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Opinions 36" vs 28"

I sincerely apologize, this question has probably been asked a time or two before. Can anyone with experience using both a 36" and a 28" say if the 36" is noticeably faster getting the job done? Assuming both are "Pro" wheeled models and in good shape. I have 500 feet of relatively level asphalt driveway, plus three very small parking areas and a couple of short paths. Been using the 28" (924508) for a number of years. It does a great job but always thinking about how to make it go a little faster. Thanks in advance!
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What is your situation ? I like to go as small as I can unless I have a large area. I had a 28 inch model that was very unwieldy. 6 forward speeds and two in reverse. Very dependable and did a good job but it beat me up something terrible and I'm 6'2 220 lbs. Using a small 22 inch now. Takes longer but I no longer feel beat up after using. At that time I had a very large driveway so I needed a larger machine. A 22 to 24 inch is perfect now.

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I've used them all from 21 to 36....anything above 28 kind of beats me up....and I'm a solid 255. 24 or 28 is my preference....Might be different with auto steer or such...
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I've used them all from 21 to 36....anything above 28 kind of beats me up....and I'm a solid 255. 24 or 28 is my preference....Might be different with auto steer or such...
I have a Rapidtrak 32. The autoturn is a gem to say the least. I have had 2 honda track machines including the new Hss as well as a Craftsman and Cub wheeled machines. The autoturn makes moving snow effortless. I used to always feel worn out after blowing snow. Constantly manhandling the machines. Get what size you need, just make sure it has autosteer.

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I have a 32", 30", 29", I feel the 32" is faster and not beat up.

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a 36 is going to be hard to turn and maneuver if you are only using this on a driveway. It shines on flat stretches of long road and sidewalks. But if you have a lot of turning to do and tight spaces to work in, you'll be cussing.
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a 36 is going to be hard to turn and maneuver if you are only using this on a driveway. It shines on flat stretches of long road and sidewalks. But if you have a lot of turning to do and tight spaces to work in, you'll be cussing.

Keep in mind that a 32 won't go through your average fence gate, at least in the city where I live. As well, in addition to what GoBlowSnow mentioned, as you get older, you'll want a smaller machine, as your strength will diminish. You'll end up selling the big one, and buying smaller.

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What is your situation ? I like to go as small as I can unless I have a large area. I had a 28 inch model that was very unwieldy. 6 forward speeds and two in reverse. Very dependable and did a good job but it beat me up something terrible and I'm 6'2 220 lbs. Using a small 22 inch now. Takes longer but I no longer feel beat up after using. At that time I had a very large driveway so I needed a larger machine. A 22 to 24 inch is perfect now.

Well said. Exactly my point about being careful about your purchase. Put some thought into it, not just for today, but 10 or 15 years down the road.


( Unless your intent is to "need" a new machine.....when the wife "asks" why?) LOL

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I've used both. If you are talking strictly flat, long, paths, like a parking lot of long wide driveway, the wider the better. But like other's have stated, if you have to turn repeatedly, the narrower the better. Don't forget, in most cases, when you go super wide, your power ratio is diminished because most manufacturers use the same identical motor on the 28 or 30 that they use on the 32 to 36 inch model's. So if you happen to be in a situation with lots of wet slushy snow, or really deep, 2 feet plus snow, you're more than likely going to have to take half slices with the larger machine or go slower because it simply cannot cycle that quantity or weight of snow thru the impeller. That's why I purposely chose the 28" 420 CC Ariens over the 32 machine: more power per sq ft.
In other words, buying a 36 inch machine with the same size/power of your 28 inch machine could be disappointing, and could even be quite frustrating, if you are forced to go slower with the 36 inch machine or take a half or 3/4 cut vs your 28, and on top of it, lost some maneuverability and garage space.

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if you happen to be in a situation with lots of wet slushy snow, or really deep, 2 feet plus snow, you're more than likely going to have to take half slices with the larger machine or go slower because it simply cannot cycle that quantity or weight of snow thru the impeller.
True, but I'll advocate for the opposite side.

If you are in that situation, a wider machine has the option of taking narrower passes to adjust the amount of snow (or speed of forward movement) to compensate.

But in every other condition where the wider machine can handle the depth and/or moisture content, a narrower machine does NOT have the option of taking wider passes to get the job done sooner. You can't stretch the narrower machine to be wider... a wider machine can act like a narrower machine, but a narrower machine cannot act like a wider one.

This is precisely how I ended up with my 2019 Pro32. Largest available engine, coupled to a nice wide throat for when the snow is cooperative, and a narrower throat (via narrower passes) when the snow is not cooperative. This has worked extremely well; we've had all types of snow and I've done everything from half-width passes in heavy slush to full width passes in powder. You can even vary the width during the same plow job... I've gone narrower in areas where the roof sheds its snow into semi-solid piles, then back to tearing it up with full passes for the freshly fallen stuff everywhere else.

Just another way to look at it.
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