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Best single-stage snowblower?

I'm fed up with my Toro PowerClear 721E. It has more problems than I can list and they never stop. What brand and model is better? In my area we usually get quite a bit of snow. The Toro PowerClear was powerful enough to do the job and throws the snow 20 feet or more; even works in the awful stuff at the bottom of the driveway. So I know a single-stage could work and I have good reasons for not wanting a two-stage, so let's focus on single stage. I want something that clears right down to the pavement without throwing snow out the back of the machine. Thanks for your input.
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from a former toro dealer. i think if you get that much snow a single stage machine is not enough machine for your real needs and that causes issues. you do not want to talk about.
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Based on 10 years of being a member of this forum, the group consensus for single-stage has always been:

1. Best - Honda.
2. 2nd best - Toro.
3. Don't bother with anything else.


If you often deal with 6-inch or more snowfalls, then a single-stage isnt for you, you want a 2-stage.
If the majority of your snowfalls are 1" to 4", and often wet and slushy, then a single-stage is ideal.


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I'm fed up with my Toro PowerClear 721E. It has more problems than I can list and they never stop. What brand and model is better? In my area we usually get quite a bit of snow. The Toro PowerClear was powerful enough to do the job and throws the snow 20 feet or more; even works in the awful stuff at the bottom of the driveway. So I know a single-stage could work and I have good reasons for not wanting a two-stage, so let's focus on single stage. I want something that clears right down to the pavement without throwing snow out the back of the machine. Thanks for your input.
what kind of problems are you having. i had a toro 621 in the past and it worked well for me. if you are done with toro and want newer honda HS720 would be where i would go.

if your not averse to older blowers many have had good luck with the toro ccr 2450/3650 blowers and holder honda hs621's. i have had decent luck with an ariens pro path as well.

as far as anything else i wouldnt bother

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1) Honda the Best
2) Toro 2nd best, I have used Toro, I like the engine, the belt, the belt setup
3) Snapper 3rd best
4) I have and used MTD brands and they've done their job

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If you are happy with the way the 721 handles the end of driveway you'll love the S-M! 7hp or 8hp, both good

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Welcome to the forum! I"m very happy so far with my Toro 221, it's an older (somewhere around 2008?) 2-stroke powered single-stage.

I would be curious what sorts of issues you've had with the 721. In part, selfishly, because the 721 is the machine I really wanted, but couldn't pass up the deal I got on my 221. Is it the new generation that came out this year, or the previous version?

Regarding the Snowmaster suggestions, does the SM clear all the way down to pavement? From the pics I've seen, I thought it had a rubber flap in the middle of the paddles, but that the rest of the paddles were steel. Which made me think they're not actually touching the ground, and clearing down the surface as effectively as a traditional single-stage can. The SM does have some nice features, including being available with a larger engine (821), and being self-propelled, with Toro's Personal Pace system.

The Hondas also have a great reputation. If looking at used, people love the HS621. Otherwise I'd go as big as possible in their current single-stage lineup.

Since getting my single-stage last year, I've used it for most storms. The deepest was about 11", which seemed to be reaching its limit. But I've been impressed with how little I've needed my big 2-stage blower. I prefer using the single-stage when possible, it's less tiring to use, quicker, and clears all the way to pavement, even if we've packed down tracks from driving over it (not if that's turned to ice, though).

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I've only used the first 2 and am amazed by their performance. I'd rather go out 2-3 times for up to 5-8 inches each time than wait to use my 2 stage.

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