Winter may be over now, but it is never too early to start planning for next season. A prepared homeowner is a happy homeowner, and the less work you have to put into snow removal, the better. By investing in snow removal equipment during the off season, you are saving money with clearance sales, and you are buying yourself more time to plan for winter.
One of the first things you will want to invest in is an angled snow pusher. Snow pushers are exactly what they sound like: wide, straight shovels used to push snow out of the way. These are best used for the initial driveway clearing. Using the snow pusher to relocate the snow to the driveway’s edges saves you a lot of work shoveling out the middle. Then, simply use a regular plastic snow shovel to dig the snow from the edges of the driveway, and relocate it elsewhere.
If you have a very large driveway or live in an area of heavy snowfall, you may want to invest in a snow blower. Snow blowers can be very convenient for quick and easy snow removal, but they don’t come without drawbacks. First, they require fuel and maintenance, which you will want to stay on top of. There is nothing worse than being snowed into your driveway and realizing your snow blower is out of gas. Second, you will want to make sure you have enough year-round storage to keep the snow blower safe, clean, and out of the way.
If a snow blower is too small, you are in charge of municipal parking lots, or you simply want to get your snow removal done at once, you may want to consider investing in a containment plow. Containment plows are like large, mechanical snow pushers, able to remove large quantities of snow in short periods of time. Because of the pushers’ shapes, they are not quite as effective as the heavy duty snow plows that the city will use to clear the roads, but containment plows are more than sufficient for driveways and parking lots.
While you may not want to think about winter while the sun is shining and the birds are chirping, it is important to have a plan of snow removal for when the weather turns cold again. With the right equipment, you will be able to have the most relaxing winter ever, no matter how much snow you get.