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Snow Throwers Selection Guide

How to Pick the Perfect Snow Thrower

Finding the snow blower to suit your needs is a function of three basic considerations: 1) the snowfall typical for your area, 2) the space you plan on clearing and 3) the room you have available for storing yard equipment. Snow blowers range from small electric units to gasoline-powered “snow cannons” capable of projecting snow 40 feet or more.

To find the right snow blower for your needs, follow the snow blower selection guide we’ve assembled.

Snow Thrower:


Single Stage

Dual Stage
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Single Stage

Single-stage snow blowers are the best choice for light snow up to six inches or for clearing short, level driveways and sidewalks, or if you have limited space for storing your snow blower. They employ a single auger blade to both gather the snow and expel it out the chute. These machines are lightweight, easy to maneuver and take up a relatively small amount of storage space.A distinct benefit of both gas and electric single-stage snow blowers is that the auger blades propel the snow blower along as well as doing the clearing, giving you a much “closer shave” against the pavement.
Single Stage

Dual Stage

If you typically experience snowfalls of six inches or more — or if wet, heavy snow is typical of your region — you’ll want to move up to a dual-stage snow blower. These powerful blowers leave a small gap between the rotor and the concrete or asphalt surface. While the results may not be spotless clearing, the power of a dual-stage is what it takes to clear heavy snowfall.
Dual Stage