I have been really impressed by my single stage so far. It's handled all of our storms since I bought it, I've used it to clear up to about 10" of somewhat wet/heavy snow. That was approaching the point where the 2-stage would have been a better solution, but it's done very well.I have a 4-stroke 2-stage blower as backup snow removal tool, but I've never really liked it. It's heavy and stubborn, you cannot operate it without sweating. Besides it gets stuck way too often by a piece of gravel getting between the impeller and its housing. We have gravel yard and road.
Now reading what you all write about light 2-stroke single stage blowers makes me want one. Too bad single stage blowers have never been popular in Finland. It may be impossible to find one here.
Thanks Mike. Considering the condition I feel I got a pretty good deal on it. I have a unexplainable fascination with 2 cycles. I plan on mainly just using this to clear the walkways and the places where the plow can't reach, but I'll probably use it to clear the driveway a few times just to get some time at the controls.Doug, that blower is immaculate! Did you get a good deal on it?
Toro has an obsession with 2-stroke, single stage blowers. Can't kill them, no matter how hard you try.
First snowblower I ever used was my Grandfather's 80s model. I hated it, you always smelled like 2-stroke exhaust after working (the oil in the exhaust just sticks to you). That machine was WAY too small for the deep, wet snow we tend to get here.
I remember being so happy when it broke once (I thought he'd have to replace it), but all it needed was a belt. It ran like garbage because he never, ever maintained it (and I was too young to figure it out myself). But, I couldn't kill it, and really wanted to...
Good luck with your machine! I'm sure you'll have no trouble because you take good care of your equipment.