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snowblower Size recomendations for my driveway

Hey guys I am new to snowblowing...been running a quad with plow, tractor, or UTV for past few years. I do not have access to those tools this year.

Driveway is 33 x 50 by the garage area. Overall driveway length with circle turn around is 470ft long, and on average 12 ft wide. Some 11ft, and some open to 13 ft wide. Im in SE michigan, we get 100-140 inches of snow per year.

I bought a Cub Cadet 2x 524 WE from costco for $689 last week. Took me 6 swipes to do the driveway as long as I didnt get to much spillage. Machine starts and runs good. It did seem to bog down in 5th gear with 6 inches of snow on the ground. It took me 1 hour and 40 minutes first time, and 55 minutes the second time.

I was wondering would it make sense to jump to an Ariends 28 or 30 inch deluxe model?

The 30 inch deluxe can be had as a 2015 left over model for $1200 new.

Just curious if there is any justification to do this over the cub cadet model.

Simple math says that cub cadet 24 inch wide can do driveway in 6 swipes, the 30 inch deluxe model can do it in 4.8 swipes.

On average I think I would probably have to do my driveway 12-20 times per year.
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I don't think I can use anything smaller then 8hp, currently have a 10/29 that's great even in small driveway


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I don't think I can use anything smaller then 8hp, currently have a 10/29 that's great even in small driveway


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I cant find anything speficying what HP my model is...its a 208cc engine. How big is your driveway?
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I'd assume the 524 is 5hp 24", 270cc is about 8 hp


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I'd assume the 524 is 5hp 24", 270cc is about 8 hp


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oh wow, so the 306 would be a big improvement.
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Yup, I may put my 10hp on A smaller cub cadet frame to have power steering and remote Shute control


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Don't get hung up on math - number of passes, etc.. Think about power, reliability, parts availability, warranty, dealer support, ease of storage, etc.
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Don't get hung up on math - number of passes, etc.. Think about power, reliability, parts availability, warranty, dealer support, ease of storage, etc.
fair enough...so would you go with Deluxe 28, or Deluxe 30?
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Don't get last years model in the Ariens line. This years model was redesigned and the axle was moved forward to better balance the machine and auto turn is much improved. I would recommend the Deluxe 24 mod #921045, Deluxe 28 SHO mod#921048. The Deluxe 28 mod#921046 is under powered due to the ratio of motor cc to bucket size. The Deluxe 28 SHO is a much better match with the a 306cc motor. If brand isn't an issue, I like the "TORO Power Max® HD 826 OXE (mod# 38805)" even though it only has a power-plant of 252cc, due to inherent design it's a highly rated product.
It falls in between the two Ariens and is a fantastic choice.
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as mentioned....dont get to involved in the math......you say 6 swipes vs 4.8 (5) swipes. that 5th swipe thing is actually 6 , with the last trip back to the house being a waste of time and fuel as your coming back not moving snow. i would move the cub along and get a more reliable, durable machine with more cc's. if time is a factor for you.

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