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826 OXE or 824 QXE

Hi everyone, I'm a new homeowner looking to invest in snowblower. I've been doing a lot of reading and research and I've basically narrowed it down to the PowerMax 826 OXE and the SnowMaster 824 QXE. I live in the suburbs near Boston where I believe we average over 50". Seems like everyone loves the Snowmaster and I was leaning towards that one, but I'm worried I'm going to need a 2 stage for my area. They are priced almost the same, so price is irrelevant to me. Would love to see what you guys thought. Thanks.
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post #2 of 16 Old 02-17-2017, 01:57 PM
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Have you looked at them in person??????????? That is really the only way to get a feel of them. Other wise it sounds like you have made up your mind. where are you planning on getting said machine???????? Anyhoo, ALOHA from the Paradise City.

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You definitely need a 2 stage. The Powermax 826 OXE has been discontinued, you'd be better off with the Ariens ST24LE 254cc or the Cub Cadet 3x28 357cc. With the Ariens you are putting the same HP into 24" instead of 26" so it will be more powerful.
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The snow master has exceeded many expectations. You are in a tough location though. I think the general concensus has been that the snowmaster is great for snow amounts up to 9-10 inches. Two stage machines might be better suited to the Boston area.

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No I haven't look at it in person yet but definitely something I was planning to do. I plan to pick it up at Home Depot and that's only because I have a bunch of credit and gcs I need to use. That's also part of the reason I narrowed it down to these two machines. Looks like general consensus is 2 stage is the way to go. The Ariens Deluxe 28 was also one I was considering. Thank you for the responses everyone, I appreciate it.
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I'm pretty confident that the Snowmaster would be enough for you in Boston, but I'm in the Midwest, not the Northeast, so trust your own experience in your area. My lower-powered Snowmaster 724 has outperformed all of my neighbors' two stage machines handily, so I'm quite sure the 824 would be more than enough.

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I think it depends on the average depth of your storms. If the great majority are a foot or less the Snowmaster will be fine and faster than a 2 stage. If most are 1-->1.5 feet then the 2 stage may be better....

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2 Stage all the way ! But, I have never run a single-stage. I guess my decision would be based upon how much show you get at the EOD from the plow. Any snowblower can do a foot of regular snow, but it takes a "man" do handle the EOD stuff.
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In addition to the EOD issues you should also consider possible drifting problems on your property. Personally I would lean towards a 2 stage blower. A 2 stage blower is better at handling EOD and potential drifting issues.

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check out some of the YouTube videos of the Snowmaster, seems "to punch well above it's weight" as they say
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