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$1500 budget ... best for throwing wet stuff?

My Toro 1028 Powershift just died and I need something that can deal with wet and heavy snow. I just moved to Exeter, NH not too far from the coast. Frequently, the snowfall will be wet or heavy. I'd like something that does well with this. I don't need a wide cut so < 28" is ok. Buying new is my plan. Driveway is 200' long, paved, with sharp uphill pitch.

The Platinum 24 (921050) catches my eye since it has a beefy engine (369CC) with a small width. Not sure if going down to 24" wide is a mistake or not. It should throw the snow well though.

The Deluxe 28SHO is another option.

Would going to 24" be a mistake??
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Single-stage is much better for wet/slushy snow than 2-stage.
If most of your snowfalls are 6" or less, and slushy, a single-stage is much better.

they are generally smaller machines though..
you said your driveway is 200' long, but how wide?

People have also been saying good things about the new Toro "snowmaster" line this year:

https://www.snowblowerforum.com/forum...d-morning.html

https://www.toro.com/en/homeowner/sn...-724-qxe-36002

It has a single-stage style auger, which would probably also be better in slush than a traditional 2-stage.
Not much data on those snowmasters yet, since they are new this year..
but what conservations there has been on this forum seems to be positive.

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My Toro 1028 Powershift just died and I need something that can deal with wet and heavy snow. I just moved to Exeter, NH not too far from the coast. Frequently, the snowfall will be wet or heavy. I'd like something that does well with this. I don't need a wide cut so < 28" is ok. Buying new is my plan. Driveway is 200' long, paved, with sharp uphill pitch.

The Platinum 24 (921050) catches my eye since it has a beefy engine (369CC) with a small width. Not sure if going down to 24" wide is a mistake or not. It should throw the snow well though.

The Deluxe 28SHO is another option.

Would going to 24" be a mistake??
What is going to happen with that POWERSHIFT????????

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My thoughts exactly Powershift 93.....nothing on a powershift that can't be fixed. I'm guessing a valve job on the Briggs and it will be like new again.
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Yeah - why not just fix her up - even another engine your only in for About $400? Unless it' sway more gone that we think it is......




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My thoughts exactly Powershift 93.....nothing on a powershift that can't be fixed. I'm guessing a valve job on the Briggs and it will be like new again.
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(Moderator edit: Powershift said the 10hp version has a Tecumseh engine)

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My mistake Powershift........all the powershifts I've had were the 8 Briggs. I will say that they clogged with the wet stuff...I'd put an impeller kit in mine if I keep it.
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My mistake Powershift........all the powershifts I've had were the 8 Briggs. I will say that they clogged with the wet stuff...I'd put an impeller kit in mine if I keep it.
Yeah that they do, that is why I have "SR" he throws that heavy wet stuff better than any single stage in my hood.

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I have one of the ariens 921050 you speak of and so far it has handled the mild weather pa slop. The engine is plenty powerful and the autoturn has worked like a dream. I can't complain about anything other than the small gas tank and the junk factory spark plug. My previous machine had a 10hp tecumseh and I don't think I gave up any power with the new machine.

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