Best Single Stage Snow Blower

Winter is the time of year I hate for many reasons. I hate shoveling snow just like many who live in cold climates. That’s where a snow blower comes to the rescue. Here are some of the best single stage snow blowers on the market.

Toro Single Stage Snow Blower

Power Clear 518 Ze 18 In. Single-stage Gas Snow Blower

The Power Clear 518 ZE is an 18-inch wide compact snow blower weighing in at 58 lbs/27 kg. It is best for areas that get light snow up to 9″ deep. The wheels on this model are smaller in size which will have trouble in the deeper snow.

Auger SystemPower curve rotorCapacity per MinuteUp to 1100 lbs (500 kg)
Chute ControlChute-mounted handleClearing Width18″ (45.7 cm)
Drive SystemRotor propelledEngine99cc Toro 4-cycle OHV
Engine Displacement99ccFuel Capacity1.4 Quarts (1.3 L)
IgnitionElectric startScraperStationary
StarterElectricThrow DistanceUp to 25′ (8 m)
Weight58 lbs (27 kg)Warranty2 year warranty

Snow Joe iON18SB Electric Single Stage Snow Blower

The Snow Joe iON18SB is an electric single stage snow blower with a 40-volt rechargeable battery. It may just be one of the lightest snow blowers I’ve seen at 32 lbs (14.5 kg).

The lithium-ion battery is said to last up to 50 minutes on a single charge.

The iON8SB can cut a path 18 inches wide in snow up to 8 inches deep.

If you live in an area with light snow this will do the job. It will not, however, replace a gas powered snow thrower. Good for smaller areas and shorter driveways.

Auger SystemCurve rotorCapacity per MinuteUp to 495 lbs (224 kg)
Chute ControlChute-mounted handleClearing Width18″ (45.7 cm)
Drive SystemRotor propelledEngine500W Brushless Electric
Engine DisplacementN/ABattery40-volt 4.0Ah Lithium-ion
IgnitionElectric startScraperStationary
StarterElectricThrow DistanceUp to 25′ (8 m)
Weight32 lbs (14.5 kg)Warranty2 year warranty

Troy-Bilt Squall 2100 Single-Stage Gas Snow Blower

The Troy-Bilt Squall 2100 is powered by a 208cc 4-cycle gas engine. It includes an electric push-button start and can clear a 21″ wide path up to 13″ deep. The chute has a 190-degree rotation via the control lever.

Auger SystemCurve rubber rotorCapacity per MinuteUp to 495 lbs (224 kg)
Chute ControlChute-mounted handleClearing Width21″ (53 cm)
Drive SystemRotor propelledEngine4-cycle OHV
Engine Displacement208ccFuel Capacity0.5 Gallons (1.89L)
IgnitionElectric startScraperStationary
StarterElectricThrow DistanceUnknown
Weight97 lbs (43 kg)Warranty2 year warranty

Single Stage Snow Blower vs Two Stage

There are two types of snow blowers: single stage and two stage. Each of them has their own pros and cons which we will discuss.

What is a Single Stage Snow Blower?

The auger system is different in single stage snow throwers

Single stage snow blowers do not have a traditional auger system to clear the snow. The augers on a single stage make contact with the surface and do not leave any snow behind. When the auger makes contact with the ground the snow is pushed up into the chute.

When the auger contacts the surface it will help propel the snow blower so you don’t have to push as hard. The downside to the system is the chance of throwing rocks. Single stage blowers cannot be used on gravel driveways.

Single stage snow blowers are best for snow less than 10 inches. If you live in a region with heavy snowfall you might need a two-stage snow blower.


  • Lightweight unit
  • Cost less than two-stage machines


  • Not good for heavy snowfall
  • Cannot be used on gravel driveways

What is a Two-Stage Snow Blower?

A two-stage snow blower auger system
The auger on a two-stage snow blower

The auger on a two-stage snowblower has two parts: the auger which gathers the snow, and the impeller to throw it out the chute. Two-stage augers do not contact the ground so they are safe to use on gravel driveways.

Two-stage machines are heavier and can take up more space but have more power. Since the machines are larger they can clear a wider area in less time. The drive wheels on these machines are powered and take less effort to push.


  • More clearing power in heavy snow
  • Wider swath to clear more in less time


  • Heavy and take up more storage space
  • Cost more than single stage machines

Single Stage vs Two-Stage Snow Blower Video

Author: Chris

I find any excuse to spend time in the garage. Whether it be to work on my car or start a new project. Using my tools to create things is one of my favourite hobbies.

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