so what's the sweet spot between a couple of inches and a lot of snow? that's what this is made for!My grandmother had one of those. She would use it here and there, but from what I can recall, it really didn't work that well. It always seemed that the amount of snow that it would be for never fell. With a couple inches of snow, it was easier to use a hand shovel. When a lot of snow fell, a single stage / two stage would do the trick.