We'd originally planned to get a small electric snow blower. The guy at Sears pooh-poohed that idea, saying they were about as easy to use as shoveling. We looked at a number of gas-powered snow blowers ranging from $400 to $700 in cost. Paul insisted on electric start (and I'm certainly not arguing that one), and we quickly decided that a steel auger is highly desirable to cut through the ridge left behind by the plow. That means, in turn, that we're looking at a 2-stage blower, and that implies that a power wheel drive is desirable to help get it up the steps. I'm not fond of 2-cycle engines, either.
All of these put together mean that we're looking at the high end of the range. I hadn't planned on spending $700, but I don't like the idea of shoveling the street again, either.
Suggestions? What should we be looking at? Know of any hot deals?