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Product Review 1: Snowblowers

Snowblower Purchasing Review

WHERE: The Eardly T. Petersen Co. – since 1956

WESTFIELD, NJ: “If you really don’t want to invest in a snowblower and you really like to shovel snow” states Keith Petersen of The Eardly T. Petersen Company in Westfield, “don’t buy a snowblower now. Wait until the end of the Autumn and start to shop around in a preliminary way. When it then becomes apparent that many of the snowblowers have already been sold or are on layaway for the guy up the street who ordered his in July, you can be satisfied that you have done the right thing and that a real man only relies on his snowshovel, his determination and his brawn!”

“Generally speaking,” reports Mr. Petersen, “the Outdoor Power Equipment Industry (OPEI) – including the local servicing Dealer – in latter years has little or no snowblower inventories available for purchase in this country by the end of December in any given year. At intervals it snows somewhat less than usual – leaving some stock available through the subsequent Winter months – however, if there are a few early snows that result in remaining snowblowers being snapped up by eager consumers, after that time frame, the consumers’ continuing demand for non-existent snowblowers instantly creates a situation in which orders are placed for snowblowers that will not be delivered until the late Summer of the next year. Which brings us up to the present.”

Mr. Petersen advises that anyone considering the purchase of a snowblower for use in the Winter of 2012-2013 would be prudent to do their shopping immediately. “Snowblower inventory is arriving in the retailer’s showroom,” he says, “and, while many models are still available for general purchase, many models sell out quickly. Honda, for example – the industry-leading manufacturer – typically informs us by late October that certain models are entirely sold out for the Season.”

For questions on snowblowers please contact The Eardly T. Petersen Company at 908-232-5723, by e-mail at sales@etpetersen.com; or visit them at 224 Elmer Street in Westfield (closed Wednesdays) or on the web 24/7 at www.etpetersen.com.