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I would have been better served by buying a smaller single stage blower.
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What have you all found to be the most common problem when it comes to break downs with these snow blowers during the season's use? Any ways to avoid that?
It's always a good idea to have more than a few shear pins under the seat of the truck. Spare quart of oil and some silicone for the chute to "sliprify" it between jobs. A brush to clean it off between jobs or when you're done so that it doesn't freeze solid and jam the controls. Some SeaFoam for that gas can refill so you don't forget it. A hand full of tools is good to have around.

If you don't work on your gear, Some have found it helpful to make an appointment for the middle of the season to have it looked over for potential issues, Ounce of prevention thing. Plus without an appointment you can't get in until April around here.

I think that the biggest thing to keeping them running is to NOT just shut it off and walk away from it. Take a moment, clean it off, refill the fuel, check the oil, make sure the augers don't have excessive play, tighten any loose bolts and then cover it.
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I run two single stage snow blowers. A Honda HS 520A and a cruddy craftsman as a backup if the Honda needs repair.

The two stage blowers don't make sense to me as they are just too slow. I'd have to charge twice as much using a two stage because of having to drag a trailer around in the snow and taking more time to unload it and walk really slow on the driveways.

IIRC, the two stage blowers also don't get all the snow off as the paddles don't touch the surface. Is that true of all of them?

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the two stage auger does not contact the ground ,so it makes sense that the single stage blower can clear a little closer to the ground .
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