I like the blower mainly because it not only removes the snow in front of the machine I can place it out of the way for the season. A blade will force the snow in an area that will take more space and plan ahead if you get significant amounts those piles freeze into ice blocks and are difficult to remove. A blade does have it's place if you get little snow falls or it melts quickly add the squeegee if you have paved driveway. I do have both blower and blade, the blade is in case of slush mixed with street ice chunks. Cost is always a factor so go with what works for you. CL always has deals just do the research to get all the lifting parts ($360+)those can quickly offset a good deal and set you back with seat time.