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Do you guys use single stage blowers?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by trustyrusty, Dec 13, 2010.

  1. trustyrusty

    trustyrusty Senior Member
    Messages: 174

    We use a compact tractor with a plow/blower on wide walks and shovels on narrow ones, but I have been sort of tossing around the idea of trying single stage snow blowers instead of shovels. Roughly what do they cost, which ones work the best, etc.?
  2. BossPlow2010

    BossPlow2010 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,069

    They can be upward of 700$ but I think you can get one for about 400.
    And as for brand, Toro.
  3. CM's

    CM's Junior Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 17

    I have about 20 single stage Toro's. They work great, and are small and light enough to use easily. The larger 2 stage are too heavy and slow in my opinion. The rubber paddles spin fast, and clean down to the pavement.

    I'm not crazy with the new Toro design however, they have blue handles to adjust the shoot, and they can freeze up easily. The older ones were the best. My favorite model is the 3650.
  4. blaryslawn

    blaryslawn Member
    Messages: 70

    you're gonna pay a few hundred bucks for one. I have one single stage and one dual stage... dual stage is of course "better" especially in deeper snow. The advantage to a single stage is how light they are. you can pick them up and throw them in the back of the truck, real nice especially if you have a spreaer on the back. would not try that with a dual stage... but if it gets pretty deep, might as well leave it in the truck

    STIHL GUY Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 663

    i have one and it works great especially for powdery snow...not too great with slush but i definitly prefer it over the 2 stage
  6. TSherman

    TSherman Member
    Messages: 74

    I no longer own dual stage blowers, I bought 3 more single stage this year. With the plows on the quads, the single stage to clean up its a no brainer. They are so light, its crazy. I am not sure why I didn't do it sooner!
  7. BORIS

    BORIS Senior Member
    Messages: 172

    A single stage will move a lot more snow than what you would think. I have four. I like toro the best.
  8. jg244888

    jg244888 Senior Member
    Messages: 100

    have toros and there awsome. will move wet snow without bogging and never gets clogged i prefer the 2450
  9. JSC Inc

    JSC Inc Junior Member
    Messages: 19

    We use Toro single stage as they are light weight (one guy can lift them in and out of a truck and they do a better job of cleaning down to the surface of the pavement/concrete. I have a few dozen of the Toro single stage (most are the 21" 141cc size) but if and when we need more I think I might try the Simplicity 4 stroke as the design looks good and they seem to be well built. I have never used these before but the cost $400, $500, & $600 for the three different models they cary at the local place that I buy parts from.

    JSC Inc
  10. Holland

    Holland Senior Member
    Messages: 605

    I always thought they were a piece. Had one given to me last year and i love it! Definately beats a shovel!! And alot handier than a two stage.
  11. mnglocker

    mnglocker Senior Member
    Messages: 923

    I've got a pile of "old skool" Toro S-200's They weigh about 30lbs when you pull the electric starter out of them and they hog through light snow up to 8-10" deep while cleaning to the surface.
  12. yamahatim

    yamahatim Senior Member
    Messages: 165

    I have a single stage on my John Deere Mower and it works fantastic! Throw snow about 40+ feet. Don't have to worry about rocks as much either. I also have a Ryobi trimmer with the expand-it snow thrower attachment. Works great for steps. I just picked up a Toro 180 yesterday for decks and sidewalks. Great little unit. My neighbors Simplicity 11hp dual stage is in my shop right now getting fixed for the second time this season. Single stage is the only way to go.