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Hi just looking for some feedback on a single stage unit, opinions on what to get for the light stuff. I have the Ariens Deluxe 24 for the serious snowfalls. Anyone have opinions on any of these newer electrics? I prefer Gas but looking for some advise from the members.
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Anything Toro or Honda for a gas single stage will be good. Most of the electrics don't take the snow down to the pavement, so therefore lack partial self propulsion.

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For the light stuff or just cutting paths in the backyard for the (little) dogs we have I use a Toro Powelite or my Honda HS522. I love the Honda starts easy, takes regular gas and clears down to the pavement. The Toro is a two stroke so mixing gas in a separate container is sometimes a pain but the machine is super light and dose an amazing job for its size.....Really can't go wrong with either the Toro powerlite or Honda hs522 as backup blowers.

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20 yr old toro ccr2000 2 cycle i brought back to life blowing heavy wet snow, was easier using this than my 28/10hp monster. buy gas for longevity, batteries are only good for x amount of years/charges and arent cheap to replace




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There is no one on here that doesn't like a 2 stage but the caveat consensus, they don't do everything, heavy wet snows are difficult.

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Thanks for all the info it will help me decide on the next unit.
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I found a Toro CCR 2000 online for $100. bucks. Not sure on its condition yet. Going to check it out.
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Though Honda and Toro are the best, any single stage will work fine. Hondas start right up and are 4 cycle. They have a built in shut off valve, choke, but no primer, and heavy! Very heavy! However to replace the carb is a lot of work. Other 2 cycles are easier to replace the carb with Toro being the easiest. I like the belt on the Toro. 2 cycles are very light. I have a Snapper, Toro 2000? and 2450, 3650, and 210, and MTD made. All work well and will do the job.

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1995 Murray Craftsman 10hp, 29" w. 12" impeller
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Gravely Convertible, 12hp Kohler cast iron, 26" width, 600 lbs of cast iron & steel, 2 speed impeller, 4 ground speeds
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i haven't used a new electric one but did use one a few years ago and they do ok and beat shoveling but don't compare to most gas ones. if you do get a 4 stroke single stage blower make sure it is at least 5hp or more. i had a 3.5hp honda single stage for a very short time and it didn't have enough power to really move snow well.

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Not sure on electric, but my Toro 721 R-C is a very aggressive machine. Took 4 seasons of heavy use on uneven concrete drives and walkways to wear down the rotor blades and scraper bar. I just changed the scraper, both blades, plug and belt (belt didn't need to be) for about $130 (parts from dealer).
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