It is never too early to be prepared and now is a perfect time to take at look at your old snowblower and consider a replacement. Purchasing a new snowblower in the offseason makes sense and now is the right time to see what is available for the model year.
Dual stage, snowblowers make the job of removing large amounts of snow easier and safer and provide you the potential to get the job done and back indoors where it is comfortable. There are many blowers on the market, thus making it easy for your to get the right one that will suit your needs best.
Why Two Stages?
A two stage blower is one that uses an auger to feed the snow into an impeller, the first stage. The impeller then chops and blows the snow from the discharge tube, the second stage. Dual stage snow blowers tend to be larger and more powerful than single stage blowers as they tend to be powered by gasoline, small engines. Although, some cordless models are now on the market. This allows them to handle deeper snow as well as snow that is more densely packed or more moist than regular, dusty, easily blown, snow. Longer driveways and sidewalks or areas where the snow gets dense or deeply packed two stage blowers make the job faster and more efficient.
They also tend to blow the snow farther distances thus preventing the snow from creeping back or falling in. It is true that they are usually more expensive, pound for pound, than single stage blowers but the difference is power really makes a difference. Also, two stage blowers are usually self-propelled and thus require a lot less effort to use than single stage blowers. In fact, some blowers can fit accessories like hoods to keep you out of the weather. If you have to deal with a lot of snow, two stage blowers are right for you.
Five Great Two-Stage Snowblowers
Powerful Snow Thrower w/Electric Start
This two stage blower – Power Smart Model #DB7651 Blower is packed with a 208cc engine for excellent power and performance. The 12 inch auger chops through snow with ease and the adjustable skids protect the surface from damage. It is self propelled and has four forward speeds and two reverse speeds.
The discharge tube is adjustable and offers a generous distance in which to blow the removed snow. The large wheels make it easy to maneuver and the engine has an electric start. People who purchased this blower love the fact that is easy to assemble straight from the box and how it makes a quick work of removing snow.
Best Dual-Stage Snow Thrower
A highly respected name, Briggs and Stratton has been producing power equipment for generations and still produce some of the best equipment available. This blower – Briggs and Stratton Model #1696614 Blower has multiple forward and reverse speeds, coupled with large, wide tires for easy mobility.
The engine is 208cc and produces over 9.5 foot pounds of torque for the auger to handle really deep or dense snow. The engine is also electric start and there is a light for use in low light conditions. People who have this blower love the solid construction and the easy to get running engine. All in addition to the three year warranty.
Heavy Duty Snowthrower on the Market
One of the most popular brands due to their legendary reliability. This model – Husqvarna Model #ST224P Blower is the twenty four inch series which will cut a twenty four inch swath of deep and dense snow with ease. It has multiple forward and reverse speeds but this is coupled with power steering to make this one of the easiest blower to drive.
Also, the engine is electric start for fast starting and for getting the job done faster. The discharge chute is remote operated and easily adjustable. People who have this blowers love the dependable nature of this blower and how well it removes hard, packed snow.
Top Snowthrower on the Market
This powerful blower from Poulan is part of their Pro series, offering a generous amount of power and performance at an affordable price point. This specific model – Poulan PRO Model #PR270 Blower features multiple forward and reverse speeds as well as a comprehensive power steering system that make this unit easy to drive, even while gloved.
This is a 27 inch model producing a swath up to 27 inches wide and up to 20 inches deep. The adjustable skids means you can adjust it for any surface and there is a light for low light conditions. This is a great blower and people who have purchased this model love the wide cutting and power to deal with any type of snow.
Top Rated 2 Stage Snow Blower
The Ariens Model #ST24LET Blower is a compact blower from the U.S. Manufacturer Ariens and this is a top of the line snowblower that is designed for heavy duty work. It has many of the standard features such as multiple speeds, lights, electric start and more but it also uses tracks instead of wheels for superior performance on ice and snow.
This specific model is a 24 inch but tracked models can be found in larger sizes as well. Capable of handling deep, wet and well packed snow, this blower is perfect for both residential or commercial use. People who have this blower love the dependable and reliable nature of this blower as well as the power and performance.
Be sure to follow all recommended guidelines for using and storing your blower as outlined in the owners manual. Never try to refuel a hot or running snow blower to prevent fires or burns.