3/6/2020 6:00:00 AM
The best commercial snow removal options
Commercial snow blowers
A professional works all day and needs to have the most powerful snow blower and equipment that’s reliable, durable and versatile for multiple applications from driveways to narrow walkways.
The biggest difference between the average homeowner snow blower and a professional’s is the volume of cleanup after each snowfall. A homeowner is likely clearing their property, plus maybe a neighbor’s, spending about 30 minutes to one hour doing so.
Commercial snow blower reliability
To learn which brand makes the best and most reliable snow blower on the market, look at the construction material. Avoid those built with cheap plastic and opt for models constructed from steel. Better yet, research the quality and the steel thickness of the brands sold in snow blower dealerships. For example, all Ariens® professional snow blower models are built with non-recycled steel.
All snow blowers have handlebars, housings, chutes, etc., but the designs differ between brands. For example, handlebar geometry. Turning under heavy loads applies stress to the handlebars, which is why Ariens updated the professional models to have stronger, welded handlebars with thicker steel – an upgrade from the tube designs on residential models.
Commercial snow blower power
The more power a snow blower has, the faster it throws high volumes of snow. The faster a snow blower throws, the quicker it can get to the next job.
Snow blower engine power was once measured in horsepower, but the new standard is to advertise a snow blower engine by its displacement in cubic centimeters, or CCs. An engine’s displacement is the distance its piston(s) travel through an engine cylinder (the stroke), multiplied by the diameter of the cylinder (the bore). The longer the stroke and the larger the bore, the greater the displacement.
The greater the displacement, the greater the power of a snow blower engine.
All Ariens Professional snow blower models feature 420 CC engines, enough power to move up to 102 tons of snow per hour with the 36-inch model. To put it into perspective, most of the smaller residential Sno-Thro® models in the Ariens lineup have about half as much displacement and they’re still tossing snow dozens of feet away from where it landed.
Commercial snow blower features
What are features to look for in a professional snow blower? The most important are efficiency features that allow professionals to cover more jobsites in less time and with less money – finishing long days earlier and at a lower expense.
A hydrostatic or hydro snow blower can speed up or slow down without stopping and shifting.
Hydrostatic snow blowers allow the operator to change the drive speed of their snow blower by simply moving a lever forward or backward – while the unit is still moving. This is very different from friction-drive models that require stopping before shifting to another speed.
EFI snow blowers
EFI snow blowers save fuel, start more easily, save time and are easier to maintain.
A few years ago, Ariens introduced the first ever EFI, or electronic fuel injected, snow blowers. EFI uses a computer that calculates an optimal fuel and air mixture that makes the engine start more easily – which is why EFI snow blowers usually start on the first pull.
EFI engines are fuel sippers and run longer on the same amount of fuel compared to a carbureted / conventional snow blower engine. With fewer stops to refuel, that’s time and money saved.
In carbureted (non-EFI) engines, fuel can oxidize and turn into a gel that could clog the fuel system. To prevent oxidation, we recommend adding a quality fuel stabilizer to the fuel tank. If the fuel system becomes clogged, your engine won’t start and you’ll be stuck with repair bills.
EFI snow blowers don't require those preventative steps and aren't prone to fuel oxidation issues – once again, saving time and money.
Click here to learn all the benefits of EFI snow blowers.
RapidTrak is an all-in-one system where users choose among maneuverability, extra traction or extra scraping ability – all in a single snow blower.
The RapidTrak track snow blower is available on 28 inch and 32 inch Ariens Professional snow blowers, and is versatile to work on both flat and steep driveways. Use track mode for superior grip with the speed of a wheel unit, shift towheel mode for maneuverability, and for hard-packed snow,dig-in mode pitches the auger housing downward for more effective scraping.
Commercial single stage snow blowers
Not all jobs, especially those in tight metro areas, need large machines. Two stage snow blowers can’t fit into every space, sometimes making a single stage the best option.
With the power, strength, reliability and durability of its larger counterparts, the Ariens Professional 21 is the best small snow blower for professionals clearing light to moderate snowfalls in smaller spaces because it was designed to match professional specifications.
Reinforced with all-steel construction, the Ariens Pro 21 withstands jostling around a truck or trailer bed and still performs to expectations at numerous jobsites. Thick, high-wear paddles scrape surfaces clean use after use with less frequent replacement.
Unique handlebar geometry allows a user to load and unload the Pro 21 onto and from a truck bed by themselves. Additionally, oil changes and engine maintenance are quick and easy because of the unit’s accessible engine.
Commercial power brushes
When clearing lighter and slushier snowfalls in areas with heavier pedestrian traffic like metro areas and college campuses, power brushes are sometimes preferred because power brush discharge is typicallylow to the ground, lighter and more evenly dispersed. Additionally, their high-strength nylon bristles help ensure a clean sweep down to the surface.
The technology of an Ariens power brush is nearly identical to Ariens Sno-Thro models, mimicking their strength, power and reliability. Available in 28 and 36 inch widths, both models feature adjustable brush heads that can be positioned straight forward or 20 degrees to the left or right.
Like with certain professional snow blower models, the Hydro Brush 36 model has a hydrostatic transmission and doesn’t need to be stopped to speed up or slow down.
These are the main points to consider when choosing a professional snow blower:
Durability and reliability
Pick a snow blower brand that has a reputation for building reliable products and a brand that builds snow blowers with quality material and a quality American workforce.
Features and efficiency
There’s no replacement for displacement, meaning engine size. Look for professional snow blowers equipped with an engine of at least 400 “CCs” - meaning cubic centimeters.
Pick a snow blower clearing width that fits the properties you’re servicing. Biggest can be extremely efficient but it isn’t always the best option for clearing diverse areas like narrow walkways.
Working fast and with the least expense possible is paramount in the professional landscaping business, and this is achieved through innovative features. An Ariens Professional RapidTrak EFI model is your best solution in snow blower efficiency this season.