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Best single stage on the market?

If you wanted to buy a single stage to handle the majority of snows, who makes the best, and which models would I be looking at?

Who makes them today? Toro, Honda, Simplicity, Ariens, Husqavarna, MTD under various names assuming they are all the same? Any offers?

Years ago Tecumseh made almost all the engines for these, who makes the engines today? I'm sure Honda makes their own engines.I

I'm not sure if I like the idea of Toro's self pushing feature that they have on their mowers. Anyone have this feature? How's it working?

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toro's 721 is propelled by the auger as are probably all singe stage snowblowers except the snowmasters. I've had my toro 2450E since 2000, bought it new so if I were to buy a new single stage snowblower I would get toro 721. I don't know if they are the best but I've had very good luck with toro products

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If you wanted to buy a single stage to handle the majority of snows, who makes the best, and which models would I be looking at?

Who makes them today? Toro, Honda, Simplicity, Ariens, Husqavarna, MTD under various names assuming they are all the same? Any offers?

Years ago Tecumseh made almost all the engines for these, who makes the engines today? I'm sure Honda makes their own engines.I

I'm not sure if I like the idea of Toro's self pushing feature that they have on their mowers. Anyone have this feature? How's it working?
are you looking for new or older used models?

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I would like to have a single stage blower for lighter snowfalls but my driveway transitions from gravel to concrete and the concrete section is pretty steep. About 150 ft. long. It also has a very rough "brush finish" like you would find on a bridge.
My concern would be how long the single stage paddles would hold up the the concrete surface of my driveway.
It would have to be a Toro Snowmaster to get me up the steep driveway though.

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are you looking for new or older used models?
New for a recommendation to others.

Used for myself. I wanted to know what to look for on CL come April for myself.

I picked up a free Toro CCR2000 off the curb. Needs a belt, and the carb has a clog, have to deal with that, but it does run with a squirt of ether, however with a 2 cycle, that's murder, it was only a test.

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New for a recommendation to others.

Used for myself. I wanted to know what to look for on CL come April for myself.

I picked up a free Toro CCR2000 off the curb. Needs a belt, and the carb has a clog, have to deal with that, but it does run with a squirt of ether, however with a 2 cycle, that's murder, it was only a test.
nice for you i would keep the ccr2000 and try. if they are running well and they have good paddles they will throw snow with the best of them and they are super light and maneuverable. can pick them up with one guy into the bed of a truck ect.

it has a mikuni carburetor they can be expensive if you need parts they have a tendency for the needle and seat.

also look for any toro 5hp and up 3650's are powerful 6.5hp also honda hs621's




as far as new singles the snowmaster is cool it has a 252cc Chinese engine and self propelled. but the simplicity 1222ee has me intrigued especially you guys in the NE with wet snow. it has a 250cc briggs with SnowShredder™ Serrated Auger to help cut through the EOD.

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I just change the paddles and scraper bar on the new to me Toro 418 and I would hate to have to spend that every year or two, and a swept concrete would kill them in my opinion. Plus a single stage is worthless on gravel. Your best served with a dual stage.
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I just change the paddles and scraper bar on the new to me Toro 418 and I would hate to have to spend that every year or two, and a swept concrete would kill them in my opinion. Plus a single stage is worthless on gravel. Your best served with a dual stage.
Thanks that's what I figured as far as the concrete goes. I do have a two stage blower but I would like to get down to the bare concrete.

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I would like to have a single stage blower for lighter snowfalls but my driveway transitions from gravel to concrete and the concrete section is pretty steep. About 150 ft. long. It also has a very rough "brush finish" like you would find on a bridge.
My concern would be how long the single stage paddles would hold up the the concrete surface of my driveway.
It would have to be a Toro Snowmaster to get me up the steep driveway though.
Maybe someone with a Snowmaster will chime in on using it on steep driveways, seems like it could be tough going downhill pushing on the personal pace and controlling the unit. That could be dangerous, so for that reason I'm out. (too much Shark Tank reruns).

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I have a Toro CCR 2000, single stage - it is a beast! Equipped with a Suzuki engine, it is still running strong here in the snowbelt/lake effect area of Buffalo, New York. I purchased this machine in 1991, I have replaced a belt, rebuilt the carburetor, scrapper bar - plastic - several times and changed the primer bulb in about 27 years. In addition, for about 10 years it was my number 1 machine. Today, it has a backup role for anything less than about 8 - 12 inches of snow. It is dependable and a workhorse all in one.
For the big stuff, I now have an Ariens 10 HP 924 series which kicks butt on the EOD crap left by the plows!

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