The Journal Star Recommends The Earthwise Snow Blower in 2021

The Journal Star Recommends The Earthwise Snow Blower in 2021

Chris Kaergard and Katie Gaston 
Journal Star

To buy a snow blower or not to buy a snow blower? That's always the question when the state of Illinois is getting covered with snow in the winter.

Right about now, you probably wish you had bought a snow blower from Menard's or some other place — especially if you have to shovel snow in single-digit weather, or even sub-zero temperatures.

You have a lot of options if you've finally decided to buy a snow blower. 

Earthwise snow thrower

The Earthwise SN72018 Electric Corded 13.5 amp snow thrower made quick work of a snow-covered Peoria driveway.

Sick of shoveling snow but gas-powered lawn tools aren’t your thing? There are plenty of electric options on the market to get the job done.

After a particularly bad storm in 2019, I bought the Earthwise Electric Corded 13.5 amp snow thrower from Amazon. It’s now listed for $150 (although it was about $30 cheaper when I purchased).

Snow flies into the air from the Earthwise electric snow thrower.

The machine arrived boxed up on my doorstep and was pretty simple to assemble. It’s been surprisingly powerful and does best in heavy snow — the worst kind to shovel in central Illinois. It’s lightweight enough to easily store and doesn’t require the maintenance found with gas-powered tools.

One tip to keep in mind if you go the electric route: Make sure to buy a cold-weather rated extension cord, the longer the better. Normal extension cords get extremely stiff as temperatures drop, so it’s worth the extra expense.

– Katie Gaston


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