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post #1 of 21 Old 10-05-2019, 12:55 PM Thread Starter
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Question Snowblower for senior-aged mother?

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I am looking to purchase a snowblower for my mother to use for light to moderate snowfalls. If the snow is too wet, deep or compacted, a neighbor with a two-stage model can assist.

Located in Omaha, NE, her lot is on the corner with two single car driveways with sidewalk along two sides. Only the driveway connecting to the garage is used. Her requirements are an electric start and ease of use with arthritic hands. My concern is the Toro 721 or Honda 720 may be too much machine to easily maneuver. Any thoughts are greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Toro Power Clear 518 ZE $479
99cc 4-cycle OHV
Rotor Propelled
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Toro Power Clear 721 QZE $759
212cc 4-cycle OHV
Power Propel Self-Propel
87 lbs

Honda HS720AS $809
4 cycle, 190cc Honda OHC
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I don't know how old your mom is. But have you considered an electric snowblower or thrower? Maintenance free and as long as she doesn't forget to plug it back in after use she'd be good for the next storm. Look at this video and see... I particularly like the 3rd one ion something since it is battery operated or AC wire if you run out of juice. These are light to handle. 37 lbs




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She is 68 this year.

Thank you for the video links. I will check out some of those models. She would prefer to not have a cord, but maybe it's not as big of a hassle as she believes it would be. I have looked at the Ego battery operated snowblower it seems like a fine unit if the batteries can hold up long term with 9 months of non-use each season. The ergonomics seem fine, but I do not believe the flappers help propel the unit forward which may, or may not, be a concern.
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That Honda 720AS is pretty heavy if it has to be moved without power. I think that the 54 lb. Toro makes more sense for a 68 yr. old woman. I don't have any experience with the battery powered models, but they look like a good idea.

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I don't know how old your mom is. But have you considered an electric snowblower or thrower? Maintenance free and as long as she doesn't forget to plug it back in after use she'd be good for the next storm. Look at this video and see... I particularly like the 3rd one ion something since it is battery operated or AC wire if you run out of juice. These are light to handle. 37 lbs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XhYat9jSphY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5BsVCbJg7g
do you have any real world experience with any of these? I get asked this question a lot around here. The dealer does not recommend because most of our snow is wet.

this will be my first winter trying a couple Honda single stages. a 520 and 621.

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Artes, I know this isn't the snowblower feedback you were looking for but maybe she should consider a local plow service or pay a neighbor willing to help. My mother also had arthritic hands and would be in misery for days if she did any outdoor work during the winter months.
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In some limited experience, I often think that getting a smaller/lighter/wimpier unit than the snow conditions demand is not doing a favor for someone who will be struggling with it anyway. Get one with electric start, easy controls, power steering, etc. Focus on lighter control effort rather than buying a lighter-weight machine that demands more physical effort to muscle around. Get one that you'll be comfortable using on the days when she can't or decides not to use. My fond memories of Omaha snow include almost everything except powder, but I was walking/driving, not clearing. The little electrics look like a good option especially if battery and not a lot to clear. Lithium ion batteries get charged in the sparing and sit all summer no problems.

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I have a Honda tiller I bought in 1989, still runs great, pulls on first pull after setting all year, year after year. I like Honda, and that being said there's a lot of negative reviews on the Honda snowblower:
https://g.co/kgs/XUVrME

I have as Toro. It's a 2006, CCR 3650. Parts still available for it. Starts easy and does a good job on lighter snows. Four inches is no problem (I used it in 24" drifts. Not designed for them, but it works if you pick it up and drop it into the drift). Don't use it much anymore, backup only. (My primary is a 24" Ariens Platinum).

But it's the right size for your mom (my mom used one like it while she was still alive). Easy to start, turn and use (as long as she will be using it on cement, with slight slopes. If on gravel or moderate to large slopes, go with a powered unit.

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I would check out the Toro SnowMaster. It's similar to the Toro Personal Pace lawnmower, the mower or snowblower goes forward at your own pace by applying pressure to the handle by pushing it. It's a single stage, less intimidating than a two stage, less dangerous, lighter in weight, very easy to maneuver, has a good size engine, no gear shift lever to change, pretty powerful single stage, and has electric start.

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I would check out the Toro SnowMaster. It's similar to the Toro Personal Pace lawnmower, the mower or snowblower goes forward at your own pace by applying pressure to the handle by pushing it. It's a single stage, less intimidating than a two stage, less dangerous, lighter in weight, very easy to maneuver, has a good size engine, no gear shift lever to change, pretty powerful single stage, and has electric start.
x2 for the Snowmaster. There is none of that paddle drive single stage torquing and bucking going on. And it's nicely balanced.

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