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Best $1000 two stage your opinion

$700-$1100 no higher
40 ft sloped two car driveway 30 x 4 ft sidewalk.
45 inch avg yearly snowfall...35 inches this year in February alone.

My 28 year old 24" 5hp Craftsman Trac-plus is done.
I really liked the weight transfer pedal for traction and scraping. Hated the plastic discharge chute, deflector and shift lever. At 57 I am also having a hard time turning this old machine with brute force.

Researched current blowers with tracks but they are too pricey.

Considering...
Toro Powermax 826OXE (#37799) $1,049
255cc and 45 ft throw should throw farther, steer easier (auto steer), than my old machine. I see they increased the tire size to 15x5 so traction should have improved from the 2017 model. Anti-clogging and quick-stick, Led headlight

Ariens Deluxe 24 Model #921045 $999
254cc, 50 ft throw, auto turn, halogen headlight, 16x5 tires, 14 inch augers and impellers vs 11 inch on the Toro,



Toro advantages;
-26" vs 24"
-Anti-clogging...With this innovation does it compare with a 14" impeller/auger? It will stall the engine if impeller hits a hard chunk to prevent damage, I have bent an impeller before!
-Quick-stick

Ariens advantages;
-Larger auger, impeller 14" vs 11" so clogging not as likely?
-16 inch vs 15 inch tires.

I would like another 28 years out of my new machine. Is the build quality similar between these two?
Anything else to consider? Please do not suggest pricier machines...This is the max.

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It's a judgement call. Either one will suffice. Buy it from a local servicing dealer.
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I agree with russ. Either machine will work great for you. At this point I would go to a dealer and play around with them. Try out the controls, move them around, ect. One my stand out to you at that point.

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I have the Ariens Deluxe 24 and am so far very happy with it (only had it a bit over a year) and have not used the Toro so I can't speak for that one. Given that both are at least approximately equal quality I'd pick the one that has the dealer with the best reputation and/or is reasonably close. If it needs service that you can't do you don't want to be hauling it 80 miles if the other brand dealer is five miles away.

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If I were in the market for a new machine, the dealer alone would be worth $100 or $200. I've learned alot from the techs at my local dealer.

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If I were in the market for a new machine, the dealer alone would be worth $100 or $200. I've learned alot from the techs at my local dealer.
I’ve learned more from this site, haha!

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Yup. Sadly there are not always very good dealers around ya
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Bought the Toro.
All local dealers were completely out.
I called my local small store/authorized dealer and asked to order a machine, he says..."We are done with snowblowers for the year."
I tried!

Ordered online though the Toro site...
Could have chosen to pickup at the local small store/authorized dealer but there no way to order the optional maintenance kit on the same receipt if I chose the local small dealer rather than the big box store. Buying the kit ($18), extends the warranty an extra year, if on the same receipt. This was a option when picking up at the box store. Both stores are close.

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I own older Toro products and they are great. Congrats on your purchase, I'm sure it will work very well for a long time!!

Wake me up when the snow's done...
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Find a 1970s ariens 10000 series with a newer engine and it will last you 30 more years. For a mere 250 bucks
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