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Buying advice, used machines

I'm hoping to get some advice on a buying a snowblower for the first time.

I live outside of Boston and, after may years of shoveling, am looking to buy a snowblower. I live on a very steep hill and will also have to drive the snowblower up a steep incline to get it out of my garage. While I'd love to buy the perfect machine, the "perfect" machines are expensive. The plow leaves a ridiculous amount of heavy, wet snow at the top of our driveway. My main requirement is a machine that will save me from ever having to shovel that stuff again.

So I'm considering four options:

1) A friend gave me a Murry Canadian built Noma they've had in storage for a long time. It's model number G2484-10, 24 inches with a 8HP Tecumseh engine. Free is good, but I brought it to my mechanic and he says it will need something like 300 dollars of work to get it operational (it needs, at a minimum, a new carberator).

My mechanic collects and refurbishes snowblowers, and he offered to sell me one of three blowers that are ready to go, unlike the Noma, at three different prices.

2) An older and smaller Ariens 7525 for $350

3) A John Deere 826D for $450

4) An Ariens Deluxe 28 (with the older logo) for $650 (my Neighbor has the new version of this, which seems to work okay).

Given what I need the machine to do (hills and the ridiculous amount of snow at the top of the driveway... also maneuverability around cars would help), which machine is the best for the price and will last? Or do I have to shell out for a newer machine.
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I’m in Leominster and I don’t recommend anything smaller then 8hp because of the heavy plowed snow. Out of thoes option I’d pick the ariens. Outside the 495 belt has even wetter snow then this side.

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Artog, welcome aboard!

My recommendation would be to find the biggest engined machine that's within your budget. These smaller engines seen on the newest machines (208cc ?) are simply inadequate for the tougher snow falls we have to deal with.

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I would find a new Mechanic friend, YEA "not worth fixing but here buy one from me" and willing to bet he offered to take the not worth fixing from you at no cost to you LOL What town are you in as a LOT of us repair these and I am sure would be cheaper if you were not willing to try and repair it yourself. How most of us got into the game, Had a old one that came with my house and figured out how to get it going and discovered they are not hard to fix at all and now I buy them needing repair just to fix as a hobby that I make a little money at.

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Arto...I live on the South Shore in Lakeville and just finished up a MTD 9 hp with track drive I've got for sale. I just painted it, did all the service etc...I was thinking you might want track as you mentioned a steep hill. I've got quite a few blowers all reconditioned in all sizes and makes...let me know if I can help you.
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I agree with Dauntae, get a different small engine mechanic. Let me mention, if you are comfortable turning a wrench, you can do it yourself. If not, there are many here that live in MA that would probably assist you or many here that would walk you through the process.

I am quite sure that Noma/Murray, 24 inch , 8HP would suit you just fine. Even at the end of driveway (EOD), just take smaller bites, you'll be just fine.

My brother lives in Groton, he has a 24 inch Craftsman, which I believe is a 7 HP, long drive, double garage, he does just fine.

These machines are pretty straight forward and not really difficult in there operation.
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