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  1. FerShizzle

    FerShizzle Well-Known Member

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    Turns out my Toro is actually a snow/leaf blower.

    (really wish I had gotten those raked up this weekend)
     
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  2. JM4CY

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    Any small engine techs in here? I got my MTD serviced this fall (oil change, couple new belts, etc.) started her up this morning like normal. Let the choke run for a little then turned the choke off and it back fired and shot a flame that about burnt my gloves. Couldn’t get it to fire up again. Wouldn’t even try to turn over. Is this a simple spark plug issue? I think they put a new one in there when they serviced it. Any advice would be great. I don’t really wanna buy a new one and this old girl has 25 ish years on it and some sentimental value but maybe it’s time? TIA
     
  3. CycloneCJ

    CycloneCJ Active Member

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    My snowblower was acting up last year and it turned out to be a bad ignition coil. Would run fine for a few minutes then stall and not start. Unfortunately it's not an easy repair. :(
     
  4. StClone

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  5. BanjoCy

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    Spitballing... carb cleaned recently? Depending on model, easy to replace instead of clean... parts are cheap on the web.
     
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  6. StClone

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    #26 StClone, Nov 11, 2019
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    Living in Central Wisconsin I have a hunch I see as much snow as anyone and two models not mentioned here that are pretty good: Husqvarna ST224 24-Inch Two Stage Snow Blower: https://amzn.to/2PAweQc #2 Briggs & Stratton Snow Blower: https://amzn.to/2rBbkqD

    And,

    I have a 2015, top of the line 27" Poulan Pro my wife got me as a Chrismas gift. It was on sale $800.00 (originally $1,200) with free delivery. Assembly was easy. I really can not come up with any deficiency: throws snow 75 feet, easy to direct snow chute, good traction, not too heavy, goes though hard icy snow and fresh snow up to 14-16 inches with little problem. Electric start. Outside oil changes it has not needed any other maintenance over the past four years.
     
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  7. motorcy90

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    received_2478788479020791.jpeg Go big or go home!!!
     
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  8. BCClone

    BCClone Well-Known Member

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    What I have. Good exercise for the wife.
     
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  9. SECyclone

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    They could have adjusted your carburetor when servicing and it might be running lean. There is a screw on it to adjust if I’m picturing yours right. If the carb is shot they are like 15 bucks online for a generic one.
     
  10. demoncore1031

    demoncore1031 Well-Known Member

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  11. BCClone

    BCClone Well-Known Member

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    Horsepower is what will throw the snow. Focus on that if you get a good amount or your driveway will start getting narrower come February.

    I had a toro, but stupidly tore the gearbox out and I just decided to get an Ariens since that is what John Deere was selling. Both were great blowers.
     
  12. Sterling4Cy

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    I have a Husqvarna HT230P I've had for a few years. Been very pleased with it. Fires right up every time. Definitely a work horse.
     
  13. mramseyISU

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    I'm a big fan of Husqvarna stuff bit those Ariens look great too. Unfortunatly I have a Troybuilt that's just a bit over 10 years old. I've had to replace the carb and a couple belts but it's been pretty ok.
     
  14. mynameisjonas

    mynameisjonas Active Member

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    So for a decent new snowblower we're looking at around $1k to spend?

    Was hoping less...
     
  15. cygrads

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    That's gotta be the most expensive snow removal device mentioned so far!
     
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  16. cygrads

    cygrads Well-Known Member

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    Depends on how much snow you get. There have been years where I didn't use it at all and years where I used it a couple of times. This is why I bought the menards brand and saved the money. If where you live you get a lot of snow then maybe go with the name brand from a dealership.
     
  17. mramseyISU

    mramseyISU Well-Known Member

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    I paid $600 for my Troy-Bilt and it's been good but not great. I wish it had the headlight and heated grips but it does the job.
     
  18. JM4CY

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    I can report that after a couple hours of tinkering around and watching countless YouTube videos, I solved my problem. When in doubt, make sure the gas hose valve is turned to the “On” position.

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  19. SECyclone

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    I would tell everyone after an engine overhaul I got it working lol
     
  20. 2forISU

    2forISU Well-Known Member

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    Wish John Deere still made snowblowers
     

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