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#21 mason852

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Posted December 16 2020 - 09:37 AM

Nester. WTF?

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#22 boosti

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Posted December 16 2020 - 12:05 PM

Bought a 32 ounce 50:1 mixed fuel can and 2 cycle oil for 1 gallon fuel at Home Depot yesterday for my sisters Toro 7 hp electric start snowblower. Noticed the same Toro I have was $620. It definitely looked like a store return floor model.
It’s a good machine, starts on the first pull.

#23 limon276

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Posted December 16 2020 - 01:35 PM

I have a troy built two stage and it works like a champ. it is 24 inches wide with 6 speed forward and two I think reverse. I bought a wind cab for about $89 online.  Great thing to have especially on windy days when the snow blows back at you. Mine is electric start no battery so you have to plug it in which is fine because it is in the garage during winter. I walked in to store buy the one on sale for $329 and ended up spending about $900. Keep in mind the more surface area you have to cover the bigger/better machine you need. Both my neighbors are elderly now so I do the front of their house also. Wish I bought the next model up, My opinion is figure out how much area you have to clean and your budget. I have had mine for a couple of years only wish that I had bought the next model up which had heated grips, and a few other things. 



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Posted December 16 2020 - 07:17 PM

I've got an Ariens 28"x21". It's a two stage with 4-5 forward speeds and 2 reverse. It pull starts very easy but can be plugged in for electric start. Both wheels drive but you can release one wheel to make turns easy. Everything on the unit is metal. I spray the augers and chute down with silicone a day in advance and let it dry/adhere to the steel. The headlight is a big plus for nighttime snow removal.

 

I've got a fairly long driveway that has the house on one side and a 6' vinyl fence on the other. All the snow must be moved quite some distance so shoveling become a worse idea as my age marched on. I'm happy I bought it a few years back. 

 

FWIW - the unit works great and tosses snow VERY far but it is a bit of a bear to control. You get a good workout operating this thing for an hour or two.



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Posted December 17 2020 - 04:45 PM

This is a situation where you really get what you pay for.. I had a craftsman 8 hp for several years, worked awesome and I loved it! actually  got it here on LIF.  I went to help out an older neighbor who had a huge ariens... holy shit! that thing blasted through the deepest/ heaviest snow we had... never slowed down! My craftsman, though it worked well in most, and ok in deeper snow(albeit a little slower) was nowhere near the ariens... Bought one in the off season, its a monster and glad to have gotten it, no regrets!



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Posted December 17 2020 - 04:48 PM

Yup Ariens for the win.  They use monster engines.  Mine throws snow over 75 feet and blasts through the heavy stuff that the snow plows leave blocking your driveway.


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Posted December 18 2020 - 06:19 AM

My Ariens Deluxe 28+ is rediculous. It literally throws snow 50+ft

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Posted December 18 2020 - 07:18 AM

I had a rough time at my sisters yesterday with the long driveway going up hill. I think it’s time for an Ariens with snow chains on the tires. The wet heavy snow was a problem.

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Posted December 19 2020 - 02:58 PM

For the first time in years I can see why people put chains on their snowblowers. My big Arierns had a hard time pushing through all that frozen show and hard pack. I spent 3 hours muscling that brute around because the tires were just spinning on the ice beneath the snow. I'd slap a set of chains on that blower in a minute but my dealer said the chains WILL scratch my pavers. I have non-marring sliders up front just to avoid that.



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Posted December 19 2020 - 04:23 PM

This Toro is like a hybrid singly/two stage.  Its light enough to lift to put into the back of my truck, but its opening is large enough to handle the pile up at the end of my driveway.  https://www.torodeal...o)#BVRRWidgetID

 

Although I only used it for the first time last week, it handled 10-12 inches of this heavy wet stuff.   It stores compact too.

 

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Posted December 19 2020 - 05:07 PM

The best snow blower is to move to a climate without snow.


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#32 Tom Mac

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Posted December 19 2020 - 07:38 PM

Or have someone else do it

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Posted December 21 2020 - 09:31 AM

If you need a snow blower its time to move  :beach  :beach



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Posted December 21 2020 - 11:59 AM

+1 for the Ariens.  Built like a tank and will move the white stuff around like nobody's business.  They even have EFI engines available now.

 

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Posted December 22 2020 - 09:10 PM

I use to have a rock driveway and needed a snowblower that was able to raise up a few inches with a push of a foot lever.  I found this beast on CL and had to travel 4 hours to get it.  I paid 800$ for it and have had it 8 years now.  Its an old Honda Hydrostatic tank track that gets really good traction.  I would recommend picking one up used if you can find one.  A new unit similar is like 3000$ I love this machine. It always starts for me even though its pull start it fire up 2-3 pull cold.  

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Posted December 23 2020 - 04:30 PM

I use to have a rock driveway and needed a snowblower that was able to raise up a few inches with a push of a foot lever.  I found this beast on CL and had to travel 4 hours to get it.  I paid 800$ for it and have had it 8 years now.  Its an old Honda Hydrostatic tank track that gets really good traction.  I would recommend picking one up used if you can find one.  A new unit similar is like 3000$ I love this machine. It always starts for me even though its pull start it fire up 2-3 pull cold.  
 

 

That was a fantastic find.  The Honda's and Yamaha's are supposed to be the best of the best.



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Posted December 28 2020 - 12:22 AM

I have a 10 year old 30" Ariens ST30LE with the Subaru SX30 engine.

While I do take care of my equipment (clean it, do my own scheduled maintenance, proper storage, etc.), I have to tell you, the machine is still like brand new, and if you saw it, you'd never guess it was 10 years old.

I have been a big fan of Honda small engines for a long time, and still am, but this Subaru has proven to be just as good, if not better.

While it does have plug in electric start, I don't even use it, because it is just so easy to pull start. First time, every time.

I believe Ariens went and started having their engines imported from China with the Ariens name on them a few years after I bought mine, so I can't speak to today's Ariens or their engines, but it seems to me that my Ariens/Subaru machine will probably be handed down to my kids...

 

Anyway, this one wasn't my first snowthrower.

My life experience has proven to me that the bigger/better machine is worth every penny of the investment.

Compared to the machines I had prior?  Every time I clear my driveway with the Ariens, I laugh at myself for not investing in the better machine to begin with.

I believe snowthrowers are a text book example of "you get what you pay for". Think of it as spread out over the life of the machine. Again, I fell it was worth every penny.

Especially since I'm getting older as fast as the snowblower, lol.

 

I did change the skids to the synthetic skids because of my paver driveway. I also added a front weight bar, and side cutters.  I find that I do not have tractions problems, even on ice, as long as I use the appropriate speed, but since it has 6 forward speeds (and 2 reverse speeds), that has never been a problem.



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Posted December 28 2020 - 03:16 PM

 

While it does have plug in electric start, I don't even use it, because it is just so easy to pull start. First time, every time.

I believe Ariens went and started having their engines imported from China with the Ariens name on them a few years after I bought mine, so I can't speak to today's Ariens or their engines, but it seems to me that my Ariens/Subaru machine will probably be handed down to my kids...

 

Those Subaru engines are fantastic, their small engine division was purchased by Yamaha a few years back.  Mine has a Brigg's and Stratton.  It was from just before they started using the Chinese engines.  The only ones that don't seem to do well are the EFI ones.  I've never tried one, just saw a lot of complaints about them not starting.  Mine is about 10 years old as well and looks like new.  I guess it's only been used once in the last 2 years though :)






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