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Best used snowblowers - I want your comments!

Having spent over a decade out in California, I decided to move back to Minnesota, just in time for snow! Needless to say, snow will come soon and I need to be prepared - by which I need a snowblower. Since I haven't blown snow since 2001, I'm not sure what a good snowblower is. My previous experience was with a Toro PowerShift when it first came out and an Ariens 2-stage mounted on a GT-20. From what I can tell, Toro doesn't make the PowerShift any more, so I wonder if it got too costly to manufacture or if there were problems?


So, I'm looking for something used - I hate paying sticker price, but if the community feels that a new machine is by far the best option, then I will consider it. But I also know that some older machines can move snow and are built better than moderen units. Sometimes this is an advantage to buying old, other times it is a disadvantage. What are some of your guys' thoughts on a good "used" units? I've only got a driveway that is 20'x100' (concrete) and about 200' of sidewalk.


I also have a good mechanical background and wouldn't have a problem repairing an older machine as items break/wear, but I don't want to be broken down every time it snows.


Some of the units that are under consideration right now are as follows:
Ariens 1032 - $500
Craftsman Track Drive 826 - $400
Deere 826 - $400
Deere 828D - $725
Deere 924DE - $500
Deere 1032 - $500
Duetz Allis (Simplicity) 828 - $375
Snapper 1030 - $550
Snapper 826 - $380
Toro Power Max 726OE - $800
Toro Power Shift 824 - $300 ( A little beat up)


All units seem to be in good shape. Some have chains, some have drift cutters, some have lights, etc. I'm more concerned about base units as I can alway add different tires, chains, lighting, etc.
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hello usmcskeeter, welcome to SBF!! you only have two machines on your list that I would be looking at and that's the powershift and the 1032 ariens

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1-toro2450E-38419. 1-toro3000E-38435. 1-toro 3650E-38445
2-toro 521E-38052. 1-toro xl824pt 38086
1-.............,TORO XL 624ps..............
1-............, TORO XL 824ps..............
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Thanks for the reply and welcome! Just out of curiosity, why the power shift? Why did they stop making it and why did they use a solid auger instead of a skeleton auger?
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I can't really answer why toro stopped making those powershifts. one day I decided I wanted one and found one and if you look on the toro website most all parts are still avalable

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1-toro2450E-38419. 1-toro3000E-38435. 1-toro 3650E-38445
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1-.............,TORO XL 624ps..............
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Welcome to the forum. I wouldn't rule out any of those Deeres or Toros. The Deeres, as far as I know, were all Ariens mfd. The Deere TRS AND TRX 2 stage blowers were made by Murray.
Just to refresh your memory you may want to watch Doneyboy73 video on youtube.how to buy a used snowblower Lots of helpful tips.

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Welcome, and considering where you are moving there are two other makes to consider. Honda and Yamaha. I respect many of the suggestions that you have made prior.

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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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Ariens or the Deere.
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The four John Deere's*might* be Ariens-made, but its hard to tell just from the listings:

Deere 826 - $400
Deere 828D - $725
Deere 924DE - $500
Deere 1032 - $500

"826", "924", etc are just "generic" names that mean "8hp with a 26" bucket width", "9hp with a 24" bucket width", etc..those descriptors are used on 99% of snowblowers, regardless of when they were made, or made by who..Those descriptors alone are not enough to go by.

Ariens made snowblowers for John Deere from 1991 to 2001 only.
The ones with "D" and "DE" are likely Ariens, but the other two, uncertain:

http://1stclass.mylargescale.com/sco...html#question3

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TORO ceased the POWERSHIFT run in 04. if they were still made today they would be in the 5000-6000 dollar price range. the good news is that there are some on craigs list. and the parts are still available for the whole line. ALOHA to the forms..: cool:

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Having spent over a decade out in California, I decided to move back to Minnesota, just in time for snow! Needless to say, snow will come soon and I need to be prepared - by which I need a snowblower. Since I haven't blown snow since 2001, I'm not sure what a good snowblower is. My previous experience was with a Toro PowerShift when it first came out and an Ariens 2-stage mounted on a GT-20. From what I can tell, Toro doesn't make the PowerShift any more, so I wonder if it got too costly to manufacture or if there were problems?


So, I'm looking for something used - I hate paying sticker price, but if the community feels that a new machine is by far the best option, then I will consider it. But I also know that some older machines can move snow and are built better than moderen units. Sometimes this is an advantage to buying old, other times it is a disadvantage. What are some of your guys' thoughts on a good "used" units? I've only got a driveway that is 20'x100' (concrete) and about 200' of sidewalk.


I also have a good mechanical background and wouldn't have a problem repairing an older machine as items break/wear, but I don't want to be broken down every time it snows.


Some of the units that are under consideration right now are as follows:
Ariens 1032 - $500
Craftsman Track Drive 826 - $400
Deere 826 - $400
Deere 828D - $725
Deere 924DE - $500
Deere 1032 - $500
Duetz Allis (Simplicity) 828 - $375
Snapper 1030 - $550
Snapper 826 - $380
Toro Power Max 726OE - $800
Toro Power Shift 824 - $300 ( A little beat up)


All units seem to be in good shape. Some have chains, some have drift cutters, some have lights, etc. I'm more concerned about base units as I can alway add different tires, chains, lighting, etc.
I would look at that POWERSHIFT. MIGHT just need some TLC. I am not to fond of those uni-body toro's.

Long LIVE THE POWERSHIFT!! MAY IT NEVER RUST IN PEACE!!
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