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Single Stage or 2-stage Thrower?

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by oldschoo, Jan 16, 2007.

  1. oldschoo

    oldschoo Senior Member
    Messages: 144

    At this point I only have a car so nothing with ramps. I think a small 2 stage would fit, but they're like 120 lbs for the smallest. Now I'm strong, I work out and I know I can lift that much, especially with the help of my partner. However, it's very tough and I risk straining myself doing it alone and don't want the other person hurt. Would a single stage unit ( only weighing like 75 lbs ) be enough to get started and do a lotta driveways? Then maybe in a few years or something, if I make enough, I could get an old truck and put a ramp on it for a dual stage and add a plow, ect. But for now, I'm trying to do the best with what I have and can afford a thrower, but not a truck! If it gets too deep in some areas, I can use a shovel. So would a single stage be ok to start? If I get it from one of these authorized dealers who service the stuff right there? Thanks in advance for any replies!:confused:
     
  2. CAG80

    CAG80 Member
    from ct
    Messages: 62

    we have all toro single stage snow blowers and they really rip in the snow.. we do have a 2 stage that really never gets used.. we only use them on walks and keep up on walks but at times they have cleared some pretty good size snow drifts.. i dont think u would get any more out of a small 2 stage than a bigger single stage.. it seems like your not scared to get out their and work so depending on how much snow u get in your area i think i would recommend the single.. i think worst case would be u would have to shovel the driveway at the end were the plows really plow it in..
     
  3. oldschoo

    oldschoo Senior Member
    Messages: 144


    So single stage units really are ok to start with. :p Yeah, I'm certainly not afraid to get out and work. I've done jobs b4 out in the snow. And have shuvled drives quickly with even a shovel, but it's exausting without a blower when u are going fast and it's deep. A single would be much easier to lift in and out of my trunk than a dual. 50 lbs makes all the difference in the world. I know my limites and 120 is about it; 75 is much more managable. :cool:
     
  4. DJs Lawncare

    DJs Lawncare Member
    Messages: 90

    Toro makes a pretty nice single stage snow thrower that I have used for some pretty decent snow on sidewalks. I don't know how well it would do on some of the bigger driveeways but they are a powerhorse. I also have a small Ariens dual stage for my bigger sidewalks, but I just leave that on site.
     
  5. CARDOCTOR

    CARDOCTOR PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,310

    i have both . this yr i sold my 2 stage the toro single stage can throw a lot of snow.
    john
     
  6. oldschoo

    oldschoo Senior Member
    Messages: 144

    re

    How much does that Toro Single stage run? Will they move the snow just as fast as a dual stage ( of the same price range ) or close?
     
  7. PLOWMAN45

    PLOWMAN45 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,829

    i like the 2 stage it will throw more wet snow heavy stuff
     
  8. DJs Lawncare

    DJs Lawncare Member
    Messages: 90

    I believe the Toro was about $300-$400. Don't quote me on that though. It is a nice machine, about half the price of a small 2 stage. The only thing is a 2 stage will definetely do better with the wet heavy snow.
     
  9. 1lowGMC

    1lowGMC Member
    Messages: 70

    So people realy do multiple driveways with only a snowblower? How can you make money on that, doesn't it take too long? Sorry for the newb question, i was just wondering.
     
  10. DJs Lawncare

    DJs Lawncare Member
    Messages: 90

    I only use snowblowers for sidewalks. I have 2 3/4 trucks w/ plows. But, I have seen people with snowblowers in the back of a truck or van snowblowing. I don't think that you could make nearly as much money with a blower. It's almost not worth standing outside for hours snowblowing when it's really cold outside. It's 10, with windchill it's around zero here today.
     
  11. jdavid

    jdavid Junior Member
    Messages: 13

    My Toro single stage has plenty of power to get through just about anything, and it's nice and light as well.:gunsfiring:
     
  12. lawnboy11

    lawnboy11 Senior Member
    Messages: 263


    I do a route of 22 houses solo w/ only snowblowers and shovels. It's a tight route in suburbs with mostly single lane drives 30 ft or so long + walks. Whole route is 5-6 hrs with avg snowfall of 4". Bigger storms may take 24hrs non stop!!! Yuck. You can make $, but it's not easy. Must be ready 24/7 all winter. So far this year made zero dollars! Come on snow. I only do per event billing. Otherwise someone gets shafted and these are also landscaping customers I don't want to lose.

    I like the toro snow commander single stage 7hp 24". Cleans better to pavement than 2 stage and handles wet snow better where the 2 stage would clog more easily. Still have both b/c 2 stage is good for big snows, end of drives plowed in, etc. Good luck!
     
  13. PLOWMAN45

    PLOWMAN45 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,829

    dude get a plow
     
  14. oldschoo

    oldschoo Senior Member
    Messages: 144

    Yeah, maybe someday I'll get a plow. First I have to get a truck. lol
    So how do u use a plow to get snow out of driveways; pull up with the plow up then drop it, then back out and move it to the side or?
     
  15. oldschoo

    oldschoo Senior Member
    Messages: 144

    reply


    I guess for the stuff that's too wet and heavy, if the single stage won't do it, then I'll just use one of my shovels. I'll just have to see I guess.
    Are these single stage units just as fast though ( for the same price )
    or do they take much longer? If they're just like 20% slower that's not too bad ( cause I need something light ) but 50% slower would almost be unprofitable it seems. It seems that the bades are a lot bigger on 2-stage units than single.:dizzy:
     
  16. PLOWMAN45

    PLOWMAN45 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,829

    how do you get to your driveways ?
     
  17. oldschoo

    oldschoo Senior Member
    Messages: 144

    I'm planning on using my car ( putting the single stage unit in the trunk). I know it may not be anything pretty, but it's the only way I can do it now. Hopefully I'll be able to get several house right by each other or at least in the same addition.xysport
     
  18. DJs Lawncare

    DJs Lawncare Member
    Messages: 90

    The best way to figure it out would be to go to a site that sells blowers and look at the differnt models. A single stage will be smaller so therefor it stands to reason that it will take longer. However since I plow snow, I don't know how long it would take to snowblow with either one.
     
  19. PLOWMAN45

    PLOWMAN45 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,829

    sell the car and snowblower and get a beater plow truck i seen tons of them on ebay
     
  20. oldschoo

    oldschoo Senior Member
    Messages: 144

    re-sell car

    very funnyprsport