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New member needs help to buy the proper snow blower for a driveway with an incline

I am new to snow blowers and I need help to select the proper one.

I would like to buy the single stage that clean snow to the bare pavement. Or should I go 2 stage with wheel or track? I would like to buy the smallest because of small garage space.

The driveway dimensions are 35ft x 13ft with a slope mostly 17.6 grade (10 degree) and 25 grade maximum (14.4 degree) in a few spots.

Thank you in advance for your suggestion/recommendation!
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Welcome aboard....!

For a new unit my only suggestion would be a tracked Honda HSS724AT(D).
For used units or Honda HS6(7)24TA(S).

This recommendations are bases on the fact that they are fitted with tracks for greater traction (needed for inclines IMHO) but also because of their hydrostatic transmission that would give you infinite ground speed adjustment and let you move as slow or fast as needed without having to stop to change gears.
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Where do you live? (How much snow do you get?)
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I am located in NJ, 20 miles from NYC. Last winter it snowed 3 to 5 feet one night and took me hours to shovel snow manually. I also had to put on traction cleats Yaktrax on my shoes because of ice. Any other option than Honda that is more affordable? Thank you again
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The Ariens Path Pro machines (single stage) are great for getting to the bare pavement and avoiding that overnight re-freeze. Could be a consideration for you, Snowsh.

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i highly recommend a tracked snowblower. I too have a very steep paved driveway. for 10 years i have used a wheeled blower but have always wanted something better to get up the hill. most times with the wheeled blower, i blow easily downhill using gravity of course, but i would then put it in high gear and just drive it up the hill over where i had already blown with the bucket raised up for zero drag. then turn around at the top and go back down. so of course, it takes longer because i only blow in one direction.

this year, i just bought a tracked honda.
if your driveway isn't real large, then go for the HSS724, otherwise the HSS928. if money is too much (they are pricey) look for a used one. however, that will save you $$ but not get teh price down to a box store wheeled unit.

it depends on how much you want to spend on ease of use. personally, i wish i would have bought the tracked blower from the start and not struggled for so long.

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I'm not experienced enough to offer any specific models, but I'm sure it would help to know your budget and whether you're willing to buy used, and if so, if you're willing/able to put a little time and energy into fixing one up.

Hondas can be pricey, but buying used can help greatly. This is a little far, but something local like this might be perfect. https://www.snowblowerforum.com/forum...nashua-nh.html
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I'd be nice to have a hydrostatic transmission, but if your budget is limited, I would second looking into the Yamaha YS624 previously suggested.
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I've had and have a few older Yamahas and as long as they are working properly they are excellent blowers (as good in quality as a Honda IMHO).
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