Welcome to the DoItYourself Forums!

To post questions, help other DIYers and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our DIY community. It's free!

Decent single or cheap two stage snow blower ?

PaulSC's Avatar

Join Date: Jan 2015
Posts: 376

11-06-15, 08:43 PM   #1  
Decent single or cheap two stage snow blower ?

I am in NJ and moved from a townhouse to a house.
I have a corner property so there is a lot of sidewalk but not much of driveway or otherwise....
I see Sear is running a special on 22inch ,2 stage 179cc MTD engine (re-branded by Craftsman) for $399.... that's a great price but the reviews are mixed.
For about that money I can get single stage from Ariens or used Simplicity unit - brands known for really good snow blowers.

Hope we have some users here who tried variety of snow blowers and can provide me with some wisdom

Thank you!

Sponsored Links
jl66redcpe's Avatar

Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 367

11-08-15, 03:58 AM   #2  
I also live in NJ. I bought a used Yard Machines dual stage 8hp tecumseh engine 24" blower for $200 about 5 years ago. It has performed excellent. Electric and manual start. It starts easily in the fall and no problems to this point. I purchased a used Honda 621 for $250 for our son who lives in PA. It is also is an excellent piece of equipment. He doesnt even use the electric start. It starts on the first pull every time. I have not enough exposure to the new MTD engines to say whether or not they are good. I believe all the newer equipment have chinese engines on them. I would not recommend a new Ariens.

Vermont's Avatar

Join Date: Jan 2010
Posts: 2,182

11-08-15, 05:11 AM   #3  
Here's a link to a similar discussion from just a few weeks ago:


Besides the MTD that I mentioned in that thread, I also use an electric TORO for the shallow pitched roofs on certain buildings here and on my deck because of the non-metal auger and it only weighs about 35 pounds which makes it easy to carry up a ladder.

cwbuff's Avatar

Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 1,316

11-09-15, 11:55 AM   #4  
I use the electric toro for my sidewalk (short) and my deck. I just bought a 3 stage for my driveway (long).

Based on what I have read I think your best bet is a two stage.

Search this Thread