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Buy a good used snowblower then learn to fix the John Deere. As suggested by Cranman, replace the engine with a Harbor Freight Predator engine. It will be much stronger than you have.

My first choice is all Simplicity models, second are most Ariens and Toro models, and John Deere "D" models, then many MTD models which include MTD, Yardman, many Craftsman models, also Poulan snowblowers.

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Like I said before, there are 0 snowblowers on Craigslist in my area. Closed one that looks nice is over 100 miles away. Don't care to drive that far.

I understand sno-tek is made by ariens. Would that be a good option or is it made to cheaply?
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Like I said before, there are 0 snowblowers on Craigslist in my area. Closed one that looks nice is over 100 miles away. Don't care to drive that far.

I understand sno-tek is made by ariens. Would that be a good option or is it made to cheaply?
Maybe I missed it but where is your area?... And I have a very nice Sno Tek for sale.

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Maybe I missed it but where is your area?... And I have a very nice Sno Tek for sale.
Tri-state are between Wisconsin, Iowa, and Illinois. It's been a harsh winter here, so everyone in town is out of stock. Have to buy online for delivery in order to get a new one.
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Good reason to have a backup blower....and a back up for the backup!
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Does anyone know how reliable briggs and stratton blowers are? I really like this one:
https://www.lowes.com/pd/Briggs-Stra...led/1000224671

But I know a sno-tek will be reliable. Does this briggs have about the same build quality as the sno-tek 24?
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Buy a good used snowblower then learn to fix the John Deere. As suggested by Cranman, replace the engine with a Harbor Freight Predator engine. It will be much stronger than you have.

My first choice is all Simplicity models, second are most Ariens and Toro models, and John Deere "D" models, then many MTD models which include MTD, Yardman, many Craftsman models, also Poulan snowblowers.

Can I just hookup the predator engine without doing any other adjustments to the engine/carb?
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A solid state ignition is a piece of cake to install, easier than messing with points. And you won't have to worry about maintenance down the road. Anything for $600-$700, whether Powersmart, Troy-bilt, Sno-tek are all cheap machines that will not hold up and if you run into any substantial snow will not be able to handle it. I have worked on all 3 and they are all junk. By the way, I would NEVER buy a Troy-Bilt anything. ANYTHING. And I would steer away from a Husqvarna snowblower; poor engineering and belt/pulley problems galore. If you are going to get a new machine spend $1000+ and get something decent (with EZ-Steer, or whatever you want to call it). Ariens would be my choice and if you had a lot of dough I would go Simplicity or, even better, Honda. Who fixes your Deere? It shouldn't break down that much. Hang onto the Deere and have someone who knows what they are doing give it a good going over.
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Does anyone know how reliable briggs and stratton blowers are? I really like this one:
https://www.lowes.com/pd/Briggs-Stra...led/1000224671

But I know a sno-tek will be reliable. Does this briggs have about the same build quality as the sno-tek 24?
As far as the lower priced blowers IMHO Sno-Tek is the best, almost the same as the Ariens compact with a few differences to make up for the price difference like smaller tires and the plastic chute but still a good machine, use one myself and it does pretty well but do have a larger blower for the big storms but finding I use the Sno-Tek 90% of the time.

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