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    Default What do you like for snowblowers?

    I am sicking of fighting with the old small 5 hp snowblower I have had for the past six years where I have to move same snow over and over and am in the market for something that can really fling the white S#!! back to the North Pole. The past several years we get at least one storm or more a week here with amounts in my driveway about 6"-12" on average sometimes more and snow dirfts in places over 2-3". Plows also pack the snow in the driveway so I have to fight throught that as well. I want something that will chuck the snow about 50' away. Looking to spend in the $1000 range. Husqarvana looks good. Anyone had success with a newer model of any kind?
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    Default Re: What do you like for snowblowers?

    I have an Ariens 520. It's good for up to about 15" of snow. Starts good and all that. I'm very happy with it. I think I paid around $600 or so. I have some Husqy brand equipment that is good also...
    "Laissez faire does not mean: let soulless mechanical forces operate. It means: let individuals choose how they want to cooperate in the social division of labor and let them determine what the entrepreneurs should produce. Planning means: let the government alone choose and enforce its rulings by the apparatus of coercion and compulsion."
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    Default Re: What do you like for snowblowers?

    Using Tekumseh 10.5HP with a 30" dual stage blower. It's 5 years old & working well. Previous was the same but 8.0 HP 24", had it for about 15 years.
    The engines ALWAYS start well, even @ -40. The drive train on these machines will fail/wear out long before you need to spend any $$ on the engine.
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    Default Re: What do you like for snowblowers?

    Dave, I bought an Ariens five years ago and love it. Handles any depth of snow and is very simple to maintain. I paid $1,100 for it. My driveway is about 20 feet wide and 60 feet long. Takes me about a half an hour to do.

    Hope it helps.
    Shawn
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    Default Re: What do you like for snowblowers?

    I forgot to post the model: Ariens 8524 Classic. Has an 8.5 HP Tecumseh engine (or is it motor?)
    Shawn
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    Wink Re: What do you like for snowblowers?

    I use a NOMA(canadian built)2 stageTekumseh powered ,works great.I've been told they dont make them anymore

    50 feet is a long way,mine does 20 if i'm lucky.Sometimes it goes backwards in the wind!
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    Talking Re: What do you like for snowblowers?

    If you have an ATV,these are cool as hell! Watch the video
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    Default Re: What do you like for snowblowers?

    My Drive is about 60 feet long and 20 or more wide in places as well. Garage/house is on the side so any snow near the house juts gets thrown back on the drive so goal is to arch it over the drive. Problem with new blowers is they do not rate in HP anymore. Only torque. Not sure what numbers like 11.5 and 18.0 equate to the snow throwing capacity compared to old HP figures.
    Dave, Seeing Yellow
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    Default Re: What do you like for snowblowers?

    My dad was a Sears Craftsman guy for every piece of equipment he owned.
    Had a 32" 12 hp blower for 10 yrs.

    I don't remember what happened to it but it was repairable, but at the same time a family member was getting divorced and he bought their Yard Man for a very good price. It too is about 32" wide. I don't remember the hp but I'm sure its 12 or more. its a big blower.

    The point is, after getting the yardman, we realized how bad our craftsman ran and worked.

    The craftsman seemed balanced on the wheels allowing the front to ride up on the snow. We always found ourselves lifting on the handle and pushing with our hips to make a clean cut. The yardman is front heavy and digs in nicely.

    The craftsman would throw 15 ft, but the yardman will throw 25 or more. The shoot seems to be a better design.

    The yardman also has steering triggers on each handle for easy navigating.

    Dad has a driveway on each side of the house that are about 100x20 each, plus a circular part joining them to make it drive in / drive out.
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    Default Re: What do you like for snowblowers?

    Ariens for sure.

    Look at them all, and buy the biggest one you can.

    As Jim Bell used to say: "It is better to bring too much than end up with not enough".......

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    Default Re: What do you like for snowblowers?


    I'm still using the 2-Stage Toro my Dad bought back in '73.
    5hp Tecumseh.

    Hasn't been defeated yet.
    Dale

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    Default Re: What do you like for snowblowers?

    the best one i like is one somebody else is using on my driveway while i stand in my nice warm house,watching.

    i use a 1950 IH McCormick W4 with a plow.my driveway is about 150' long,on a hill.
    ken mcdonald
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    Default Re: What do you like for snowblowers?

    i use a 1950 IH McCormick W4 with a plow.my driveway is about 150' long,on a hill.[/QUOTE]
    man, i remember the ih w4. old work horses.
    may dad had a 3600 ford tractor with a 3pt hitch 6' wide power takeoff powered blower mounted on the rear of the tractor.
    me, i have a 15 yr old toro 24" snowblower. it has electric start & blows snow like crazy.
    Gerry
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    Default Re: What do you like for snowblowers?

    Purchased a new 27",13.5TP, 305cc Craftsman blower last year with a Briggs & Stratton Snow Series engine with all the bells 'n whistles and am quite happy with it. The older 23",5HP Craftsman it replaced gave 25+ years of very reliable service, but was just a tad too small for someof our harsh winter snow conditions! Some of the Canadian Sears models are made by Husqvarna and they work and look great. All new engines are specified in ft. pounds of torque FP, or CCs just to add to the dilema of what size machine to buy.
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    Default Re: What do you like for snowblowers?

    John Deere L120 Lawn tractor powered by a 2-cyl Briggs&Stratton OHV 20 hp engine. Factory snow blower attachment with chains and satchel weights. The snow blower attachment is a major PIA to attach the first time, but after the initial installation, it is a piece of cake. Does a great job.
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    Default Re: What do you like for snowblowers?

    My son and his friends. No gas required and enviormentaly safe.
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    Default Re: What do you like for snowblowers?

    Had a big Honda two-banger up there in Truckee. Loved that machine.
    BadBrad
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    Default Re: What do you like for snowblowers?

    Ariens snowblowers, big and small are great. I use their 2 stage 4' wide model on the front of an Ariens GT series garden tractor that will clear a foot of wet snow from a 550' long driveway in 10 minutes. Throws it well over 50 feet. The wetter and heavier that it is, the farther it throws. Haven't used the big tractor and plow ever since I got the snowblower deal.
    Check out their Deluxe 27. It's a 27" wide 2 stage, 11.5HP and lists for $999 on home depot's website with free shipping.
    David Powell
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    Default Re: What do you like for snowblowers?

    Boy I would have given about anything for a snow blower in Idaho. It sure gets old shoveling in the morning and when you get home from work.

    Now that I'm on the coast, I live on a hill so that the rain runs off down to the river.
    People get excited about a couple of inches of snow here.
    David
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    Default Re: What do you like for snowblowers?

    ARIENS!
    I've got a late 60's model and can still get the common wear parts.
    It has a Tecumseh, Just needed a carb rebuild kit for 20 bucks. and starts in 1-2 pulls when ice cold.

    To know how used this thing is, It's worn thru the 3/16" thick edge skid plates, and the wear bar is 3/4" shorter via wear than the new one.
    I've even sucked up a brick with it and just broke 2 shear pins and 2 roll pins for the second stage.

    You can't go wrong with the Briggs Intek line of engines. They are also a very nice engine.

    for now I'd avoid the Ariens budget line (they're black in color) they use a Chinese engine that is pretty new and not all that tested and i'm not sure how good their innards are.

    nate.
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    Default Re: What do you like for snowblowers?

    I have heardAriens sold at Home Depot is not as good quality as a power vendor. Not sure if this is bull or not.
    Dave, Seeing Yellow
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    Default Re: What do you like for snowblowers?

    Snow-whatties?? Can you cut Kudzu with them? What are these devices of which you speak?

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    Default Re: What do you like for snowblowers?

    Quote Originally Posted by copperheadgs1 View Post
    I have heardAriens sold at Home Depot is not as good quality as a power vendor. Not sure if this is bull or not.
    homedesprate sells both the low end Ariens and the Standard Ariens.


    The standard ones are orange while the low end are black. If you can swing the Ariens pro model it even brings back the cast iron auger gearbox.
    Home depot doesn't sell the deluxe platinum or pro models however. These units have a differential as to most that are 1 wheel drive or you can lock the wheels together. After using my dads Murray and my old Ariens with differential; The differential is a very nice feature to have but much more expensive. some if not all of the platinum and pro models also have heated hand grips.
    1970 Skylark Custom convertible
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    Default Re: What do you like for snowblowers?

    usually use a blade on the tractor (that has heat) or will get the 8ft wide snow blower out that hooks on the tractor.
    Any car can be saved, all it will take is time, money, and dedication.

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