best snowblower

Thinking about purchasing a walk behind snowblower what is the best one to get and are they all selfpropelled or is that something that isn't needed would like at least a 28 to 30 inch unit.

wslayer's picture
wslayer
Offline
Joined: Saturday, July 27, 2002 - 12:00am

  About the best on the market is a JD. When I purchased(12 years ago) I looked at them all. The main difference is the running gear. Much heavier duty in the Deere.  32"  10hp back then ran me about $1900 You can purchase alot cheaper models for about 1/2 the price, but reliability when you "need" is what matter.   2nd choice (neighbor has one) would be a Craftsman

Stizostedion vitreum's picture
Stizostedion vitreum
Offline
Joined: Monday, December 17, 2001 - 12:00am


What we do in life echoes for eternity.   Shadows and dust.

Tritonman's picture
Tritonman
Offline
Joined: Friday, December 4, 2009 - 10:22pm

The best would probably be the Toro, followed by the deere and the craftsman will fall in behind them.  You can easily get parts for all three. 

Live every day!

CZ550
Offline
Joined: Wednesday, March 27, 2002 - 12:00am

I've got a Snapper.  I have had it for 15years or more.  The only thing I have done is change oil and one belt. 
  Those things are flying out of the stores right now with good reason I guess.  Lowes has Toy Built ones.   They should be good quality.
  Makes me wonder why all those people hadn't bought one last year???
 

rooster77
Offline
Joined: Saturday, January 6, 2007 - 9:29am

We are supper happy with our Ariens I did alot of searching around on the internet with consumer reviews and I didn't see one bad review. Also they where rated number one JD was number two in the poles our neighbor has as JD and he also very very happy with his.

rooster77
Offline
Joined: Saturday, January 6, 2007 - 9:29am

We are supper happy with our Ariens I did alot of searching around on the internet with consumer reviews and I didn't see one bad review. Also they where rated number one JD was number two in the poles our neighbor has as JD and he also very very happy with his.

luveyes's picture
luveyes
Offline
Joined: Monday, August 16, 2004 - 12:00am

The older JD were far superior to the current ones.  More metal, less plastic, etc...  No different than any other manufacturers these days.

I have an old MTD that work flawlessly.  I wouldnt buy a new one.

Take a look at the Honda blowers.  Hydrostatic drive that is silky smooth (easy to change speeds or directions without stopping the auger drive), all metal chutes, strong bearings, well thought out controls, and the chute height discharge controls actually stay put and dont have to be adjusted when the snow hits the chute and makes it rise.  The Honda with tracks and hydrostatic drive is hellish $$, but Id sell a kidney to get one if mine took a dump next week.

Ariens or Toro would be my next choices.

Dont go any smaller than 8HP, size cut doesnt really matter.  The 8 HP may be to much for powder, but will be greaty appreciated cutting through wet, heavy, or hard compacted snow.

agriffith
Offline
Joined: Monday, April 21, 2008 - 10:43am

I purchased an Ariens in 2005 and it is excellent. It is a heavy duty machine that really blows snow and I would definitely buy another one. If I am not mistaken, Ariens made John Deere's snowblowers years ago.

eyexer's picture
eyexer
Offline
Joined: Wednesday, February 28, 2007 - 4:42pm

Anything with a Honda engine in it.

 

WellArmed's picture
WellArmed
Offline
Joined: Monday, March 9, 2009 - 6:51pm
 
                       
                       
                       
                       
   

If you were a badminton ace, I think this would be a good bumper sticker:  "Suck my Shuttlecock" 

 

 

 

rooster77
Offline
Joined: Saturday, January 6, 2007 - 9:29am

The Ariens has a good old briggs and straton on it designed for blowing snow and that motor will take no matter how hard you push it!!!. I can pile the snow in my neighbors driveway it has so much powerk and very very very quiet running machine also.

GOOSESLAYER13's picture
GOOSESLAYER13
Offline
Joined: Saturday, December 19, 2009 - 11:26pm

i would have to say toro


porkenpine
Offline
Joined: Saturday, January 2, 2010 - 12:48pm

I don't think I would waste the money on the "self propelled" feature. Also a directional chute is highly overrated AND over priced... get the fixed cute model for much less money and just wait till the wind blows from the right direction....

Bowhuntin
Offline
Joined: Monday, November 17, 2003 - 12:00am

porkenpine Said:

I don't think I would waste the money on the "self propelled" feature. Also a directional chute is highly overrated AND over priced... get the fixed cute model for much less money and just wait till the wind blows from the right direction....

porky,
Where do you live, Arizona? Your advice would be good for Phoenix, but not much further north than that.

blazer54,
To ask what is the best snowblower is similar to asking what is the best pickup, best boat, best shotgun, just about anything else people buy. The correct answer to the question is it depends on what you plan on using it for. In this case obviously the answer is to blow snow, but how much snow would be very important to know before giving an educated answer.

Many walk behind snowblowers on the market today are manufactured by MTD. They paint them different colors, put different stickers on them, but they are all made by MTD. A couple exceptions may be Honda, Ariens and Troy Built but other than that most of the rest are made by the same manufacturer. The difference between the cheaper red colored Walmart MTD's and the more expensive yellow and green MTD's is basically the more expensive are constructed a little heavier, and they have more features. It's best to look around and compare them and decide what you like and don't like. One thing you'll want for sure is a light for blowing at night, other things to decide on are tracks or wheels, manual or automatic adjustment on the auger chute direction, and whether you want electric start or not.

If you're only blowing a driveway out my opinion is an 8 hp., 26" cut would be the ultimate machine. If you have a farmyard or extra long driveway you'd want a bigger more powerful blower, but the bigger ones get heavy and hard to maneuver in a hurry so don't go any bigger than you really need. Another thing to remember is they get used very little even during a winter with a lot of snow so with reasonable maintenance they should last many years so don't overbuy and spend more than you really have to. 

Oh, and don't forget,  self propelled and an adjustable chute are basic necessities. 

Pro V1's picture
Pro V1
Offline
Joined: Friday, December 28, 2001 - 12:00am

Toro without a doubt. I work in the snow removal business and we have always had good luck with toro.

"LIVE LIFE AT FULL DRAW"

porkenpine
Offline
Joined: Saturday, January 2, 2010 - 12:48pm

hey blaze,
don't listen to bowhunter...he's tryin to get you to spend more money for a night light.   ALL snowblowers are wired for a light....although they might not have one. instead of spending 39.99-49.99 for a model with a light....go to tractor supply or runnings and buy a 12 volt light for 7 bucks and 3 ft of 14 awg wire for a buck and mount it on yourself....take the 30 bucks you save and buy some beer with it!!! or send it to bowhuntin so he can put it towards his psychological evaluation fee...

Oldfisherman
Offline
Joined: Tuesday, January 15, 2002 - 12:00am

Bowhuntin got it right,  go with his suggestion and you wont go wrong. 

Goth's picture
Goth
Offline
Joined: Tuesday, June 9, 2009 - 7:13pm

I would add...

Go put your hands on what ever ones you are looking at. Handle height and length are different.   I have used ones that the handle was to short in height and length. Now your shoulders are killing you and you have to shorten up your step which can be a pain in the ass.  On the other side, if you are short and the handle are long (high) that could be a pain also.

Si vis pacem, para bellum   -   If you seek peace, prepare for war

Little Elvis's picture
Little Elvis
Offline
Joined: Sunday, December 21, 2003 - 12:00am

Sears has good sales going on right now on craftsman's...got a 26in for $550 and it seems to run like a beast...only used it 3 times but don't see any problems with it

wfgoinsptr's picture
wfgoinsptr
Offline
Joined: Sunday, April 28, 2002 - 12:00am


be prepared and get the big bad boy from Lowes.

blazer54
Offline
Joined: Sunday, December 30, 2007 - 11:54am

thanks guys whats your thoughts on chains ?

rooster77
Offline
Joined: Saturday, January 6, 2007 - 9:29am

Porkenpine I have a buddy that bought a snowbolwer without a head light but he says theres nothing to hook a headlight up to on his it has a nine horse briggs. Where would I tell him to wire it up to???

luveyes's picture
luveyes
Offline
Joined: Monday, August 16, 2004 - 12:00am

I hate chains.  It makes the blower hop and leaves lines in the driveway.

Tritonman's picture
Tritonman
Offline
Joined: Friday, December 4, 2009 - 10:22pm

Chains are the only way to go if ice is a problem for you and for cutting through the big ribbon the snow plow leaves by the driveway. 

Live every day!

porkenpine
Offline
Joined: Saturday, January 2, 2010 - 12:48pm

rooster   have your buddy look for a short wire coming out of the magneto...

Haugom's picture
Haugom
Offline
Joined: Monday, December 31, 2007 - 6:13pm

I have a JD 928E it blows like wild.  I picked this one as it seems to have the fewest platic parts.  over all I am happy with it I took a 5 foot snow bank last week no problem.

Allen's picture
Allen
Offline
Joined: Wednesday, January 9, 2002 - 12:00am

Best snowblower?

One operated by someone else.  They all suck if I am walking behind it!

“Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it.” ~ Mark Twain

Pro V1's picture
Pro V1
Offline
Joined: Friday, December 28, 2001 - 12:00am

I'm with Luv on chains issue.  IMHO snowblowers don't weigh enough where chains make a big difference anyhow.  If your busting through BIG drifts your gonna be doin most of the work yourself anyway.

"LIVE LIFE AT FULL DRAW"

Bowhuntin
Offline
Joined: Monday, November 17, 2003 - 12:00am

blazer54 Said:
thanks guys whats your thoughts on chains ?

As luveyes says don't buy anything with chains, they aren't needed. Pneumatic tires have made them a thing of the past.

tearbear's picture
tearbear
Offline
Joined: Monday, November 12, 2007 - 5:22pm

I own a craftsman that works ok, but if I was looking for another one I would go talk to your local snowblower repairman. They work on them everyday and know them inside and out. Perferably an independent who isn't trying to sell you what he carries. I believe there is only 3 or 4 manufacturers of snowblowers as stated earlier, so options are probally more limited than you realize. 

porkenpine
Offline
Joined: Saturday, January 2, 2010 - 12:48pm

well blaze....looks like by the time every snowblower expert clouds your judgement with their uneducated opinions...it will all be melted and time to fish!!!

walleye303's picture
walleye303
Offline
Joined: Saturday, November 30, 2002 - 12:00am

John Deere 928 E is an awesome snowblower. Sweet features, lots of power and of course John Deere green and yellow. Love Mine!!!!

 

Stizostedion vitreum's picture
Stizostedion vitreum
Offline
Joined: Monday, December 17, 2001 - 12:00am

I own a Craftsman.  The plastic directional shoot broke off.  Then the auger would shear bolts.  Then the auger got bent.  Now the only thing that works on it is the engine.  Good engine, but trying to get it repaired through Sears wasand is a struggle.

I went out and bought an Ariens last month, and it throws snow twice as far as my Craftsman did new.  Ariens has a melt directional shoot.  Well made heavyduty snowblower.  Very happy with it.


What we do in life echoes for eternity.   Shadows and dust.

m77hunter's picture
m77hunter
Offline
Joined: Wednesday, January 7, 2009 - 9:00pm

One thing to remember when buying a snowblower is that John Deere and Snapper are the same machine both made by Simplicity. Craftsman and MTD are the same machine made by MTD. I'm not sure how the Craftsman and MTD are priced, but i know the Snappers are priced lower than the JD's. I was set on a JD until I looked at the Snappers I bought the snapper 1227 for $900 the JD model was 1150. That green paint better last forever for $250 more.

I do have to agree with most people though the Ariens, Honda, and Toro blowers are good machines, they were just a little to expensive for me.

 

greyrider's picture
greyrider
Offline
Joined: Friday, December 6, 2002 - 12:00am

I have a MTD "Gold" that I bought in 2003.  8.5 hp Tecumseh
engine and electric start.  I changed all the belts on it because
I blew tons of snow last year and I noticed the belts were
slipping.  Not a real hard job to do.  I'm going to put in a
carburetor kit because it's running a little rough and I think it's
from leaving old gas in it.  Also a pretty easy fix.  Other than
that, no problems for a machine that has blown alot of snow
for 6 years.  If I remember, I paid about $700 for it.  I wanted
an Ariens, but they were to expensive.  Just change the oil and
spark plug and new gas every year.

566thMedCo/54thMedevacDet(Dust-Off)
"The louder you scream, the faster we come"

 
 

 

Horsager's picture
Horsager
Offline
Joined: Tuesday, August 12, 2003 - 12:00am

Had a 5/22 Craftsman for 8yrs.  I bought it used and have no idea how old it was when I got it.  I put 2 plugs in it and had the carb gone through once when I had it.  I ran a continuous dose of Seafoam through it.  It was better than shoveling but was slow and easily underpowered for deep or wet/heavy snow.  Dad had several different snow blowers, the last being a 5/22 or 24 Honda.  The motor ran smooth as can be but 1st gear was too low and 2nd gear was way too high, I ran it a few times and never really did like it.

This year I bought a 9HP 24" Husqvarna and holy cow what a difference.  Throws snow much much further and even in the deepest snow I can take a full cut and not bog it down.  I'll be interested to see how well this current blower works but so far seems well made and a good choice.

This moment is a paradox, it's the oldest you've ever been as well as the youngest you'll ever be.



porkenpine
Offline
Joined: Saturday, January 2, 2010 - 12:48pm

so tell me...blazer....what "blower" have you decided on???????????

fish-head's picture
fish-head
Offline
Joined: Tuesday, August 21, 2007 - 9:46pm

wfgoinsptr Said:

be prepared and get the big bad boy from Lowes.

These tandem wheeled monster blowers are actually the easiest to steer! Tested out one.

"A true friend is one who overlooks your failures and tolerates your sucesses"

Hardwaterman
Offline
Joined: Wednesday, November 6, 2002 - 12:00am

Horsager Said:
Had a 5/22 Craftsman for 8yrs.  I bought it used and have no idea how old it was when I got it.  I put 2 plugs in it and had the carb gone through once when I had it.  I ran a continuous dose of Seafoam through it.  It was better than shoveling but was slow and easily underpowered for deep or wet/heavy snow.  Dad had several different snow blowers, the last being a 5/22 or 24 Honda.  The motor ran smooth as can be but 1st gear was too low and 2nd gear was way too high, I ran it a few times and never really did like it.

This year I bought a 9HP 24" Husqvarna and holy cow what a difference.  Throws snow much much further and even in the deepest snow I can take a full cut and not bog it down.  I'll be interested to see how well this current blower works but so far seems well made and a good choice.

I hear it works so well you have volunteered to keep Jiffy,Josh, and my driveway snow free!!!!!!!!!!!

In my lifetime I have seen fence row to fence row farming and the return of CRP and game to the landscape.Now we face again the prosepect of fence row to fence row again! Sportsman are our own worst enemy in that we fail to look forward and focus to much on the now!

Horsager's picture
Horsager
Offline
Joined: Tuesday, August 12, 2003 - 12:00am

Hardwaterman Said:

Horsager Said:
Had a 5/22 Craftsman for 8yrs.  I bought it used and have no idea how old it was when I got it.  I put 2 plugs in it and had the carb gone through once when I had it.  I ran a continuous dose of Seafoam through it.  It was better than shoveling but was slow and easily underpowered for deep or wet/heavy snow.  Dad had several different snow blowers, the last being a 5/22 or 24 Honda.  The motor ran smooth as can be but 1st gear was too low and 2nd gear was way too high, I ran it a few times and never really did like it.

This year I bought a 9HP 24" Husqvarna and holy cow what a difference.  Throws snow much much further and even in the deepest snow I can take a full cut and not bog it down.  I'll be interested to see how well this current blower works but so far seems well made and a good choice.

I hear it works so well you have volunteered to keep Jiffy,Josh, and my driveway snow free!!!!!!!!!!!

I know for a fact that Josh has his own tracked unit, and Jiffy uses his neighbors.  I think you're hosed on the snowblower deal. 

This moment is a paradox, it's the oldest you've ever been as well as the youngest you'll ever be.



blazer54
Offline
Joined: Sunday, December 30, 2007 - 11:54am

went with the selfpropelled john deere thanks guys!

Horsager's picture
Horsager
Offline
Joined: Tuesday, August 12, 2003 - 12:00am

blazer54 Said:
went with the selfpropelled john deere thanks guys!

Should nearly guarentee 2-3wks of no snow.  (grin)

This moment is a paradox, it's the oldest you've ever been as well as the youngest you'll ever be.



StevePike's picture
StevePike
Offline
Joined: Friday, January 4, 2002 - 12:00am

GOOSESLAYER13 Said:
i would have to say toro

I must have missed this earlier. Why would you say toro???

You can't aim a duck to death.