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Toro VS Ariens

Which one would be better.... I'm contemplating buying new and just wondering what people in here think.
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Both brands enjoy very good reputations.
Either one will certainty serve you well.

What is more important than the specific brand name are the exact features you want, or dont need, the size of the machine as it relates to your snowblower needs, and price..

One other thing to consider:
All *new* 2-stage snowblowers, by all manufacturers, now have engines made in China. Ariens snowblower bodies are still made in the USA. (Amercian made snowblower, Chinese engine.) Toro 2-stage snowblowers are now made in Mexico. (Mexican made snowblower, Chinese engine.)

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Maybe I should just polish my st824 and keep it for another winter...
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Maybe I should just polish my st824 and keep it for another winter...
sounds like a plan

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"One other thing to consider:
All *new* 2-stage snowblowers, by all manufacturers, now have engines made in China. Ariens snowblower bodies are still made in the USA. (Amercian made snowblower, Chinese engine.) Toro 2-stage snowblowers are now made in Mexico. (Mexican made snowblower, Chinese engine.)"

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Maybe I should just polish my st824 and keep it for another winter...
I re-committed to my 20 year old Toro 7/24 after learning that.

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i love my toro 824 38080. it performs great with the impeller kit installed, and is built like a tank. i put a 6.5 hp honda clone and honestly it fells more powerful then the original hm80 which had so many issues, and ive got a feeling will last a long time. im expecting to be able to keep the frame for a lifetime with maybe a gearbox rebuild once in its lifetime. i love my toro, and would never get rid of it or sell it for anything. It may be 30 years old, but it is a beast and it has a lot of sentimental value to me. It was my first restoration project 2 years ago when i was 15, and i dont know what i would do without it. I know its only a snowblower, but i love it like a child. My suggestion? Go on craigslist and find yourself a used ariens with a cast iron gearbox or an older toro. they are cheap and plentiful and the frames last forever
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Maybe I should just polish my st824 and keep it for another winter...
If it gets the job done and you're not in need of a wider bucket refreshing the 824 with some new parts a wax job might be good enough.

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Make sure the windows are up before the snow plow goes by !!

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I'm affraid to say that I might have blown the motor last night It still runs but when under load it feels and sounds like it's going to dye (bogging down)
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I don't think that sounds blown. More like it sucked some dirt into the carb or the governor is sticking and it's not getting enough fuel or throttle.

But if the darn thing is going to treat you that way ,, no wax for it !! Time for a new machine !!

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I vote for simplicity
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