnesium chloride. This increases the melting power and ease of pouring.

Don’t be sticker shocked; professional snow and ice melt is a little more expensive than traditional rock salt. Yet, it works significantly better, lasts twice as long, and will not have a damaging effect on your lawn, plants, cement, and carpets.

Now that you have the right chemicals to melt away snow and ice, you need the right equipment to get the job done. Spreaders are built to spread snow and ice melt, and other pelletized material. Some spreaders are large and can be attached to the back of trucks to spread large quantities of material in less time. Many are weather-resistant, holding up against harsh, winter elements. Other spreaders come in small, walk behind models but provide professional-quality performance to spread snow and ice melt.

Give us a call at 855-669-7278 or stop by one of our stores for expert advice and to purchase your snow and ice removal equipment.

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Why Weingartz?

Weingartz, family owned and operated, began in 1945 as a farm supply store for local Michigan families. In the 1970s, we began to focus exclusively on outdoor power equipment. Over time, we morphed into the “power equipment superstore” that now defines all of our locations. The staff and experts at Weingartz work diligently to provide the best service possible and give honest and helpful advice to each and every customer.

Weingartz also sells parts for all outdoor power equipment at https://weingartz.com/parts-lookup.

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11875 Northland Dr.
Cedar Springs, MI 49319
(616) 696-2913
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Lawn Tractor Tire Chains – Buying and Installing Guide

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When using your lawn tractor in the snow season, you may find that the tractor tires don’t quite have the stability and traction needed to throw or plow when the pavement is covered by hard-packed snow or is icy. Under these conditions, you can increase the traction by using lawn tractor tire chains.

 Uses

Most of the lawn tractor tire chains we sell are used on lawn tractors’ rear drive tires. Since manufacturers have been making snow blowers more and more powerful, they can also provide added grip to 2-stage snow blower tires that would otherwise tend to slide around when under full power.

 What are the Advantages?

Not only do tire chains add extra traction to your rear wheel drive, but they also help brake up ice on your drive and walkways. Tire chains are highly suited for driveways that are inclined.

 What are the Disadvantages?

Because they are made of hardened steel, combined with the weight of the tractor, there is risk of damage if tire chains are used and operated on brick pavers. If you store the tractor in the garage, it could possibly damage weak floor surfaces.

 What’s the Difference Between 2- and 4-link Chains?

2- and 4-link refers to the spacing between skipped side links. For 2-link spacing, cross chains occur between every two side link chains. For 4-link spacing, cross chains occur between every four link chains.

 Which is Better?

It will depend on which chain spacing suits your needs. 2-link spacing tire chains will give more traction because there are more cross links and the tractor’s ride will be more steady (less bumpy). 4-link spacing chains are generally less expensive, and still provide a little extra traction.

 How Do I Know Which Size to Order?

The chain size is the same dimension that is formed into the side of the tire wall. Tire chains are available in every size used for lawn and garden tractor wheels. Some chain sets are meant for more than one tire size, and links may have to be removed with bolt cutters or by bending the connecting links with pliers.

How To Install Lawn Tractor Tire Chains?

You Will Need:

  • Tire chain set
  • Air compressor
  • Bolt cutters or strong pliers
  • A level area of pavement to work from

Here’s What To Do:

  • First, semi-deflate the tires that you will be installing chains on (by about 25% less than the full PSI)
  • Lay the chains out flat on the ground and remove any tangles
  • Lay the chain over the tire, cross chain hook facing up, and fastener to the outside
  • Tuck the first cross chain between the front of the tire and pavement
  • Move the tractor forward until the end fasteners are about axle high
  • Hook the inside fastener first, remove slack, then hook outside fastener
  • You want the chain to be hand tight (without use of tools) which will extend the life and performance of the tire chains
  • Fill tires to the proper PSI rated on tire wall – this will seat the chains to proper tension
  • Any remaining length can be shortened by removing one or more cross sections. Using pliers to pry the cross chain connecting link open and unhook (the connecting links are not made of hardened steel) or use bolt cutters

NOTE: It is important to check that you have enough clearance in both rear wheel wells for tire chains. There should be, at minimum, three inches of clearance between the tire and the inside wall and any drive components.

If you find that you still need more traction, some tractors have wheel weight kits that mount on the outside of the rim, or “suitcase” styled weights to add to a rear weight bar bracket, if available as an accessory. Contact our sales team with model information for price and availability.

 Lawn Tractor Tire Chains We Carry

We carry lawn tractor tire chains for a variety of tire sizes. There are no universal tire chains; they are specific to and sold by tire size. Contact our parts team with your tire size, or part number, for pricing and availability.

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Why Weingartz?

Weingartz, family owned and operated, began in 1945 as a farm supply store for local Michigan families. In the 1970s, we began to focus exclusively on outdoor power equipment. Over time, we morphed into the “power equipment superstore” that now defines all of our locations. The staff and experts at Weingartz work diligently to provide the best service possible and give honest and helpful advice to each and every customer.

Weingartz also sells parts for all outdoor power equipment at https://weingartz.com/parts-lookup.

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How To Properly Store Your Snow Blower

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When winter comes to an end, there are many things that you have to do in order to be ready for spring.  Things like spring cleaning, prepping your lawn mower, and snow blower storage.  Please note that simply pouring fuel stabilizer into your machine is not always enough to insure proper storage and isn’t a guarantee that your snow blower will start next winter.  Continue reading to learn how to properly prep and store your machine, and the benefits of doing so.

Fuel stabilizers are great for proper snow blower storage but they do have their draw backs. We want to emphasize, just because you add a stabilizer to your fuel does not guarantee that it will keep the gas fresh for the entire off season.  In fact, a large percentage of customers that come into our stores frustrated with their snow blowers have bad fuel in their tanks, and most claim they have used a product like Sta-bil or another glycol based stabilizer.

Because the glycol separates itself from the fuel, it doesn’t offer the greatest protection for your fuel. It’s usually an easy fix – all we have to usually do is flush the fuel system and change the spark plug and they’ll start up without any problems.  When choosing a stabilizer try to look for something that is petroleum based so it can mix with the fuel.

When it comes to proper snow blower storage, we are frequently asked whether it’s better to store snow blowers with fuel in them or to store them dry.  We always suggest running the machine dry; this avoids problems related to the expiration of your fuel such as varnish build-up in the carburetor, deterioration of you seals and fuel lines, and drawing moisture into the fuel system of your machine.

The best way to drain your snow blower is to either run it until it runs out of fuel or tip it over and pour it into a proper container so you can take it to a recycling center where the fuel can be disposed of properly. After your snow blower has been drained or tipped over, start your machine again. It will only run for a few seconds but this will clean fuel out of the carburetor bowl.

Proper snow blower storage can make a huge difference in the way your machine starts and runs over its lifetime.  If you drain the fuel and you don’t put too much faith in an additive that claims to keep your fuel fresh, your chances of having a machine that doesn’t give you a headache every time you go to use it is reduced.  So being stuck in the snow next season by taking time at the end of this season to make sure that your snow blower is properly prepped for storage.

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Clarkston, MI 48346
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How To Winterize Toro 20332 Lawn Mower – Using Briggs & Stratton Part #271716

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It’s important to prep your lawn mower for the winter. At the end of mowing season, take your time tending to your mower. It will make starting and using the machine much easier next spring if it is well prepared for storage during the cold season. Follow this how to guide on winterization and fuel system cleaning to get your machine set for winter.

Safety Precautions – Before performing any repair or maintenance on your Toro walk behind lawn mower:

  • Shut off the lawn mower engine
  • Allow the engine to become cool to the touch
  • Disconnect the spark plug wire to prevent accidental starting

Tools you’ll need:

  • Briggs & Stratton Part #271716
  • Flathead screwdriver
  • Ratchet
  • 8 mm socket
  • 13 mm socket
  • Extension
  • Set of fuel line clamps
  • Set of pliers
  • Float bowl nut
  • Extra set of rags to accommodate working with fuel (The fuel is flammable. Do not smoke or have any type of open flame near the fuel or the vapors of the fuel)
  • Drain pan

Here’s what to do:

Take air filter off with the flat head screwdriver, and then take the fastener off the air filter itself. Pull the air filter cover down and out of the way and remove the air filter. Use your ratchet and 8 mm socket to take the air filter base off in order to access the fuel line.

There are two bolts on the carburetor to hold the air filter base on and one more bolt that holds the base to the engine. Connect the ratchet and 8 mm socket, and remove all three bolts. Access the fuel line and drain the fuel into the drain pan. To take the fuel lines off, use the fuel clamps. Clamp down on the fuel line to stop any fuel from flowing out. There is a fuel line clamp on the fuel line where it meets the carburetor. Take that clamp off with the pliers and put the hose into the drain pan.

Once you remove the fuel line you may get some fuel on the deck itself. Use your extra rags to clean the deck, then take the fuel hose clamps off and drain the fuel into the drain pan, removing any fuel that’s in the tank and allowing for proper storage during the winter. Once the fuel is drained, put the drain pan aside and make sure there’s nothing left in the tank. Take the float bowl nut off the bottom of the float bowl, allowing any fuel that’s in the carburetor to drain out so it doesn’t create a varnish when it’s sitting over the winter.

Hold the float bowl on – if you let the float bowl fall you’ll have to replace the gasket and reset your flow. Hold onto the bowl and release the nut to relieve any fuel that’s inside. Use your 13 mm socket and ratchet to remove the float bowl nut and allow any fuel that’s inside it to drain. Take the float bowl gasket and reinstall it or replace it with a new one. Install the new washer gasket on the float bowl nut, and reinstall the nut. Get the nut finger tight and use the 13 mm socket to make it snug.

Now it’s time to put your machine back together. Reinstall the fuel line. Use your pliers to reinstall the fuel clamp where the fuel line meets the carburetor. Put the air filter cover back on – when you reinstall the air filter base note that there is a breather hose on the bottom of the base. When putting the air filter base back on make sure the breather hose gets reinstalled. If not, it will suck dirt into the engine, causing failure to your engine.

Reinstall the three bolts back in the air filter base. Put the bolts in finger tight – if you use the ratchet you run the risk of stripping it out. Use the 8 mm socket to make the bolts snug – because the bolts are going into an aluminum base you don’t want to over tighten them. Once they’re snug, give them a quarter turn to make sure they’re tight. Reinstall the air filter – when reinstalling this there are three little tabs at the bottom. Put the tabs in first and bring the air filter base up to cover up to the base.

Now your Toro lawn mower is set for winter. In the springtime, make sure any fuel you put into the machine is not from last fall – fuel any older than 30 days does expire. Dispose of fuel properly and get fresh fuel for the spring – at least 89 octane of higher.

 

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Weingartz also sells parts for all outdoor power equipment at https://weingartz.com/parts-lookup.

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Common Generator Mistakes

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When it’s time to break out your generator, it is important to know that it’s ready for the task ahead. Stay on top of power outages with this guide to common generator mistakes. Recognizing a mistake early on and knowing how to fix it can make all the difference.

Mistake #1: Fuel

Old fuel in your generator is one of the most common mistakes made by generator owners. Fuel will oxidize and deteriorate in storage; old fuel can cause hard starting and leave gum deposits that clog the fuel system. If that happens you may need to have you fuel components serviced or replaced.

The length of time that gasoline can be stored in the generators fuel tank and carburetor depends on many factors, gasoline blend, very warm storage temperatures and whether fuel tanks are partially full or filled to the top. Air in a partially filled fuel tank promotes fuel deterioration; warm air accelerates deterioration. Fuel problems can occur within a few months, or quicker if the gasoline was not fresh at the time of filling the tank. Fuel stabilizers are formulated to extend storage life.

Mistake #2: Improper storage

Recommended service and storage procedures: (Fuel stabilizers are formulated to extend storage life)

1 – Fuel that is less than a month old – Needs no preparation.

2 – Fuel that is one to two months old – Fill with fresh gasoline and add fuel stabilizer.

3 – Fuel that is two months to a year old – Fill with fresh fuel and add fuel stabilizer, turn the fuel off and drain the carburetor float bowl.

4 – Fuel that is more then a year old – Drain the fuel tank and carburetor, and always store your generator upright.

Mistake #3: Fuel Vent

Most generators have a self venting fuel cap on top of their fuel tank. Some generators have a fuel vent that is located on the top of the fuel cap that can be turned off. This is a safety mechanism. If you make the mistake of not turning the vent on, you will know in a matter of minutes. The generator will run for two to three minutes before shutting off because the vent is not open, causing the fuel not to flow into the carburetor and starving the engine of fuel. If this happens simply turn the vent on and restart the engine.

Mistake #4: Engine oil maintenance

Improper engine oil maintenance is another common mistake which can lead to poor lubrication. This can cause premature wear on your generator’s engine internal parts, and can eventually result in permanent engine damage and generator failure. Always check your engine oil before you start your generator’s engine.

Oil is a major factor that affects performance and engine life. Use 4-stroke automotive detergent oil that is certified by the Society of Automotive Engineering. SAE 10W-30 is recommended for general use. Depending on the ambient temperature other viscosities may be recommended. Always follow your owner’s manual for the recommended oil change schedules and drain the oil while the engine is warm to assure rapid and complete draining.

Note: Over filling your engine can cause engine problems. If the engine is overfilled with oil, the excess oil may be transferred to the air cleaner case and air filter causing the engine to choke out and stall.

Mistake #5: Watt Requirements

Add up the watts for each appliance that you intend to run off of your generator to find out if your generator is large enough to support all your needs. If all items are turned on at once and are pulling more power than your generator produces the circuit breaker will trip and power will stop. To fix this problem unplug all items and reset your circuit breaker then turn the needed items on one by one being careful not to over load you generator. Knowing your watt requirements will help you avoid tripping a circuit breaker.

Mistake#6: Back feeding

Do not back feed because it’s a very dangerous practice. Back feeding can harm family members, and cause serious injuries to power company line men working on the pole trying to restore your power.

Back feeding occurs when electrical power is being induced into the house power grid. This is done by using a double-ended extension cord to run power backwards into a wall receptacle to power up the circuit. When power is restored it dead heads causing damage to your generator and a possible fire. If you want to avoid running multiple extension cords to run appliances around your house then hire an electrician to install a transfer switch.

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Weingartz, family owned and operated, began in 1945 as a farm supply store for local Michigan families. In the 1970s, we began to focus exclusively on outdoor power equipment. Over time, we morphed into the “power equipment superstore” that now defines all of our locations. The staff and experts at Weingartz work diligently to provide the best service possible and give honest and helpful advice to each and every customer.

Weingartz also sells parts for all outdoor power equipment at https://weingartz.com/parts-lookup.

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Buyer’s Guide to Electric Snow Blowers

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When winter hits nothing prepares you for the snow more than a snow blower. These machines offer a range of superior power to clear paths on walkways, driveways and more. Electric snow blower models are the smallest snow blowers and engineered in different ways to suit the needs of various homeowners. Read our buyer’s guide to electric snow blowers and learn how this purchase can benefit you and your home.

How do electric snow blowers differ from other models?

Electric snow blowers are lightweight and ideal for removing snow from small tasks. Some models are built without wheels or chutes and use their auger to push snow forward while other models have wheels and a discharge chute. Single-stage snow blowers are also lightweight options, ideal for light snowfall on small and smooth surfaces. They clean right to the pavement, leaving less snow behind while their paddles throw snow up and out of the machine. Two-stage snow blowers work best on gravel and larger surfaces. As the name indicates, these machines remove snow in two steps. Three-stage snow blowers remove huge piles of snow faster than any other blower. Their steel augers collect and discharge snow, completing this process in three stages.

Aspects to consider when selecting a snow blower:

Amount of snow

The amount of snow you receive during the winter is oftentimes unpredictable, and different amounts of snow require different types of snow blowers. If you have light, powdery snow or an average snowfall of less than six inches, an electric snow blower is right for you. These machines are small yet powerful, but do not attempt to use them on large amounts of snow, especially heavy or wet snow.

Area Size

Homeowners with small walkways, driveways and decks should use an electric snow blower. They are small, lightweight, and able to fit into tight areas to clear those decks and small walkways.

Surface – smooth or gravel

Whether your sidewalk and driveway are smooth or gravel, an electric snow blower will get the job done quickly and efficiently.

Operation and Maneuverability

Electric snow blowers have a few different models. Power shovels are lightweight and clear snow faster than shoveling. Theses units do not have wheels or chutes to direct snow but use their auger to push snow forward and create a clear path. These blowers are maintenance free and do not run on gas so you’ll need a winter extension cord to operate them.

You may also choose between corded or cordless electric snow blower models. Both models are equipped with wheels and a discharge chute. Though lightweight, the wheels allow you to easily move the machine without exerting as much energy as pushing the power shovel. These blowers do more than sweep snow forward; their augers cut through snow and send it up and out of the discharge chute.

The cordless electric snow blower models are just as easy to operate as the corded ones, but move more freely without the use of a cord.

Noise

If you’re concerned about the amount of noise your snow blower is letting off, an electric snow blower solves that problem. Since these models run on electricity and don’t use gas engines, they are smaller and quieter than two and three-stage models.

Features

Different snow blower models are designed with different features. Electric snow blower features range from 20-inch clearing widths and snow director chute control to folding handles for compact storage.

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Why Weingartz?

Weingartz, family owned and operated, began in 1945 as a farm supply store for local Michigan families. In the 1970s, we began to focus exclusively on outdoor power equipment. Over time, we morphed into the “power equipment superstore” that now defines all of our locations. The staff and experts at Weingartz work diligently to provide the best service possible and give honest and helpful advice to each and every customer.

Weingartz also sells parts for all outdoor power equipment at https://weingartz.com/parts-lookup.

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Clarkston, MI 48346
(248) 620-5258
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Buyer’s Guide to Single-Stage Snow Blowers

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Snow blowers offer superior power and smooth maneuvering to clear paths, driveways and more. They are efficient and reliable, and built with a wide range of exclusive technology that gets winter tasks done quickly. To learn more about buying a single-stage snow blower read our guide below.

How do single-stage snow blowers differ from other models?

Single-stage snow blowers are ideal for light snowfall on small and smooth surfaces. They use a paddle to throw snow up and out of the machine while electric blowers use their auger to push snow forward like a broom. They handle small tasks and do not run on gas, requiring an extension cord to operate. Two-stage models work best in gravel drives and walkways, removing snow in two steps. Three-stage snow blowers remove huge piles of snow faster than any other blower. Their steel augers collect and discharge snow in three stages.

The following are aspects to consider when selecting your snow blower.

Snowfall – How much snow do I need to clear?

Single-stage snow blowers are great for everyday home use and ideal for smaller snowfalls. They have the right amount of power to quickly and easily remove six to nine inches of snow.

Area Size – How large is the area I need to clear?

Homeowners with small walkways, driveways and decks should use a single-stage snow blower. With clearing widths up to 21 inches, these snow blowers are able to fit into tight areas, allowing you to easily clear small areas.

Surface – What type of surface do I need to clear: smooth or gravel?

If your driveway is smooth, use a single-stage blower. If your driveway is covered with gravel, select a two or three-stage model. Do not use a single-stage unit on gravel surfaces. These machines clean right to the pavement, meaning their rubber paddles touch the ground. In addition to snow, they collect rocks from the gravel and throw them to the side. It would be very unfortunate if one of those rocks hit a car, or worse, one of your neighbors. Again, avoid using single-stage snow blowers on gravel surfaces.

Operation – How does my snow blower remove snow?

With powerful and efficient augers that clean right to the pavement, single-stage snow blowers scoop up snow at a high speed and throws it out the discharge chute quickly. They’re perfect for clearing small areas but also work well on mid-sized driveways and are even able to tackle some parking lots. Single-stage models are popular among both homeowners and professionals.

Maneuverability – How does my snow blower move?

Unlike two and three-stage snow blowers, single-stage blowers are not self-propelled. However, they move forward easily by the pull of rubber paddles. They’re also smaller and lighter so you never have to worry about pushing around a large machine.

Single-stage snow blowers are compact in size but powerful enough to handle big jobs. Their small size makes them easy to store.

Features – What features come with my snow blower?

Single-stage snow blowers are designed with a wide range of features that help you stay ahead of the rough winter weather, but different models have different features. These features range from push-button electric start and remote chute control to simple, user-friendly controls and convenient one-hand operation levers.

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Why Weingartz?

Weingartz, family owned and operated, began in 1945 as a farm supply store for local Michigan families. In the 1970s, we began to focus exclusively on outdoor power equipment. Over time, we morphed into the “power equipment superstore” that now defines all of our locations. The staff and experts at Weingartz work diligently to provide the best service possible and give honest and helpful advice to each and every customer.

Weingartz also sells parts for all outdoor power equipment at https://weingartz.com/parts-lookup.

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Utica, MI 48317
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Buyer’s Guide to Two-Stage Snow Blowers

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When buying a snow blower it is critical to cover all your bases. Keep in mind the terrain you’re working on, the amount of snow you need to clear, and the size of the area that needs to be cleared. Read this guide to learn more about the aspects to consider when buying a two-stage snow blower.

How do two-stage snow blowers differ from other models?

Two-stage snow blowers remove snow in two stages. They work best on gravel drives and walkways, and have bigger and stronger augers than single-stage units. Single-stage blowers use a paddle to throw snow up and out of the machine while electric blowers use their auger to push snow forward and out of the way. Three-stage snow blowers are efficient and powerful, removing huge amounts of snow quickly. Their steel augers collect and discharge snow in three stages.

Aspects to consider when selecting a snow blower:

Snowfall and Area size

You have a few options when it comes to choosing a two-stage snow blower. If you want to clear a moderate amount of snow, a two-stage unit with basic components and features is the way to go. With more powerful engines than single-stage models, these machines are more durable and can clear up to 12 inches of snow at a time.

A mid-grade two-stage snow blower is bigger and more powerful, clearing snow up to 10 feet farther than the basic two-stage model. These machines tackle piles of snow, and make clearing the mountain at the end of your driveway a breeze. The last option for two-stage blowers units is professional-grade blowers. These machines are a bit harder to acquire, but are worth the trouble if you need a machine built with commercial-quality components and features.

In addition to clearing medium to large drive and walkways, two-stage snow blowers are perfect for clearing snow from large parking lots and other business areas.

Surface

Two-stage snow blowers are ideal for concrete, asphalt and gravel driveways. Single-stage snow blowers clean right to the pavement, meaning their rubber paddles touch the ground. They collect everything, including rocks, and throw it to the side. You won’t run into this issue with two-stage snow blowers.

Operation

Two-stage snow blowers remove snow in two stages. Their augers collect and chop up snow and ice at a high rate of speed in the first stage and a high-impeller throws it out of the discharge chute to complete the second stage.

Maneuverability

Two-stage snow blowers are self-propelled, removing deep amounts of snow with superb maneuverability. These machines move snow and ice accumulation with ease. Some two-stage snow blowers are available in wheel drive and track drive models.

Wheel drive models feature treads and large tires for better traction and stability. These models have great maneuverability and work well for most snow conditions. Track drive models offer excellent traction on rough surfaces and steep inclines. These models tackle difficult clearing conditions such as hard packed and frozen snow.

Features

While all snow blowers are equipped with a variety of features, different models offer different features. Two-stage models have a wide range of features from single-hand chute control, trigger-control power steering and push-button start to skid shoes and bright LED lights. Again, not all two-stage snow blowers come with these features. Once you’ve zeroed in on a model that fits your basic needs, evaluate which features will come in handy when removing tough snow.

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Why Weingartz?

Weingartz, family owned and operated, began in 1945 as a farm supply store for local Michigan families. In the 1970s, we began to focus exclusively on outdoor power equipment. Over time, we morphed into the “power equipment superstore” that now defines all of our locations. The staff and experts at Weingartz work diligently to provide the best service possible and give honest and helpful advice to each and every customer.

Weingartz also sells parts for all outdoor power equipment at https://weingartz.com/parts-lookup.

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Ann Arbor, MI 48103
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