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Choosing my first snowblower

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Recently moved and looking for some help what I should be looking for when purchasing my first snowblower. We live in Iowa, wso we have a "real" winter, but not crazy stuff like Canada South to the North of us.


We have a three car driveway, so some sort of decent capacity is required. But I don't want to go crazy here. I'd like to stay between 600-800 for the purchase.


Top concerns:
- Reliability. I'm not a mechanically inclined person
- Maneuverability. I've got a bad shoulder, so I don't want to be yanking around a big heavy unit.
- Size. I've got (4) kids and they've eaten up most of the garage space already, so looking for something that can be stored easily.




Anyone have suggestions on where to start with brands, features I should be looking for?
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I would think for ease of storage and maneuverability you're likely looking at a 24" and you can't go wrong with an Ariens or Toro.
There will be people with more opinions jumping in shortly.

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Throwing out the welcome mat for your first post...Greetings from Gettysburg....Ariens deluxe 24 is my vote, for the kind of winter in your area...To be sure of getting the job done, large or small....

https://www.ariens.com/en-us/snow-pr...luxe/deluxe-24

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Welcome to the forum! Are you willing to go used, or would you prefer to stick to new machines? At $600-800 for a new machine, that will limit you to what some might consider kind of "off-brands", which may not hold up as well over time. The Ariens Compact 24 lists for $999.

If a recent used machine were available, you might get a significantly better machine, and stay within your budget.

If considering used, this video is good to watch, for things to check for:

Ariens 1024 Pro
Toro Power Clear 221QR
Toro Power Curve 1800

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I may have assumed you were thinking new but gently used would work to get a good Ariens or Toro in your garage

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A budget of $600-800 means, if new, you're limited to an entry level machine with minimal features and lesser quality components. I suggest finding a way to get your budget in line and here's your options:
  • Buy used (perhaps not a good idea if you're not mechanically inclined)
  • Purchase an entry level machine
  • Wait until retailers are approaching end of season (around 50 days) and buy on sale (perhaps not a good idea with a bad shoulder)

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If you can up your budget a little.
I would opt for a Toro 24 powermax.
No one ever complains about lack of power nor clogging.
Comes with good tires and good controls as well

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Just repeating what the others have already said. Three choices, buy the entry level machine accept no power turn, plastic parts, low power and maybe questionable reliability. Buy a nice lightly used premium model, as mentioned, maybe no the best idea if you can't fix it. If it needs a few hundred in service you are back to the price of new. Bump that budget up a little. I also recommend the Ariens Deluxe 24. Good power, good features, excellent reputation, warranty, dedicated service centers. Best of luck!

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TFM - welcome to the club. It matters not which machine you purchase. Just ask anyone here, everyone on this site owns the best unit ever made. In all probability, you will end up purchasing the blower that most suits your needs. The information on this site is incredibly accurate and helpful. All available blowers have pluses and minuses. There are hundreds, maybe thousands of owners on this site having the same unit you will buy. So help and information is close at hand. Think with confidence. You will come to the proper choice for you. There are no wrong choices here. Now get after it, friend.

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