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February 13, 2013

Snow blows lots of business into downtown hardware store

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How much does a snowblower go for, in general?

Hatch: They start at $800 and go to $1,800.

It’s a wise investment to have one?

Hatch: If you live in the New England area, it’s crazy if you don’t have one, period. Don’t get me wrong: It’s been a long time since we’ve seen a snow pile like this, but if you live in New England and you are going to stay here, you need to have a snowblower. At least you are not burning out your back, you are not always hunting for a shovel, you are not always breaking a shovel handle.

What should people should look for when they buy a snowblower?

Sands: If it’s just something for themselves and it’s for their own driveway, if you have a two-car-wide driveway, two deep, you can go with a little-bit-smaller snowblower. If you are looking to do more with it, that’s when you have to go bigger.

Hatch: For a base-cut model, it would be a 9-24 ... Nine would be 9 horsepower, 24 would be how wide the bucket is (in inches).

It must be tough to be in a business that depends on seasonality to figure out what you are going to stock.

Sands: Absolutely. Every season is a little different. ... Again, I go back to being at it for quite a while. This is a third generation, so we’ve been taught very well from grandfather to my dad. It’s definitely a challenge, but a good challenge. We enjoy it, believe it or not.

Is now the time to invest in a snowblower?

Sands: I think anytime is a time to invest in a snowblower. Prices really don’t fluctuate, to be honest with you, so there is really no end of season, beginning of season. ... In New England, you never know what you are going to get.

Staff writer Ethan Forman can be reached at 978-338-2673, by email at eforman@salemnews.com or on Twitter at @DanverSalemNews.

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