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For people living in regions with snow, a snow blower is a �must have� piece of equipment. Snow blowers are excellent for removing piled snow from driveways, roadways, and sidewalks. If you were not able to handle the physical work of shoveling snow, a snow blower would be an excellent investment. Taking just a fraction of the time that you would have spent shoveling, the snow blower will get the job done, leaving you with more time inside a warm and toasty home.

To purchase the right snow blower for your needs, you will need to consider the size of the area you plan to use it on such as a driveway. Then, you need to consider the average amount of snowfall for the region where you live. This will help you determine if a single-stage or two-stage blower is best.

Single-Stage

This type of snow blower uses what is called an auger assembly, which is made from a type of hard rubber or plastic and metal. The way it works is that the auger spins at a very high speed to chop up ice and snow. This ice and snow is then collected and shot out of a discharge chute. This type of snow blower is not propelled but when using it, you will notice that as the auger contacts the cleaning surface, and the snow blower is pulled forward, helping you with the process.

This type of snow blower is a great choice for any smooth surface or pavement. These blowers come in a number of widths, ranging from 12 inches to 22 inches. Additionally, you can find single-stage blowers with a multi-directional discharge chute, which allows you to aim where the discarded ice and snow will be thrown. Additionally, you can choose from wheel sizes that can accommodate varying levels of snow from 25 to 35 inches. Typically, the single-stage snow blower is one that would be used by homeowners that want to keep three to six inches of snow kept clean.

Two-Stage

The difference with this type of snow blower is that it is designed with a spinning impeller that sits behind the location of the auger. The function is similar to that of a pump in that it collects the ice and snow that has gone through the auger and then pushes it out the discharge chute but at a much higher rate of speed. The reason this is beneficial is that the snow can be moved from a greater distance. For example, if you have a very large area to blow but want the ice and snow to land away from the surface, the two-stage can do that.

Additionally, the two-stage option can push through deeper snow and comes in widths of 20 to 36 inches. With this type of snow blower, the auger does not contact with the cleaning surface, which means the front portion of the thrower is designed to adjust on skids or metal plates. With the adjustability, you can use the two-stage blower on all surface types. You will also find that this type of blower has multiple speeds as well as a reverse option. Typically, the two-stage blower is designed with a 4-cycle engine that is designed for harsh temperatures.

Therefore, both are great choices but regardless of the one that you decide to buy, remember that this is a powerful piece of equipment so safety is crucial. Always wear shoes with proper traction and warm clothing. If the snow blower becomes clogged, never try to unclog it while the engine is running. When you do have a clog, rather than use your hand, use a broken off piece of broom handle or some other type of stick to dislodge the clog. Make sure the discharge chute is always pointed away from people or animals, set the parking brake if you leave the blower in the operating position, avoid rocks and other objects hidden beneath the snow, and be very careful when blowing sloping surfaces, going up and down, never across.
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