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post #1 of 7 Old 11-27-2019, 10:32 AM Thread Starter
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Newbie to the forum and doing all the research and feedback on a few SB through all the threads here...Lots of choices and brands to pick and it's all about preferences and what works...I get that....Well, as for the area of my driveway, about 10ft coming off the main rd. then widens up to a two car garage width, and that's about 15-20 ft area...all flat surface, and the asphalt been laid about 3years now......
Last SB was a old Craftsman 22" , 179cc, 11/29/11 Rinky Dink snow blower that did the job, barely, but it was better than shoveling!!! Lasted 8 winters!!
Looking in procuring either a:

1. Ariens Classic 24....208cc

2.Ariens Compact 24. 223cc

Granted our winters here in South Central Pa been mild and have to say anything blizzard like, what you experts from the great tundra are use to, I have a kind beer drinking neighbor with a huge Kubota bucket loader that does help with the big stuff....Any suggestions or feedback greatly appreciated...Thanks and Happy Holidays...

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2019 Ariens Compact 24...
2013 Craftsman 22" 179cc better than shoveling
XM -1000, galvanized steel Shovel with gator grip tape....
Big Bad Kubota as a backup by neighbor.....

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My thought is buy bigger then you think you'll need and never look back. My first and most likely last new snowblower is a Toro 1028 PowerMax. 40 foot or so driveway which widens up in frt of garage to about three and a half cars widths. With a slight incline. She does the job without sweating a drop.

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Hey Gettysburg,

I'm in York, so I know your weather patterns well. Either will work "most" of the time. I doubt there is much difference between those two. Neither will like the occasional 24-30" messes and End of Driveway heavy stuff associated with those.... but if your neighbor can help there either would be good. I personally have an 8 HP Ariens 8524 (vintage 2004) with a 12" diameter impeller (I think both of those models you're looking at have 12" impellers). It has gone through everything central PA has thrown at me since 2007 when I bought it used.

I personally would find a nice used Ariens on Craigslist for about $300-500 and call it a day. There's an 8524 right now near you I think south of Hanover for $300. Baltimore CL. Good luck with your decision!
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I finally procured a Ariens Compact 24 today during Black Friday sale....Done!.
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In the garage, waiting, on call...standby to standby!! just like the Big Black Moped...weather dictates ride or plow...
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Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier!!
2019 Ariens Compact 24...
2013 Craftsman 22" 179cc better than shoveling
XM -1000, galvanized steel Shovel with gator grip tape....
Big Bad Kubota as a backup by neighbor.....

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I finally procured a Ariens Compact 24 today during Black Friday sale....Done!.

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Good choice, the compact is a better unit than the classic.


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Good choice, the compact is a better unit than the classic.


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Thanks, that's what I said...pay once, cry once...Done!!!

Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier!!
2019 Ariens Compact 24...
2013 Craftsman 22" 179cc better than shoveling
XM -1000, galvanized steel Shovel with gator grip tape....
Big Bad Kubota as a backup by neighbor.....

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Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier!!
2019 Ariens Compact 24...
2013 Craftsman 22" 179cc better than shoveling
XM -1000, galvanized steel Shovel with gator grip tape....
Big Bad Kubota as a backup by neighbor.....

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