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post #1 of 16 Old 11-14-2014, 09:53 PM Thread Starter
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"Snow Beast" On Sale and Discontinued - worth buying?

I'm looking at other models of snowblowers, and using the advice on here to make a decision. When checking out some models tonight, I saw that the brand "Snow Beast" models are all on significant discount sales on the sears website. The prices are substantially cheaper than anything else. I couldn't locate a lot of reviews, but the reviews I could find suggested real concerns with these models. In addition, these snowblowers are now listed on some websites as being discontinued.

My thinking is to avoid these models, but thought I would post here for any feedback on this particular model.
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I don't think anyone here would be looking at a snow beast snowblower and you shouldn't be looking at them either ( jmho ) if you are going to buy some off brand snowblower make sure you can get parts for it

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Hi Keen,
welcome to the forum!
this topic has come up many times before..so I will simply copy and paste my reply from some previous posts! (its easier than typing it all out again)

yes, some names like MTD and Craftsman are "good"..but some are just "good" while others are actually "better than good"..Its like with cars..Its just a fact that a new Honda is a much more reliable and higher-quality machine than a new Chrysler or Kia..with cars, snowblowers, and many other things, they all "look the same" at a casual glance, but there are genuine differences in quality once you dig deeper. Personally I would put snowblower brands into three tiers:

Best, highest quality, can last 40 years easily:

Ariens
Toro
Honda
Briggs brands: (Briggs & Stratton, Simplicity, Snapper, Brute)

I would only choose from the above four manufacturers, if buying new.
Although Toro moved their 2-stage production to Mexico, so I personally would no longer buy a new Toro for that reason alone..although the actual impact on quality is unknown.

"Good", probably fine, for 5 to 10 years, but not as good, and wont last as long as the above names:

Any MTD (Cub Cadet, Troy-Bilt, Yard Machines, and some others.)
Any Craftsman.
Husquvarna and Poulan.

Never ever buy..ever.. all the 100% Chinese brand names, these names have documented cases of very poor quality..some of them have been discussed by people in this forum, who bought one before understanding what they were buying..the reviews are not at all good..never never never never never never never never never never never never never never never never never never never never never never never never never never never never never never never never never never never never never never never never never never never never never buy one of these:

Echelon
Huskee
Mansfield
Powerland
powRcraft
Snow Beast
Snow Joe
Stanley
World Lawn


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The huge reason not to buy the really unknown china models is they might only make them for a couple years and then totally discontinue them. Totally means you have a three, four, five ... year old machine that breaks a part and the part is not available. They were made to sell cheap and they was never any thought put into support for the machines after sale. That's the reason in case of a failure during warranty you are more likely to get an exchange machine than a part.

I ran into this when I worked at a store that sold china 4 wheelers. If the drive chain or whatever broke we would either exchange the machine or do a refund as even we couldn't get through to anyone who could send us replacement parts. Their 1-800 number printed inside the manuals would ring forever but no one ever answered.

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Never even heard of a snow beast. If I were you I'd pass. Take Scot's advice. Maybe you might consider Husqvarna as well.

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Thanks guys - I'll skip this one.

I'm keeping an eye out for an Ariens/Toro/Honda, but new they are out of my price range.

I have it narrowed down to three: A new Briggs and Stratton 305cc 29" $1099; A little used Troy Bilt 357cc 33" (new $2100, used price asking $1000); A new MTD Pro ($1049).
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Home Depot carries snow beast and I think it's the same as the Stanley machine but I haven't really looked into it.

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Thanks guys - I'll skip this one.

I'm keeping an eye out for an Ariens/Toro/Honda, but new they are out of my price range.

I have it narrowed down to three: A new Briggs and Stratton 305cc 29" $1099; A little used Troy Bilt 357cc 33" (new $2100, used price asking $1000); A new MTD Pro ($1049).
you can find good used ones out there.

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Since you're Canadian you might want to look at Yamaha, I don't know how big of a yard you have to clean but they have cut back their prices drasticly from last year. They sell a YT624, a YS1028 and a YS1232. The YS1232 is a monster and even with steering assist I'm not heavy or strong enough to handle it. I just recently purchased a YT624 to replace my 30 year old YS524 and have yet to try it because of lack of snow. It's about $1100 cheaper than the equivalent HOnda with manual chute and manual pull start.

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I don't know parts availability of Snow Beast but most of the parts are still available for my 70's Ariens and that's part of what makes it last all that time.

edit: That Snow Beast pic above sure looks sexy but someone recently told me you can put dresses on a pig, but it's still a pig.

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