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    Snowblowers

    I am looking for advice on snowblowers. It will be for personal use, driveway and sidewalk, nothing special.



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    Re: Snowblowers

    It's sort of a personal preference thing.

    How big a driveway and sidewalk?

    Generally the single stage blowers are ok for 6 inches or less of snow and smallish areas. Anything more than that and you'll want a 2 stage.

    I'd highly recommend Toro, but you'll pay a bit more.


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    Re: Snowblowers

    Just the average suburban 2-story, 2-car garage with a 40 ft. setback.

    Also, any reccomendations on where to buy, anybody offer a military discount?

    Also, anybody use an electric?


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    Re: Snowblowers

    Anyone have consumer report online to check the best one for the $$?


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    Re: Snowblowers

    Quote Originally Posted by jumbopackage View Post
    It's sort of a personal preference thing.

    How big a driveway and sidewalk?

    Generally the single stage blowers are ok for 6 inches or less of snow and smallish areas. Anything more than that and you'll want a 2 stage.

    I'd highly recommend Toro, but you'll pay a bit more.
    Exactly what I have. Toro single stage, very nice. My neighbors have the big auger types and they stink for anything less than about 6" of snow. My drive is clean when I am done, theirs still has snow all over it.

    I have actually gone and helped them with my "cheap" model.


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    Re: Snowblowers

    Quote Originally Posted by CycloneNick View Post
    Just the average suburban 2-story, 2-car garage with a 40 ft. setback.

    Also, any reccomendations on where to buy, anybody offer a military discount?

    Also, anybody use an electric?
    You don't want electric.

    I don't know about military discounts.

    I"d probably look at a 2 stage if you're living in Iowa in that setting - especially if you have an end of driveway that the city covers with that wet, sloppy stuff. Ariens, Toro and Craftsman on the "more expensive" (well there's Honda, who makes the Cadillac of blowers, but that's probably a bit out of what you need), and then everything else is pretty much the same from there. For occasional, light use, pretty much any decent 2 stage is just fine, IMO.

    I, personally, have a good sized Toro blower, and I was very happy to have it last year.

    There is a reason you see pretty much every professional service with Toro blowers on their trucks though.


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    Re: Snowblowers

    Quote Originally Posted by brianhos View Post
    Exactly what I have. Toro single stage, very nice. My neighbors have the big auger types and they stink for anything less than about 6" of snow. My drive is clean when I am done, theirs still has snow all over it.

    I have actually gone and helped them with my "cheap" model.
    What width do you use?



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    Quote Originally Posted by brianhos View Post
    Exactly what I have. Toro single stage, very nice. My neighbors have the big auger types and they stink for anything less than about 6" of snow. My drive is clean when I am done, theirs still has snow all over it.

    I have actually gone and helped them with my "cheap" model.
    Yeah, Brian is right about that. The single stage ones do a better job for light amounts of snow. They are propelled by the paddles actually touching the ground (usually), and this means that they work sort of like a vacuum sweeper beater bar meets paddle boat. The 2 stages rely on scraping along the ground with a scraper and don't always get everything. I'd recommend throwing down a bit of ice melt before it snows to loosen up the bottom layer, and then it comes up pretty easy with the 2 stage.

    Where the single stage ones - especially the smaller ones - run into trouble is with heavy, wet snow, and the stuff the plows pile onto the end of your driveway. Even my 8 horse 2 stage toro had trouble a few times last year with a foot of that stuff.


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    Thought we were moving to global warming in Iowa. Oh, that was last year.


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    Re: Snowblowers

    Definitely go with a 2-stage. I had a single stage Honda that was good for light dry snow..but when it was wet and heavy it couldn't throw it far enough or would just bog down. It was almost impossible to clear the end of my drive after the snowplows pushed the snow into my drive. My neighbor got tired of seeing me struggle with my blower and would let me use his 2-stage. Now I'm a proud owner of a 10.5 hp Husqvarna 2-stage.



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    Re: Snowblowers

    I'm just the opposite of some. Had a big two stage, and it was too big to handle. Am going back to a single stage "thrower" with an electric start. If you are moving lots of snow, a two stage is best. If you plan to get out and get after it, the single is sure a lot easier to handle, and much quicker. Just my op.



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    Re: Snowblowers

    Northern Tool over on Merle Hay is where I bought mine. If you get a 2 stage I highly recommend getting one with an electric starter. Those things are very nice to have when it's nice and cold out!


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    Re: Snowblowers

    Quote Originally Posted by ketelmeister View Post
    I'm just the opposite of some. Had a big two stage, and it was too big to handle. Am going back to a single stage "thrower" with an electric start. If you are moving lots of snow, a two stage is best. If you plan to get out and get after it, the single is sure a lot easier to handle, and much quicker. Just my op.
    Same here. I had a big 2-stage Simplicity. I traded my dad for his single stage Toro. It fits in my garage a lot better and is a lot easier for most snow. But, I sure missed the 2-stage last year.



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    Re: Snowblowers

    If you don't get 2 stage, you are throwing your money away, IMO.

    I have 22" MTD Yard Machine. It is going on 8 years old and still runs perfectly. I have cafefully maintained it, however.

    This year, I had to replace the skid shoes on the side of the intake since they had worn all the way through. Those pieces are designed to wear, though.

    The engine is Tecumseh and seems to have enough power. There was one snow storm in CO where we got 24" of snow and blowing and drifting and I couldn't get through some areas without killing the engine. That was the only time it felt underpowered. Otherwise, it does fine.

    Also, mine pull starts very easily which is great in case I'm out of town and my wife needs to snowblow.

    Hope this helps.

    PS...I think MTD got bought by a much larger company that owns Toro and some others.


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    Re: Snowblowers

    I would think you would want a snow blower mostly for the heavy snow, so go BIG.

    You can always shovel little snows if you can swallow your pride.

    As they say in Vegas, BIG is better.

    If you are rich by definition, buy one of each.


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