The top rated or “best” snow blowers by review sites are not the best snow blowers for most people.
This top 20 list of the best snow blowers is based on my hands-on reviews over the last 15 years, plus discussions, interest, intent to buy and sales of residential snow blowers on MovingSnow.com. This list is not reflective of actual sales by the manufactures or retailers. Other websites and forums will have a different viewpoint than MovingSnow.com. No one pays me to review their product but a few manufacturers do let me use their products for testing. When they do I always will tell you up front. The information here – like my snow blower videos on YouTube is to help you decide which is the best snow blower for you – not to promote a product for you to buy.
“Best” means different things to different people. Some of you look at Amazon’s best-selling snow blowers, while others read every word of Consumer Reports Recommended Snow Blowers list. Please remember, the best snow blower as rated by a review site, online review or even by MovingSnow.com is not the always the best snow blower for you. It may be too big or too small for your particular driveway/area to be cleared.
There are many factors that you should consider including the area you want to clear, the surface you want to clear and how much snow you usually get. MovingSnow’s goal is to help you find the best snow thrower for you. You can read this article to help: Buying A New Snow Blower FAQS
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All of the “best buy” lists including mine only cover residential snow blowers. Specifically, economy, homeowner, and a few heavy-duty models. No list that I am aware of covers all the snow blowers currently for sale. (There are well over 400 U.S. made alone) So, If you need/want to make money with a snow blower, if you have miles of sidewalks to clear, if you pay someone to operate your snow blowers for hours at a time go here 5 Best Commercial Snow Blowers 2018-2019
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Canadian Snow Blower Buyers:
Snow blowers in Canada are similar but not always exactly like the models offered in the U. S. You can see the models offered at Lowes.ca and HomeDepot.ca here: Feel free to ask me about a specific model in the comments below.
LINK: Snow blowers at Lowes Canada. FYI – I do NOT recommend Snow Beast or DEK!
LINK: Snow Blowers at The Home Depot Canada. FYI – I do NOT recommend Snow Beast or DEK!
Top Twenty Snow Blowers for 2018-2019
When you are done with the list below you can go to these pages to read more about each snow blower and brand:
- 2018 Ariens Snow Blowers – What’s New – Which One Is Best For You?
- 2018 Toro Snow Blowers – What’s New – Which One Is Best For You?
- 2018 Husqvarna Snow Blowers – What’s New – Which One Is Best For You?
- 2018 Troy-Bilt Snow Blowers – What’s New and Exciting!
- 2018 Craftsman Snow Blowers – What’s New – Which One Is Best For You?
- 2018 Cub Cadet Snow Blowers – What’s New – Which One Is Best For You?
- 2017 Honda Snow Blowers – What’s New – Which One Is Best For You? Just a list and includes electric start models. Reviews Coming Soon.
- 2015 Briggs & Stratton Snow Blowers – What’s New – Which One Is Best For You? — Update Coming Soon!
- What Is The Best Snow Blower For Me? – All Your Questions Answered Here!
- 6 Best Track Snow Blowers For 2018-2019
NOTE: All the links below will take you to a retailers website where you can read more and buy. If you want to know more before you buy go to the articles listed above. Please feel free to ask questions in the comments below. If I send you to another website like The Home Depot and you purchase a snow blower there, please assume that I make a little commission from that sale. That money is used to maintain MovingSnow and TodaysMower. It’s also used to buy demo and operational equipment to improve these sites.
Please note: To make it easier for you to decide I have changed the list this year so the best snow blowers are rated by size – not one big list like everyone else uses. This list changes slightly from year to year and there are a few new snow blowers for the fall of 2018 that may make the list. Update 9/11 This list is pretty close to complete. 24, 26 and 28 sections are done. I still have to finish the 30-36 models.
20-24 Inch Single Stage
I don’t talk much about single stage snow throwers because all of them except the Toro SnowMaster are too small to be your primary machine if you live anywhere in the U.S. north of Interstate 70. None of them (except the Toro SnowMaster) will throw snow more than 20 feet or so. Because of that, you will end up with much taller piles of snow along your driveway which can cause more drifting right on your driveway the next time it snows. For example, I use 2-stage snow blowers most of the time so the piles next to my driveway are never more than 2-3 feet. My neighbor across the street has a single stage and his piles are always so high that they block his view of the road when he leaves his driveway in his pickup! The ones listed here are the best snow blowers and make a good choice to “compliment” your 2-stage machine. They are great for quickly cleaning that 2-4 inch snow you got last night or cleaning snow off a pavement/sidewalk that has been driven/walked on.
- Toro SnowMaster 724 QXE 24 inch, 212cc single stage. The SnowMaster will clear 2 inches to 14 inches well and is faster to use than a 2-stage. Even though I really, really, really like this snow thrower it is for a very specific buyer. Who is it for? It’s really fast to use if you have a hard surface, smooth patio/driveway. It throws snow as well as a $700-$999 2-stage machine. With Toro dropping the price to $699 I feel it is one of the best value snow blowers on the market. It may not be the best for you because it’s so lightweight it will run out of traction trying to clear 10 inches or more of heavy/wet end-of-driveway snow. The paddles do not touch the surface like other single-stage snow throwers so it won’t clear packed snow. You can clear gravel and lawn without damaging the machine but with the Personal Pace controls, it’s very hard to do. Because it’s so lightweight you will also have problems going up a steep driveway and even more problems going down that steep driveway. If you go “offroad” with your snow blower – buy the2-stage Ariens Classic, Troy-Bilt Storm 2460 or Husqvarna ST224P instead. There another more powerful model, Toro SnowMaster 824 QXE 24 inch, 254cc single stage. With a larger engine, it’s my pick for areas that get 2-18 inches of snow at a time. BUY HERE at The Home Depot: SnowMaster 724 QXE 24 in. Single-Stage Gas Snow Blower
- Toro PowerClear 721 E 21 inch, 212cc. It just works really well and lasts a long, long time. Has electric start.
- There is a new Ariens Commercial Single Stage without electric start that is a better choice if you haul your snow blower around to clear other people’s driveways Ariens Commercial SS 21 in. 208 cc Single-Stage Manual Chute Recoil-Start Gas Snow Blower
- Briggs & Stratton 22 in. 208cc with Snow Shredder Auger. Just a good full-featured single stage snow thrower that gets good reviews.
- Honda HS720AS 20 in. 190cc. Honda’s best single stage. It’s a Honda – but it’s more expensive than the top performing Toro models. A lot of owners hate the chute controls but like the way the snow blower throws snow.
24 Inch. 2-Stage.
The 24 inch models are the best snow blowers for 1-2 car driveways, up to 60 feet long. They are relatively small and easy to handle. The models with automatic or power steering are the easiest to use for anyone who can walk and use both hands. There are dozens of 24-inch models that will handle most Midwest but only a few that will handle the heavy, wet snow the east coast gets on a regular basis.
- Ariens Deluxe 24. 24 inch 254cc. There are only three heavy-duty 24-inch snow blowers on the market that will handle heavy snow and not clog. This is one of them. What makes is so special is it uses a 14-inch impeller and auger. All the other brands use a 10 or 12-inch impeller so they will clog more and won’t throw the snow as far. Yes, it’s more expensive – but if you get heavy wet snow and have a small driveway it’s the best choice. It’s a very basic snow blower that blows snow better than most. It has power steering (automatic – no triggers), simple crank chute control, locking deflector control, and a headlight.
- Husqvarna ST224P 24 inch, 208cc. For four years in a row now this is the highest rated gas snow blower on Amazon. 4.7 out of 5 Stars! Works well for a 2-car by 80-foot driveway. This model has power steering and can handle any type of driveway including gravel and turf. It is great for areas that get up to 60 inches a year. It has a unique feature where you can adjust the handle height for short people. BUY HERE at Amazon: Husqvarna ST224P
- Troy-Bilt Storm 2460 24 inch, 208 cc. My favorite best value snow blower. For all types of snow, about 60-inch average snowfall a year, and will clear gravel/turf areas. It does not have power steering but uses the new airless tires that give you great traction yet turn easily.
- Best Value: Cub Cadet 2X-24. This 2-stage snow blower with power steering is one of the best values on the market. It’s a great price at $799. It’s been around for a long time and it’s always my first choice for people who average about 60 inches a year with a 2 car 60-foot driveway and want an easy to use snow blower. It works well for gravel, hard surface and turf. It’s balanced well and the handlebars are lower than most other snow blowers so it works well for shorter people. In fact, if you are under 6 Feet, can walk and use both hands you can use this machine. It comes with long-wearing poly skid shoes that won’t scratch your delicate pavers or leave brown rust stains on your concrete. It has all the features of the more expensive machines except hand warmers but they can be installed by your local Cub Cadet dealer.
- I also like the Ariens Classic a lot for a best value snow blower. It is basically an updated and improved Ariens Sno-Tek that has been Home Depot’s best selling snow blower for quite a while. It does not have power steering.
- Briggs and Stratton 1696614 Dual-Stage Snow Thrower with 208cc Engine and Electric Start. This is just a good, excellent value machine. This is one of the most popular 2-stage snow blowers on Amazon. It does not have power steering.
- Cheapest: Troy-Bilt Storm 2410 If you must have the least expensive snow blower, this is the BEST least expensive snow blower available. There is no need to even consider a Chinese made snow blower anymore. For $599 you get a good engine, 6 speeds forward, 2 reverse, good tires, poly skids and a machine that will handle your 40-60 inch Midwest winters. It’s simple, easy to operate and has an excellent review rating. It does not have power steering.
- Tracked: There two tracked 24-inch snow blowers available but are no tracked 24-inch snow blowers that I can recommend. If you want a small tracked snow blower for steep driveway and trails look at the Troy-Bilt Storm Tracker 2690XP
- Snowmageddon: Ariens Platinum 24 Sno-Thro 24 inch, 369cc with EZ-Launch EFI Engine. This machine has over-the-top power and can handle any type of driveway including gravel and turf. Yet, it is very easy to use. Some of you will feel the price is too high but this heavy-duty 24-inch snow blower with Electronic Fuel Injection will not have the starting issues carbureted engines have on today’s fuels. If you have a small driveway but get a lot of snow this is a great choice. It will clear any amount/type of snow. It will not clog on heavy/wet snow. Because it has a larger engine and more capacity than all other 24 inch machines it works well for 2-3 car wide by 80-120 foot driveways. It has great traction for sloped driveways. This is one of the few snow blowers I recommend for Lake Tahoe and their 200-400 inches of snowfall per year. Please use the dealer locator at Ariens.com to find a store near you:
26 Inch. 2 car driveway, up to 80 feet long
The 26-inch models are the best snow blowers if you want something bigger than a 24 inch but still want a lightweight, easy to maneuver machine. A 26-inch snow blower will easily go through a 32-inch door without scratching the door or the door frame. All of the models listed here are good dependable snow blowers with the Toro PowerMax 826 OXE being the best for heavy, wet snow.
- Toro Power Max® 826 OXE (37799) 26 inch, 252 cc engine, automatic steering, and Toro’s famous Quick-Stick Chute Control. Picking the number one best choice for a snow blower is the most difficult task I have. Does it throw snow well? Does it clear heavy, wet snow? Is it easy to use? Can most people use it? Is it built well and will last a homeowner many, many years? Does it have a nationwide parts and service network? Will the dealers service it even though you bought it at a Home Improvement Store? This snow blower answers all those questions with a resounding YES!. The only reason the snow blower never made the list before was it had small tires (Model 37781) but for 2017 they installed the larger tires it needed! Home Depot Link: Power Max 826 OXE 26 in. 2-Stage Electric Start Gas Snow Blower. My Review Link. 2018 Toro Snow Blowers Note: This is not a high-capacity snow blower but it does have auto/power steering, a good engine, handles all types of snow well, great chute control and is very easy to use for most people. It is a very good choice for a typical 2 car wide driveway 60-120 feet long. It works well for the snow falls you typically get if you live in Minneapolis, Omaha, Chicago, Detroit, Pittsburgh or Long Island (average 40-100 inches of snow a year). If you live in areas that get 100-200 inches like Boston, Buffalo, Salt Lake, and Lake Tahoe please look at the heavy-duty Toro Power Max HD 928 OAE instead.
- Best Value: Troy-Bilt Storm 2665 MY 26 inch Best Value Choice! New! Exclusive to The Home Depot! The Storm 2665 has a larger 243cc Troy-Bilt engine than most other 26 inch machines and a remote deflector. Solid axle – no power steering, good tires, and extended Quick EZ-Rotation chute. At $799 it is one of the best value 26-inch snow blowers. I can highly recommend this snow blower for most people who get up to 80 inches of snow a year, have a 2-car 100-foot driveway and want more power than the snow blower you now have.
- Cub Cadet 2X 26″ HP. There is a lot to like about this Cub Cadet and it is a great choice for people who average up to 80 inches a year and have about a 100-foot 2-car driveway. I really like the chute controls and the dash with 2 LED headlights. One feature most people miss is it now has taller tires so it will have better traction and the handles will be just a little taller than the older models (like the Craftsman). Power steering, metal chute, long lasting skid shoes make this a great snow blower for the price. Note: Picking the Number One snow blower is an impossible task. This snow blower is very comparable to the No. 1 listed Toro Power Max 826 OXE above. The Toro takes the number one spot mainly because it handles wet snow just a little better than this one. If you don’t want a Toro this Cub Cadet is an excellent choice.
- Husqvarna Model ST227P, 27-Inch 27 inch, 254cc. Good all-around residential snow blower. 60 inch or less average snow per year. Note: I do not recommend the ST230P
- Briggs and Stratton Model 1696619 27 inch, 250cc. Just a good value machine. It does not have power steering.
- Tracked: Troy-Bilt Storm Tracker 2690XP This is one of the hidden gems in the snow blower world. It is priced $100’s less than all the other tracked machines and has a larger 277cc engine. Yes, it has heated handgrips! It’s an excellent snow thrower at an excellent price!
- Snowmageddon: I haven’t decided if there is an over-the-top 26-inch snow blower but the Husqvarna ST327P comes very close. I have one here I’ve been testing for a few years and it is a better-than-average snow blower.
28 Inch. 2 car or larger driveway, up to 150 feet long.
The 28-inch models are the best snow blowers for most people and the most popular because the wider width lets you get done faster. The brands all have good value machines in this size.
- Ariens Platinum SHO Rapidtrak 28. This snow blower is a game changer in the residential snow blower market. All the traction of a tracked unit and the speed and ease-of-use of a wheeled unit. In addition, it handles heavy/wet snow better than all other 28-inch snow blowers. If you have been considering a Honda seriously look at this snow blower instead. It has higher capacity, stronger engine and is considerably faster to use.
- Ariens Deluxe 28 and Deluxe 28 SHO. 28 inch 254/306 cc. Best Value for heavy, wet snow! This is the standard heavy-duty snow blower that everyone else is trying to beat. For driveways up to 150 feet and 100/150 inches of snow a year. They don’t clog when blowing heavy, wet snow. The Deluxe SHO is one of the farthest throwing snow blowers on the market and has a much greater capacity than the Honda Snow Blowers that cost twice as much.
- Power Max® HD 1028 OHXE Toro PowerMax HD snow blowers have been good machines for years and they have made some improvements this year including an all-metal double jointed chute and all metal impeller housing. 14-inch impeller, no shear pins, new gearbox. They are very easy to use. They now have two engine sizes for typical and heavy snowfalls. Power Max® HD 928 OAE (265cc Auto Steering), Power Max® HD 1028 OHXE (302cc Trigger Steering) Power Max® HD series is also one of the farthest throwing snow blowers on the market and has a much greater capacity than the Honda Snow Blowers that cost much more.
- Best Value: Troy-Bilt Storm 2890 Best Value 28 inch with Power Steering! It’s also the Quietest Gas Powered Snow Blower on the Market! The Storm 2890 has all the features of the Best Value Troy-Bilt Storm 2860 below and adds power steering and the Troy-Bilt quiet engine (with Noise Guard Technology) for only $100 more.
- Best Value: Troy-Bilt 2860. See video here. Best Value 28 inch without Power Steering! The more I use this snow blower the more I like it. It’s very easy to use and has plenty of power. This is a great “basic” snow blower and one for the best value snow blowers! It does not have power steering but the airless tires make is very easy to use. This model has just the basics for a reasonable price. It features the new airless tires and very simple and long-lasting chute control. Extended chute, and good hand warmers. No power steering or complicated 4-way chute controls. Of course, it has electric start. This is a nice size snow blower for most driveways that is surprisingly easy to use with the new airless tires – even though it does not have power steering. I consider this a great snow blower for most areas of the country that get 40-70 inches of snow a year. It can easily be adjusted for cement, blacktop, gravel driveways. It will fit through the 32-inch side door on your garage. With the long-wearing poly skid shoes, you can also use it on your stained concrete or nice patio. You can even adjust it for clearing a section of the lawn for your dogs. Note: This is not a high-capacity snow blower. It is a very good choice if you live in Minneapolis, Omaha, Chicago, Detroit, Pittsburgh or Long Island. If you live in areas that get 100-200 inches like Boston, Buffalo, Salt Lake, and Lake Tahoe please look at the heavy-duty machines.
- Cub Cadet 2X 28″ HP 28 inch, 272cc quiet engine. Full-featured, including power steering, decent power.
- Toro PowerMax HD 1028 OHXE 28 inch, 302cc. Toro’s large area homeowner snow blower that is good enough to also be their commercial machine. Throws snow a long, long way and does not clog. Very easy to use.
- Tracked: Ariens Platinum SHO Rapidtrak 28. This snow blower is a game changer in the residential snow blower market. All the traction of a tracked unit and the speed and ease-of-use of a wheeled unit. In addition, it handles heavy/wet snow better than all other 28-inch snow blowers.
- Snowmageddon: Ariens and Toro both have over-the-top commercial 28-inch snowblowers that outperform anything else on the market. If you have large areas to clear and/or get over 100 inches of snow a year seriously consider one of these. Toro 28 in. 420 cc Model 38843, or the Ariens Professional 28 Model 926065. The Ariens Professional RapidTrak 28 in. Hydro 420cc Model 926060is arguably the best snow blower for ALL conditions. With the high-speed RapidTrak, it will clear 15 inches or more as fast as you can walk!
30 Inch. Large Areas But Easy To Use
The 30-inch models are the best snow blowers if you have large open areas to clear but still want a snow blower that is relatively easy to use. When trying to decide between a 28 inch and 30-inch snow blower remember. A 28-inch snow blower will clear an 8-foot wide driveway in two passes (round trips) A 30 inch won’t clear that long driveway any faster because you still need to make 2 round trips.
- Ariens Deluxe 30 EFI. 30 inch with 15 ft. lb. EZ-Launch EFI Engine. This snow blower engine will not have the starting issues carburetor style snow engines have on today’s fuels. This is one of my favorite large area snow blowers. Auto-Turn makes it simple to use. Dual belt drive and simple chute controls make it dependable and easy to use. Works well for a 2-car by 200-foot driveway. This snow blower is more expensive than most on this list but what it offers is well worth the money. BUY HERE or use the dealer locator at Ariens.com to find a store near you: Ariens Deluxe 30 EFI.
- Best Value: Troy-Bilt Arctic Storm XP™ 30 Snow Thrower. 30 inch, 357cc. This machine will redefine large area residential snow blowers because it’s a very heavy-duty, high-capacity machine at a very competitive price. Very easy to use. For any size driveway and any amount/type of snow. Consumer Reports has rated the 30-inch version as one of their best 2-stage picks.
- Tracked: These are the best for any terrain. Driveways, turf, hills, ditches – Pulling your car out of the ditch. (Am I kidding?) also Husqvarna Model# ST330T, 30 inch, 414cc engine, track drive. The ST330T best for any terrain. Driveways, turf, hills, ditches – The ST330T is one of the highest power snow blowers on the market and will go where no walk-behind wheeled snow blower will go. It has more under chassis clearance and more capacity than the Honda HSS928ATD or Honda HSS1332ATD
- Snowmageddon: Ariens Platinum 30 SHO. Model 921051. This dealer only snow blower has over-the-top power and capacity and last many years. It will clear 12-15 inches of snow as fast as I can walk and throw it 50 feet! If you average over 100 inches of snow a year seriously consider this snow blower. If you average over 200 inches it is probably the only residential snow blower that will do the job for you.
32-36 Inch. Best For Large Open Areas.
The 32-36-inch models are the best snow blowers if you have large open areas to clear. Just keep in mind that most of these are considerably heavier than the 28-inch models and harder for most people to use.
- Troy-Bilt Arctic Storm XP™ 34 Snow Thrower. 34 inch, 420cc. This machine will redefine large area residential snow blowers because it’s a very heavy-duty, high-capacity machine at a very competitive price. Very easy to use. For any size driveway and any amount/type of snow. Consumer Reports has rated the 30-inch version as their best 2-stage pick. (and I like it and the Craftsman version also)
- Power Max® HD 1232 OHXE Toro PowerMax HD snow blowers have been good machines for years and they have made some improvements this year including an all-metal double jointed chute and all metal impeller housing. 14-inch impeller, no shear pins, very easy to use. They now have three engine sizes for typical, heavy and SnowMageddon snowfalls. Power Max® HD 1232 OHXE (375cc Trigger Steering) The Power Max® HD 1232 OHXE is also one of the farthest throwing snow blowers on the market and has a much greater capacity than the Honda Snow Blowers that cost much more.
- Ariens has large area snow blowers but they are all commercial models. 5 Best Commercial Snow Blowers 2018-2019
- Tracked: Honda HS1336iAS. You can check out this $8000 machine through the link to Honda’s website.
- Snowmageddon: 5 Best Commercial Snow Blowers 2018-2019
The rest of the snow blowers that get all the publicity. Why they are not on the list.
3-Stage Snow Blowers:
Don’t let the advertising hype or dealer sales pitches fool you. A 3-stage is not better than a 2-stage – it’s just different. Yes, a 3-stage snow blower has about 50% more capacity than the same brand’s 2-stage machine but that does not mean they are better than another brand’s 2-stage snow blowers. Remember a dealer is always going to tell you their snow blower is better than the dealer’s across the street. Read more about 3-stage snow blowers here: Is a 3-stage better than a 2-stage?
30-inch MTD Built Snow Blowers:
Troy-Bilt Storm 3090 357cc 4-cycle Electric Start Two-Stage Snow Thrower, 30 inch Craftsman at Lowes, Cub Cadet 30 inch 2-stage, and Craftsman 88396. 30 inch, 357cc. All of these models are all basically the same snow thrower – just different paint and repair support. It’s a dependable snow blower but for most people, it just doe not have the capacity of the more recent 30-inch designs. The closed front auger with 6 auger flites severely limits its capacity and the 12-inch impeller does not spin fast enough to throw snow as far as the more recent designs.
Cordless Electric Snow Throwers:
Myself, I really want a battery operated snow blower! I’ve replaced my trim mower and leaf blower with a cordless electric. I threw away my gas string trimmer because there are now excellent cordless ones to replace it. My cordless hedge trimmer will run for hours on one lithium battery. Ryobi even has a riding mower that works for up to 2-acre lawns. Troy-Bilt now has a Lithium-ion battery powered riding mower. Why is developing a cordless snow blower that works for most people so hard?
EGO 21 in. 56-Volt Lithium-Ion Single Stage Electric Snow Blower with (2) 5.0Ah Batteries. I originally had this cordless electric on the top 20 list but with research and my testing, it’s not quite what I thought it was. I’m leaving it off the list permanently. Yes, every other blog and YouTuber is raving about it. So why do I have an issue with it? It looked like a great machine at GIE-EXPO but I didn’t ask the obvious question – how is it different from a gas single-stage snow thrower?
This snow thrower has the front rubber paddles like a gas unit but they don’t contact the ground and pull the unit forward like the gas-powered single stage snow throwers paddles do. It’s like the other corded electric power shovels that you have to push yourself. It is hard to use on old snow and driveways that are not perfect. Since you have to push it through the snow I would be scared of trying to push it up a sloped driveway for fear that I would slip and fall. So I am only going to recommend it for smooth, level driveways, sidewalks, and patios. I can’t recommend it for older, rougher driveways, sidewalks and patios with cracks that stick up and catch the front scraper of the snow thrower. I can’t recommend it for sloped driveways. If you are still interested please watch this video before you buy. The owner doesn’t push it up-hill and it leaves a little snow like a 2-stage machine. EGO 56 volt snow blower. Here is another practical video. Watch the sections where he is trying to clear the end-of-driveway snow. EGO 56Volt snow blower,,, I’m not saying “don’t buy.” I am saying that this is not like the snow blower you now own. If you can always get out and clear your snow right away, don’t drive over it with your car, and don’t let the end-of-driveway snow plow pile freeze this may work for you. This model has enough battery capacity to easily clear a 2 car, 50 foot paved driveway. There is a second model with larger batteries here. EGO 21 in. 56-Volt Lithium-Ion Single Stage Snow Blower with (2) 7.5 Ah Batteries
Here is a typical end-of-year review of the EGO Snow Thrower: “I too love cordless-the only gas equipment. All I have left is my lawn mower and snow-blower so I was eager to try this. However, the auger not touching the ground is a big problem for me. My single stage 208cc gas does and it helps to pull it along. I have a 75 ft single driveway and 200 ft of sidewalk (double lot on a corner). It had enough juice to do it, but constantly having to push, push, push to get through the snow-it was a major workout. It throws the snow fine-no problem there. But wow-it was a major pain pushing this thing. We’ve had over 100 inches of snow this winter (so far), so I’m glad I returned it.”
I’m guessing they don’t let the auger touch the ground because it would just use too much battery power…
I also wanted the Snow Joe iON24SB-XR 80V Max to be on this list. But I have some real issues with how slow it travels. (There is a new 2017 model but I have not had a chance to check it out. I’m hoping the 2017 Black versions will have the speed issue fixed.) I have spent some time with it clearing cement, blacktop, gravel, and an old, rough patio. It throws snow really, really well. It’s a unique snow blower and is very, very quiet. Here is a video: Snow Joe iON 80V 2-stage tested in snow – Is it for you?.
Honda 2-Stage Snow Blowers
Honda HSS928ATD, Honda HSS724ATD, and Honda HSS1332ATD. Yes, the Honda 2-stage machines did not make the list and probably won’t. Yes, I know they have the Honda engine, everyone, raves about. But, they are just too expensive for no electric start, (a $200 option), underpowered, plug with wet snow and are using an antique track drive system (read slow). Just so you know, the models Home Depot is carrying this year do not have electric start. You can actually buy the Troy-Bilt Arctic Storm XP™ 34 Snow Thrower. or Ariens Deluxe 28 SHO for half the price and have a higher capacity, more heavy-duty snow blower. If you need a tracked machine Ariens, Troy-Bilt, and Cub Cadet all have competitive models that will do the job faster for a lot less money.
Poulan Pro and Jonsered Snow Blowers have dropped off the list. The snow blowers continue to be good machines but you can now buy a Husqvarna with better dealer service for the same price. Husqvarna, Jonsered, and Poulan Pro are made in the same factory and Husqvarna’s have more features. Update September 23, 2018. Husqvarna just announced they are closing the snow blower assembly plant in Georgia and moving it to their South Carolina assembly plant. They also stated they are discontinuing gas-powered, walk-behind lawnmowers, roto-tillers and garden-lawn tractors at lower price points.
Faster and easier to use is the wave of the future. The Toro SnowMaster is just the beginning……
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The consumer is now in charge.
Today’s buyer doesn’t go to the dealer first. Instead, they do all their research online and only go to the dealer if they can’t get the product online or at a local retailer. Today’s buyer wants the online interaction of the manufacturer, dealer, and retailer. It’s no longer what a report or article says is best. The consumer can now do the research and make the decision without ever looking at the info hidden behind a subscription or walking into a dealer. Today’s consumer talks not only to his neighbor but also his peers, family, and friends. And they are all just a keystroke away.
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