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Question If you were buying a new snowblower today, what would you buy?

Just curious, if you were in the market for a new snowblower, what would you buy?

Stage 2 or State 3?

Make/Model?
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Stage 2, too many complaints about 3 stage not doing a good job.

Simplicity.

1986 Ariens ST522, 5hp, 22"
1995 Murray Craftsman 10hp, 29" w. 12" impeller
A 1983 Real John Deere 10hp, 32" w. 12" impeller, 16" auger, 20" high front, cast iron gear box, chains
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Gravely Convertible, 12hp Kohler cast iron, 26" width, 600 lbs of cast iron & steel, 2 speed impeller, 4 ground speeds
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Several other 5hp, 8hp, several 2 cycle, all for sale
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2 stage, most likely Ariens . . . oh wait, I just did! :-) :-)
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I'd buy a stage 2. The stage 3 seems like a gimmick and I am disappointed that Consumer Reports doesn't know any better. Maybe the stage 3 works best with sawdust at their testing grounds...

I'd buy the Honda 1332 or the top of the line Ariens Pro. I'd have to really look at both.

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IF Say I was to get a New 1. which I have pondered aboot it would be this Baby. https://www.toro.com/en/homeowner/sn...mmercial-38844 or maybe even this. https://www.toro.com/en/professional...er-broom-38700

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Stage 2, too many complaints about 3 stage not doing a good job.

Simplicity.

What he said! Another vote for 2 stage Simplicity. Next after that Toro. The powermax is a nice machine for the money.
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Just curious, if you were in the market for a new snowblower, what would you buy?

Stage 2 or State 3?

Make/Model?

No to the 3 stage.


Gives us a location and annual snowfall for a reasonable recommendation.


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No to the 3 stage.


Gives us a location and annual snowfall for a reasonable recommendation.


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Seems like everyone here doesn't like Stage 3! LOL.

Live in the Boston area. Snowfall could be a few inches to a foot a time. Brand new driveway with slight incline at the top. 7 car lengths long and 3 wide.

Snowblower will be garaged all winter. Not afraid to spend money as this is (hopefully) a purchase I make every 15+ years. I had a Craftsman snowblower that I loved from 2011 (9 horsepower). But that needs to be retired and time to get something new.

My dad, god rest his soul, always said get an Ariens. But that was 18 years ago at this point.

Thoughts!?!
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Ariens is a good make. So is Toro. Any make will do the job if you buy the right hp to match the width.

There are people on here that have sold their 3 stage and went back to a 2 stage. I believe one person said he thought the 3 stage did slightly better on the EOD (driveway).

1986 Ariens ST522, 5hp, 22"
1995 Murray Craftsman 10hp, 29" w. 12" impeller
A 1983 Real John Deere 10hp, 32" w. 12" impeller, 16" auger, 20" high front, cast iron gear box, chains
Noma 9hp, 27" w. 12" impeller
Noma 5hp, 24" w. 12" impeller, 20" high front
Gravely Convertible, 12hp Kohler cast iron, 26" width, 600 lbs of cast iron & steel, 2 speed impeller, 4 ground speeds
Dynamark 8hp, 26", 12" impeller, for sale
Several other 5hp, 8hp, several 2 cycle, all for sale

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Seems like everyone here doesn't like Stage 3! LOL.

Live in the Boston area. Snowfall could be a few inches to a foot a time. Brand new driveway with slight incline at the top. 7 car lengths long and 3 wide.

Snowblower will be garaged all winter. Not afraid to spend money as this is (hopefully) a purchase I make every 15+ years. I had a Craftsman snowblower that I loved from 2011 (9 horsepower). But that needs to be retired and time to get something new.

My dad, god rest his soul, always said get an Ariens. But that was 18 years ago at this point.

Thoughts!?!
Well, if your Dad said always get an Ariens, get an Ariens. They arguably are the best snowblowers on the market. I'd get the professional line with the hydrostatic drive and tracks. I like the Ariens Hydro Pro 28" ST28DLET 420cc Track Drive Snow Blower. I have a Honda HSS928, but had to get the upgraded chute and transmission modification. With a 270cc engine, the 928 is a bit underpowered. Going up to the 32 inch models means more cost and less space in the garage. With your size driveway, the 28 inch should be fine.

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Honda HS720AS (at sister's)
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