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post #61 of 63 Old 02-03-2020, 10:39 AM
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Not sure if many actually know where the snowblowers they are buying were "made", but in today's world, many of the "newer" machines were made in China, and when your order parts for them, they come with labels on the parts "Made in China".
MTD and Briggs have plants in China both building equipment and engines.
Today's consumer is looking for economical spelled "CHEAP" products...yes many of us will buy the better quality machine, but I see more and more once were no name machines out there. Even Champion Power Equipment has entered the field.
In the retail world, top line (sales) drives bottom line (profits) and we are now seeing machines branded at 2 levels of quality, home owner ($600-$900 Canadian and professional ($1500-$3000 Canadian)...but as a repairer I am seeing more and more professional quality equipment using the lesser quality parts.
Craftsman is an example of sales and price driven/mark up. Some are built by MTD, some by the other guy. Year to year changes..YardWorks is now built by Husqvarna in some cases...used to be all MTD.
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seems like whoever designed it definitely put some thought into it. even look at the stupid details like giving you both steel and poly skids. also got brackets to secure the auger gearbox which you usually only see on the higher end machines. seems like you get a lot for your money. be interesting to see how well they last.

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Here is a little history and the present situation with the DR Power Equipment company:

http://https://www.sevendaysvt.com/OffMessage/archives/2018/10/26/dr-power-equipment-plans-to-move-headquarters-jobs-from-vergennes
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