I normally don't, and didn't when the dealer offered it. For me, in Virginia, we haven't had snow yet. Some years we get hit with it where it will be half up my first floor windows. With the Siberian winter beast we saw happening in Russia, I put some things together in my old noggin and hedged my bets, and got this machine.
Now, this new machine floats like a butterfly and stings like a bee, on my blacktop of 50 degree
(on January 15).
Who knows how things will shape up, and whether this thing will be used hard enough for the problems to really surface, as you rightly point out should happen within warranty.
Given what Bob said, and the expense and complexity of replacing a trans on this thing ..., ****, I'm in it for $3K+, what's another hundred bucks at this point?
(Blast! The forum won't let me use spirited language that includes the word h*ll. It's a place! It's a condition! It's ... expressive
. Maybe I should have used "naughty-nether
I'd never go with an extended warranty on a snowblower unless I was using it for commercial purposes, meaning it was seeing a lot of use. If you purchase a good quality snowblower, meaning one from the big three- Ariens, Honda, or ::cough cough:: toro, and it gave you no issues during the time it was under regular warranty, chances are, you'll be fine. If you do end up with one that is giving you trouble, I'd probably sell it and get a different machine.
As for automotive extended warranties- I've found now a days most vehicles will be fine up to 100,000 miles, but after that- there's just no telling what will happen. No matter who made it. I've seen well maintained Toyota & Honda vehicles that everyone says will go 400,000+ miles blow an engine or transmission just after 100,000 miles and long after the warranty has expired. And I've seen POS Dodge cars, which have the worst reliability in the world go 200,000 miles before any major component failure. hit or miss.