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    Snow Blower

    Ok I was an idiot last year and sold my snow blower to a friend. Loved it, John Deere didn't use it much, so I decided to get rid of it. Well worst winter EVER plus I moved to a new house with much more shoveling area= pain in the ***.

    Please let me know if you have any recommendations. Why?

    I do know that I want a two stage and at least 26 inches.



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    Never sell man toys unless you have a replacement!



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    Re: Snow Blower

    Depends on your budget, I can tell you though the more $ brands are a bit better than the cheaper ones, and they will outperform and outlast them; even in the same hp and size classes. I would highly recommend the ones with joystick or other quick and easy method of aiming the chute.

    Anymore, the engines are all the same make, unless you go with a cheapie. I would recommend getting out and shopping around with different models to see what you like best. Personally I like the Snapper/Simplicity models. I think Toro's are considered the Cadillac, but I've never used one so I can't comment.



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    I shopped around for deals and bought mine from Northern Tool in Des Moines many years ago. Not sure if they have the same deal I got but if you signed up for a store card you got interest free for 12 months plus 10% off your purchase


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    Re: Snow Blower

    Sears Craftsman Two Stage. Have had zero problems and works great.



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    I've got a 6.5 horse 2 stage Husky. It would be considered an off brand. I've had it for 10 years and it works as good as the day I bought it. I think you could save some money and not buy the name brand stuff. More than likely its made by MTD anyway.



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    Re: Snow Blower

    Quote Originally Posted by dukeebear View Post
    Ok I was an idiot last year and sold my snow blower to a friend. Loved it, John Deere didn't use it much, so I decided to get rid of it. Well worst winter EVER plus I moved to a new house with much more shoveling area= pain in the ***.

    Please let me know if you have any recommendations. Why?

    I do know that I want a two stage and at least 26 inches.
    20 year old John Deere 8 horsepower two stage, I don't care how deep, how wet or how much ice the snow plow piled up, it just chugs through everything. In fact last year it chewed up 4 of my landscaping lights with no problem and threw the pieces all over the yard.



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    Re: Snow Blower

    Price isn't really a big problem... I don't want to spend $2000 but I want something that will last. That last John Deere I had for about 7 years and it was great.... They don't make the current ones as good, so I have heard.



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    Re: Snow Blower

    I have this one:

    Snow Blower - Deluxe 30

    and I absolutely love it. Proudly American made. Works like a charm, starts first pull, chews up and spits out anything you throw at it. Can throw snow on my neighbors driveway, the one on the other side of the street. I can block traffic with it if I choose to.

    Bought mine at a Van Wall outfit, and they delivered it too. They hold onto their value quite well, and my neighbor has a ten year old one that still works like new.

    Worth a look.


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    Re: Snow Blower

    You had me at American made[


    QUOTE=joefrog;2053354]I have this one:

    Snow Blower - Deluxe 30

    and I absolutely love it. Proudly American made. Works like a charm, starts first pull, chews up and spits out anything you throw at it. Can throw snow on my neighbors driveway, the one on the other side of the street. I can block traffic with it if I choose to.

    Bought mine at a Van Wall outfit, and they delivered it too. They hold onto their value quite well, and my neighbor has a ten year old one that still works like new.

    Worth a look.[/QUOTE]



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    Re: Snow Blower

    Ariens is a good name brand, and I think you can buy them at Thiesens



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    Re: Snow Blower

    Quote Originally Posted by dukeebear View Post
    Price isn't really a big problem... I don't want to spend $2000 but I want something that will last. That last John Deere I had for about 7 years and it was great.... They don't make the current ones as good, so I have heard.
    Again, Northern Tool usually has some good prices on 2 stage snow blowers. Mine is about 6 years old now and never had 1 problem with it. Cut threw last winter's worst snow like butter. I think John Deere makes a great product but you can get the same quality for nearly half the price if you shop around


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    Re: Snow Blower

    Quote Originally Posted by joefrog View Post
    I have this one:

    Snow Blower - Deluxe 30

    and I absolutely love it. Proudly American made. Works like a charm, starts first pull, chews up and spits out anything you throw at it. Can throw snow on my neighbors driveway, the one on the other side of the street. I can block traffic with it if I choose to.

    Bought mine at a Van Wall outfit, and they delivered it too. They hold onto their value quite well, and my neighbor has a ten year old one that still works like new.

    Worth a look.

    Do you need a chauffeur’s license to operate that thing? Might want to have a spotter for safe operations so you don’t go all Fargo woodchipper on someone!



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    Re: Snow Blower

    Ariens definitely is the way to go. I worked on them from high school through Freshman year of college at my dad's shop. He sells them. Pretty much anybody who has bought one has never had a complaint, the warranty is excellent, and if you take care of them they last forever.

    Just a reminder - if you buy at a place like Sears, Home Depot, Lowes, etc..., service on the machine is a *****. Most family-owned stores put the machines they sold in the front of the service line.


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    Re: Snow Blower

    I have a craftsman 26 inch 208 cc with a joystick the controls the chute.

    Pretty happy with it.



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