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post #1 of 11 Old 12-18-2019, 11:49 AM Thread Starter
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Single-stage snowblower traction problem



I have a Toro 2450 single-stage with the wheels in the picture. They still have 3/4 treads depth, but the snowblower slides on its side a lot. It is hard to keep it in a straight line. It will just go side way on a slope driveway.

Would changing out the wheels help much? Or, what you did to improve it?

I saw an after market wheel (same style). It has the same treads depth and same rubber hardness, so I don't think it would make a different.

I also found Arnold 7" x 1.5" Lawn Mower Wheel. It has diamond shape treads. I wonder if it would be a better choice. I just don't want to change them out for nothing.

Anyone with experience on this matter?
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One side of the paddle might’ve getting more grip then the other, dragging it one way more then the other


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One side of the paddle might’ve getting more grip then the other, dragging it one way more then the other


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I agree. Why not swap the wheels (left to right / right to left) and see if anything changes.

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Yes, I ordered new paddles and scraper blade. They would help some.
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dman2 I assume you mean when you are cutting across your driveway vs going up and down the slope? All my singles go sideways on sloped driveway unless I go straight up or down. Just the way it is.

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paddles for sure, tires on ss are more for transporting

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dman2 I assume you mean when you are cutting across your driveway vs going up and down the slope? All my singles go sideways on sloped driveway unless I go straight up or down. Just the way it is.
Oh, if that is the case, then I think my snowblower is okay. It is just the way it is. I like to go across my driveway sometime, but I just figured it out that I must go straight up and down only, like you said. Even then, it still like slide a little. Hopefully, the new paddles will help some as well.

It still worked much better than a two-stages in light snow condition. Here in Nebraska, we don't see a lot of snow, so a single-stage will beat a two-stages most of the time. I'm glad I have both.

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Its definitely the paddle and scraper. Mine started doing the same thing but straightened out after I changed the paddle and scraper.
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When I first starting using my SS I thought something was wrong with it because it can get squirrelly at times but then I figured out it was my driveway. I have some surface breakup and uneven spots so it will grab more on one side than the other and cause it to fish tail. My sidewalk is in fairly good shape and it runs nice a straight there. After using a two stage for 20+ years jumping to a SS took some time to get use to, kind of like hold on and keep it pointed in the general direction your going.


On a slope the only thing that might help would be studded tires but I just don't think there is enough weight back there.

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This was a very informative thread. I have a two-stage and never considered uneven spots and differences in the surface would affect how a single stage tracks.
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