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what to get??

OK, simple question: what snow blower to get? This past winter, one of the “snowiest” in a long time, I lost my job of 15 years and I had the time to shovel so I did (lost 10 lb’s!). The winter before, my old craftsman blew the auger gear and it was so rusted it can’t be taken apart. Luckily this was on the last snowfall of the season.
Driveway can hold 9 cars (we only have 2) and is dead flat. I sometimes have to do a car width worth of the road about a block long so my neighbor that never get snow tires and works in a hospital can get up the hill we live on. I don’t have a lot of storage space so it will have to be smaller in size, like 24” perhaps. If it snows at night I will have to get the driveway cleared and get to work without waiting too much time so it can’t be too small.
I like the grease fitting on the ariens auger shafts and the top laded gear box on those. I don’t want to have everything rusted together again and want something I can easily fix.
I had the old one for 15 years and it was used when I got it. Must be 25 or 30 years old. Engine runs great. Anyone need a Tecumseh engine?

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well I won't tell you what brand to buy but get an 8hp or better with a 24 inch width. by the way all my old toro two stage machines have grease fittings on the auger shaft and so does my craftsman

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Going with your driveway size and other blowing requirements the very least I'd go with is an 8 H.P 26" machine. I don't envy you, that's for sure.

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yeah there was some one looking 4 a engine. but I will be screwed if I knew who it was anymore.:e ek:

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Have no idea what your budget is so here go’s…

If you have limited storage space but need the job done quickly I would consider the Arians Platinum 24 SHO (super high output) comes with a 306 cc engine which is pretty good sized for a 24 inch blower. I think it has heated grips also which is nice. Just think a small auger and large impeller with that much engine should really toss some frost! (Link is for visual purpose only, support local dealers) Ariens 921038 Platinum 24 SHO 24" 306cc Two-Stage Snow Blower

I think if you stick with a 14 inch impeller you could stay with a narrow bucket but still move a lot of snow quicker. The Ariens deluxe 24 has a 254cc engine which would also work well and probably cheaper than then platinum. Ariens 921024 Deluxe ST24LE 24" 254cc Two-Stage Snow Blower

There many more options out there but these two brands are what I look at first. If you could store a 28’’ I would seriously consider a Honda 928 but that will cost you some coin… they are very expensive but nearly nothing can complete with them (IMO)

If you have to stay under 28 I would probably not consider a Honda since the price doesn’t come down much when you get to a 724. Honda Snow Blowers and Snow Throwers Honda do not have grease zerts BUT, the whole auger assembly comes of easy and grease can be applied and then bolted back in. Should they add grease zerts, YES!

Don’t forget to check the used market, although blowers have went up in price since winter is around the corner. During the summer months there are some steals on craigslist.

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