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trying to find a used snowblower on CL-need some advice

Alright, I originally posted asking about a Toro I saw on Craigslist, but they were asking too much and not willing to come down. I'm brand new to New England (Outside of Boston), though I've been in the snow before, this is the year I'm going to get away from shoveling.

My driveway is asphalt, roughly 30'x70' with no incline on it.

Here's a few I'm looking at. I think I'd prefer electric start just so it's one less thing to deal with, and my budget is about $300.

Any idea on what to look for in that range? Here's a few that have piqued my interest:

Ariens Snowblower 5/24 (5hp,24" Ariens)
6/24 ariens snowblower (6hp, 24" Ariens)
@@MTD SNOWBLOWER, 5HP, ELECT START, 6SPD, FREE DELIV @@ (5hp, 24" MTD)


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Both Ariens look fine..I would avoid the MTD..
(I would avoid *any* MTD)

The two Ariens are 10,000 series.

This one: 6/24 ariens snowblower
Is late 60's.

This one:
Ariens Snowblower 5/24
Is early 70's..

Of the two, I would prefer the early 70's one..slightly more modern engine, and looks in slightly better shape,
although its hard to tell just from photos..realistically they are essentially the same, no major differences..
both look fine! assuming everything works properly..and prices on both are decent.

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Scotsman I agree to avoid the MTD but if it was built in early 90s they were of good quality, I had one a 13HP 36" and it performed very nicely in fact it is still working for the guy I sold it to. The Tecumseh starts on first pull everytime.

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Here in the Boston area you should be able to get a good reliable 1970-1980 Ariens for between $200-$350. There are lots of good ones on the Boston CL right now. I would check out sscotsman's site to familiarize yourself with the differences in model years. He's got the link in his signature line. We have at least 2 months before we see any real snow, so you have plenty of time to be particular and find the right one for you.
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Yeah, it seems there are a bunch of either shops or guys that fix these up and sell em around Medfield and Holliston.

It seems like they are giving fair prices based on what was shown earlier in the thread, so I guess I'll just grab one of those?

Not sure what I'll gain (or need to gain by spending $250 on one or $350 on one though).
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Right now, with snow getting closer, it's probably a "sellers market". So you will have to expect pre-season prices to be mor firm. My opinion anyway.
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The MTD is obviously the newest machine.

Looks nearly identical to a Troy Bilt with an MTD engine. Many here have praise for Troy Bilt snow throwers.
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The MTD is obviously the newest machine.
True, but its also the worst choice.
newer is often not better.

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Looks nearly identical to a Troy Bilt with an MTD engine. Many here have praise for Troy Bilt snow throwers.
Actually no..I have never once heard praise for Troy Bilt snowblowers.
The vast majority of people here would say to avoid new MTD's..including Troy Bilt. very low-end and low quality. Not worth it when much better options exist. The only people who buy a new Troy Bilt snowblower are those who are remembering the once quality brand-name, and arent aware that the current line has no relation to the quality of old..basically the brand name is only being used to sell new products that have nothing to do with the old company.

Cub Cadet is in the same boat..coasting along only on the legacy of its once highly respected name..but the quality of the 60's and 70's is long gone, and the current products are pure MTD, and have zero relation to the Cub Cadet or Troy Bilt companys and products that earned those brand names their good reputation in years past.

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If you maintain anything well, it should last.

There is the guy with the 2008 Troy Bilt who does a small bit of residential snow throwing. He put armor skids on his and he says it is holding up great.

So....don't always believe that. If you're planning on just doing your own driveway, don't shy away from certain brands.

Everything is made in China these days anyway.
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If you maintain anything well, it should last.

There is the guy with the 2008 Troy Bilt who does a small bit of residential snow throwing. He put armor skids on his and he says it is holding up great.

So....don't always believe that. If you're planning on just doing your own driveway, don't shy away from certain brands.

Everything is made in China these days anyway.
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