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post #1 of 11 Old 09-22-2014, 04:25 PM Thread Starter
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Newbie here. I have a 21 year old Toro single stage that has seen better days. Over the years it has done a great job for what it was designed for, but after last winter I couldn't tell you how many times I struggled to get our driveway done and the snow plow comes flying down the road and pushes two feet of dense packed snow right back into my drive. I have a cabin up in Kalkaska Mi. and bought a 24hp Diesel New Holland with a 64" blower on it and it's done a nice job over the last decade. Our driveway up north is huge and the only way your getting down the drive is to clear it first.. Down state our drive is quite a bit smaller maybe a 7 car size. I own a small biz. in a small town and two of my customers own outdoor sports dealerships one carries Toro the other Husqvarna, being that hey are customers of mine I feel like I'm almost locked in to buying one or the other. I'm thinking either the Husqvarna ST327P and the Toro 828OHXE?? All of my lawn equipment including my tractor have hydrostatic drive and have been trouble free for years, so I'm kind of leaning towards the Husky. I know it's overkill but when we get a snow storm I can't be spending all morning clearing snow at home, I need to get to work and clear out there also. What do you pro's think
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get the TORO. stay away from that other thing. they are not good. ALOHA to the forms..: cool:

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Thanks for your opinion Powershift, any particular reason you like Toro over the Husqvarna?

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Toros are good and as for the Huskies they have electric motors for their chute and the output directional chute. There are folks that had issues with them as they tend to freeze and the motor burns eventually or are subject to water ingress, either way they cost 140 bucks to replace or 40 to 50 at a junk yard otherwise the machine is well built.

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Thanks for explaining Normex, I haven't seen the ST327P in person yet so it's hard to tell from the pictures. Does this new model use a electric motor also? As soon as I'm well enough to get out of the house I will venture out to my local dealer and check them out.

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After seeing their specs and including some like LED light, again the only small down sides is the electric chute control and its rotation degree plus another downside is 12" impeller size. I guess if one is careful to make sure the chute is free from being frozen and wipe all the snow after use and live with the small lack of rotation chute control. To tell you the truth I am more Ariens biased but there is a price difference.

https://www.snowblowerforum.com/forum...1&d=1411501045

The red button is where you activate the chute control, rotation = 180 deg
more preferable is 200 deg rotation

There are more experienced people here who may add their opinion.

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Thanks for your opinion Powershift, any particular reason you like Toro over the Husqvarna?

Thanks Pete
THOSE Husqvarna's are thin metal frames that will not take a lot of abuse or use. even though TORO'S are made in mexico. the sheet metal is a lot thicker. and the drive train is tougher also.

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The ST327P is a brand new model for this fall, not many people have actually seen them yet.
The chute rotation is mechanical, no motors!
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THOSE Husqvarna's are thin metal frames that will not take a lot of abuse or use. even though TORO'S are made in mexico. the sheet metal is a lot thicker. and the drive train is tougher also.
Are you talking about the new models that Husqvarna is selling this season?

Completely New Design. 3 years in the making!
10 New Models replace the 7 old snow blowers. The new models are divided into three groups (single stage, homeowner, land owner) so you can easily decide which snow blower is right for you.
High Capacity All Surface Homeowner 3 Models
High Capacity All Surface Landowner 4 Models
Hard Surface Homeowner Models 3 Models
Adjustable Height Handles! This is one of the most exciting features of these new snow blowers. Now anyone can use a Husqvarna snow blower.
Intuitive Controls. Easy to use, positive action controls. Big hands, small hands, with gloves or without.
Quiet Muffler System. Nearly 20% quieter than last years snow blowers.
Most Reliable Engines In The Industry! In fact all Husqvarna Snow Blowers now come with a 5 Year Starting Guarantee!
Instead of tricks and treats, they went for reliability and ease of use. Instead of cheaper and thinner, they went heavy-duty and thicker.
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Yes, this is a new model this year. I have since found that one of my local dealers also carries Ariens, how does this line stack up?
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