It has electric start, heated handlegrips, and 4 forward speeds so it is as easy to operate as a lawnmower. Plus Forward 4 will drag you through snowbanks left by the friendly snowplows !
I live on the 'wrong side' of a downhill curve in Central Iowa and just a couple inches of snow will produce a 3 foot high pile when the plow goes by.
I got guilted into helping all my neighbors with their one stage snowblowers at least 5 times last winter.
I would also agree that two stages are next to worthless if their is very little snow. In those cases, I can usually leaf blow it out of the way or if it is heavy, push it out of the way with a wide push type shovel.
I have a snowblower to handle big snows...