The Best Single Stage Snow Thrower For You! Fall 2019

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A single-stage snow thrower works great for areas that get up to eight inches of snow at a time and most can handle drifts up to 12 inches. All the models listed here have power assist augers and will clear snow right down to the pavement. Many people buy these as a “second” snow thrower for the light snows because they will clear 2-6 inches of snow as fast as you can walk. Unless noted these all have push-button electric start. In general, single-stage snow throwers are too small to be your primary machine if you live anywhere in the U.S. north of Interstate 70. None of them, unless designated, will throw snow more than 30 feet or so. Because of that, you will end up with much taller piles of snow along your driveway than with a good 2-stage snowblower. This can cause more drifting right on your driveway the next time it snows.

I’ll list these from best to good. If it’s not on the list I don’t recommend it this year but you are welcome to ask questions about one not on the list in the comment section below.

Note: Single-stage snowthrowers work best on hard surfaces. They work best on pavement, blacktop, pavers, decks, and patios. If you have to clear a gravel driveway or a spot on your lawn for your dogs I still suggest a 2-stage snow thrower instead. Go here for the best 2-stage snowblowers: The Best Snow Blowers For You! Fall 2019

1. Toro 824 SnowMaster QXE Single Stage Snow Thrower Model 36003

toro 824qxe Buy Here at The Home Depot. The Toro SnowMaster 824 is a lightweight, self-propelled snowblower that clears snow fast from your hard surface driveway, patio, and decks. The SnowMaster is unique for a single-stage in that it use Toro’s Personal Pace drive system to self-propel itself through the snow. It has the power and throwing capabilities of most 2-stage snow throwers under $1000 yet it weighs about 100 lbs less. It very fast compared to a 2-stage so many people are buying these instead of a 2-stage snowblower. The SnowMaster 824 QXE snow thrower will clear up to 18-inch drifts and has plenty of power for wet/heavy snow. It will throw most types of snow up to 40 feet. If you have a hard surface driveway to clear and don’t get more than 8 inches at a time they are a great choice. I personally own this snow blower and like it a lot. Note: Because this snow blower is lightweight compared to a 2-stage it does not have as much traction so it is not the best choice for driveways with more than a 10-degree slope.

2. Toro Power Clear 821 QZE 21 in. 252 cc Single Stage Snow Thrower Model 38757

toro821qze Buy Here at The Home Depot. Toro Power Clear snow throwers are the “standard” of single-stage snowthrowers. For 2019 Toro has changed the design so the engine is now easily accessible. It’s now easy to change the oil, change the spark plug and do other maintenance tasks to the engine. The Power Clear 821 QZE snow thrower will clear up to 12-inch drifts. It has plenty of power for wet/heavy snow and is designed to shred the chunks of snow the snowplow leaves you. By lifting up on the handles the rubber front paddle can scrape off driven on snow. It will throw most types of snow up to 40 feet. If you have a hard surface driveway to clear and don’t get more than 8 inches at a time they are a great choice. It is a great choice if you get heavy/wet snow. This QZE model features a quick and easy to use remote chute control.

3. Toro 724 SnowMaster QXE Single Stage Snow Thrower Model 36002

toro 724qxe Buy Here at The Home Depot. The Toro SnowMaster 724 QXE is identical to the 824 QXE above except for a slightly smaller 212cc engine. It is a lightweight, self-propelled snowblower that clears snow fast from your hard surface driveway, patio, and decks. The SnowMaster is unique for a single-stage in that it use Toro’s Personal Pace drive system to self-propel itself through the snow. It has the power and throwing capabilities of most 2-stage snow throwers under $1000 yet it weighs about 100 lbs less. Many people are buying these instead of a 2-stage snowblower. The SnowMaster 824 QXE snow thrower will clear up to 18-inch drifts and has plenty of power for wet/heavy snow. It will throw most types of snow up to 35 feet. If you have a hard surface driveway to clear and don’t get more than 8 inches at a time it is a great choice. Note: Because this snow blower is lightweight compared to a 2-stage it does not have as much traction so it is not the best choice for driveways with more than a 10-degree slope.

4. Toro Power Clear 721 QZE Single Stage Snow Thrower Model  38756

toro-721qze Buy Here at The Home Depot. The 721 QZE is identical to the 821 QZE above except for a slightly smaller 212cc engine. To repeat: Toro Power Clear snow throwers are the “standard” of single-stage snowthrowers. For 2019 Toro has changed the design so the engine is now easily accessible. It’s now easy to change the oil, change the spark plug and do other maintenance tasks to the engine. The Power Clear 721 QZE snow thrower will clear up to 12-inch drifts. It has plenty of power for wet/heavy snow and is designed to shred the chunks of snow the snowplow leaves you. By lifting up on the handles the rubber front paddle can scrape off driven on snow. It will throw most types of snow up to 35 feet. If you have a hard surface driveway to clear and don’t get more than 8 inches at a time they are a great choice. It is a great choice if you get heavy/wet snow. This QZE model features a quick and easy to use remote chute control.At $599 it is one of the best value snow throwers on the market.

5. Toro Power Clear® 721 E Single Stage Snow Thrower Model 38753

toro-721e Buy Here at The Home Depot. The Toro Power Clear 721 E Single Stage Snow Thrower is one of the best value snow throwers on the market. It is a no-frills snow blower. It has an electric start but no remote chute or deflector. As with the rest of the Power Clear line for 2019 Toro has changed the design so the engine is now easily accessible. It’s now easy to change the oil, change the spark plug and do other maintenance tasks to the engine. The Power Clear 721 E snow thrower will clear up to 12-inch drifts. It has plenty of power for wet/heavy snow and is designed to shred the chunks of snow the snowplow leaves you. By lifting up on the handles the rubber front paddle can scrape off driven on snow. It will throw most types of snow up to 35 feet. If you have a hard surface driveway to clear and don’t get more than 8 inches at a time they are a great choice. It is a great choice if you get heavy/wet snow. This E model features an electric start but no remote chute controls.

6. Toro Power Clear 821 R-C 21 in. 252 cc Commercial Single Stage Snow Thrower Model 38755

toro-821rc Buy Here at The Home Depot. The Toro Power Clear R-C  are the snow throwers commercial operators use. No frills – just a heavy-duty ergonomic handle and extra thick auger paddles. The new Toro Power Clear 821 R-C adds the extra power needed for quick efficient snow clearing.  Note: This snow thrower does not have an electric start.

7. Ariens Professional SS 21 in. 208cc Single Stage Snow Thrower Model 938025

ariens-ss21r Buy Here at The Home Depot. This Ariens Commercial Single Stage without electric start is a better choice if you haul your snowthrower around to clear other people’s driveways. It is designed so one person can easily slide it into a pickup, van or SUV. The heavy-duty rubber auger will last you years and years. Remote chute control! The ergonomic handle reduces the stress on your wrists for hours and hours of use.

8. Toro Power Clear 721 R-C 21 in. 212 cc Commercial Single-Stage Self Propelled Gas Snow Blower Model#  38754

toro-721rc Buy Here at The Home Depot. The Toro Power Clear R-C is the snow thrower commercial operators use. No frills – just a heavy-duty ergonomic handle and extra thick auger paddles. The Toro Power Clear 721 R-C has been around in one form or another for years and is the snow thrower you see in the back of most commercial snow plow trucks for cleanup and sidewalks the big plows can’t reach.  Note: This snow thrower does not have an electric start.

9. Ariens Professional SS 21 in. 208 cc Single-Stage Manual Chute Recoil-Start Gas Snow Blower Model#  938024

Buy Here at The Home Depot. Same snow thrower as the Ariens above without remote chute control.

10. Honda HS 720AS Single Stage Snow Thrower

 Buy Here at The Home Depot. The snow thrower is rated as one of the best by Consumer Reports. If you don’t want a Toro or an Ariens this is an excellent snow thrower! It’s a Honda, what else needs to be said, 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

11. Troy-Bilt Squall 208XP and 208EX Single Stage Snow Thrower

troy-bilt-208ex Buy Here at The Home Depot. MTD makes a dizzying amount of single stage snow blowers. The Troy-Bilt Squall 208XP and 208EX are the best value of the bunch. Both feature ergonomic handles and electric start. The XP features a remote chute control. They will throw snow 20 feet.

12. Briggs & Stratton 22 in. 250cc Single Stage Snow Thrower with Snow Shredder Auger Model 1696741, Briggs & Stratton 1022EX, Simplicity 1222EE

B&S snow shredder Buy Here at The Home Depot.  If you really want to buy a single stage snow thrower with metal teeth on the auger to chew up hard snow buy the 250cc SnowShredder. It features electric chute rotation and the 1150 series Briggs snow engine. It will throw snow up to 30 feet. It’s also available from your local Simplicity dealer as the 1222EE

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I'll be glad you help you find the best snow blower. Please tell me the city, state and how large an area you want to clear.

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