I bought a small single-stage two-cycle Toro with the rubber blades three winters ago and it's done me just fine.
This might be a bit off topic but the only time I thought it needed to be brought in was during the second winter when it started lugging down. It would run at normal speed, then slow way down, then back up and repeat. It still ran but it sounded horrible.
That's how I found out I needed leaded
gas. The correct oil-gas mixture is almost unimportant, and it doesn't matter if it's last year's gas, but it has to be unleaded. One tank of the right gas and it was running as smooth as the day I bought it off craigslist.
The guys at Wayne's gas station at the beginning of Cottage Grove Road explained that to me. They said they had a monthlong wait for snowblowers and I should just run their gas and their oil and I'd be fine. And I did and I was.
Edited to fix where I typed "unleaded" instead of "leaded" in a caffeine-induced fever. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.