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Snowblower for my Aunt in her 50's...

I've been given the task of purchasing a new snowblower for my aunt. She is 5'4 120lbs. We live near Lake George, NY. Currently she shovels her 2000' driveway. She has an older Simplicity 870s. She said the 870s is too big and heavy for her. I've got $1000 to spend. I think the power/auto steering would be perfect. And two-stage is a must. I've narrowed my choices down to the Ariens Deluxe 24 with auto turn or the Husqvarna ST224P. I am leaning towards the Ariens because I have 3 dealers in about a 10 mile radius. But the Husqvarna has adjustable handles and seems to be more user friendly (based only on youtube videos). I wanted to hear some opinions before I buy something. Sorry for the long post just wanted to give the whole situation. Thanks in advance!
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I have only used a Husqvarna ST224P, for a dozen hrs or so and it is a very user friendly blower I did a review on here. I am still using it for my neighbors yard this is the second year and no problems.

https://www.snowblowerforum.com/forum...na-st-224p.htm

I am a Toro guy but very surprized as to how well this one performs and I would buy one if I needed one.

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A grand hmm... how about she keep her blower and pay a local kid that's hungry for some coin to come over and run it for her...? :idea:


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Shovels a 650+ yard long driveway
Or do you mean a 2000 sq foot surface?
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Or get a snowmaster 824 which will be the easiest to use 90% of the time, and pay kid to run the 870 for the big storms.


Edit: what's the surface? If gravel this is a bad idea.

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snowmaster 724. End of story. With the money left over she can have many a nice dinners for months
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Toro full size single stage is a good size and move snow good, QXE I think is the model


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IMO I think it would be a good idea to get her behind the controls of them and see if either machine fits her better than the other. 5'4" is not that tall a person and though she might have someone to hire now, they grow up and move which could leave her in the future having to blow the snow herself or move.
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Yeah - try it out at a dealer first. See if it works out and she's not intimidated with them. Nothing wrong with a quality single stage either..... easier to operate and handle. Just may have to go out a few times in the big dumps. I prefer mine most of the time just because it's faster and we dont often get more than 3 or 4 inches at a time.....




I am deathly allergic to shovels!


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Snowmaster 724qxe, or the snowmaster 824qxe. Easiest, fastest, lightest, and most user friendly. She will love chasing this thing around, and playing with the quick chute.

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