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Help pick my first snowblower

Hello all,

I am finally a homeowner so now I get to buy a snowblower. I have about 1000sqft of driveway/sidewalk to clear. Located in southeast Michigan.

I have been looking primarly at two-stages but yesterday someone told me that two-stages aren't as good to clear let's say 3" of snow vs a single-stage? Is there any truth to that?

Looking for something I can use and my wife can use, we will go to a dealer to play with some just want to narrow our selection down first.

As long as two stage will work for smaller snowfall amounts I am looking at the following right now:
Ariens compact 24"
Ariens compact 22" (just to save a few inches in the garage)
Sno-Tek 24"

Please advise me!
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Welcome to the forum.
As to single stage blowers ... They are much faster than 2 stage blowers when removing smaller amounts of snow. Lots of guys here have one of each and a few of us have a few of each! If you think you'll be doing mostly small amounts, say up to 5" you'd probabnly be better off with a ss blower. Personally, if I were you I'd get a ss and see how it goes the first year. Just my very humble 2¢ . Brands to look at are Airens, Toro, Simplicity, Honda... Please stick with a good brand name. Also, it pays to go to a dealer if you're buying new. At least the guys here say that. I've only had one new blower and that was at least 20 some years ago. Since then I've probanly owned 15 different blowers, all bought used. If you know what to look for used is the way to go but you may need to do some repair work. If you're not mechanically proficient this may not be a good idea.
A 2 stage blower has gears and they dictate the speed you'll be blowing. Deep snow necessarily is going to slow you down but a ss blower will not be any good for deep snows.
Go to youtube and watch the video by Doneyboy73 "What to look for when buying a used snowblower" . It has a'wealth of solid information.
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Single stage is bad for gravel though. You need asphalt or concrete. If the ground is smooth and not real bumpy you can go faster with a 2 stage to make up for the lack of snow.

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Single stage is bad for gravel though. You need asphalt or concrete. If the ground is smooth and not real bumpy you can go faster with a 2 stage to make up for the lack of snow.
Yes SS blowers only work well on hard surfaces as he mentioned above. The other issue that SS blowers have is the end of drive (EOD) where the snow plow banks the snow and as a result it gets packed in since it’s normally mixed with road salts and other debris it can get packed pretty tightly.This is normally the most challenging area for any snow blower and where 2 stages have the ability to chew through.
Since I read that you said that you have 1000 sq/ft to clear I would think the ariens 22 or 24 would be a great fit to start out with. The arines 22 and 24 compact are self-propelled while most SS blowers are not… you kind of have to muscle them around.The 2 stages can go over gravel and even make a path in the yard with no problem, SS not so much.If you get a real decent snow fall 8+ inches that 2 stage will get the job done faster than the SS and with less effort. 2 stages will toss the snow father also.
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I would think in SE Michigan that you may have some larger snows from time to time. If I were you, I'd chat with your local dealer about the Ariens Compact 24 vs Ariens Deluxe 24, to get their opinion. I personally would go for a bit more power, thus the Deluxe 24. But, that's my opinion and I'd rather spend a bit more $ to have more fun w/ my drive & sidewalk clearing time!
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Welcome to the forum! Since you are new to your neighborhood maybe ask a few of them what they do to remove the snow. Since you are in Mich I bet most use 2 stage blowers. I'm a Toro fan, just my preference. 12 years ago I picked up a Troybilt Storm 1030 brand new. I picked it up on a recommendation from consumer reports back then. The storm is still running strong, engine and mechanical parts plus has heated hand grips. Heated hand grips are nice feature in really cold weather. Have only had to replace auger belt once (2 years ago). The Toro is a 1132 1980's beast of a machine. All steel not stamped metal like MTD products. But I have an MTD 5hp 24 inch cut. Had not used it since picking up the Troybilt 12 years ago. It was stored in the shed, no rust. Picked up a new carb off ebay for $22. Changed the oil and plug. Pulled the crank slowly several times to lube the internals. Turned over and ran on second pull very little smoke. All this to say, Don't be afraid to buy used if you are mechanically inclined. Changing the carb was two bolts. Good luck in your search. Let us know what you decide.
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