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sho 24 For my girlfriend ?

hello, my name is Brad and I am brand new to this site. First I would like to say thank you for such a great site and all the wonderful information.

I would like to purchase a snow thrower for my girlfriend. I have my heart set on the SHO 24, but living in the state of Washington I have no experience using a thrower.

I know the SHO is a bit over kill for her drive way but she has a corner lot and her HOA requires she do all the sidewalks surrounding her house as well.

When I showed her which blower I was intending to get for her she mentioned that it might be to heavy for her to handle.

Any feedback would be much appreciated and thank you in advance.

Brad
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hello Sirius, welcome to SBF!! if the SHO has auto turn it will be a breeze for her to handle once the two of you have figured out how to best use the machine

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I agree with Detdrbuzzard The 24 inch SHO should be fine for her to use.
It has the Autoturn feature which makes it a breeze to turn 180 deg and that machine has enough power to tackle some pretty deep snow.
The ariens SHO is a good machine.
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Yea, any machine with turning capabilities is a good thing. When properly balanced even a 300 pound machine can easily be spun around 360 degrees with one hand.

I don't know how much snow you guys get up there, but if you don't mind buying used and fixing a few little things you could get a single stage and a dual stage. The single stage will be quicker and easier for 1-6" of snow and the dual stage would be better for 6-24" of snow.

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What part of Washington? I just looked up average annuals and unless you live on Mt. Rainier, the Ariens IS really overkill. Don't get me wrong, I like overkill. How big an area are we talking? She may be better served with a high end single like the Toro or Honda. Storage space and ease of maneuvering when not running would go to the single stagers. They all can be had with electric start, so that's easy. The SHO is easy to turn when running, but not so easy to move around a tight garage if you're a petite person. Also if your "regular" snowfalls are like 2-3" at a time the single will get you done faster anyway even if you were doing it. Now assuming you likely get heavy wet snow there, maybe getting plowed in at the EOD would justify the Ariens

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Hi everyone. Thank you for the great responses. I did leave out one very important detail. While I live in Washington State my girlfriend lives in Colorado.

Thank you once again.

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Same things apply, IMO. I spent a lot of time in Snowmass/Aspen as well as Denver. Denver a single is fine, Aspen the SHO would shine. Either place you have to store it in the summer. I think you already know what you're getting and I think she'll be fine using it. Storage and moving it will be the only issue.
I understand the desire to get the SHO. The few times you really need it justify the several times you don't.
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Thank you very much. My girl friends drive is about 40 feet long and 25 wide. Her sidewalks are over 100 feet long. Storage and moving the unit when not running are concerns.

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Unless your GF is the robust adventurous type, IMHO better to go with a single stage.

They are easy to operate, half the weight and half the price of the SHO 24.



https://www.snapper.com/us/en/snow-blowers/snowshredder


This Toro SnowMaster is a brand new model for '15/'16:

https://www.muttonpower.com/p-11099-toro-snowmaster-724-zxe-24-snowblower-36002.aspx


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She would have to be a really dainty little thing to be overwhelmed by the Platinum 24SHO. With the electric start and AutoTurn (assuming the machine is adjusted correctly), anyone over 120 lb should be able to handle it and smaller people with determination too.

In most parts of Colorado I would think you need a little more power and capacity.

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