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In the Snow Removal Business? Here's What to Look for in a Sno-Thro

12/1/2016 6:00:00 AM

​​​If you're a snow removal professional, you need equipment you ​​​​can rely on in any weather condition. Because unlike consumers who only need to make sure their drivewy is clear, your're responsble for the entire community. Ariens understands your unique needs. The first thing you need to think about is whether a single- or two-stage Sno-Thro will work best for the work that you do. Here are the top things to consider when purchasing a snow thrower for commercial use. 

Single-Stage Sno-Thros 

​Single-stage snow throwers are smaller than two-stage models, making them great for sidewalks or smaller driveways in urban environments. 

While these machines can only handle light to moderate snow fall, they're often the preferred choice for professionals because of their durability. At Ariens, our single-stage Path-Pro snow thrower was built with features ​such as steel side panels, robust and sturdy wheels and a protective rear guard, all of which increase the machine's durability, ensuring that it will be ready to work when you are. 

When you're clearing snow for a living, you need a piece of equipment that is able to ​​throw snow effectively and with power. ​Ariens Path-Pro models feature engines ​with a high output and throwing distance. Models with a 208cc engine are able to throw snow up to 35 feet away. ​​​

​Another reason professionals often choose a single-stage is because these models are very easy to service. ALl of the models in the Ariens Path-Pro family are designed with easy access to common service points such as the oil drain, spark plug and carburetor. ​​​

​Prehaps one of the most-loved things about single-stage snow-throwers is the fact that they are extremely easy to maneuver. The Ariens Path-Pro is light, yet durable, and foldable handlebars make it easy to load on and off trailers. These models are also made with erganomic handlebars, making clearing snow for multiple hours per day more comfortable. 


 

Two-Stage Sno-Thros

​​​​​​​For contractors in northern portions of the country where heavy snowfall is common, a two-stage snow blower may be a better option, as these models can handle any amount of snow. ​

First and foremost, professionals should look for units that are built with durable, long lasting components. Because two-stage snow throwers​ are preferred among consumers, the quality of these products can range quite a bit. Ariens is known for its durability. ​​From its all-steel construction to fully welded serrated augers to the cast iron gear case, each model in the Sno-Thro lineup is built to withstand the work for several years. 

​​​​​​​​Another consideration for the two-stage is throwing distance. In instances when you need to throw sno farther, a two stage will be your best choices. Ariens super high output (SHO) models can throw snow up to 50 feet. 

Additionally, two-stage snow throwers tend to come with upgraded feature options like hand warmers, quick-turn chutes and auto turn, making them easier and more comfortable to use, especially during long days. ​


 

Whether you choose a two-stage or single-stage machine, it's also important to consider the machine's warranty and the brand's reputation. Ariens is the King of Snow, and has been proudly manufacturing some of the industry's best snow throwers for more thatn 80 years. The brand has also consistently scored extremely high among other brands when being rated by outdoor power equipment dealers on warranty. 

For more information, visit www.ariens.com or stop by your local independent Ariens dealer.