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post #11 of 18 Old 08-09-2019, 09:19 AM
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I live in the mitten state and we get quite a bit of snowfall. But a majority of it is < 6" as I suspect is the norm for most of us. My neighbor had a monster 2 stage 10hp+ with headlight (possibly heated hand-grips...). We had the same standard 2 car garage/driveway. He could have a 1/3 of his done when I would start with my single stage. I could actually jog (fast walk) with mine and finish and he would still have 1/3 of his left. Mine would also be cleaner.

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Thanks for all the advice, everyone! I'll probably start off with a single stage, but what seems to be a quite powerful one, the Toro Snowmaster 824 QXE. If I need something more powerful, I'll get a 2-stage Ariens. Hopefully this single one will be enough.

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I started out with just single stage snowblowers ( i'm in S.E. Michigan ) and use them for years in any amount of snow that we had. when I bought this house about 20yrs ago my neighbor had an older ariens st524. what i found was that if the snow was 8" or less my toro 2450 ran circles around his machine but as the snow got deeper or heavy his 524 ran circles around my machine. I still love my 2450 but I blow a lot of snow between my neighborhood and my mom's. my toro 521 ( two stage) and 2450 ( single stage ) are both 5hp machines but i'm not as tired using the 521

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One of my neighbors has a Snowmaster and I was very impressed last season by how well it worked. Still a bit too pricey for me. I will have to stay with a big single stage that I use every time and a two stage that gets used once or twice a year for now.

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Good call on the choice, IMO. The Snowmaster is an interesting machine, I'd like to try one. I've seen a lot of good feedback on them.

And getting the 824, vs the 724, is probably money well spent. You'll never regret having extra power.

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The snow master single stage works differently than other single stage machines. It is a balancing act. It has 2 small wheels in under the front that are connected via a frame to the rear wheels. The whole red machine pivots on this frame When you pull on the clutch bail it pivots the weight of the whole unit so the front cutting edge and paddles contact ground and clutches the paddles. It is a harder pull on the bail than a standard single stage that only clutches the drive belt. If you will be using machine a lot this can be straining on your hands. My 2 cents

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Central Ct here. In last 9 years, I've had everything from several inches of snow with rain making pure slush, a 2.5" sleet storm, to 36" Blizzard. The single stage is wonderfully for the messy wet storms, and handles 6" slower but adequate. The 4 stroke engines really give them almost same power as a 2 stage. But we absolutely need a big 2 stage for the big snow years.
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Originally Posted by paulm12 View Post
I have both, and you'll find out that many on this forum have multiple machines. And like many, I get used machines for cheap or free and fix them up. But I do like having a small single stage, not for fuel efficiency, but rather for cleaning the snow down to the pavement. I sometimes use the single stage after the 2 stage just for that reason.

So there is a difference I think between having 2 machines and buying 2 machines new. I'm all for having both.

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