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https://www.snowblowerforum.com/forum/general-snowblower-discussion/119481-choosing-snowblower-discussion.html

There are two copies of the data. One sorted by Brand, the other by Price. (make sure you use the correct currency column for USA or Canada)
The price-order works well for someone with a fixed budget (or range)
The other works well for brand-loyalists or people comparing Brands

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Data:
Potentially destroyed I hit a bad button in Excel - tried to recover - not certain
Fixed exchange rate for Yamaha
Added placeholder Columns for Starter(Electric etc) Drive(HSS/Friction) Fuel(EFI/Carb)
Ignore sort column
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: None or obvious
Coming Soon: Hopefully populate place holder columns but means a trip round 33 websites again :-(
Ideas:
Any interest in seeing the other Ariens Models?

If anyone would like to see their favorite model on this spreadsheet please post on the discussion thread
I will need Make and Model-Name and Model-Number
Please check that data is available for Tons/hr and Throw before making the request.

Does anyone have any suggestions for useful columns in the decision-making process?

Column Definitions Here: Choosing a Snowblower - Spreadsheet Data

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Ordered by Bang-for-Buck
This version of the database is useful for people who are not interested in a specific brand but they don't want to buy a lemon.
None of the machines in this table are generally considered to be lemons.
Since the best bang-for-buck is at the top, an obvious buying strategy would be to start at the top and ask "Will this get the job done"
If the answer is YES then this could easily be the machine for you. If not go to the next row and ask the same question.
Rinse and repeat


Ordered by Price
This version of the database is useful for people who have a set budget (or range) and are wondering which machines fall into their price range.
Simply locate the rows inside your price range and that is your shortlist.
Scan the ones in your short list and pick one based on the other criteria
Is Tons/hr a main motivator.. choose that one and sanity check that the other columns are good-enough
You may then wonder could I pay a little less? Or a little more? How would THAT change my options
Rinse and repeat



Ordered by Manufacturer
This version is for the brand-loyalists. They like their manufacturer for some personal reasons and simply don't want to switch.
The models for your
manufacturer are all grouped together in one place


Sorting by other Columns
I could have sorted by other columns but did not see the value in doing so.
I assumed that very few people would choose a model because of its alphabetic name
Ditto for any of the other sortable columns

Whatever your perspective... you should be able to rapidly narrow things down


Fact Check
Please let me know if you see any mistakes - they were unintentional
Once you have a short list or a specific model you MUST go to the
manufacturer website and confirm that
there are no errors in my numbers and fact-check.
I was confident that the numbers were probably correct until an inadvertent mouse-click messed up the data
I believe I recovered from that. However the only way I can be certain would be to visit all 33 webpages to fact-check.
I looked for volunteers to help but none were forthcoming. I do not have the energy to do this all over again.
My confidence level in the data is probably 99% but a nagging doubt remains.
I am a data-oriented fact-checker by nature. I can see no other way ;-)


I Need Volunteers:
That wraps up my efforts on this database. It's too much for one person to undertake alone.


If and only if others step up to populate the place-holder columns the activity here will cease.
I think it's useful as it is but it could have been so much better by fine-tuning the columns.

Remember this was done for YOU... I only ever spend $50 on used vintage machines to save them :-)

How I Buy:
From my perspective, I would be a bang-for-buck buyer and I am highly satisfied with my conclusions
I would never tie my decision to a particular
manufacturer.. better things may come along tomorrow.
However, in the world of snowblowers.. my expectations are low-to-non-existent as all the Manufacturers race to the bottom.
In my case, I will stay with my 40 year old $50 tanks and take care of them.
This allowed me to be totally unbiased...because I don't really care!
I would never set a fixed budget either. I would simply go for the best B4B that gets the job done.
Your rationale may be very different.

I hope you will be pleased with the way that the database presents data in a way you've probably
never seen before.. at least not for snowblowers.

Omitted Manufacturers & Brands:
A final comment for the manufacturers excluded from the list who may be lurking.
If you don't know your specs feel free to find them out at any time.
If you don't know them... then how can the customer ever make a reasonable decision with confidence?
I can't add you to the database if I have nothing to say about you due to "missing" Specs.
This was not bias... it was a pragmatic decision to focus on what we can measure.


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That wraps up my efforts on this database. It's too much for one person to undertake alone.

If you found this information useful or if the FAQ helped with your decision perhaps you could give back a little and create a TOPIC or an IDEA for the FAQ.
An explanation of how you might do that is contained in #1 on the NEWS thread
https://www.snowblowerforum.com/forum...rsttimebu.html
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