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Moving, buying a new blower - help me decide?

Hi all. Nice forum with lots of useful information here!

My family is moving to a different home in a month and I'm going to be purchasing a new snowblower. Would appreciate your thoughts. The property is in north Idaho and averages around 40" of snowfall per year. The new house has a gravel driveway around 275' long with a gradual S-turn and is relatively flat.

My 14 year old son will run the blower often and he's not a big kid, so easy handling is important.

I'm currently thinking about the following units. I will need to order any of these from a local dealer so there's no advantage there. I feel like the Toros I've looked at have a better build quality, I prefer their controls, and I like the idea of the high-strength plastic chute to avoid clogging. I'm concerned about auto-steering as I've heard that can be problematic on gravel driveways and one may end up fighting the unit.

Toro Power Max HD 826 OXE - 252cc 26" with larger/beefier components, does have trigger steering - $1400
Toro Power Max 826 OXE - 252cc 26", auto-steering - $1,000
Ariens Deluxe 28 SHO - 306cc 28" - $1,200

Any advice?

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I think most folks (and teenagers) can handle a snowblower adequately. So My vote is for the Toro Power Max 826 OXE . . . but if you do want the auto-turning and don't mind going the extra $$$ Toro Power Max HD 826 OXE. The joystick on these machines is a great feature.

There are online reviews of these machines, if you Google, so you can see what actual owners have to say.

With any machine, you will want to set the skid so it does not tend to pick up the gravel of the driveway.

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no matter what machine you choose, make sure your kid is VERY aware of all things snowblower dangerous......its not a short list , and should be fully understood. show him pics of snowblower induced severed fingers, explain the deal on refueling a hot engine etc etc.

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Hi all. Nice forum with lots of useful information here!

My family is moving to a different home in a month and I'm going to be purchasing a new snowblower. Would appreciate your thoughts. The property is in north Idaho and averages around 40" of snowfall per year. The new house has a gravel driveway around 275' long with a gradual S-turn and is relatively flat.

My 14 year old son will run the blower often and he's not a big kid, so easy handling is important.

I'm currently thinking about the following units. I will need to order any of these from a local dealer so there's no advantage there. I feel like the Toros I've looked at have a better build quality, I prefer their controls, and I like the idea of the high-strength plastic chute to avoid clogging. I'm concerned about auto-steering as I've heard that can be problematic on gravel driveways and one may end up fighting the unit.

Toro Power Max HD 826 OXE - 252cc 26" with larger/beefier components, does have trigger steering - $1400
Toro Power Max 826 OXE - 252cc 26", auto-steering - $1,000
Ariens Deluxe 28 SHO - 306cc 28" - $1,200

Any advice?
Of the ones you listed, the Toro has that joystick control, that is very very cool. I love the way they did that. I'm not a fan of cable controls, they can rust, collect water, freeze, etc.. So of the list, Toro, just for those controls.

If you want to step it up, the Simplicity 1528E has all the goodies. Hand warmers, electric chute controls, and is well constructed. I have a Simplicity, my 14 year old 100 lb 5'11 stringbean son throws it around like a toy. It's a well balanced machine. About $1500

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Another vote for toro.
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make sure your kid is VERY aware of all things snowblower dangerous...
Thanks, he's been running a lawn care business for a couple years and knows his way around power equipment but we'll definitely go over the unique safety issues of a snowblower.

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how tall is your kid? the handlebars on a full size two stage may be a little to tall
He's about 5'4" right now and he runs push mowers ok. His size/weight is another reason I was leaning away from the Ariens as the Deluxe models I've seen in stores feel really poorly balanced and front heavy to me.
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