How to Choose the Right Snowblower

choosing the right snowblower

Finding the perfect Snow Blower for You

With the winter weather upon us, you might have already been faced with the daunting task of shoveling snow. Shoveling snow is a time consuming, back-breaking task that nobody wants to deal with. On the other hand, snowblowers are an amazing alternative to shoveling. With a snowblower, you can clear your driveway in minutes, without breaking a sweat. You might have considered investing in a snowblower, but with all the options available, choosing a snowblower that meets your specific needs can be intimidating. Here is a guide to help you choose a snowblower that is perfect for you.

Single-Stage Snowblowers

When choosing a snowblower, the first question you must ask is what kind of need do you have — light to Medium snows, or heavy snows? If you live in an area that rarely gets more than one foot of snow, a single stage snowblower should meet your needs. Single-stage snowblowers perform best in situations with less than one foot of lightweight, powdery snow. But they are also efficient in handling wet, heavy snow falls.

Single-Stage snowblowers are typically smaller and lightweight, making it easier to operate and maneuver them around winding sidewalks and paths. However, because single stage snowblowers are designed to make constant contact with the ground, they should only be used on paved areas. Using a single-stage snowblower on a gravel driveway can run the risk of throwing rocks.

Single-stage snowblowers are named because snow is collected and thrown out of the chute in a single motion, whereas two-stage snowblowers require two motions to throw snow. An auger breaks up the snow, while a high speed paddle throws it out of the chute.

Two-Stage Snowblowers

Because of the two motions involved, two-stage snowblowers are better equipped to handle thicker, heavier layers of snow. They also typically have a wider clearing width, making it the ideal equipment for larger areas. Two-stage snowblowers generally have larger, more powerful engines, making it a more heavy-duty snowblower.

Along with that, the auger on a two-stage snowblower never comes in contact with the ground, making it the ideal choice for gravel driveways or paved surfaces. You can easily clear away large amounts of snow without having to worry about the snowblower throwing rocks.

Other Options and Features:

Both Single-stage and two-stage snowblowers are available with a variety of customizable features and options, including:

Clearing Width: A wider clearing width means you will get the job done quicker! But wider snowblowers typically weigh more.

Electric or Pull Start: An electric, push button start will make sure that your snowblower easily starts up without any pulling.

Chute Control: When rotating the chute, manual controls usually require a crank to rotate directions, whereas cable chute controls change directions at the push of a button.

Engine Horsepower: A larger, more powerful engine means that your snowblower will continue to last for many winters.

Mutton Power Equipment has a wide variety of both Single-stage and 2-stage snowblowers available. If you’re still not sure what kind of snowblower you need, give us a call at 888-284-9606. We can help make sure that your driveway is clear in no time!


  Single-Stage Snowblowers Two-Stage Snowblowers
Clearing Width: 16-22” 22-32”
Snow Type: Light/Powdery Heavy/Wet
Snowfall: Up to 13” Up to 24”
Throwing Capacity: Up to 35’ Up to 50’
Surface Type: Paved Paved or Gravel


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