Forum Friday: Winter weather boosts interest in snow blowers and heating

    Consumer Reports News: February 12, 2010 12:09 AM

    Given last week's record snowfalls that blanketed sections of the eastern U.S., it's no wonder that snow removal and heating have become even hotter topics on our forums.

    Can lawn tractors morph into snow blowers?
    One inventive reader was considering using an aftermarket plow or auger attachment to press his lawn tractor into service as a snow blower. But our resident yard-equipment expert detailed why today's lawn tractors aren't really suited for such demanding double-duty. Other readers are discussing using an ATV as a snowplow, while one of our editors has tried wielding his leaf blower against light snow. A better option would be to use our free buyers' guide to snow blowers and these discussions of key components and handling obstacles to find the best snow thrower for your needs.

    EdenPure space heater improves
    We've just published the results of our review of the updated EdenPure Gen 3 Model 1000 space heater. Discuss those findings or talk about several other particular space heaters in our central air, furnaces, and fireplaces thread.

    Furnaces: Buying and reliability
    " Which Gas Furrnace Should I Buy?" remains our all-time busiest forum topic, but recent  topics on getting a quote from a contractor for a conventional or geothermal heating system and a discussion of our brand-reliability ratings for gas furnaces have also been heating up of late.

    Gian Trotta

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