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.

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  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

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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. 

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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???
 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Anything with a Honda engine in it.

 

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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.

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i would have to say toro


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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....

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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. 

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

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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...

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

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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.

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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

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be prepared and get the big bad boy from Lowes.

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thanks guys whats your thoughts on chains ?

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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???

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

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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. 

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

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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.

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Best snowblower?

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

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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