In other articles we have already introduced the best electric snow shovels and electric snow blowers. These equipment can be very useful as long as you are not dealing with severe winter conditions. Nevertheless when it comes to deep, heavy or icy snow, you simply do need a two-stage snow blower.
If you want to make sure that a two-stage snow blower is the best choice for you, or you wish to read more about the characteristic of these equipment, we invite you to read through our snow blower buying guide.
In this blog post we are reviewing Amazon’s best selling two-stage snow blowers.
The Briggs and Stratton 1696619 is a two-stage snow blower with a powerful 250cc engine. It has a wide, 27″ clearing path, which is the widest from the reviewed models. The intake height is 20″, therefore you can use it in quite heavy snow.
Nowadays almost all snow blowers come with an electric start engine. The 1696619 is not an exception. This allows effortless starting also in really cold weather conditions. The 1696619 is powered by a 250 cc Briggs & Stratton 1150 Snow Series Engine, which is qualified to start down to -20◦ F.
This model has a friction disc drive system with 5 forward and 2 reverse speeds and a 12 inch steel scroll auger. Its free hand control allows you to drive the equipment with one hand, while using the controls with your other hand. The front LED lights also come handy in somewhat darker conditions.
The Husqvarna ST224 series is an extremely popular series as both the standard model and the “P” version has ended up on our bestseller list. The ST224P two-stage snow blower has been released in 2016. It is lighter (198.6 lbs vs 240 lbs) than the ST224 model and it has power steering function. The slightly higher price tag definitely worth it in our opinion, especially if you are somewhat weaker or have a steep area to clear.
The ST224P model has a 24″ clearing path and is ideal to use with all type of snow up to 12″. The 208cc engine of course has an electric start.
If you decide to buy this model, you can expect the always reliable Husqvarna quality. The manufacturer offers a 5 year warranty on the engine and 3 years on other components.
You can also check out our more detailed ST224P review.
#2 Husqvarna ST224 Two-Stage Snow Blower
As mentioned the Husqvarna ST224 2-stage snow blower is the predecessor of the ST224P model. It is heavier and does not come with the power steering function. In all other functions and specifications they are identical. At the same time it is still a very popular tool. This has allowed it to end up at the 2nd place of the 2016/17 season bestseller list.
On the top of our bestseller list we find the Briggs and Stratton 1696614 two-stage snow blower, which is the little brother of the already introduced 1696619 model.
In terms of its specifications it could be more compared to the Husqvarna 224P: It also has a 208cc 4 stroke engine and a 24″ wide clearing path. The free hand control allows you to drive the snow thrower with one hand while using the controls with your other hand.
It is the lightest of the reviewed models, weights all together 184 lbs. The unit has 5 forward and 2 reverse speed. Needless to say that it comes with an electric start.
If you chose this model, you will definitely have a durable snow blower with good price to quality ratio. No wonder why it is the most bought item in its category.