The best price for a snowblower

Want a snowblower this winter? Here’s what you should be paying

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From the December 2015 issue of the magazine.

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Tired of shovelling your driveway? Consider a snowblower. “How much you pay mostly depends on your individual needs but also on the amount of snowfall you can expect in a given year,” says Robert Wittle, of Ariens Company of Wisconsin, a snow and lawn equipment maker. For Canada’s heavy snowfalls—often 20 cm or more—opt for a dual-stage gas-powered model. It has a powerful engine and an extra-wide swath for easy clearing. It’s also versatile, able to tackle light snow along with that dreaded end-of-driveway pile. Prices range from $900 right up to $4,500. Two good mid-range models include the Ariens Deluxe 24 or Troy-Bilt 2-Stage, each for about $1,500.

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