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Question Advice on what blower to get?

Hello all,

I am new here, and completely new to snow blower ownership. I am finding it difficult to come to a conclusion on what option is best. I am in Canada, and factoring in my budget of sub $1000, it is limited.

Here is what a couple of my options would be (all prices in CDN) :

Ariens Classic 24 - $998 - This would be stretching the budget a bit, but willing to if its the best (Home Depot)

Briggs & Stratton 1696614 208 cc - $799 (amazon.ca)

Cub Cadet 208cc 24-in Mfr Part #31AM53TR596 - $867 (Lowes)

CRAFTSMAN 243cc 26-in Mfr Part #31AM69PF599 - $899 (Lowes)

Remington 179cc 24-in Mfr Part #31AS62EE583 - $599 (Lowes)

We receive roughly 70 inches of snow per year (Ottawa Canada). We also are required to clear a 2 car driveway and the sidewalk outside of our home which is roughly 60 feet.

I apologize for the broad range of options provided but I truly have no clue. Essentially I would like something reliable that will last a long time and can get the job done.

I am sorry if I have posted this in the wrong discussion.

Thank you for any advice or opinions you can give!
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Remington engine is too small.

The Cub Cadet and Craftsman are both made by MTD, go with the Cub Cadet for parts, go with the Craftsman for the larger engine.

Briggs and Ariens are your best choices.

Features and engine manufacturers are important. So is the impeller size, 9", 10", 12", 14" .

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
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So between the Ariens and Briggs would you say there is a large difference? Given theres a $200 difference in price.
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What about dealer support? Is there a dealer near in case you need shear pins or belts n stuff?
Take a look around what are your neighbors running for snowblowers.
For the 200$ i would imagine it would be reflected in the build quality of the machine.
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I'm sure this isn't news, but you can save a bunch of money (and/or get a better quality machine) by going used. Understood if you don't want to do that, but I've paid much less than these prices, and gotten better machines. They've needed some work, admittedly, but I could have paid more for better condition (ready to use), and still saved money.

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Dealer support seems pretty good with a lot of different places. Another option is Toro 24" POWER MAX® 824 OE (37798) for $950.

RedOctobyr, I definitely understand that but I truly know nothing about snow blowers and wouldn't really be sure what I am looking at and feel like I would probably end up with more headaches..
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Dealer support seems pretty good with a lot of different places. Another option is Toro 24" POWER MAX® 824 OE (37798) for $950.

RedOctobyr, I definitely understand that but I truly know nothing about snow blowers and wouldn't really be sure what I am looking at and feel like I would probably end up with more headaches..
The Toro PowerMax snowblowers are excellent. Have you looked at the Lawn Boy 24" snowblower? It is made by Toro. It is virtually a Toro Powermax 724 painted green. Has the quick chute and everything. Great engine too.

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Asking this question is like asking what wife to choose, you have to add up the pluses and minuses.
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My best advice to you is, buy from a servicing dealer. Buy a machine that the dealer stocks parts for. Buy an extended warranty if available. Ariens has a 5 yr extended warranty for $99 USD. In your case, with little knowledge of snowblowers, buy new.
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RedOctobyr, I definitely understand that but I truly know nothing about snow blowers and wouldn't really be sure what I am looking at and feel like I would probably end up with more headaches..
That's definitely understandable. You could get some of the cost benefit by looking for a used machine that's just several years old. They would have already lost some value, but still be pretty new.

This video goes over what to look for on a used blower, just in case you wanted to explore that route. The guy who made the video, donyboy, is excellent.


An equipment dealer near me sells some used machines. Perhaps a dealer near you does as well? They would at least gone through the machine, maybe providing some peace of mind.

The Toro machines have a very good reputation, as was said. How do they fit into your budget?

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