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Single stage blowers and going up steps

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by Dustball, Dec 6, 2008.

  1. Dustball

    Dustball Senior Member
    Messages: 274

    Hello all,

    This winter I am handling 15 urban houses (typical sidewalks, steps and small driveways). Most of these houses have several steps leading up from the sidewalk. I'm looking at buying a single stage to handle the lighter snows. Every model I've looked at seemed to have too many low hanging exposed parts. Has anyone had any problems damaging the engine and parts from pulling the blowers backwards up steps?

    Thanks,
    Dustin
     
  2. Petr51488

    Petr51488 Senior Member
    Messages: 262

    I have 3 honda hs520's and love them. Their 4 stroke, leight weight, but have tons of power. Oh, and its a honda.
     
  3. MikeRi24

    MikeRi24 Senior Member
    Messages: 563

    how about a Toro Powerlite?

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    they are so light you can just carry it up the stairs like nothing.
     
  4. TurfSolutionsMN

    TurfSolutionsMN Senior Member
    from MN
    Messages: 302

    I have a 19" and two 22" Single Stage Simplicity's and love all of them very easy to move around and dont have to carry ramps.
     
  5. Dustball

    Dustball Senior Member
    Messages: 274

    I'm not asking for what snow blower is good. I'm asking if anyone has had any issues with exposed parts being damaged from pulling them backwards up steps?
     
  6. CARDOCTOR

    CARDOCTOR PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,310

    i havent but my shoveler is carefull when doing it . if he breaks the blower i have a shovel with his name on it

    JR
     
  7. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,046

    We blow stairs off with these and drag them all over. You would have to be very rough to wreck one.
     
  8. Winterized

    Winterized Senior Member
    Messages: 120

    I'm not asking for what snow blower is good. I'm asking if anyone has had any issues with exposed parts being damaged from pulling them backwards up steps?

    Love my new 221QR Toro!
    Pulls backwards up steps just fine...... just use common sense.
     
  9. TerrForms

    TerrForms Member
    Messages: 78

    Tough little machine!

    We drag and beat the heck out of our Powerlite ccr. It just keeps on running! Good on stairs too!
    JS
     
  10. DCSpecial

    DCSpecial Senior Member
    from IL
    Messages: 408

    Haven't had any issues pulling our Toro up stairs backwards.
     
  11. sam c

    sam c Member
    Messages: 58

    Hey Dustball,
    I've had my CCR2450 for 6 years, I use it a lot, have gone through 5 sets of paddles and scrapers! Have yet to break it, but I have managed to force snow up into the carb by pulling it backwards through snow, a couple of times. Didn't damage anything, just stalls, blow it out and restart. I also managed to break off (shorten) the choke lever.
     
    Last edited: Dec 8, 2008
  12. Dustball

    Dustball Senior Member
    Messages: 274

    Update- I ended up getting an Ariens 522. The whole lower back side is protected with a plastic housing/skid and it easily slides backwards up steps.