Craftsman 24" 179cc* Dual-Stage Snowblower has been a great unit for our home. It's heavy duty enough for big snows yet can also handle little nuisance inches as well. It clears down to the pavement even with ice and throws the snow far enough that it lands in the grass even with our wide driveway. Plus it's small enough to be able to handle a narrow sidewalk. We haven't had any issues with this snowblower and it requires little or no maintenance at all. The only con in my book is that it tends to make my hands numb with the vibrations though my husband said that's because I squeeze the handles too tightly. This is a heavy duty thrower that is light enough that a small woman like myself can do the job. It's easy to start and not too technical for a beginner to operate.
Red Lion, PA