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How to Save Time and Stay Safe While Using Snowblowers

June 2, 2022
How to Save Time and Stay Safe While Using Snowblowers
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Snowblowers are amazing tools. They are a quick and effective way of clearing snow out of the way of your driveway or pavement, but as with any tool or machinery, it’s important you know how to operate it properly.

Not only that, but given just how much effort it takes to clear snow during the winter months, you should know how to save energy while getting the job done right.

Let’s take a look at how you can save time while using a snowblower, and the precautions you should take to ensure you don’t injure yourself.

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Finding the Optimum Blower Speed

It might feel as though the higher the speed the faster you’ll be done clearing snow, but that isn’t necessarily the case with a snowblower.

Sure, the slower the speed the more difficult it will be to efficiently clear snow out of your path, but the faster the speed the more you risk snow spilling out of the machine and causing a mess. In order for the snow to be blown away efficiently, you need to make sure it is entering the machine at the right speed – otherwise, it will simply build up or be missed.

For this reason, it’s important to find a good middle ground. Experiment with different speeds until you find one that creates an optimum arc of snow blowing.

Top this off with clever strategy, and you’ll be clearing snow efficiently in no time. If you’re clearing snow from a driveway, start in the middle and push the snow outwards. For pavements, just keep moving in a straight line!

Do this, and you’ll get the job done quicker and more effectively.

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Some Simple Safety Precautions

Before using your snow blower, make sure children or pets are indoors and away from the machinery. Remember this tool is loud, too, so cover your ears.

Wear good footwear that gives you plenty of traction so you don’t risk slipping on ice, and make sure you aren’t wearing any loose clothing that may get stuck in the machinery or pulled into moving parts of the snowblower.

Then, map out a plan and stick to it. Be mindful of where you are moving the machine and remove anything from your path that you don’t want to damage. Then, move at a steady pace at a sensible speed. The machine will do its part as long as you’re mindful of the danger it poses if used irresponsibly or incorrectly.

Why Not Trust the Experts Instead?

Earth Development has more than 20 years of experience providing professional snow removal services across Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Indiana, and beyond.

With a huge fleet of vehicles and tools, along with a team of experienced snow removal experts, we can handle your snow and ice problems so you don’t have to. Whether you own a small retail shop or a huge commercial facility, we have the tools, expertise, and commitment to get the job done for you.

To find out more about our snow plowing services, or to get a free quote, don’t hesitate to give us a call at (866) 945-4927 or reach out online!

Eddy Zakes
Eddy is a distinguished expert in the snow removal and landscaping industry, boasting over 20 years of experience. As an Advanced Snow Manager certified by the Snow and Ice Management Association (SIMA), he is dedicated to upholding the highest industry standards. His strong commitment to excellence and relentless pursuit of improvement makes him a trusted voice in the snow removal and landscaping.
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