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2 Stagers and *minimal wet snow*

It's been awhile since I've worked with a 2 stager.

For 2 stagers, how well does it work in let's say 3-5 inches of wet slushy snow - typical Northeast snow we get at times.

Granted, my HS621 can handle about 8 inches just fine on dryer stuff - on the wet stuff it tends to clog (constantly uncloggin) and on the not too deep stuff, it's sorta useless .

Debating on getting a 2 stager. My issue is purely for EOD.
Not sure if I'm going to have buyers remorse IF the only snow that the 2 stager will work well is just the EOD - given the sheer volume we get.

On the rest of the property, let's say light 4-6 inches, will the 2 stager work with such little volume of snow....or will it just futile .

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Sorry.... But " EOD" ??
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Sorry.... But " EOD" ??
End Of Driveway.

If it's like me, the city plows come by at 108 MPH and really pack it in. Of course I think the plow driver has me on GPS or something and wait's till I'm done then come flying by.

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Pretty much. And they locale where I'm at, they ONLY plow to the RIGHT. So everything from across the street and then some, it's constantly burying me in...

I once dug out and left a 3 inch wall about 3 feet high parallel to what the driverside - edge of streetside parking line would be.

Left to work and came back. Neighbors said they were clearing out snow and saw a empty spot so they just plowed, broke the wall and pushed it all in....
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Sorry.... But " EOD" ??
End Of Driveway.

If it's like me, the city plows come by at 108 MPH and really pack it in. Of course I think the plow driver has me on GPS or something and wait's till I'm done then come flying by.

That's what I thought....

I hear ya on the plows! My drive is lower than the road, and the plows make an awesome ridge at the end. Right after everyone is done blowing.
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If you have an EOD concern you need a two stage. It can be done with a single but at times it's like trying to bust concrete. Especially if you can't get to it right away and come home from work to find that pile frozen.
I really liked my single on my paved driveway as it was easy and fast but at times that EOD really kicked my butt.

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It's been awhile since I've worked with a 2 stager.

For 2 stagers, how well does it work in let's say 3-5 inches of wet slushy snow - typical Northeast snow we get at times.

Granted, my HS621 can handle about 8 inches just fine on dryer stuff - on the wet stuff it tends to clog (constantly uncloggin) and on the not too deep stuff, it's sorta useless .

Debating on getting a 2 stager. My issue is purely for EOD.
Not sure if I'm going to have buyers remorse IF the only snow that the 2 stager will work well is just the EOD - given the sheer volume we get.

On the rest of the property, let's say light 4-6 inches, will the 2 stager work with such little volume of snow....or will it just futile .
Sounds like you might need new paddles on the hs621? I blew about 4 inches of slushy/heavy stuff yesterday with mine and it did fine.

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It's been awhile since I've worked with a 2 stager.

For 2 stagers, how well does it work in let's say 3-5 inches of wet slushy snow - typical Northeast snow we get at times.

Granted, my HS621 can handle about 8 inches just fine on dryer stuff - on the wet stuff it tends to clog (constantly uncloggin) and on the not too deep stuff, it's sorta useless .

Debating on getting a 2 stager. My issue is purely for EOD.
Not sure if I'm going to have buyers remorse IF the only snow that the 2 stager will work well is just the EOD - given the sheer volume we get.

On the rest of the property, let's say light 4-6 inches, will the 2 stager work with such little volume of snow....or will it just futile .

for a few inches of dry powder on a paved or concrete driveway, a 2 stage works like cutting your grass every week....i.e. it really doesn't need it but you do it anyway to keep things tidy looking.

where the 2 stage will shine is when you get a SERIOUS storm and have 8"-12" of snow and it's in the teens or 20's outside, that's its design parameters and it will throw that stuff quite well- provided it has the HP to move it.

wet slushy stuff like we got last week, that just sucks. not even a plow moves it good as the plow picks up the gravel and stone in an unpaved driveway. my snow shovel was even picking up the stone.




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I have an HS621 also and on the last dump of real slushy wet snow, my blower handled it great . I didn't even bother pulling out the big two stage HS80 as I knew that the single would be quicker and handle the snow just as well. I have been running my 621 for a few years now and don't think it has clogged once. One of the first things I did when I got my unit is put on new paddles and a new scraper bar which I think improves performance dramatically if these parts are worn.

As Superdredge said, have you checked your auger paddles to determine if replacement is necessary? Doing this maintenance item may improve your performance to the point that a two stage is not necessary (except for very heavy, deep, or hard EOD).

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