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Product Reviews

Get winter out of the way with a snow blower

New models make clearing sidewalks, driveways easier

Bigger, better, and friendlier are the terms that best describe the latest snow blowers, also called snow throwers. The new models feature easier steering and more convenient chute controls. When shopping for a snow blower, Consumer Reports suggests considering these features:

Controls. Independent dealers and even big-box stores typically have floor samples you can check out. Be sure you’re comfortable with the height of the handle and chute adjustment, which you’ll be using frequently.

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