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Used Toro 826OE (38624) or Ariens 8526LE (932105)

Hi Folks - new member here and have done a lot of reading. In fact I may have analysis paralysis.

Moving to a new home with a much larger driveway - 50X30' pad with a 100-120' driveway, pretty flat, less than 5% grade. My wife just wants to pay someone to clear it. But I like my power toys and want to try a snow blower for the first time. We agreed to look at used models as a compromise for the experiment. I have found two local candidates that will do the job easily - well built older models. My concern is about getting parts if/when needed. I have begun to hear rumblings about parts for older Tecumseh engines being harder to get. So, I want to turn to the forum for advice from the learned community. The choices are:

Ariens 8526LE (Model 932105, SN 017232) Estimating from ~2005. Original owner downsizing homes.

Toro 826 OE (Model 38624, SN UNK) Estimating from ~2009.

Both are priced at $500. Any thoughts or opinions are welcome.

BTW - We live in Central MD so we can get dumped on occasionally but average only 20" a year - mostly wet and heavy. We both have an inkling that this winter could be bad one for snow. I want to be prepared.

Thanks for taking the time to read and respond!

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Of the two I would pick the Toro. I don't like the Ariens 932 design and there have been complaints on this forum that it is hard to service. I do like the Ariens 924s a lot.

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Whereabouts is "central" Maryland? (Just name a county, that's close enough.) I'm from MD and the needs from the shore to Garrett County vary a LOT. Snowfall amounts in MD vary a lot depending on where you are.
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Whereabouts is "central" Maryland? (Just name a county, that's close enough.) I'm from MD and the needs from the shore to Garrett County vary a LOT. Snowfall amounts in MD vary a lot depending on where you are.
I am in far Western Howard county. Essentially Carroll county.
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Either one should take care of your needs nicely. I'm partial to Ariens but to my knowledge both Ariens and Toro make good-to-excellent machines. It could come down to which has the dealer closest to you for parts and if needed, service.
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