Electric or gas ?? Gas w/ electric start
one or two stage ?? 2
Brand and model if you know ?? Toro Yard Master
Can it be used by someone of smaller stature ?? yes
Where are you? western Illinois
And do you have dry or wet snow ?? both
How much snow do you get in ave storm?? 2-4", have had up to 14" at one time
This is the 2nd Toro we've had; the first was a snow-thrower, very light weight and manueverable, but with a standard pull-rope starter and a choke. I bought it used at a yard sale and finally replaced it when my back couldn't handle the pull-rope anymore.
Now we have a snow-blower with a chute to throw the snow in any direction you want. The electric start feature is fabulous! It clears a path about 22" wide. The only problem with this one is the chute; when you have a heavy, wet snow it tends to clog. I carry a piece of broom stick with me to loosen it up.
Bottom line---anything is better than shoveling by hand.
Hope this helped.