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post #1 of 201 Old 11-21-2014, 01:38 PM Thread Starter
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Hi, I am a new member here and I have been looking around the web for info.

It is really hard to find good information as it seems every web sites are a little biased. I found out about snowblowerforum.com and it seems people are very knowledgeable here.

I live in Montréal, Québec and we can receive around 300cm of snow per year. My driveway is 65' x 25' and it is flat so I don't need tracks, wheels will do the trick .

I hesitate between 3 models but my GF will hate me if I spend over 2000$

First one is this one:

CRAFTSMAN®/MD Souffleuse orientable 357cm3 28 po


Second one

Ariens Deluxe 30 Electric Start 30 Inch Two Stage Snow Gas Snow Thrower With Auto Turn


Third one

HONDA Dual Stage (HSS928WC)


I want longevity, want it to last me around 15 years and I want a strong unit. Also keep in mind that price is a concern.

Thank you very much for helping.

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I got the Honda HSS928TC

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Welcome to the forum! You had a little typo which I thought was funny " snowflowerforum.com".

Like the other websites you came across some members are somewhat biased toward their favorite machines. Of the three machines you chose, if price is important, I would choose the Ariens. Ariens is known for quality, longevity and for knowing how to move snow. If price were not an issue then the Honda.

I am not sure where you are from. But in the US, there are very good examples of both in the used market place. The majority of the folks here would suggest that you stay away from the modern Craftsman snow blowers. Let us know what you decide.
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Thank you for your answer my friend. The typo has been fixed .

As to where I live. It is in Canada.

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Hi, I am a new member here and I have been looking around the web for info.

I live in Montréal, Québec and we can receive around 300cm of snow per year. My driveway is 65' x 25' and it is flat so I don't need tracks, wheels will do the trick .
I'm really leaning toward the Ariens. The price of the Honda is so high. It is double the price of the Ariens.

Price
  • The Honda is 3450$ (with tax)
  • The Ariens is 1725$ (with tax)

Price per year
  • If the Honda last me 20 years. It will cost me around 175$ per/year
  • If the Ariens last me 10 years. It will cost me around 175$ per/year

So at this point, it is really hard to make a choice. It will not be over-used each seasons and it is not for commercial.
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Yep, take away the Craftsman and put a Toro there.
Then you have the big 3.

I think I am the only one here who likes my Craftsman.

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I feel that you really want the Honda but the price is putting you off. In Canada, aren't Yamaha snowblowers available? They appear to be identical to the Hondas but for a better price.
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Thank you for your answer my friend. The typo has been fixed .

As to where I live. It is in Canada.



I'm really leaning toward the Ariens. The price of the Honda is so high. It is double the price of the Ariens.

Price
  • The Honda is 3450$ (with tax)
  • The Ariens is 1725$ (with tax)

Price per year
  • If the Honda last me 20 years. It will cost me around 175$ per/year
  • If the Ariens last me 10 years. It will cost me around 175$ per/year

So at this point, it is really hard to make a choice. It will not be over-used each seasons and it is not for commercial.
I would think of them more like this:

Price per year
  • If the Honda last me 40 years. It will cost me around 86$ per/year
  • If the Ariens last me 40 years. It will cost me around 43$ per/year

Both machines should make it to 40 years easily!
with good maintenance and upkeep.

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I like the Toro products and use a Toro 1132 from 1979. I also have a Troy Bilt Storm 1030 from 2003, still going strong, tecumseh engine, paid $11oo for it new, never been to the mechanic.

I agree with adding Toro to your list. Service is important, decide how far you want to travel to have your machine serviced, if you won't service it yourself.
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I would also agree that the Yamaha would be the better purchase if you can get one, since you are in Canada.

Yamaha Motor Canada :: Products :: Snowblowers :: Snowblowers

Is just over $2K USD. And would be arguably the best choice given the level of quality and its uncompromising performance.

I own a tracked Honda 928 and would have bought a Yamaha if there was dealer support and if the unit was for sale in the US, but because there wasnt I bought what I felt was a much more superior unit in the Honda.

Also the Ariens you are comparing is no where near the Honda as far as engineering, but still a great unit. If you can get your hands on a Pro model, or a Platinum, or SHO version those will be good comparisons for you.
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I feel that you really want the Honda but the price is putting you off. In Canada, aren't Yamaha snowblowers available? They appear to be identical to the Hondas but for a better price.
I just checked Yamaha web site and they have similar prices as Honda, I would opt for Honda first I think. I have a dealer at 5 minutes from here.
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If you don't mind saying so Karlitos but for a driveway 65' x 25' you can take care of this easily with a Ariens SHO 24" and save some money with a dependable machine. There are members here that talk highly of them.
Just a thought.

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