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Snow Blower Buyer’s Guide

A snow blower is a major purchase. Choosing between the different models can be a challenging task. Should you buy a single stage or two stage snow blower? Should you buy gas or electric? Selecting the right snow blower for your walk and driveway this season does not have to be a daunting process. Knowing the difference between your options and focusing on your home environment needs is the best way to start.

Snow Blowers fall into four categories:


Electric Snow Blowers are lightweight and ideal for removing snow from small tasks. Some models are built without wheels or chutes and use their auger to push snow forward like a broom. Other models are equipped with wheels and a discharge chute, allowing you to easily move the machine without exerting as much energy. Since these snow blowers do not run on gas, an extension cord is required.

Single Stage

Single Stage Snow Blowers use a paddle to throw snow up and out of the machine, and is great for everyday home use. These are ideal for typical snowfalls. Their augers scoop and discharge piles of snow quickly and they clean right to the pavement, allowing them to clear mid-sized driveways and tackle some parking lots.

Two Stage

Two Stage Snow Blowers clear wider paths and work best on gravel drives or larger paved areas. Their augers collect snow in the first stage and a high-impeller throws it out of the discharge chute to complete the second stage. These snow blowers have bigger and stronger augers that chop up and take in snow at a high rate of speed while their discharge chutes move larger amounts of snow greater distances.

Three Stage

Three Stage Snow Blowers are efficient, powerful options ideal for gravel driveways and larger paved areas. These units easily remove piles of snow faster than any other blower. Their steel augers take in snow in the first stage and then quickly move it through the machine for the accelerator to chop and push it to the impeller in the second stage. The third stage is completed when the snow blower throws the snow up and away from the ground.

There are a few aspects you should consider when selecting a snow blower:

Area size

Consider the size of the area that needs to be cleared. Homeowners with small walkways, driveways and decks will be satisfied with an electric or single-stage snow blower. These snow blowers are able to fit into tight areas so you can easily clear those decks and small walkways.

For mid-sized and larger driveways a two-stage or three-stage snow blower will work best. These snow blowers are bigger, allowing you to clear bigger paths more quickly. These units also feature more powerful engines that help improve performance on difficult terrain.

Paved or gravel driveway

If your driveway is paved, you have the freedom to select any of the above snow blowers. You simply need to decide whether you want a smaller or larger unit to get the job done. If your driveway is covered with gravel, select a two or three stage snow blower. Single stage snow blowers clean right to the pavement, meaning their rubber paddles touch the ground. Avoid using them on gravel surfaces as they collect everything, including rocks, and throw it to the side.

Amount/type of snow

If you have light, powdery snow or an average snowfall of less than six inches, an electric or single stage snow blower will be sufficient. If you have a larger amount of snow, or even heavy, wet snow, select a two or three stage unit. Their engines are more powerful than single stage models and are more durable when it comes to moving high piles of snow.


Two and three stage snow blowers are typically self-propelled, taking the work out of pushing the large machines. Electric and single stage snow blowers are not self-propelled but move forward easily by the pull of rubber paddles. These snow blowers are also smaller and lighter.


If you’re concerned with the amount of noise your snow blower is letting off throughout the neighborhood, consider buying an electric snow blower. Since these models run on electricity and don’t use gas engines, they are smaller and quieter.

Again, buying a snow blower is a major decision. Don’t get caught up on which one looks the best or comes with the most features. Instead, focus on which snow blower fits your winter needs.


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