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    snowblower advice

    Hard to believe that I am thinking of a new snowblower... Any advice? Currently I am looking at single stages mainly a toro and a cub cadet. I know toro is the most popular, has anyone had good luck with cub cadet?



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    Re: snowblower advice

    I'd recommend spending a couple hundred more and get a 2 stage. You won't regret it.



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    Re: snowblower advice

    Quote Originally Posted by dmclone View Post
    I'd recommend spending a couple hundred more and get a 2 stage. You won't regret it.
    This times 1000. Unless you only have a very small area to snowblow a 2 stage would be well worth it.



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    Re: snowblower advice

    My Toro single stage has been worry-free since I got it in '04. My driveway is about 30' wide at the garage and about 60' long. That, along with all of the sidewalk, means that it gets a decent workout each snowfall.

    Single stage snowblowers have come a long way in the last twenty years.


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    Re: snowblower advice

    I was told by a guy at an implement place that the two stage would be overkill for most people who simply have a driveway to clear. I don't have experience with either though. I am going to go pick up my dads this fall since he doesnt use it anymore, and its a two stage (what prompted the conversation with the guy) but more importantly, its free.


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    Re: snowblower advice

    I have had a dual stage JD for many years. I would say they are good for deeper snows, but my neighbors all seem to get the job done with the single stage blowers. I have to put a little time and money into my larger one every year it seems like. I'm sure if it was newer, I wouldn't need to.


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    Re: snowblower advice

    Some of the times that I had several feet in my driveway I think the only way I would have been able to clear it with a single stage would be to pick it up and use it as a shovel.



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    Re: snowblower advice

    If you're gonna do it, just do it right the first time and get one of these. Im sure your neighbors won't mind..


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    Re: snowblower advice

    Here's another thread from last year that has lots of opinions on snowblowers.

    http://www.cyclonefanatic.com/forum/...owblowers.html



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    Re: snowblower advice

    I love my Craftsman 2-stage. I got the previous year's model last year. It was sub-$700 I think. Two things I LOVE about it is the joystick control of snow-direction and the power-steering(brakes on both sides).



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    Re: snowblower advice

    Quote Originally Posted by stateofmind View Post
    I love my Craftsman 2-stage. I got the previous year's model last year. It was sub-$700 I think. Two things I LOVE about it is the joystick control of snow-direction and the power-steering(brakes on both sides).
    But the real question, SOM, is how good is the stereo?


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    Re: snowblower advice

    Quote Originally Posted by VeloClone View Post
    My Toro single stage has been worry-free since I got it in '04. My driveway is about 30' wide at the garage and about 60' long. That, along with all of the sidewalk, means that it gets a decent workout each snowfall.

    Single stage snowblowers have come a long way in the last twenty years.
    I agree... I watch my neighbors with their fancy 2 stage huge snowblowers shovel their driveways after they are done because it does clean all the snow off. Or I am nice and go over and let them use my single stage toro.


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    Re: snowblower advice

    I have a 2 stage toro and I would not downgrade to a single stage.

    Last years record snowfall and drifting sold me on it. Most snow events here are followed by at least some amount of wind that causes snow to drift in parts of my driveway. Not having to push the snowblower is great during these times I just put it in gear and away I go.

    The 2 stage cost a bit more but IMO it is well worth it.

    If you dont have issues with drifting you might be fine with a single stage.


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    Re: snowblower advice

    My neighbor and I have similar areas. We both have corner lots with decent size driveways. He has a single stage. If the snow is light it takes about the same time. If the snow is thick it takes him a ton of time and I can see envy in his eyes :) On top of this, I get up early so I need something kind of quiet. His is VERY loud.

    It really showed up last year in central iowa. He had to do a lot of shoveling just to make the single stage get through it. Even with my dual stage I sometimes wish I would have gotten something even bigger. In everything but the deepest snow I pretty much just leave it in top gear and fly through the snow.


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    Re: snowblower advice

    My motto on power tools is look for the biggest that you think you'll need and then go another couple of steps up. I wish I would have done this with the air compressor I recently bought.



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