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Question Honda single stage or a two stage for limited space

I live in mid Michigan and need a new snowblower. I had a small single stage Toro before that worked well but could not handle the end of the driveway plowed snow and had trouble with real heavy snow. We have very limited garage space. So I might be able to fit a smaller size two stage ...24 in max probably or a single stage. I know Honda is quality but $$$ and some one of their single stage units are very good. Should I go this route and meet the space issue or try and fit a two-stage instead. Is there a two stage that is compact and folds up when not in use?
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Find a way to make an Ariens 24 SHO fit and you will be more than happy that you made it work when you get the heavy snow and to the EOD.
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Little more background info would certainly help us narrow down some possible choices. What type of snowfalls do you normally experience (dry light snow or heavy wet snow)? What are the overall dimensions of your driveway ? Paved driveway or loose gravel? Depending on those answers I would say Honda HS720 or Toro 821QZE if you're leaning toward a single stage machine. Or Ariens Compact 20" if you're looking for a powerful compact 2-stage machine. The single stage machines will handle 95% of the snow storms the drop snowfalls of 8" or less. The are very compact, clean down to bare pavement, and are very quick and nimble especially in light snowfall conditions. Once you start getting over 8" with wet snow or EOD berms, a two stage machine is a better option in my honest opinion.

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Take a look at the Toro SnowMaster™ 824 QXE (36003). It's built to handle the end of driveway mess and takes up just a little more room than a single stage. If I was limited to just 1 snowblower I would probably take a long hard look at own 824QXE. Check out the online videos and see if your situation it similar to those having success with the SnowMaster.

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Our driveway is about 50’ and two car so probably 18’ wide. We live on a corner so there is probably 180’ of sidewalk.

In Michigan once it gets really cold the snow will be lighter but in the early and late part of the winter it can be wet. Max snow might be 8-12 but most are 4-6”.

The toro 824qxe might be an option but does it fold up?
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do single stages handle EOD??

I'll find out this winter with my 621 but will have the old HS80 in the bullpen warming up.

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do single stages handle EOD??

I'll find out this winter with my 621 but will have the old HS80 in the bullpen warming up.
Toro's do, I don't know about those Honda's though.

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Toro's do, I don't know about those Honda's though.
it seems that you would have to break down those berms with a shovel first. we get a lot of wet stuff and berms are usually compact and icy. You need a 2 stage with teethy augers to cut through it.

this monster does the job.

you can't have too many Honda's. a single stage for the light stuff. An HS80 for the drive and a back up 80. Two HS55's. One for front deck and one for back yard/ deck to clear out for propane deck, An 1132 for the monsta berms and for making extra moulah with and a couple ol 828's and 928's for back ups or to sell for pizza and beer money.

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it seems that you would have to break down those berms with a shovel first. we get a lot of wet stuff and berms are usually compact and icy. You need a 2 stage with teethy augers to cut through it.

this monster does the job.

you can't have too many Honda's. a single stage for the light stuff. An HS80 for the drive and a back up 80. Two HS55's. One for front deck and one for back yard/ deck to clear out for propane deck, An 1132 for the monsta berms and for making extra moulah with and a couple ol 828's and 928's for back ups or to sell for pizza and beer money.

ol boy scout and our motto is "Be Prepared"
Looks like you are prepared. You folks have lots of mulch out there, is there some green space where I can use my JD lawn tractor? Nothing like a good mow to relax after work.

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