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Does anyone have an opinion on DR Snow Blowers? The website shows what appear to be some nice machines.
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100% made in China. Pass.
Here is how I would look at these "off brands"
"If you have never heard of it, dont buy it"..they are nearly always very low quality.
Stick with the known brands: Honda, Toro, Ariens, Briggs & Stratton.
Even MTD (which most people here would not recomnend) is FAR better than the Chinese brands.

Eventually, there will be a Chinese brand that is good quality..I havent heard of one yet though.
Could this one be decent? Maybe..but personally, I wouldnt risk it, the odds are not in your favor.

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Agree! As Simplicity to that list, Poulan, and MTD makes many different brands, Yardman, Craftsman, ....

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Thanks Scott. That's what I needed to hear.
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There will eventually be an evolution with Chinese blowers, much like Japan.

When many of us were kids, "made in Japan" was sort of a joke meant to convey inexpensive products but poor quality. Then they figured this out and started upping the quality of everything they made...which got expensive for them to do. Yet the "made in Japan" joke died off. I haven't heard it in decades.

So, China, seeing an opportunity, started moving in on that turf. And the same thing has occurred with them reputation-wise. There's a reason why Chinese automobiles haven't dented the world market yet. But chances are, that will change...probably soon. They're already building in large numbers for other makers...they're gonna get good at it eventually.

By the time China "gets good at building...", some other nation that can undercut them on labor will then move in on their turf.

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When looking at the DR site the pics show that the "EZ Turn" steering looks very much like the General Transmission DI series found on current Ariens and other makes so it may not be all that bad. Having said that the DR is just a snowblower and it makes me wonder why DR would even bother making and selling them. It's not a unique design, and snowblowers are not hard to find, so it's strange. The prices are not all that bad for the features but are service and part easily available when you need them? I tend to agree with Scot's assessment on this one.

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When looking at the DR site the pics show that the "EZ Turn" steering looks very much like the General Transmission DI series found on current Ariens and other makes so it may not be all that bad.
Could be an illegal clone/ripoff of the Ariens design. The Chinese are infamous for this. And most of the time it is "that bad". The cloned quality isnt nearly as good as the original. The Chinese steal pretty much every product imaginable, including whole automobiles. Another reason to not support these kinds of products.

http://www.nbcnews.com/business/auto...makers-n587501

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One of these is from a DR snowblower and the other is an Ariens

it's possible that they are just trying to eliminate all of the non-branded products from their stable.

Maybe they have cobbled together all of the good pieces from a variety of snowblowers? Time will tell.
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hmmm.....

I wonder how many manufacturers are optimizing their blowers to the saw dust test used by Consumers Report?

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCi_...H2AsOsBnTeydrQ
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I just picked up a DR 28 Pro model. Seems like a solid machine to me and it's loaded with features that are options on comparable higher priced competitors models. Luckily I had a retailer nearby that had a floor model so I could check it out in person first. I'll be posting some pics in the near future as well as performance reviews once we get snow.
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