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Going back to a shovel since everything seems to be junk now.

My great Troy-Bilt snow blower suffered a catastrophic failure about two weeks ago and new parts to fix it are not available. I am willing to shell out the big bucks for a pro model snow blower, but I just can't part with $2,300 when I read about how badly even the pro models have been cheapened. I am just going to have to shovel or plain just drive over the snow.

I might just have to save up until next winter and spend the $7,000 on a BCS two wheel tractor with the two stage blower. The blower bucket is built with 3/8" plate!
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You can get a good blower for wayyyy below 2300.00 …. just sayin …
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My great Troy-Bilt snow blower suffered a catastrophic failure about two weeks ago and new parts to fix it are not available. I am willing to shell out the big bucks for a pro model snow blower, but I just can't part with $2,300 when I read about how badly even the pro models have been cheapened. I am just going to have to shovel or plain just drive over the snow.

I might just have to save up until next winter and spend the $7,000 on a BCS two wheel tractor with the two stage blower. The blower bucket is built with 3/8" plate!
you can find a great used Ariens , Honda , Toro et al in the offseason for a lot less. This has been discussed here 2,356 times.

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My great Troy-Bilt snow blower suffered a catastrophic failure about two weeks ago and new parts to fix it are not available.
If the catastrophic failure was in the engine department, it's probably easily remedied with a new engine like a Harbor Freight Predator https://www.harborfreight.com/engine...e-engines.html or an LCT AX Snow Engine. https://lctusa.com/types/winter-engines/

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you can find a great used Ariens , Honda , Toro et al in the offseason for a lot less. This has been discussed here 2,356 times.
I don't want to buy used and get someone else's problems. I'm already pretty much a part time small engine mechanic fixing my two riding mowers. I don't want to become a full time small engine mechanic in addition to my regular full time job. I have been working on one riding mower since last spring and still not working. I fix one thing and then find another problem. I went to change the deck height and found the rear caster forks were rusted in place as previous owner hadn't greased. All said and done it was over a month and $400 in parts. Now, one of the hydraulic lift cylinders is bad and requires taking the entire mower apart to get to.

Sure, the off season is generally the best time to buy anything used for price, but it also means less selection. Only the desperate sell a lawn mower right now as nobody will need one for four or five months. The market will be flooded with used mowers come about April 1st as everyone knows a sale will be much faster and probably for money at that time. I could wait until next summer to buy a used unit, but then I have no way to test and it doesn't help me clear my driveway this winter.

The more I read the more I find out about how bad the quality is on new units, even the pro units. I just read a seven page thread from 2016 about Ariens quality issues. The one poster talked about replacing or repairing many new LCT engines due to manufacturing issues. Another poster said a plastic part broke which then wrecked the auger belt on a reasonably new Ariens. I think I could count the plastic parts (Outside of controls and engine) on my Troy-Bilt on one hand.
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Going back to a shovel since everything seems to be junk now.

How many blowers have you tried or read about that you can make such a broad statement? Can you also prove that statement? There are many good blowers out there for way less than you stated. WAY less.

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If the catastrophic failure was in the engine department, it's probably easily remedied with a new engine like a Harbor Freight Predator https://www.harborfreight.com/engine...e-engines.html or an LCT AX Snow Engine. https://lctusa.com/types/winter-engines/
The engine is about the best part of my Troy-Bilt. One of the auger supports broke which caused the auger to move around enough that the impeller shaft snapped off inside the gear case. Neither the entire gear case or just the input shaft are available to purchase that I can find. I even called a place that has a warehouse full of obsolete parts. I was able to get a different obsolete Troy-Bilt part from them recently.
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I paid $250 for my 1971 Ariens a decade ago.



the only "trouble" I have had with it was carb adjustments the first couple years..
but the main problem was me, because I didnt know how to adjust a carb yet.
(It was running rough at times..but it was always running)
Once I learned about carbs, and dialed it in, its given no trouble at all..
No parts needed, no breaking down, it has never actually failed me.

Every October I do an annual oil change, old gas drain and replace, lube, grease and inspection, and always use ethanol-free gas with Seafoam..that's all it needs..

50 years old, and 10 years with me, still going strong.. no issues, and no plans to replace it.
So yeah.. $250 for a decade's worth of reliable service, and still going.
I dont know why we are talking about $2,700.

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I got this machine given to me years ago, and put a new engine on it and used it for many years .. finally got around to a complete ground up restore because I wanted it looking as well as it runs …

My point being, I am a fan of the older well made machines, and if a person can turn a wrench, they can have a machine in pristine condition, for really cheap, to last you another 50 years.

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