clear the way.
types of throwers.
Single-stage throwers are lighter and handle great. Two-
stage throwers are heavier, but their trigger release makes
for easy maneuvering. It's also quicker than shoveling, but
takes more muscle to use then a propelled mower.
depths of snow.
With snow under 4", a single-stage thrower is a good option. Both a single-stage and two-stage thrower can be used on snow between 4" and 9". With heavier snow or snow over 9", a two-stage thrower is recommended.
spaces to clear.
The auger is meant to break snow and packed ice loose, lift it and shoot the snow from the chute. The wider the auger on your thrower, the larger the path cleared in one pass. Sidewalks are effectively cleared with both single-stage and two-stage snow throwers. Also, you may need to make a few extra
passes as needed in heavier or deeper snow.
On smooth surfaces, both electric and single-stage units can
be used. With rocky surfaces, a two-stage machine is best, because it doesn't touch the ground.