This Lightweight Snowblower Breaks Ice, Not Your Back

Tough on snow, easy on you

Briggs & Stratton 922EXD

Weight: 90 pounds; Torque: 9 foot-pounds; Engine: 205 ccCourtesy Briggs & Stratton

Normally, homeowners must choose between two types of snowblowers: a light, maneuverable single-stage model or a large, powerful two-stage one. The 922EXD combines the best attributes of both.

The secret is in the auger. Reinforced rubber-edged paddles wipe concrete clean, and a series of 14 serrated surfaces chop heavier compacted snow. Also, the machine’s electric-start engine is guaranteed to work in temperatures as low as –20°F to ensure it boots up in even the coldest blizzards. Now, if we could just get the snowplow to stop barricading our driveways.

This article was originally published in the January 2015 issue of Popular Science.