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How to Pick the Perfect Mid-Grade 2-Stage Snow Blower. The product experts from Power Equipment Direct provide buying advice for two stage snow blowers


Mid-Grade Two-Stage Buying Guide

How to Pick the Perfect Mid-Grade 2-Stage Snow Blower

Snow Blower
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Mid-Grade Two-Stage Buying Guide

A mid-grade grade two-stage snow blower gives you the obvious advantages of a larger engine, larger auger and impeller and greater snow throwing distances when compared to an entry-level grade snow blower.

Mid-grade two-stage snow blowers also come with “standard” features like interlocking controls, headlights and upgraded aluminum gear cases that would be optional equipment on a entry-level snow blower.

But that doesn’t mean there aren’t other upgraded features you will want to consider in selecting your perfect mid-grade two-stage snow blower.

Here are a few popular features you should know about:

Chute Deflector
1. Remote Deflector Control
Most, but not all, mid-grade models will include this feature. This feature allows the operator to move the angle of the deflector on the discharge chute up and down from behind the operator controls, eliminating the need to walk around the snow blower to make this adjustment.

Reduce blowing flakes and direct snow more accurately by adjusting the deflector up and down.

2. Chute Style
Chute Style
Mid-grade two-stage snow blowers offer the same two methods of adjusting (aiming) the discharge chute as the entry-level models – a basic crank or a lever action control. Both types can be controlled from behind the operator controls.

A crank style control will turn a handle on a control arm to rotate the discharge chute from left to right and back again. The lever-type control gives you precise control over the direction you discharge snow and requires less effort to maneuver the snow chute.

3. Handwarmers
Heated Grips
About half of the mid-grade snow blowers include this feature. Again, it's just what it sounds like.

The hand grips on the snow blower will actually heat up (just like the seats in a car) to keep your fingers and hands toasty while you work outside in frigid temperatures.

4. Power Steering
It’s called “auto traction control” or “free wheel steering” or something else, but it all refers to the same thing – power steering.
Power Steering
A power steering system allows the operator to turn and maneuver the snow blower more easily.

All systems work the same way. One tire or the other slows down or stops, to help the snow blower turn more easily. mid-grade snow blowers weigh 220 to 250 pounds, so power steering means no wrestling your snow blower when turning.

5. Track Drive
Track Snow Blower
This feature is available on a handful of mid-grade snow throwers. Track drive snow blowers give you superior traction in any snow condition. No slipping, no sliding, just great control.

Track-drive models are ideal for hilly surfaces and inclines, rough ground and gravel-driveways, as well as clearing packed snow, like a snowbank or driven-over snow. And of course, with a track-drive snow blower, you never have to worry about flat tires or wrangling
frozen or icy tire chains.

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