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Just bought a Chinese Powerland snowblower...

Let's see how this turns out. It's a 6.5HP 24". They had these at Ollie's Bargain Outlets and I had a coupon so it was under $300 out the door. They claimed these were refurbs but it clearly was never used, just looks more like cosmetic seconds, paint color isn't 100% uniform where it would be noticeable.

I have other snowblowers but this is the size is manageable by my wife, I can't have her shoveling due to her back.

I figured there were enough parts I could reuse off it if it was total junk. Oddly the engine of choice is a direct copy of the Briggs 950 series (shameless enough to have the Briggs logo cast into the OHV). It starts and runs smoothly. I can always reuse it to repower something else if needed.

Otherwise construction seems OK. I've worked on snowblowers, we will see how this turns out...
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Show us a few detailed pics?

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I'll get some more in a little bit as soon as it gets brighter, did assembly late yesterday evening and it was dark.

http://imgur.com/a/yXtd8
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nah thats definitely a gx200 clone, looks like the chute is a clone of an ariens chute, as far as i know those whole machines are mtd clones which are already bad enough
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nah thats definitely a gx200 clone, looks like the chute is a clone of an ariens chute, as far as i know those whole machines are mtd clones which are already bad enough
Yeah, you're right, I assembled it pretty much in the dark last night. Here are the rest of the pics.
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I mean for $283 out the door I guess it's worth a gamble. I'm no stranger to maintaining machines I'm still using an old Roper 8/26. You make it work where you can. Generally I rub the body down with a nice coat of oil to keep them from rusting when it comes to cheaper machines. I may try and fabricate drift cutters for it for the heck of it.
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That engine looks an awful a lot like Harbor Freight's. The rest of the machine looks like a mix of a little bit Ariens and MTD.




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I checked out a couple of dozen reviews of that blower.99% of them include either "piece of junk" of "POS'-not very encouraging.

Problems include belts that self-destruct in less than an hour,tires that have to be re-filled just about every day and inner tubes eventually installed just to keep air in them at all.

Cables break easily and most say these won't blow snow(dry or wet) any further than ten feet.

On the plus-side:the engines seem to run fairly well.

A nice used Toro 521 would have been a great choice-tough,light 2-stage blower that's easy to find cheap.
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I usually replace the belts with Kevlar reinforced ones if they go bad on any blower I have. I didn't see anything much different in design than any other MTD type off the shelf snowblower that would cause them to be more problematic,

The cables are no worse designed than anything on MTD. I can't understand this one.

The tires are stiff when new so they probably didn't seal the beads well, I heated them with a heater to round them out. Part of the problem is they're not inflated for packing the average consumer isn't going to know any better.

To be fair I didn't really need it to begin with, the price was cheap and I figured I'd give it a go round as if the engine holds out I can always use it on something else.

I'll see how it does.
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Use it, see how it goes and keep us posted. If it is for light to moderate use it may be ok.
Unfortunately for reviews most people tend to do it when they are complaining about it more then when they are happy with a product.
$283 is half the price of a Honda engine alone.
When you want a high quality NEW machine, you have to be ready to spend more.
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