A snow blower
If you don’t get much snow where you live, an electric, cordless snowblower can work better than a shovel. Snow Joe

You’ve finally decided that waiting on global warming to solve your snow removal problems might not be the best short-term strategy for marital bliss, and perhaps a cordless electric snowblower could be a good way to save both your back and your marriage. Here are three factors to think about as you try to decide which cordless snowblower is best for your needs.

The Size of the Job

This model cuts an 18-inch-wide path in eight-inch deep snow, and throws 500 pounds a minute on a charge that lasts almost an hour. Snow Joe

How big a job is it to remove the snow from your driveway and sidewalk? Do you usually just deal with a skiff of snow, maybe a couple inches at a time? How often does the city snowplow plug the end of your driveway? The longer your driveway, the steeper it is pitched and the higher the average snowfall, the bigger your snowblower needs to be. Cordless, electric models are a great solution until the size of the job exceeds the device’s capacity and it’s time to bring in a heavier, more powerful gas-powered model.

Battery Power

This cordless model runs 25 to 40 minutes on a fully-charged battery. Snow Joe

Cordless snow blowers run on battery power. Choose a model with a battery that holds its charge for the amount of time your work requires. Alternately, buying two batteries will ensure additional coverage. Be aware, though, that the re-chargeable battery is the most expensive part of your cordless snowblower.


This model clears a 20-inch path through 10-inches of snow, and can throw it 20 feet on a charge that lasts up to 75 minutes. Snapper

How much snow can your blower throw, and how far? This will depend on the size of the swath your cordless snowblower cuts and the depth of snow it can chew up, as well as the snow conditions (wet snow is generally heavier and harder to throw than light, dry snow).