Single Stage Snowblower
Single stage snow blowers are designed with the urban and suburban user in mind. These blowers can handle moderate amounts of snowfall on normal-sized paved driveways. Their small size and light-weight design allows them to be used with ease, and take up little storage space.
Curved Paddle Vs. Auger Style Thrower
Single stage snow throwers are constructed using a metal and rubber auger or rubber paddle to scoop the snow off of the ground and up through the chute in one motion, or stage. The simple design of these throwers uses this rubber contact point to help propel it along, making this style snowthrower a very efficient and easy snow clearing tool.
Although the rubber auger / paddle commonly used on single stage snowblowers wears down after many uses, they can be replaced. The most inexpensive repair costs are on the style with replaceable rubber components. Be aware some metal auger style blowers do not have replaceable rubber and auger replacement can be very expensive.
Electric Start Vs. Recoil Start
Recoil Start is the standard pull cord seen on all small engines and comes standard on all snow blowers as well. Because cold weather makes it more difficult to start any small engine, the electric start is a common upgrade.
Electric start works differently on snowblowers than other small engines because there is no battery. Instead the starter mechanism is powered by a standard extension cord and a push button start.
Electric start does not make engine start any better than a recoil, it is simply an easier less exhausting method of starting the blower.
Another important function to consider is the chute control. The chute determines the direction the snow is being thrown and is crucial in keep the snow from coming back in your face.
The chute can be changed manually by a handle, with a crank, or by Toro's more innovative technology picture left, the quick chute. Chute control is important to consider because it constantly has to be adjusted every time you change direction or there is a shift in the wind.