Two-Stage Snow Thrower

Shoveling snow is an activity that few people enjoy. Unfortunately, it is an activity that is virtually required in many areas during the long winter months. Instead of shoveling snow however, you can use a snow thrower. A snow thrower is a device that resembles a lawn mower. It has a chute mounted on the top that allows you to walk behind the machine and effectively remove snow from your sidewalks, driveways and other areas. Snow throwers come in two different sizes, single-stage and two-stage.

Single-stage snow throwers are gas or electric powered and are better suited for homeowners that have smaller surfaces to clear. They are best for lighter jobs and simply will not hold up to commercial use. Two-stage snow throwers are much larger and more heavy-duty. They typically have one or more metal augers that help to break up and move the snow out of your way. An impeller throws the snow out of the chute with a fairly high amount of force. Two-stage snow throwers make up for all but the very lightest-duty snow throwers. They are powered by gasoline and feature both forward and reverse gears. The auger blades are typically made from steel which allows them to easily cut and move snow. One auger is designed to break through packed snow and ice. This serrated auger is joined by a smoother blade that is designed for throwing the snow.

The two-stage snow thrower works in two stages. The first stage is when the blade turns up or breaks up snow and ice. The second stage is when the hi-speed fan throws the snow out of the chute. You can toggle the direction of the chute by a joystick that is located on the snow thrower. Two-stage snow throwers leave only a small amount of snow. This is because the steel blades do not reach the surface. They are good to use on driveways and other paved areas because they never make contact with the surface being cleared. They simply clear off large amounts of snow and leave a light dusting behind. Of course, the actual amount of snow that is left behind will depend on how you have the two-stage snow thrower adjusted. Adjustments can be made for more difficult surfaces such as gravel and grass.

Smaller models will typically clear between 21 and 24 inch paths. Smaller sized models are recommended for those simply wanting to clear driveways or walking paths around their homes. They are very maneuverable and typically have an engine size of between 5 and 6.5 horsepower. Larger models have engine sizes from around 7 to 8 horsepower and can clear paths up to 26 inches. Those used for commercial operations are typically the heavy-duty models. These are designed to clear much larger paths, from 26 to more than 33 inches in some cases and have engine sizes ranging from 9 to just over 13 horsepower. Even larger models, those used to clear roads and airport runways, can have engines that operate on diesel fuel and come in sizes of more than 1,000 horsepower. Another benefit of two-stage snow throwers is that they use much larger tires than their single-stage counterparts. This means that they get much better traction and very rarely need chains in order to properly operate. There are also many accessories available for two-stage throwers including snow bank busters for use on grassy surfaces.

Two-stage snow throwers that are designed for individual or homeowner uses are typically self-propelled. This means that you simply have to walk behind the machine and guide its path. The machine will virtually move on its own, making it much easier to clear your driveway or path.

This Two-Stage Snow Thrower Review is Written/Updated on Dec 16th, 2010 and filed under Home Improvement. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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