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best snowblower

by , Posted to on 01/02/2010 05:44 AM | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/30/2007
Location: ND
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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by on 01/02/2010 08:17 AM | Reply #1 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 07/27/2002
Location: ND
  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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by on 01/02/2010 08:21 AM | Reply #2 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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by on 01/02/2010 08:21 AM | Reply #3 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/04/2009
Location: ND
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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by on 01/02/2010 09:02 AM | Reply #4 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 03/27/2002
Location: ND
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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by on 01/02/2010 09:03 AM | Reply #5 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 01/06/2007
Location: ND
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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by on 01/02/2010 09:03 AM | Reply #6 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 01/06/2007
Location: ND
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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by on 01/02/2010 09:21 AM | Reply #7 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 08/16/2004
Location: ND
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.

YES, I am that foolish!

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by on 01/02/2010 09:51 AM | Reply #8 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 04/21/2008
Location: ND
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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by on 01/02/2010 09:59 AM | Reply #9 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 02/28/2007
Location: ND
Anything with a Honda engine in it.
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by on 01/02/2010 10:12 AM | Reply #10 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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by on 01/02/2010 11:36 AM | Reply #11 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 01/06/2007
Location: ND
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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by on 01/02/2010 12:45 PM | Reply #12 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/19/2009
Location: nd
i would have to say toro

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by on 01/02/2010 12:58 PM | Reply #13 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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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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by on 01/02/2010 1:41 PM | Reply #14 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 11/17/2003
Location: ND
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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by on 01/02/2010 2:20 PM | Reply #15 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/28/2001
Location: ND
Toro without a doubt. I work in the snow removal business and we have always had good luck with toro.

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by on 01/02/2010 2:31 PM | Reply #16 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 01/02/2010
Location: nd
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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by on 01/02/2010 2:42 PM | Reply #17 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 01/15/2002
Location: ND
Bowhuntin got it right,  go with his suggestion and you wont go wrong. 
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by on 01/02/2010 2:56 PM | Reply #18 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 06/09/2009
Location: ND
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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by on 01/02/2010 3:22 PM | Reply #19 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/21/2003
Location: ND
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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by on 01/02/2010 6:10 PM | Reply #20 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 04/28/2002
Location: ND

be prepared and get the big bad boy from Lowes.
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