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    My snowblower is dead. The auger sheared off the dial the turns it. I need to buy a new one. Looking to invest this time in something nice, two stage etc, to make my life a little easier. Any suggestions on what to buy and where in the Ankeny/Des Moines area?


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    I have had a Toro single stage for years, and have never had any problems with it. I do take it in every year for a complete checkup by someone that knows what they are doing. I bought and get mine serviced at Clive Power Equiptment. I would highly recommend them.



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    There should be a shear pin to keep that from happening? Look closer. You will pay top dollar for a blower now but it's needed now too. Ive got mine held together now with bailin wire and duct tape. I'm waiting till may when they want to unload them.



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    Re: Snowblowers

    Quote Originally Posted by IceCyIce View Post
    There should be a shear pin to keep that from happening? Look closer. You will pay top dollar for a blower now but it's needed now too. Ive got mine held together now with bailin wire and duct tape. I'm waiting till may when they want to unload them.
    I would check that out, if it is not repairable, make sure you don't buy something because it's cheap. Snowblowers are one of those things that when you want it you want it and breakdowns can really be a nuisance.


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    Quote Originally Posted by IceCyIce View Post
    There should be a shear pin to keep that from happening? Look closer. You will pay top dollar for a blower now but it's needed now too. Ive got mine held together now with bailin wire and duct tape. I'm waiting till may when they want to unload them.
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    Re: Snowblowers

    Quote Originally Posted by tec71 View Post
    My snowblower is dead. The auger sheared off the dial the turns it. I need to buy a new one. Looking to invest this time in something nice, two stage etc, to make my life a little easier. Any suggestions on what to buy and where in the Ankeny/Des Moines area?
    Isn't it supposed to do that? That's what the shear pins are for...

    If you're looking for a new one, I can't recommend my Toro highly enough.
    They aren't cheap, that's for sure, but will last you a lifetime.


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    Re: Snowblowers

    I agree that you should check the auger to see if you sheared a pin if that is the only problem you can fix it for a couple of bucks.

    I have a 8 hp 2-stage I bought 11 years ago. You feel kind of dumb when you pull it out for 3 inches of snow, but when you get buried like we did this weekend you look like the smartest man in the world. It goes through drifts like butter.
    Make sure the impeller is 12 inches and not 6. The 6 inch can get clogged when going through heavier snow.



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    I'd like you gentlemen to meet my snowblower....




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    I bought a used Ariens a few years back, really great condition and with proper care should last me a really long time. No headlight, but electric start and the locking/unlocking axle that allows wheels to move independently in light snow or tight places are nice features. Great American Outdoor in Ankeny has always been good to me, even try to save me money on maintenance by teaching me about stuff rather than only offering to charge for fixing it.



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    I bought a new one a month ago. I'm not normally a huge fan of Sears, but I got a 2 stage Craftsman for $599 and I am real happy with it. It is a 179cc 24". The owner's manual even states it was manufactured by MTD (maker of Yard Machines, White, Cub Cadet, Troy-Bilt) so if you see those brands in the same price range it is probably the identical model. If you want to PM me I'll email you Consumer Reports ratings.


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    Re: Snowblowers

    Quote Originally Posted by Chad View Post
    I bought a used Ariens a few years back, really great condition and with proper care should last me a really long time. No headlight, but electric start and the locking/unlocking axle that allows wheels to move independently in light snow or tight places are nice features. Great American Outdoor in Ankeny has always been good to me, even try to save me money on maintenance by teaching me about stuff rather than only offering to charge for fixing it.

    I'll second the older Ariens. They are bulit heaiver and better than the ones today. Mine is probablly 20-25 yrs old. It starts on the first or second pull and goes like hell. Find a nice used one somewhere.

    I know todays modles use cc engine size. Comparing some buddies snow blowers to mine, they are all 24" paths. Mine handles everything. I think the main reason mine is a 7hp engine and theirs is a 5hp engine. Thats a big difference.

    Buy a bigger one than you think you need and get one with plenty of power for drifts and wet, heavy snow.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclones_R_GR8 View Post
    I agree that you should check the auger to see if you sheared a pin if that is the only problem you can fix it for a couple of bucks.

    I have a 8 hp 2-stage I bought 11 years ago. You feel kind of dumb when you pull it out for 3 inches of snow, but when you get buried like we did this weekend you look like the smartest man in the world. It goes through drifts like butter.
    Make sure the impeller is 12 inches and not 6. The 6 inch can get clogged when going through heavier snow.
    That advice about the impeller size is good. My old Toro 524 has the smaller size impeller and does get clogged especially when the bottom of a heavy snow is all slush.


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    My mistake I think what sheared off is actually called the impeller blade. It's a three year old Frontier I recieved as a gift bought at the John Deere dealer in Waterloo. It's like $300 for the parts and installation for what was frankly a $500 snowblower a few years back. It's worked pretty well but I have a need for a bigger one now because of the corner lot. And I'm lazy so i'd like something that will do more of the work for me.


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    I went out and bought a used one from a guy for $80 bucks today. It's older but it will get the job done for a couple years. My driveway isn't big enough for me to need anything nicer



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    Re: Snowblowers

    Quote Originally Posted by Blackhawk6515 View Post
    I have had a Toro single stage for years, and have never had any problems with it. I do take it in every year for a complete checkup by someone that knows what they are doing. I bought and get mine serviced at Clive Power Equiptment. I would highly recommend them.
    I have a Toro Single Stage as well. The single stage ones work awesome if you get a big enough one. I have a 163cc 4 cycle and it eats through anything the snow plow will drop at the end of my drive. I got it at Wheelers in Ankeny. I know Ankeny Ace hardware carries Toro's as well. Definately worth the investment.



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