The first step in choosing a snow blower is determining whether a single-stage or two-stage unit would be best for your home. To do so, you should consider these factors:
- What type of snow do you typically get and how much of it? (e.g. Is it light and powdery? Is it wet and heavy?)
- How large of an area needs to be cleared? (e.g. Do you have a large driveway? Do you have a small driveway and a small section of sidewalk in front of your home?)
SINGLE-STAGE SNOW BLOWERS
Single-stage snow blowers tackle light to moderate snowfalls with ease and clear snow on your pathways and driveways all the way down to the pavement. The rubber auger combined with the power of the engine scoops up the snow and discharges it through the chute in a single motion – thus the name, Single-Stage. They are compact, easy to maneuver and have simple controls, making them a great choice for many people. Because of their compact size and ease of use, they can typically clear light to moderate snowfalls quicker than a two stage unit and are perfect for small to moderate sized two-car-garage driveways.
To better tackle tough end-of-driveway type snow with the convenient compact size of a single-stage snow blower, Briggs & Stratton introduced SnowShredder™ Serrated Auger Technology. A Briggs & Stratton Single-Stage Snow Blower with a ShowShredder™ Serrated Auger can tackle light to moderate snow on driveways or pathways like a regular single-stage AND the tough, compacted end-of-driveway snow build-up left behind by the snow plow. Multiple serrated steel surfaces chop and grind through snow and ice with ease. It’s the best of both worlds… two-stage power, single-stage handling.
TWO-STAGE SNOW BLOWERS
Briggs & Stratton® Two-stage, or Dual-stage, Snow Blowers have a self-propelled transmission with forward and reverse speeds that propel the unit in order to assist the user. Different than a single-stage, there are two distinct stages of snow removal, thus the dual-stage name. In the first stage, the auger collects the snow and transfers it to the center of the machine and back into the impeller, which then throws it up and out of the chute. The auger and impeller, combined with the power of the engine, remove the snow faster by chewing up snow and ice, and then throwing it through the chute. Two-stage snow blowers are great for handling all types of snow on any surface. Two-stage snow blowers may be an ideal choice for those with gravel driveways, as they will not clean down to the ground like a single-stage snow blower.
Both single-stage and two-stage snow blowers come equipped with a variety of features. It is important to also consider what features you'd like to have on your snow blower when making your purchase.