I own a single-stage electric. It absolutely kicks some serious old man winter butt. 18" on my MIL's back deck, heaved it over/through a 4' railing in about 10% of the time it would have taken to shovel it. I have a single stage, tractor mounted blower on one of my old JD 180's that will out-move my LT180's 2 stage in all but the deepest, heaviest snows. Joful, if your SS was an MTD or Murray then I feel your pain. Toro owns that segment hands down. The CCR series (especially the older 2-strokes) were lightweight and would run circles around a 2-stage in anything under 8". They would clean up better too. They used to make a behemoth of a single stage called the "Snow Commander", 7 HP two-stroke and 24" clearing width. It was the best machine you could own for a paved driveway with less than 18" of snow on it. Made a 2 stage blower look silly, especially since the Commander could be had for $800. Of course, rubber paddle single-stage units have their limitations. They don't like steep hills (gentle to moderate slopes are fine however). They are also limited to a hard surface underneath like a wood deck, concrete patio, or asphalt driveway. But if you have the right conditions, they far out-performed any "compact" 2-stage and made the full-size units look expensive and slow.