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steep driveway, unsure which model to purchase

hi all. i live in upstate ny where we regularly see 100-200" of snowfall per year (thank you great lakes). my driveway is 10' wide, and from the street to the garage is about 120'. normally i just park by the house in the winter which cuts the amount of shoveling in half, but i'd like to get a snowblower before the snow flies again. there is a big elevation drop from the house to the garage--the driveway is quite steep (20 degree grade if i had to guess?). i'm thinking i need a track drive unit to get it up and down the driveway? i saw lowes has a troy bilt 2690xp for a fair price, but i'm concerned that the engine is undersized for the amount of snow we get. i work from home frequently so i don't need to worry about being able to clear the driveway expediently when we have heavy snows--i just want to know that the blower will make it up & down the driveway and get the job done. i have asthma so shoveling this stuff is a nightmare.

if anyone has recommendations i'm all ears. thanks!
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avoid the troy, look at ariens or honda.

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If it was 1992 and the Troy Bilt factory was still down the Thruway from you in Troy, NY I'd say buy one. Their blowers were actually really good back then.

For almost the same price as the 2690XP you can buy an Ariens Deluxe 28 or Deluxe 28 SHO instead.

I prefer Toro's myself but these models are world class snow throwing machines

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Hello Serith,

As your sixty five miles north of me and you get as much of the white crap that I do and your city fathers love salt just like the NYSDOT does down here I am going to suggest that you look at the Yamaha 1028 track drive unit 10 horse power 28 inch cut electric start(the spouse will love that part) and steering brakes.
The 1028 and the 1332 have a slick lined chute and impeller housing to help prevent clogging.

Larry Kellys Yamaha store is in Hamilton, Ontario so he is only 4 hours or less away. With the Canadian dollar being weak it would be a good time to invest in one as you will get a sales discount with the currency exchange and all of your Ontario Province sales tax being 8%, refunded to you at the Niagara Falls, Ontario border crossing check point.

Larry ships his snow blowers across the border as well so keep that in mind as an option.

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I would look at a tracked blower from either Honda or ariens and no other brand.

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I believe a tracked blower is the way to go.

Honda , Yamaha , Ariens

what is your budget? now is a good time to find a used blower for a good price if you are mechanically inclined or know an honest mechanic.

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Oh yes if you can get your hands on a Yamaha then that would also be good. But. If something goes wrong with the Yamaha, it could take longer to get repaired.

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I believe a tracked blower is the way to go.

Honda , Yamaha , Ariens

what is your budget? now is a good time to find a used blower for a good price if you are mechanically inclined or know an honest mechanic.

the people here at Snowblower forums can help you with any service or repair question.
i'm definitely open to purchasing used and fixing/tinkering. like anything else the moment you buy something new it loses half or more of its value and is extremely hard to sell. been looking at craigslist in my & nearby cities although rarely ever see tracked models.

i'd like to stay under $2k if i buy new, and that stinks regarding the troy bilt (would have been nice as i get the 10% military discount at lowes and they have one in stock (the 2690xp)).

i don't think i need a 400cc monster to clear my driveway, but i'd prefer if i spend money that the blower lasts. seems like you have to spend $3k to achieve that unless i'm mistaken. i'm thinking about tearing up the driveway going from the house to the garage and having it regarded so it's not as steep, but even then i think a track blower will still be better as i don't want a wheeled blower rolling away from me.

my homedepot has a 24" 2 stage 223cc tracked blower for a little more than what lowes wants for the troy bilt. i wonder if that's the right one for me?
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i'm definitely open to purchasing used and fixing/tinkering. like anything else the moment you buy something new it loses half or more of its value and is extremely hard to sell. been looking at craigslist in my & nearby cities although rarely ever see tracked models.

i'd like to stay under $2k if i buy new, and that stinks regarding the troy bilt (would have been nice as i get the 10% military discount at lowes and they have one in stock (the 2690xp)).

i don't think i need a 400cc monster to clear my driveway, but i'd prefer if i spend money that the blower lasts. seems like you have to spend $3k to achieve that unless i'm mistaken. i'm thinking about tearing up the driveway going from the house to the garage and having it regarded so it's not as steep, but even then i think a track blower will still be better as i don't want a wheeled blower rolling away from me.

my homedepot has a 24" 2 stage 223cc tracked blower for a little more than what lowes wants for the troy bilt. i wonder if that's the right one for me?
you have gotten some good advice from members here who have your best interests in mind. a dealer is only interested in the sale. You can't go wrong with a well maintained used Yamaha , Ariens , or Honda That is tracked.

my neighbor got a brand new Ariens shipped free to his house with no taxes for way less than 2k and he loves it. you are smart to look now before everyone does which starts happening in the next couple months. people are still selling used machines at a good price and if you are mechanically inclined you can find a good one.

or you can watch a You-tube video on what to look for in a good used snowblower by donyboy73

hope you check back in.

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With your heavy(wet) snow I would NOT get a Honda HSS928 tracked machine, all mine does is clog at the wet snow. I have heard that he 13 HP unit is better. Yamaha could be a good choice but I think that the Ariens would do you well.

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