How to Choose the Right Snow Blower

How To Choose The Right Snow Blower

Step 1: Stages of a Snow Blower

Choosing a snow blower can be difficult if you are not familiar with the types of snow blowers and snow throwers that are out there. We have put together this educational guide to help you narrow your search in an informed manner.

The first step is to understand the differences between a single stage snowblower and a two stage snowblower. Read the two sections below and choose the type of snowblower that best fits your needs.

Single Stage Snow Blower

Single Stage Snow Blowers

Single stage snow blowers use only one step to blow or “throw” snow. The auger, which is the rotating corkscrew-like mechanism, scoops the snow off the ground and in the same motion throws it out the chute. This single motion, much like shoveling and throwing snow by hand, is why a single stage snow blower is sometimes called a snow thrower.

Single stage snow blowers are ideal for lighter use (under 10 inches of snowfall) and are easier to maneuver due to their lighter weight. The augers are typically made of plastic or hard rubber, since they will come in contact with the ground. This allows single stage snow blowers to clear snow all the way down to the pavement. Because of this, you should only use a single stage snow blower on a paved surface (not gravel, because it can be thrown).

Single stage snow blowers are smaller in size than a two stage snow blower, are typically less powerful, and only come in consumer quality. Single stage snow blowers tend to have smaller clearing widths as well, so if you have large areas or deep snow to clear, it is recommended to choose a two stage snow blower.

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Two Stage Snow Blower

Two Stage Snow Blowers

Two stage snow blowers use two steps to blow snow. The metal auger scoops the snow off the ground and feeds it to a high speed impeller that blows the snow out the chute. They are usually self-propelled and clear a wider path than single stage snow blowers.

Two stage snow blowers have taller intakes than single stage snow blowers making them able to handle deep snow drifts. Their metal augers do not impact the ground, so they can be used on any surface including gravel. The width and power of a two stage snow blower make them able to clear large areas much quicker and throw snow higher and farther.

Two stage snow blowers have wheels or tracks and can be outfitted with tire chains. They also have many different features that differentiate the consumer, prosumer, and professional quality two stage snow blowers. If you want to clear your snow quickly and not worry about heavy snowfall, it is recommended that you choose a two stage snow blower.

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