Snowblower Company rankings? - Snowblower Forum : Snow Blower Forums
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 7 Old 10-03-2014, 11:17 AM Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Posts: 107
Post Thanks / Like
Thanks (Given): 0
Thanks (Received): 0
Likes (Given): 1
Likes (Received): 3
Snowblower Company rankings?

Is there such an animal somewhere hidden on this forum.
I am looking for a 2 stage snowblower, and personally, I dont know what are the better brands, engines, based on durability and performance just based on a chart or list, or even word of mouth on here.

Thanks

Art

P.S. Are we allowed to ask what brands to stay away from, and which are the ones that I should be targeting in my snowblower search?
aggriffin3 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 7 Old 10-03-2014, 12:53 PM
Moderator
 
Shryp's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Cleveland, OH
Posts: 4,159
Post Thanks / Like
Thanks (Given): 1
Thanks (Received): 197
Likes (Given): 6
Likes (Received): 251
Most would say buy Ariens, Sno-Tek, Toro, Honda, Simplicity and Yamaha.

Most would say avoid Craftsman, Sears, MTD, Huskee, Troy-Bilt, Yard Man, Yard Machines and Cub Cadet.

The list could vary based on how old of a machine you are looking at.

Please direct all snow blower questions to the forums and not to me with PMs.
Shryp is offline  
post #3 of 7 Old 10-03-2014, 03:29 PM
Senior Member
 
uberT's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Boston suburbs
Posts: 1,452
Post Thanks / Like
Thanks (Given): 98
Thanks (Received): 85
Likes (Given): 242
Likes (Received): 140
Consumer Reports does their thing but many have questioned their rankings.

If you are looking for a highly specific recommendation, let people know if you're trying to move snow in Georgia or in the Northwest Territories. What are your budget constraints.

2014 Ariens 21" Path Pro 938030
2015 Ariens 24" SHO 921038 | poly skids
uberT is online now  
post #4 of 7 Old 10-03-2014, 03:51 PM
Senior Member
 
POWERSHIFT93's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: PARADISE CITY, MN
Posts: 9,330
Post Thanks / Like
Thanks (Given): 507
Thanks (Received): 354
Likes (Given): 290
Likes (Received): 1236
for the durability you can't go wrong with a older model TORO 2 STAGE. ask me I know. 1,400

Long LIVE THE POWERSHIFT!! MAY IT NEVER RUST IN PEACE!!
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
MAHALO!!!!!!!!!
POWERSHIFT93 is offline  
post #5 of 7 Old 10-03-2014, 05:59 PM
Super Moderator
 
sscotsman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Western NY, USA
Posts: 3,715
Post Thanks / Like
Thanks (Given): 61
Thanks (Received): 362
Likes (Given): 152
Likes (Received): 804
Quote:
Originally Posted by Shryp View Post
Most would say buy Ariens, Sno-Tek, Toro, Honda, Simplicity and Yamaha.

Most would say avoid Craftsman, Sears, MTD, Huskee, Troy-Bilt, Yard Man, Yard Machines and Cub Cadet.

The list could vary based on how old of a machine you are looking at.
I totally agree with those rankings! thats just how I would place them too..
In addition to Simplicity, you can also add Snapper, Briggs & Stratton and Brute names to the "buy" list, since they are all different brand names under the Briggs & Stratton banner, and the machines are essentially identical.

Consumer Reports is great for cars, because the rate reliability over time.
Consumer Reports is useless for snowblowers, because they rate snowblowers only on how they perform when they are *brand new*! There is no longevity and long-term reliability factored into their rankings at all..They often rate Cub Cadet quite high..and in the first year of owning a new Cub Cadet it might be a fine machine..But it might last 5 to 10 years while other names will last twice as long, because they are of higher quality overall.

So when it comes to snowblowers, ignore Consumer reports..they are completely useless.

Scot


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Last edited by sscotsman; 10-03-2014 at 06:01 PM.
sscotsman is online now  
post #6 of 7 Old 10-03-2014, 08:32 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2014
Location: Erie, PA
Posts: 103
Post Thanks / Like
Thanks (Given): 0
Thanks (Received): 0
Likes (Given): 0
Likes (Received): 7
What's your driveway like? What kind of snow do you get?

2014 Honda 928WAS

Erie, PA
-Avg yearly snowfall 100.8" (256cm)
-2013-14 Snowiest major city in the USA with 138.4" (351.5cm)
KpaxFAQ is offline  
post #7 of 7 Old 10-03-2014, 08:38 PM Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Posts: 107
Post Thanks / Like
Thanks (Given): 0
Thanks (Received): 0
Likes (Given): 1
Likes (Received): 3
I have a flat, 3 car concrete driveway approximately 23x60

Art
aggriffin3 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Snowblower Forum : Snow Blower Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome