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Hello all,

New member here. About 2 months ago, I decided it was time to buy my first snow blower. I live in the Hyde Park section of Boston MA. While not the worst place for snow, we certainly get our fair share.

My initial research lead me to purchase a Sno-tek 24 from Home Depot online. Given the amount of space I have to clear, I thought it was a pretty good choice for the money. Well, while waiting for delivery (which never occurred ), I found this forum and after a lot of reading, I decided it was maybe not the best choice. I was still willing to go with it had Ariens and the local dealer handling setup and delivery not screwed up royally. Since the order was a week late, I cancelled the order.

Now I am somewhat perplexed. I really don't want to give Ariens my business, especially if the local dealer is involved. So I am now looking at the Cub Cadet 524 SWE and the Toro 724 OE, but it seems like the Cub Cadet would be a bad choice based on what I read here. However, the Toro is not available at Home Depot locally. After my recent experience, I am gun-shy about ordering online again. So, should I get the Cub Cadet 524 SWE, or swallow my anger and get the Ariens Compact 24, which looks like the best choice in the price range? Any and all insight appreciated, thanks.

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Steve, thats the exact thing that I did. I went to H.D. and got a sno-tek. Then I got on here the SBF and did a lot of reading. So I returned it and went to my Local Ariens dealer. Anyways, If a few more $$$ are not much of a stretch for you I'd go for a Ariens 24" Deluxe model. It's only $200 more than the compact and it comes with the auto-turn and larger engine. Someone on here that has Toro experience will be able to guide you.

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do you have a friendly neighborhood hard ware store that deals TORO'S.??? other wise check out snowblowersdirect.com

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Steve, thats the exact thing that I did. I went to H.D. and got a sno-tek. Then I got on here the SBF and did a lot of reading. So I returned it and went to my Local Ariens dealer. Anyways, If a few more $$$ are not much of a stretch for you I'd go for a Ariens 24" Deluxe model. It's only $200 more than the compact and it comes with the auto-turn and larger engine. Someone on here that has Toro experience will be able to guide you.

I agree!

I'm sure your dealer was jacking you around cause you did not come to him right away, meaning he is losing money getting yours set up, when he could be focused on helping one of HIS customers. Follow me?

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There should be a toro dealer some where near you.

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There is a dealer in milton and one in belmont

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Thanks everyone. I checked out the Toro dealer in Milton, and they are pretty close. I'm going to take my wife there this Saturday so she can try it out. One issue I forgot to mention is that my wife and daughter will be using this as I travel for work regularly. It will have to be something they can handle, which is why I was looking at the Cub Cadet 524 SWE with the power steering feature. I did look at the Ariens but I thought it was more than I need for the amount of clearing I have to do, not to mention it's more expensive. Oh well, I will check back once we've had a chance to look at the Toro 724 OE.
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Your wife and daughter will be able to handle the 724OE pretty easily.
You won't regret this one if you decide so. I would call the dealer to see how many he has in stock because in a week there may be none left, it is prime season for snow blower purchases. Good Luck

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