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Starting snow blowing business, I need help picking a blower

Hello everyone, I know this isn't under the commercial section but I thought I would get more replies here. I have about 12 houses at the moment and plan to have about 30 by the time the first storm hits. I still don't have a blower, haha, I live in the south eastern part of PA. I need helping picking a reliable and decent power blower that MUST be under $1,100. Any opinions would help thanks. (Yes I know I can't get a commercial blower for that price)
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I like the Ariens brand. Maybe head off to one of the chain stores and get the 28" one.

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I've only ran my SB eight hours so I know just enough to be dangerous!

I bought a new Ariens Deluxe 24 based on my discussions with several pro landscaping/snow removal business owners, they use and recommend Ariens. I know many pros use other brands and I could have been just as happy with a different machine but I just happened to run into Ariens fans.

I've read that your local dealership is something to consider too. I'd ask around and go with a brand with quality local support. I don't like several things about my machine but there's no questioning the build quality. I don't think they could build a more solid machine for the money.

The 254cc AX is powerful enough for my 24 but it seems like some members think it's underpowered for the 28. The Deluxe 28 SHO has a bigger engine so it should be powerful enough but it's also $100 over budget.

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Are all of these Customers going to be in the same neighborhood, or will the new snowblower need to be loaded and unloaded from the back of a pick-up for each location ?
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I know your budget is limited, but planning on having to snowblow 30 driveways, I'd go with a 30-32" blower with a powerful engine to accelerate the snow removal process. If you are handy with maintenance, you could search for a good used like a Honda HS1132 for $12-1500, or an Ariens ST1332 for less.
Or buy the Deluxe 24 for the initial accounts and once you have the 30 accounts get a larger snowblower and keep the 24 as a back up or for being used by a helper.
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I would buy two used blowers in the 28-32'' range and brand names of ariens ,honda,simplicity and toro. All blowers can break even new ones so having a back up blower is better than a shovel. also 12 driveway's is a lot for one blower and your customers don't want to wait. Trust me on that I have been plowing snow with a truck for thirty five yrs .Some storms it takes me to clean my 35 accounts 6hr's and some storms 40 plus hrs in my warm truck cleaning 30 driveway's and five parking lots

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Welcome and good luck on your new venture!

Good advice from the posts above.

I'd budget for a backup blower as soon as possible. Keeping 30 households clear with some of those essential (customers needing to get to work) will test just about any type of equipment...even shovels

Get a used or rebuild an older one. I'm partial to Honda, but that's all I've known for the past 25 years. Comes at a price though.

I'd probably start with Ariens too. Lots of talent and ideas from the members here.

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By the time I hit reply, hsblowersfan and 69ariens posted. Sounds like I didn't read their advice first...didn't mean to do that.

As my grandpappy used to say, There's some good advice in the hills around here.

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Hello everyone, I know this isn't under the commercial section but I thought I would get more replies here. I have about 12 houses at the moment and plan to have about 30 by the time the first storm hits. I still don't have a blower, haha, I live in the south eastern part of PA. I need helping picking a reliable and decent power blower that MUST be under $1,100. Any opinions would help thanks. (Yes I know I can't get a commercial blower for that price)
It has to be as capable as the primary since it may well be a major storm that takes the lead unit down. Being in eastern PA you are subject to wet mixed precipitation storms like we just had. You need power. Thinking you can grind through multiple driveways with a lesser machine will just lead to exhaustion dissatisfaction and more broken machines.

Are you sure you want to take this that far? I have never seen it work out. You won't have control over what is on the ground when you put your equipment in those yards and Mother Nature can be brutal. Getting around and getting through that many properties will be a brutal. Maybe my 15,000 square feet and age warp my perception.

The only time I have seen this work is when coupled with other property management services and then it's part of a bigger team of implements and someone flying a shovel to finish up. Even then it's often just to keep the crew on the payroll for the winter.

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