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Hello All!

Last year my wife and I moved into our first home and we were need of a snow blower. My wife's mother insisted for us to use their's as they always go to FL for the winter. I was surprised they had a snow blower in the first place as they had a small driveway. I go and pick it up and was like "man this thing is going to struggle". It's a Toro CCR 3650 6.5HP single stage snowblower. So After a season of using a single stage snowblower , I definitely need to buy bigger one to handle the size of the drive way we have.

So attached is an overhead view of my driveway with dimensions. If my math is correct it is roughly 3,000 square feet. The drive pretty much flat with just a slight slope going up to the house (I have a picture of this if need be). I just wanted to get opinions on if you think it is worth the $400 extra for the Pro 28 or should I go with the Platinum 30?

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The pro has slightly more power, but other then that, donít really see much of a advantage. I would save the $400 and get the platinum. Plus the platinum is a bit wider, thus getting driveway done sooner.
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The pro has slightly more power, but other then that, donít really see much of a advantage. I would save the $400 and get the platinum. Plus the platinum is a bit wider, thus getting driveway done sooner.
Thank you for the response Gotsnow!

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The Pro is a few inches taller (bucket), so if you get a lot of snow this might be a better option. The impeller spins a little faster throwing the snow further plus it has a bigger engine.

The Plat is a fine machine, the pro is finer. Can't lose with either machine.

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The pro model has a better gearcase, bigger bearings, better drive, ect ect. Its better all around.
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The Pro is a few inches taller (bucket), so if you get a lot of snow this might be a better option. The impeller spins a little faster throwing the snow further plus it has a bigger engine.

The Plat is a fine machine, the pro is finer. Can't lose with either machine.
Good point! Thanks, Arien Hydro Pro!

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The pro model has a better gearcase, bigger bearings, better drive, ect ect. Its better all around.
Thanks, 351beno! Also, it looks like the Pro has almost twice the fuel capacity! I feel like I am leaning more and more toward the Pro with all those better features seems worth the $400 extra.

.8 gallon fuel tank for 414 CC engine?

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.8 gallon fuel tank for 414 CC engine?
if like many of todays machines that .8 gallon tank should make it run APX. 1.5 hours + or - before needing to refill.
todays motors run way cleaner for the EPA and CARB regs then of older times which in the end run means better per hour consupsion
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if like many of todays machines that .8 gallon tank should make it run APX. 1.5 hours + or - before needing to refill.
todays motors run way cleaner for the EPA and CARB regs then of older times which in the end run means better per hour consupsion
Yesterday I read that one poster was getting about 45 minutes and needing to refuel their Platinum 30. Maybe their machine needed to be tuned up? Its not the end of the world or a HUGE deal breaker but I hate having to refuel in the middle of doing work, especially if its in a storm. The little Toro CCR 3650 that I used last season lasted about an 1.5 hours before running out.

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Tanks have gotten a bit smaller and of course with a bigger engine you will use fuel faster if you are really working the machine. 45 min to an hour sounds about right for fuel time on moderate to heavy use of the machine.
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