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Not sure which type of snowblower to purchase? We have some suggestions on what kind of snowblower you should purchase, and how to use it safely and efficiently with our snowblower guide.


These types of snowblowers work best with light and fluffy snow; less than 12 inches of snow per storm. A single-stage snowblower has a gas powered engine, which clears the area with an auger, scoops up snow and throws it out the chute. This snowblower should be used on pavement or other smooth surfaces.


A two-stage snowblower can handle wet and heavy snow. It can also be used on gravel surfaces. This model works by scooping up snow and ice in a metal auger. The snow and ice get tossed by a high-speed impeller through the discharge chute. Two-stage snowblowers are wider than single-stage snowblowers and clear away more snow quickly.


A three-stage snowblower is the most powerful snowblower you can get. It can move up to 50 per cent more snow than a two-stage blower. It also has two metal augers on it, which can scoop up more snow and ice. The snow and ice get chopped and pushed through the high-performance impeller, then propelled up to 50 feet away at high-speed.

How to use a snowblower safely

Now that you know what type of snowblower you will need, here are some safety tips for when you use your snowblower for the first time:

Keep away from children and pets

Snowblowers are not toys. Watch out for any young children or pets when you are going to use it. Do not let any children operate your snowblower.

Inspect your property

If the forecast calls for heavy snowfall, you know you’ll be bringing out the snowblower to face Old Man Winter. Just make sure you examine your property beforehand and look out for rocks, extension cords, decorations and newspapers. These items have the potential to get caught in the snowblower or launched by the impeller. If you are not proactive, these items could become buried underneath plenty of snow and will be harder to find.

Clean chute carefully

To clean the chute, be sure to turn off the machine first. Never place your hands near the chute while it’s on. Use your snowblower cleaning tool or a broom handle to remove any snow or debris in the clog.

Adding fuel

Only add fuel when your snowblower is turned off.  If you don’t wait for the engine to cool off, there is an increased chance of a snowblower fire.

Slow and steady

With frigid temperatures, it’s important to pace yourself and not overdo it. Snowblowers do help get the job done more quickly, but it’s still a good idea to take a break when you need it.

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The Snowblower Guide for Beginners

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These tips are provided for information and prevention purposes only. They are general in nature, and Desjardins Insurance cannot be held liable for them. We recommend using caution and consulting an expert for comprehensive, tailored advice.

In Quebec, Desjardins Insurance refers to Desjardins General Insurance Inc. In Ontario and Alberta, Desjardins Insurance refers to Certas Direct Insurance Company, underwriter of automobile and property insurance.

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