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Buying Advice: Ariens, Sno-Tek, or Troy-Bilt?

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We are in the market for our first snow blower and could really use some assistance. The three we are considering are an Ariens Compact 24" ($799), a Sno-Tek 24" ($599), an a Troy-Bilt 26" Storm 2620 (~$350 - used). We have a steep, fairly long driveway; I haven't measured it, but it definitely seems like something that would require a two-stage snowblower. We live in Ohio, so while we get a decent amount of snowfall, it's not something we'd be using several times a week for an average winter, either. We are looking for something that is fairly low maintenance that will last for many years if properly cared for.

Our ideal budget is no more than $600, so we were all set to go with the Sno-Tek until I read some additional details about it and learned that Sno-Tek is the economy line of Ariens's products. That does concern us, as we want this purchase to last, but perhaps the Sno-Tek is just fine for our needs - that's what we'd like your advice on. After reading about this, we started looking at the Ariens, but it's a bit more than we'd like to spend; however, if the consensus is that it's not worth buying anything less than this model (or something similar), we would certainly consider the idea. Finally, a family member has a lightly used Troy-Bilt that he purchased a few years ago and is willing to sell it to downsize to a smaller model. We didn't discuss the exact sale price, but it'd be somewhere between $300 and $400. Any advice you have on the matter would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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I would avoid the Troy-Bilt. Those are made by MTD and don't hold up very well to the slightest bit of abuse. If you hit anything with the augers you can end up breaking the front gear case or knocking the auger shaft out of the bearings on the outside of the bucket. Also, the control cables are pretty thin and can brake.

Sno-Tek is Ariens' cheaper line, but I have not heard any complaints on them and people do say they seem to be built better than the MTD stuff.

With Ariens I never saw the point of the compact models as they appear to be similar sized as the regular models, but with less features. I think the compact has smaller augers and impellers than the normal models, but the same size as the Sno-Tek models.

Make sure to check craigslist too as there are lots of blowers there for half price. A lot of people here actually are using 20 to 50 year old machines and love them. Granted, then you have to have the willingness to fix things if something breaks.

I have seen people using single stage blowers for large areas as well. If you go used you could get a single and a dual and then use whichever machine is appropriate for the amount of snow you have.

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Thank you very much for your helpful advice, as you confirmed what I had read about the Troy-Bilt. In case it may help, I've posted a picture of my driveway to confirm the Ariens or Sno-tek should be able to get up and down it without too many problems.
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I would check craigs list daily.I bought this ariens deluxe 28 last month for $550
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Welcome to the forum.

Personally, I would avoid the Troy built.

As stated above, check Craigslist daily, if not twice daily, and you should come across a nice 3-5 year old Ariens for your budget.

As far as either one of those machines being able to go up and down your driveway, no issues at all. There is plenty of HP if you stick with a larger two stage (Ariens, Toro)

2014 Ariens Deluxe 30 #921032 w/Armor skids, LED's, Hand warmers.
2015 Ariens Path Pro SS-21 # 938033
2010 Toro 1800 Power curve (electric, for the deck)
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[quote=heldmacm;253698] In case it may help, I've posted a picture of my driveway.../quote]

Welcome Heldmacm.
What a perfect way to show what your needs are.
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check cl for a old TORO they are tanks built to last forever. ALOHA to the forms..: cool::co ol:

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Thanks again, everyone. If you have anything else to add, I'm all ears.
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Welcome, and here are a few I have seen in the Dayton area:

I've never heard of this brand, but it looks like an oldie but goodie, and the price is nice:

LAMBERT 28" SNOW BLOWER HEAVY DUTY

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MTD....2 stage(modern 8.5 HP) not my favorite
Honda HS622 TA-B - acquired at an auction- nice machine for it's size.
Toro S-140- Picked it up on trash day... it runs, sort of.
Yamaha YS 240 TB "Ricky" latest Craigslist find- on the bench now.
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Thanks; for what it's worth, I should've mentioned I live in Cincinnati.
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