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What would you buy for these conditions?

I need a blower for 1 to 3 or 4 inches snow depth over small gravel.

Only need it to clear a narrow 200 ft. walkway and clear a few ft. around the car and behind it. Probably 5 times a season.

Not a spacious job in other words. I already have a 2 stage but only like getting it out for the deep stuff. A new machine as used stuff is non-existant where I am.

Thanks in advance for any recommendations.
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an ariens sno-tek 24" would be a good choice imho.....two stage machine, economical, far better build than most or all other econo machines. it would not work well with one inch of snow , but 3 or 4 inches while moving fast would be ok. other than that......a high end leaf blower and/or a snow scoop shovel.

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I love snow blowers but being rock and that little snow have you considered a battery or gas powered leaf blower ?? https://www.google.com/search?q=leaf...hrome&ie=UTF-8

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3" of snow...I would just use a snow scoop. It isn't worth hauling out a machine for.
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People have said that a single-stage is not good on gravel, presumably because the paddles (which hit the ground) grab the gravel, and throw it.

So, for machines, a 2-stage may still be better with your gravel. Unless maybe you used a single-stage, with the front end constantly raised, so you'd have to push it forward (vs it pulling itself, with the paddles hitting the ground).

Can you use your 2-stage for this, even if it's overkill? A snow scoop might become a pain, with the walkway being 200 feet, but I don't know.

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I would say 518zr but you have gravel, I would recommend a used toro 521
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a small two stage, with ARMORskid shoes installed

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Smile Best of both worlds...

Toro Snow Master, has skids shoes for height adjustment, paddles don't touch ground, self propelled, light weight and fast.
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I second the Snowmaster suggestion. Just make sure that the skid shoes are adjusted high enough so the scraper bar is not catching gravel. Fastest method possible with personal pace drive. Just make sure to aim the chute in a direction where a stray piece of high velocity gravel won't do any damage!
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Maybe a cordless electric blower would work? A lot of them don't scrape the ground, though they probably won't leave as much clearance as a Snowmaster. A light snow only, small area supplement to a 2-stage seems like the ideal place for a cordless electric blower.

Another option would be modding a single stage. It won't end up self-propelled, but you could add wheels or skid shoes to one and lift the paddles off the ground.

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