Entry-Level Single-Stage Buying Guide

Entry-Level Single-Stage Buying Guide

How to Pick the Perfect Entry-Level Single-Stage Snowblower

By  | Snow Blower Product Expert

Entry-level single-stage snowblowers are engineered to clear your sidewalk and driveway without draining your bank account.

However, these snow blowers feature less frills, like smaller clearing widths, less powerful engines and basic hand-crank chutes.

Despite their more affordable price tags, you still need to make a handful of decisions before buying.

Electric Start Snow BlowerRecoil Start vs Electric Start
If you have the strength and stamina to pull start a snow blower, it's acceptable to save some money and go with a recoil start model.

On the other hand, if your throwing shoulder has seen better days, save your arm some agony and invest in an electric start model instead.

Snow Blower Chute RotationChute Rotation Options
Let's be honest. Chutes on entry-level models are very manual. Yes, you will save money, but all that cranking can make you mighty cranky.

If you want to make snow blowing a breeze, you should consider upgrading to a mid-grade model with a more sophisticated chute.

2-Cycle Snow Blower2-Cycle vs. 4-Cycle
The smoke-belching, two-cycle snow blowers from your childhood are as dead as dial-up internet service.

Modern four-cycle snow blowers no longer require mixing the perfect concoction of gas and oil. You simply add gas to the gas tank and oil into the engine just like your lawn mower.


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