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Brand new MTD 2-stage for $499 USD

I know that MTD made machines don't get much love on this forum. I also know that they are not the best machines you can buy. I also wouldn't recommend them if you live in a snowbelt or get over 100 inches of annual snowfall. I also know they sure beat shoveling and for many users will get the job done and likely last a decade or so with proper care and maintenance. I stumbled on this one when shopping a super Wal-Mart in NYS. I think for anyone looking for a "new machine" on a tighter budget they would be hard pressed to beat this clearance deal.


Ariens Platinum 24 SHO w/369cc carbureted LCT motor


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It has the little motor, but $499 is a still a great deal considering the 24 powersmart blowers are the same price.

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Good price, little underpowered for heavy or wet snows.

Wal-Mart cost I believe is $391.

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A 243cc engine would be OK, not great, on a 28" machine. But $499 + tax and put an impeller mod on the thing and you got yourself a decent machine.

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MTD is the "Tecumseh" of Snowblowers, tons of them out there. There are better blowers out there but there are so many MTD and re-branded MTD machines out there every snow fall getting the job done.
Yes, they just don't get the love or respect as we do take them for granted.

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MTDs are the Rodney Dangerfields of the snowblower world. I've had mine for almost 20 years - and I love my MTD.
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Lmao the Rodney D. of snowblowers "No Respect." I paid $500. at Costco for my MTD model 640F in 1995. Sold it for more than half that amount a few years ago, it was still running strong but getting rusty. I personally would think that the 28" Yard Machine, with its 12" closed flight augers and 12" impeller (not taking in as much snow quicky relative to a 14" auger & impeller) may be adequate for most conditions, though as mentioned it would likely bog down in heavy snow or a heavy plow pile. However based on my experience with the 254cc Ariens Deluxe 28 that machine may bog down even more than the 243cc MTD, for the following reasons: it is a heavier and higher capacity machine with a 14" auger and impeller taking in more snow quickly.

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Snow blowers are built to a pricepoint just like everything else. There are $100K houses and there are $1M houses. Same with everything, if there's a market potential someone will produce to it. If it lives up to the buyers expectations, then it's a good machine.
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thats a good machine for someone who cant fix his own blower
if you can buy and st824 for 200 clean the carb new impeller belt impeller kit set rpm to 3600 blow snow 40 feet
total cost 220 to 230
sell it for 200 when you are done using it
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I know that MTD made machines don't get much love on this forum. I also know that they are not the best machines you can buy. I also wouldn't recommend them if you live in a snowbelt or get over 100 inches of annual snowfall. I also know they sure beat shoveling and for many users will get the job done and likely last a decade or so with proper care and maintenance. I stumbled on this one when shopping a super Wal-Mart in NYS. I think for anyone looking for a "new machine" on a tighter budget they would be hard pressed to beat this clearance deal.

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MTD is the "Tecumseh" of Snowblowers, tons of them out there. There are better blowers out there but there are so many MTD and re-branded MTD machines out there every snow fall getting the job done.
Yes, they just don't get the love or respect as we do take them for granted.

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Snow blowers are built to a pricepoint just like everything else. There are $100K houses and there are $1M houses. Same with everything, if there's a market potential someone will produce to it. If it lives up to the buyers expectations, then it's a good machine.
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