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Looking for new project - recommended 2 stages

Hi guys,
Now that I've got the Toro single stage working was thinking about taking on another project. Was hoping for your help again.
I'm thinking about a 2-stage project. As spring comes hoping to find a cheap fixer-upper. Ideally something to take care of the EOD as my toro does a good job on all but this.Driveway isn't huge. About 4 car lenghts wide, and maybe 6 long, plus about 100' of sidewalk. Again this would ideally just be a learning project, taking things apart and exploring.
Any recommendations on size/HP? Any thoughts on brand? I was thinking about either an old Toro or Ariens, but am open to anything really. Thoughts on what I should be paying? I've seen some as low as $50 some upto $200 (for non working blowers).
I live in the Toronto area and there are almost too many choices. Was hoping to narrow down my search.

Appreciate any help.
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On a parts availability aspect, I'd say 8+hp MTD/yard machines. Probably the cheapest you would find also. Easy to learn basic operation with how they are built.


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I personally like the Ariens 24 inch machines from 1973 to the mid 90's
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Good for you, it's worth fixing a machine up that can be gotten for a good price. As far as brand go, I'd suspect you'll find the most parts for Ariens, Toro, some of the JD, some of the simplicity will be easiest to locate. It's the blower part that you're most interested in as typically there's only 3 or 4 makes of engines regardless of branding. Also know that many manufacturers sell under different brands. Typically just some minor changes cosmetically between them.

If you have time, when you have a possible machine found, take a look at parts availability first if at all possible. See how many parts machines you can find also. It's also nice if you have the space, a parts machine in addition to your project blower is great for those missing or damaged items you might run into.

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I’d look for Ariens 924082. They are widely available, robust, easy to work on, effective, 100% metal, and look good IMHO.

If you need something bigger i would go for a Ariens ST1028 924086 or an Ariens ST1032 924084. They have taller remote chutes, 6 blade 14” impeller and cast iron gear boxes. They are slightly larger and are the pro series from that era. If you can find one they are a great project machine.

Whatever you decide on consider buying 2 machines - a project machine and a part’s machine.

I’ve always found one machine in great condition that needs a few fixes - find another poor condition machine with the parts I need and buy both. It’s saves a lot of money when restoring these old beauties.

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Thanks boys. This was really helpful. I'll target the ~8hp, 24" widths. I don't think I have the space for anything bigger than a 24".
There're definitely a lot of MTDs located around here. The ariens, Toros, and JDs all seem to demand a premium price.

Was hoping for free or $50....this has been hard to find as they get scooped up fast. Thing is I can get something running for just a bit more $100-$125....but where's the fun in that. I'll keep searching. Appreciate your help guys and keep you posted.
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C equipment website has tons of parts for blowers in Canada good pricing, yardmachine n mtd are good
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MTD are junk unless you can get something from when they still had a bit of pride (1980s). Only issue with those older machines is parts availability. I'd stick with Toro, Ariens, Simplicity, Honda etc..
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the older craftsman/murray with the tecumseh motors, theyre built heavy and theyre cheap on kijiji, parts are still available and easy to learn fixing them up . with impeller mod it will throw even the heavy wet snow a fair distance

Bought a dead but now fixed 1980ish craftsman II 10/28....ITS ONE HEAVY BEAST

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MTD was not bad until after mid 90's. Like troy bilt or bolens seemed solid still then they went pretty Ehhhh...


Again all on the owner too.... Lets not knock brands we all have our loves and MTD was a staple of AMERICA for years.



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