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2 stage vs. single stage for SLUSH?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by luap, Oct 23, 2003.

  1. luap

    luap Junior Member
    Messages: 2

    I live 30 mile south of Boston and we tend to get a lot of wet snow. Does anyone know which type of snow thrower handles slush better, single or two stage? I've spoken to a bunch of people and some say that a 5hp two stage can handle slush well and others have told me that you need a 10 hp thrower to handle slush (nothing gets stuck in chute). On the other hand, I've also been told that a 3.5 hp single stage Toro handles slush better than any of the two stage models. I'm really looking for a thrower that will get the job done ASAP without having a need to stop and clean out the chute .

  2. Grshppr

    Grshppr Senior Member
    Messages: 268

    I have a 13hp 2 stage snowblowerand it still plugs up when you try clear slush.
  3. wyldman

    wyldman Member
    Messages: 3,265

    The newer two stage Toro's have an impeller bypass that returns excess snow form the impeller to the auger,and is supposed to prevent overloading the impeller and clogging the chute.I haven't tried one yet,but maybe it would be a better choice.
  4. jt5019

    jt5019 Senior Member
    Messages: 853

    Single stage wont work good at all, been there done that go for a two stage its gotta be better
  5. Roger Dodger

    Roger Dodger Senior Member
    from nw Pa.
    Messages: 240

    Spraying PAM or a similar veggie spray on the chute & impellers helps alot towards minimizing clogs, but certainly not foolproof. Key is to not take large bites in slush while monitoring to see if things need a reapplication of the veggie spray.
  6. luap

    luap Junior Member
    Messages: 2

    Thanks everyone for your help. Looks like I'm going with an 8 hp 2 stage and a case of Pam.

    CARDOCTOR PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,312

    i have a 8hp 2 stage if its slush it clogs
    i drag out my 2stroke toro never clogs

    if the snow gets deep definitly need 2 stage