Choosing The Best Snowblower

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Your journey to finding the perfect snowblower for you and your driveway starts with asking the right questions. Single-stage, two-stage, and crossover machines that combine aspects of both are all great for clearing snow from your driveway and sidewalk, but they remove snow differently. Aside from choosing the right stage, your driveway and the type of snow you get in your area should direct your decision.

 

Single-Stage Snowblowers

Toro’s single-stage machines are great pick for wet, slushy snow because of the scooping action of their curved paddles.

 

Stage

A single-stage snowblower operates with a high-speed rotor that gathers and throws the snow in one efficient motion. Toro’s Power Curve technology allows the rotor to help propel the unit forward, making it easier to use and more maneuverable.

 

Cars Per Driveway

Single-stage snowblowers are great for 4 to 10 car driveways and can clear up to 9-inches of snow at a time.

 

Surface Type

Single-stage machines are great for most paved driveways and sidewalks. These snowblowers clear down to the pavement, eliminating the need to go back and shovel or sweep to finish the job. Because they clean down to the pavement, they should not be used on unpaved surfaces.

 

Slope

These snowblowers are best for handling moderately sloped driveways.

 

 

Two-Stage Snowblowers

A two-stage snowblower, like Toro’s Power Max, is typically bigger and more powerful, making these machines a good choice when it comes to deep snow. If you live in an area that gets a ton of snow each year, a two-stage snowblower can be the way to go.

Stage

A Toro two-stage machine starts by gathering the snow with a heavy-duty, serrated auger. Then a high-speed impeller takes over, launching the snow from the chute, throwing it out of your way.

 

Cars Per Driveway

Two-stage snowblowers are perfect for large driveways. These machines area good fit for tackling “lake effect” snow, snowfalls of 12-inches or more, big snow drifts, and hard compacted snow.

 

Surface

Two-stage snowblowers can be used on driveways made of concrete, asphalt, or gravel.

 

 

Slope

These snowblowers are designed to handle steep slopes.

 

 

Crossover Snowblowers

Looking for a snowblower that’s easy enough for anyone to handle yet still powers through tough end-of-driveway snow? Crossover type snowblowers, like the SnowMaster, combine the best of both snow-blasting worlds.

Stage

These snowblowers handle heavy, wet snow like a two-stage, but maneuver like a single stage.

 

 

Cars Per Driveway

These snowblowers are ideal for 4 to 10 car driveways with 6 to 18-inches of snow.

 

 

Surface

Crossovers, like the SnowMaster, are ideal for concrete and asphalt surfaces.

 

 

Slope

These snowblowers are best for handling moderately sloped driveways.

 

 

Electric Snowblowers Pack Plenty of Power

For small areas such as decks, steps, patios, and small sidewalks — where a larger snowblower won’t reach — you might consider an electric snowblower like Toro’s Power Shovel or Power Curve. Both are easy to use and virtually maintenance free. Just plug one in, and you’re ready to take on whatever Mother Nature dishes out.

Visit Toro’s snow selector tool to help determine which model is right for you.

 

 

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