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Snowblower: Info Please

Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by Chango2, Feb 21, 2011.

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  1. Chango2

    Chango2 Active Member

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    Firstly, thanks to all who helped me with information re. a generator and pellets for a pellet stove. Wife and I spent a week at our mountain cabin that borders the ElDorado National Forest in the Placerville, Calif. area. We had, I'm told, an unusual amount of snow in two days. We are at 3800 feet, and lost power for 2.5 days. The generator and pellet stove kept us warm! We found a 5000 watt Subaru powered generator, btw.

    Now comes more questions from this rookie re. snow country: Our driveway is modest in size up there, maybe 30 x 20. The driveway is level. The exposure is northern. The snow drifted onto it and was maybe 2 feet high with a big tall area where the county road plow had pushed snow. I figure a snow thrower or blower would be nice; I also figure since that this is a small area, a high quality light snow thrower would be appropriate. Can folks out there in cold country advise? I figure I need a reliable single stage thrower that cuts a minimum of a 20 inch path so we can get our cars out easily...the surface below the snow is asphalt. This time, I had to pay a young man to scrape the drive with his snowplow equipped Dodge Cummins...so if we want to spend snow season up there, we are still not entirely equipped.

    Thanks in advance for any advice; you trapshooters more familiar to the conditions that are new to me have been invaluable and your input is greatly appreciated.

    Sincerely,

    David
     
  2. Conn. Man

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    David,

    I think ctreay is right,If your in big snow country(so to speak)I wouldn't hesitate in getting a two stage snow blower to do the job.Id rather be a little over powered than a sorry site LOL.

    Sandy Holehouse.
     
  3. Mapper

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    Yes on the 2 stage. I had one single stage and a few 2 stages. The single stage might balk at a drift over about 10".
     
  4. shooterIII

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    I've been blowing snow in MN for 50 years using both single and 2 stage. Do not buy a single stage, the 2 stage is the only way.
     
  5. stokinpls

    stokinpls Well-Known Member

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    The single stages work well until the snow gets to 6" and above (and they dont work well when it's less than 2" either - not enough to throw). You can always keep going back out and keep it knocked down (off?) or buy the two stage and play the waiting game. Also, if you wait too long and the snow is allowed to freeze, the single stage if worthless. All I've ever owned is a couple of Toro S200 single stages, and I love to work on them, but they definitely have their limitations with winters like this last one. I almost hate to say this, but fooling with my snowblowers is about the most fun I've had this winter - love them dang two-cycles. Good luck.
     
  6. grntitan

    grntitan Well-Known Member

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    Can someone please explain what a single stage and two stage snowblower is? I know what a snowblower is but had never heard the single and two stage term. Just curious as my wife and i have considered buying a snowblower for our use. Thanks

    Matt
     
  7. Hauxfan

    Hauxfan Well-Known Member

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    grntitan, check out the above URL, it tells you and shows you the difference between a single stage and a double stage snowblower.

    I'll stick with the double stage where I live.

    Hauxfan!
     
  8. Haskins Bill

    Haskins Bill TS Member

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    What ever you choose look at it as heart attack insurance! They will throw more snow in a couple of minutes than you can shovel in two hours!!!!
     
  9. grntitan

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    Thanks Haux!!

    Matt
     
  10. whiz-bang

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    I own four snow blowers three single stages and one two stage for our rental property. This year they have been getting heavy use. My favorite is the Toro single stage. Last week I rebuilt the lower end. New shovel cutting edge and paddles. Tried it out yesterday with six or better inches of snow and blew alot of it over a six foot fence. Today I used it on two inches or less. Cleaned it down to the concrete. Also have a Honda I can move more snow with a scoop shovel than that piece of junk.

    The good thing about a single stage is I can pick it up and place it in my pick up as I have to clean eight properties. And it's easy to use between parked cars and other obstacles. When the snow gets deep and for driveway approaches then a two stage. For extreme snow removal when our 4 wheel drives won't do the job the T 250 Bob Cat goes into use.
     
  11. dverna

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    The Toro 3650 single stage I have will not handle over 8 " very well. During a big storm, I go out when the snow gets to 5-6 inches and then again when the storm is over. We do not get over 12 inches at one time in southern MI. The impeller "rubbers" need to be replaced every two to three years (cost about $50 if you do it yourself). The scraper bar about every second impeller change.

    If I lived where heavy snow is normal, I would get an electric start dual stage machine. The Ariens machines are highly rated.

    Don Verna
     
  12. PNT

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    Personally, I'd stay away from Sears snowblowers. They are made by whoever get the low bid. I speak from experience, hard to get parts for. Stay with the name brands.
     
  13. Conn. Man

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    I think Don Verna has it right!!!!.I have seen a lot of good reports on the Ariens snow blower---two stage.Im gonna buy one for next winter and thats what it will be.Oh ,it's a four stroke also.No premix !!!!!.


    Sandy Holehouse.
     
  14. MikeGrahn

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    I have not had the pleasure of walking behind a snowblower here in central MN 14in of new snow this weekend. My blower is an eight foot two stage with a 200HP John Deere on it. Was on it all day yesterday a lot of three foot drifts some six footers. Blows three foot on the level about 35 ft away at 3mph but takes about 8 gals of diesel an hour. Blower $4000.00, JD $75,000.00. Mike
     
  15. halfmile

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    I have a Toro. I would gladly have an Ariens. The bigger JD are good too, but green paint is expensive.

    Look at the skidshoes, if they are lightly constructed that tells you something.

    My 20 year old Toro just now finally needs a clutch disc. I much prefer the Tecumseh over the Briggs. Too bad they are no more.

    HM
     
  16. Country Squire

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    I also have a Toro. It's a power clear 141cc R-tec 2cycle. It's a 21" I've had it for 3 yrs. It's an electric start although I've never used it . It starts with the first or second pull. I live in North East Ohio and also have an asphalt drive.It has blown anything we get from 1/2 in.of slush to 10-12 inch deep snow. It has served me well and would reccomend it.Disclaimer I am not now or have ever been an employee or salesman for Toro.
     
  17. Chango2

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    ttt....

    Any recommended dealers for this; I'm looking for a two stage Ariens.

    Thanks again,

    new to cold country David
     
  18. Hardage

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    Live in NE Wisconsin. Two ways to do it. If you have a riding mower you can get the attachment for it which works excellent. I have a simplicity and the snowblower attach works very good even though it is a single stage.

    Option two: Definitely a Ariens probably around the 9 horse range and definitely with selectable forward gearing. I have a 9 horse Ariens as well and it will chew through stuff I can't even get my mower through with it's attachment. I use the mower in up to 2 foot drifts and it works fine but above that or if it's "heavy" snow then sometimes I resort to the Ariens in the deeper stuff. Ariens is made nearby in Brillion, WI and have an excellent reputation.
     
  19. short shucker

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    Get one with lots of hp and heated grips. Don't buy a single stage for any reason. The easier it is to change chute angles the better off you'll be. Right now is a great time to buy as dealers are trying to close out their inventory before spring arrives.

    ss
     
  20. Tripod

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    some one posted a picture on here a while back of a two stage snow blower powered by a small block chevy engine.
    Looked about right to me!
     
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