Single-stage vs. two-stage snow blowers
• Single-stage snow blowers. The more-affordable single-stage snow blower has an auger that scoops up the snow and discharges it through the chute in a single motion. They’re compact and lightweight, making snow clearing a breeze on the average residential property. Many models have convenient features like electric start and remote chute rotation crank.
• Two-stage snow blowers. As the name implies, two-stage snow blowers throw snow twice. First, the auger scoops up the snow, and then a high-speed impeller throws it out through the chute. They’re heavier and sturdier than their single-stage counterparts, ideal for clearing heavy snow from large spaces.
Looking for pro-level features like self-propel, which automatically drives the machine forward, so you don’t have to push? The two-stage model is likely your best bet.