How To Clear Snow Using A Leaf Blower
There are many ways to clear snow, but some methods are much more efficient than others. While the traditional standard tool of choice would be a snow blower, snow shovel or rake, there are a few non conventional options that work just as efficiently, if not more so. For example, one of the best ways to conserve your energy while clearing snow is to use a leaf blower.
Why Should I Use a Leaf Blower?
If you have a snow blower, you might be wondering why you would need to use a leaf blower to clear the snow off your driveway. If you do own a snow blower and prefer to use that in the winter, you can use it to clear snow and save your leaf blower for the greener months.
However, if you don't own a snow blower and already own a leaf blower, it can get the job done just as well, especially when the snow is light. In addition, it puts better use to a tool that is generally saved for other seasons of the year. This can help you save both money and space in your garage and minimize the number of appliances you need to maintain, repair, and replace.
While you’re clearing off your driveway, you can also clear your vehicles, your garbage cans, and even your mailbox with your leaf blower. Using a leaf blower is especially efficient for clearing off vehicles and other quick access machines and structures that may be oddly shaped and that can collect snow in small crevices. Using a leaf blower rather than other tools, like brooms and rakes, can also help prevent you from scratching your car.
How is It Better Than a Shovel?
You might be thinking that your shovel is better for clearing snow than your leaf blower, but have you ever considered how much time it takes to shovel your driveway? Some days, especially days when there is a light layer of snow on the ground, it’s actually more efficient to use a leaf blower, and using a shovel could take more time than is necessary.
This generally applies if there is around one inch of snow on the ground. On light snow days, the layer of snow is thin enough to be blown away easily and depending on the size of your driveway, you could have your pavement and your vehicles cleared within a matter of minutes.
This came as a big surprise to me, but here's another reason to avoid using a shovel - according to the BBC, over 100 people die every year in the USA, after having heart attacks while shoveling snow. It seems like the combination of exertion, cold air, and early mornings, increases the strain on your body far more than running on a treadmill. In fact, the cardiologist quoted in the BBC article considers shoveling snow so dangerous that he advises people over 55 to avoid it completely.
How Do I Clear Snow Using a Leaf Blower?
To clear the snow off of your driveway, you will need to use your leaf blower the same way you would use a snow blower. We’ll walk you through the steps on how to do this and give you some resources to help you out. However, there are a few precautions to keep in mind before you get started.
First, you should be aware of any hazards caused by the type of leaf blower you’re using. If you’re using a corded electric leaf blower, make sure it’s plugged into a GFCI outlet, to minimize the risk of electrocution, particularly in wet conditions. If you have a hot, gas powered leaf blower, you run the risk of burning yourself, so you’ll also need to wear safety gloves.
In addition, gasoline leaf blowers and snow blowers are extremely loud, up to over 100 decibels loud, and can damage hearing. When clearing your driveway or vehicle with any kind of blower, you’ll need to wear safety earmuffs or earplugs to protect your hearing. Anyone within a close distance of you should protect their hearing with special protective gear as well.
Once you have your safety gear on and your leaf blower running, you can begin clearing the snow away. When clearing your driveway or pavement, start at one end and sweep the blower back and forth. Keep going until the snow is driven to the outer edges.
Once you reach the end of your driveway, you can turn around and go back over it again. Check out this video to see how quickly your light snow can be cleared away:
Clearing Snow From Your Car
To clear off your vehicle, you’ll want to start at one end, making sweeping motions until one side is cleared off. Move all the way around, blowing the snow off the top and out of the cracks as you go. Keep going until you make it all the way around and clear the entire vehicle. You should be able to clear your car off much faster this way and with minimal effort.
This simple trick can save you a lot of time and energy during the snowy season and put your leaf blower to good use!