What Is 2 or 3 Stage Snow Blower? (Solved & Explained!)

A 2 or 3 stage snowblower is a snowblower that has multiple augers. As the name suggests, a 2 stage snowblower will have 2. One to remove the snow, another to deal with blowing it away. A 3 stage snowblower will have 3 augers. 2 for collecting, one for blowing the snow away.  

Is a 2 or 3 stage snowblower best for use at home? 

Most homeowners will find that a 3 stage snow blower is a little bit too big to move around normally. They tend to be more commercial units. Unless somebody lives in a place that has a particularly heavy snowfall, then a 2 stage snow blower is going to be perfectly fine. 

Is a 2 stage or 3 stage snowblower more expensive? 

A 3 stage snow blower is going to be considerably more expensive than a 2 stage snowblower. We are talking in the region of several hundred dollars. 
It is recommended that people only opt for a 3 stage snowblower if they genuinely have a reason that they need to be owning one e.g. large amounts of snow, or larger areas of land that need to be cleared of snow on a regular basis.  

Can you get electric 2 stage or 3 stage snowblowers? 

Neither 2 or 3 stage snowblowers will have electric options. This is because they require a lot more power to run. This means that they are only going to be available in gas-powered options. 
Being gas-powered can be incredibly beneficial anyway. It means that there isn’t a lengthy electrical cord that needs to be dragged through the snow. 

Can a 3 stage snowblower remove snow faster than a 2 stage snowblower? 

Yes. The addition of the extra auger means that the 3 stage snowblower will be able to move snow considerably faster than the 2 stage option. This is why the 3 stage snowblowers are often used in commercial environments where large amounts of snow need to be removed in a shorter period of time. 

Will a 3 stage snowblower remove deeper snow than a 2 stage snowblower? 

It may be able to remove snow that is a couple of inches deeper than a 2 stage snowblower. However, the real benefit of owning a 3 stage snowblower is to remove snow far quicker. 
You should opt for a 3 stage snowblower if the area that you live has regular heavy snowfalls, though. 

Will the augers of a 2 or 3 stage snowblower touch the ground? 

No. The augers from neither snowblower type will touch the ground. This means that neither a 2 or a 3 stage snowblower will be able to remove the bottom layer of snow. Generally, the last half of an inch or so. 
You will need to scoop the last of the snow up manually using a shovel. 

Can you use a 2 stage snowblower on gravel and soil?

Yes. Because the augers in a 2 stage snowblower will not be touching the ground at all, you will easily be able to use it on gravel and soil. This is because you do not have to worry about gravel and soil being brought up into the snowblower.  

Can you use a 3 stage snowblower on gravel and soil? 

Yes. A 3 stage snowblower can work on gravel and soil. This is because the augers will not be touching the ground at all. 

Is a 2 stage or 3 stage snowblower better for dealing with inclines? 

Both 2 stage and 3 stage snow blowers are good for dealing with inclines. A 3 stage snowblower will often be slightly better, mostly because it has extra powered wheels that will allow you to push it up the hill. 
The extra auger will also pick more snow up from the inclines.  

Is it easier to maintain a 2 or 3 stage snowblower? 

It is easier to maintain a 2 stage snowblower. Most maintenance issues with a 3 stage snowblower will need to be dealt with by a professional. 
If you own a 3 snowblower, then expect the lifetime repair costs to be considerably higher than that of a 2 stage snowblower.  

What is easier to store, a 2 stage or 3 stage snowblower? 

2 stage snowblowers are already difficult enough to store. They are quite bulky units. A 3 stage snow blower is going to be even larger than that. 
If space in your home is going to be a premium, then a 2 stage snow blower is the route that you should probably be going down. 

Does a 2 stage or 3 stage snowblower blow snow further? 

A 3 stage snowblower will often blow snow a good 60” or so away. How far a 2 stage snowblower can blow snow will be dependent on the model. It could be anywhere from 20” to 60”. 
If getting snow as far away as possible is important, then either a 3 stage snowblower or a good 2 stage is the best choice. 

Are 3 stage snowblowers worth it? 

In most household situations, no. As long as you are not letting the snow build up on your property, then there is no sense in purchasing a 3 stage snowblower. 
Even most commercial businesses may even be fine with a 2 stage snowblower and don’t need the extra features that a 3 stage blower offers. 

Do 2 stage snowblowers have a self-propulsion feature? 

All 2 stage snowblowers will have a self-propulsion feature to allow people to easily move the snowblower forward. This effectively means that a person will barely have to be pushing their rather bulky snowblower as it will move forward itself.

Do 3 stage snowblowers have a self-propulsion feature? 

Most do. However, not all of them do.  
If you are planning to purchase a 3 stage snowblower, then it is important that you read through the spec. You may find that they do not have a self-propulsion feature, and this is going to make them a whole lot more difficult for you to move them.