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post #1 of 21 Old 02-10-2018, 05:48 PM Thread Starter
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Help with picking a new single-stage?

Hi all,

I'm a 44-year old dad who lives in Southwestern Ontario and looking for first snowblower. I have a relatively small driveway and am leaning towards an upper end Single Stage with chute control (electric start is not a priority).

My priorities in order are:
1. Reliability
2. Made in Canada or USA
3. Warranty coverage and support

Bottom line is I'm more than willing to pay an extra $100-$150 for the above as I'm seeing it as an extra $10-$15 per year which seems inconsequential vs the frustration of something unreliable.

Current Top 3 which I was hoping someone could provide their thoughts on:
1. Ariens SSRC Professional (which I know is overkill but having things break drives me nuts)
2. Honda HS720C
3. Club Cadet 1X with Remote Chute Control (which is cheapest of options)

Toro is off my list as I read on this forum that they moved assembly to Mexico which is something that really bothers me.

Thanks in advance to anyone who can provide any guidance or recommendations.


Sincerely, Matthew.
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i only have experience with two of the brands mentioned, ....one of which you have ruled out. the 2015 honda i have used would not compete with my " off your list machine" that i bought for $100. ( toro 6053).

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Welcome to the forum!

To help people better understand your situation, how much snow do you typically get at a time, and what kind of snow (dry & fluffy, or wet & heavy)?

With Toro off your list, my preference would be Ariens or Honda, over the Cub Cadet.

Remote chute controls that use cables can be more prone to getting water inside the cables, and then having the cables freeze up. If you store it in an area that stays above freezing, this is less of a concern. But if stored outside, this could be a consideration.

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The ariens and cub cadet use a chinese engine, so if you want made in USA, get the honda.
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Doesn't Honda outsource their engine manufacturing to China?
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I would suggest a Honda or Toro if going the single stage route. I do see you don't want to go Toro. I called them a few years ago and a rep there told me the 2 stage machines were built in Mexico. Though their website doesn't say this, it implies some parts are built in Mexico, maybe all of the polymer parts, not 100% sure. Regarding the Honda engines the single stage units I believe are U.S. built, but don't quote me. You can always give them a call or reach out to Robert from Honda on this forum to be 100% certain. Good luck on your search.

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I don't know why you would eliminate Toro, as they are very much an American company.

Their headquarters isn't too far from me in Bloomington, Mn. I believe their residential snowblowers are made in Windom, Mn.

I like my snowblowers so much (721 single stage and 928 OXHE 2-stage) that I have purchased shares in the company.

http://thetorocompany.com/careers/ca...locations.html
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To RedOctobyr,

Snow here is all over the place. In an average season we'll get 4-6 snowfalls of 4"-8", which can be wet or powder depending upon the temperature, but definitely not heavy snowfalls in comparison to other regions.

And to happy camper,

If I'm wrong about Toro and their assembly, would love correction as everything I've read about their single stage blowers has been positive.

Many thanks again to all for replies, I am definitely reading them all.


Sincerely, Matthew.
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My apologies.....I had asked question about Toro and lack of remote chute based on their website descriptions, but in watching a video I see they do have them. Thank goodness for video.

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