I've already had heart attack number 2 with a third scheduled and that is why no more shoveling. While probably not quite as bad as some areas in the country Iowa is capable of a few 10-12" snow storms thru an average winter. Never had to get on the roof and with a bad knee and bad back I'll steer clear of trying to climb the roof.Consider a blower as insurance and hope you don’t HAVE to use it on that much snow, but shoveling is the main cause of heart attacks in older people. If you aren’t there yet, you will be some day. I was just trying to point out the time saved using a blower in tough conditions as compared to a blade or FEL + back blade. Blowers may not be for everyone, but where I live, it’s the best choice, especially when space is limited for piling snow. A front blade is certainly the lowest cost, at least until you have to hire someone to plow you out, maybe even then once or twice, just not every day or even 2-3 times a week.
A few years back, I had to clear 1-1.5 ft off the roof three times in a week. It doesn’t happen often, but I prefer to be prepared if it does.