Honda HS520 vs Toro 3650, why would I need a 2-stage
I'm thinking about purchasing a snow blower this winter, and have been leaning towards either the Honda HS520A or the Toro CCR 3650 single stage blowers. I live in MA just west of Boston have a level 80' long 2 car wide driveway and a 50' brick walk way that I will be clearing.
A neighbor had the Toro 3650 and last year and he was done in 1/3 the time of neighbors with bigger 2 stage blowers in snow falls of ~12" or less. This thing moved snow fast. Pulled itself along with the rubber impeller and looked like it would move snow as fast as he would let it run. And it cleared it right down the pavement. Moved slush that 2 stages leave laying.
Never saw it work in the bigger snow storms but a neighbor said it took him a little longer than a 2-stage and he had to go over it twice when he didnÂt blow it during the storm.. Should have asked him to try it out before he moved.
I've done some reading around and am leading toward the Honda HS520 as some say it's 4 stroke has higher torque which helps in the heavier snow, and that the Toro 3650 2 stroke.
Looking for comments/opinions on these blowers and my logic for buying one of these single stage blowers vs a 2 stage.
- for my flat 80Â driveway it will clear it much faster than a 2 stage for snow 12" (probably upto 18") deep or less (80+% of the storms), and I could blow during the storm or go over it twice for the 2 or so big storms per year
- moves slush much better than a 2 stage
- Much easier to maneuver (especially in the boxed in garage entrance I have)
- Smaller and easier to store in the garage
- Cleans to the pavement/brick walkway vs the 1" or so the 2 stage leaves
- Cost: ~$600 vs ~$1200 for a decent 2 stage
Open questions are how it will handle the plow pile at the end of the driveway (neighbor moved it with the toro but not sure how much work it was) and comments on the Honda vs Toro. Also looked at the Toro Snow Commander, but have been told that for my conditions the 3650 was a better bang for the buck. It would clear snow almost as fast and be $200+ cheaper and 40lb lighter.