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Used my 2 cycle paddle blower today, worked great

Today we had maybe 1 1/2". Definitely not deep enough to use a 2 stage blower, would have left too much snow. So I used one of my paddle blowers, a 2 cycle, only 3 1/2hp. I have others up to 5hp including one that has a plug in electric start. I had forgotten how well the rubber paddles get down to the pavement, how light the machine is to maneuver, how fast it is, and how well it pulls into the snow. I am definitely going to use it again. The last time I had used a paddle blower may have been 15 years ago. Now having acquired several this past year, and not using one for such a long time, I had planned selling them all. Now I have to decide which one to keep.

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we had one to three inches of snow on the ground so I made quick work of it with the 2450E. hard to say which one of your e stage machines to keep but do keep one of them
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My neighbor gave me her Murray 4.5 hp 21" single-stager and I finally got to use it a couple of times this season (we haven't had any snow worthy of a 2-stager).

I am pleasantly surprised how well it works! I also had a chance to use another neighbor's Honda HS520A and that one is even better!

I've always been a 2-stage guy but I might have to keep a single stage unit around.


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I use my Toro CCR1000 for everything under 8" whether on the deck or the driveway.
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I use my Toro CCR1000 for everything under 8" whether on the deck or the driveway.
I use to use the 2450e for everything, even after getting a two stage snowblower but after using the two stage a couple of times I found them to me more relaxing to use for the properties I blow snow for. if I'm using the 2450e then I only do my house and three neighbors, if I use the 521 we generally have 4+ inches of snow and then I'll end up blowing snow for something like nine neighbors plus another six of mom's neighbors and mom's place too

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I use my Toro CCR1000 for everything under 8" whether on the deck or the driveway.
I too, use a Toro CCR2000 with a Suzuki engine in it - about 24 years old and still going strong. Basically use for snowfalls under a foot. Keep that chute slick!
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Today we had maybe 1 1/2". Definitely not deep enough to use a 2 stage blower, would have left too much snow. So I used one of my paddle blowers, a 2 cycle, only 3 1/2hp. I have others up to 5hp including one that has a plug in electric start. I had forgotten how well the rubber paddles get down to the pavement, how light the machine is to maneuver, how fast it is, and how well it pulls into the snow. I am definitely going to use it again. The last time I had used a paddle blower may have been 15 years ago. Now having acquired several this past year, and not using one for such a long time, I had planned selling them all. Now I have to decide which one to keep.
I sold my 2 stage because of my experiences with single stages I was flipping.

I was surprised at the performance of the ccr2000, ccr3650 hs521 hs621 Hondas I had.

I used them for 8-10 inches before and it got through it without much trouble. If I was getting 12+ regularly I would have a 2 stage but we only get 10+ a couple times a year here.

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There is definitely a place for the smaller machines. I too, like mine for smaller snowfalls, also for really wet snow. The little machine is so easy to move around, and gets right down to driveway surface as you mentioned. I seem to have carb issues often with mine, it is currently down again waiting for a rebuild kit. But aside from that trait, I do like using that one. Not as much as I like the 2-stange, but still WAY better than a shovel, LOL!!

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Today we had maybe 1 1/2". Definitely not deep enough to use a 2 stage blower, would have left too much snow. So I used one of my paddle blowers, a 2 cycle, only 3 1/2hp. I have others up to 5hp including one that has a plug in electric start. I had forgotten how well the rubber paddles get down to the pavement, how light the machine is to maneuver, how fast it is, and how well it pulls into the snow. I am definitely going to use it again. The last time I had used a paddle blower may have been 15 years ago. Now having acquired several this past year, and not using one for such a long time, I had planned selling them all. Now I have to decide which one to keep.
With this storm coming you should do a max performance test on the single stages just for fun. not saying do your whole drive but just test them out and see how they do in 12+ inches

i have yet to reach the point of not being able to use the single stage the most ive had was about 12" with an older CCR2000 with new paddles on it.

it took care of everything including the EOD it was a lighter dry snow but still 12" isnt a joke.

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With this storm coming you should do a max performance test on the single stages just for fun. not saying do your whole drive but just test them out and see how they do in 12+ inches
Last night I loant it to a neighbor for today's snow, he called me back last night before the snow saying the auger wouldn't turn. I used it last week. ???

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