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Tracks or Tires?

Hi Guys - I am going to be purchasing a two-stage snow blower very soon but am not sure if I should go with tracks or tires. This is for residential use on a concrete driveway in good condition about 200 feet long. Here is the kicker much of the driveway is a 22% grade.

I live in Cincinnati, OH and seldom have to deal with more than 6-10 inches of snow at a time. Most of our snows are 2-4 inches. My garage is packed and I will have to move the blower often to get to my work bench. It only snows a few months out of the year but when it does the drive can be quite a chore and I don't want to be fighting a 300 LB machine sliding down the hill. At the same time I don't want to be fighting to move the blower around the rest of the year.

I want to buy the right machine because they are expensive, tracked machines are a bit more than I can afford but I don't want to waste money on something that will not work for me. If my situation does not need tracks then tires are my preference.

Thanks in advance for your thoughts and advice.
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tires are all you need. ALOHA to the forms..: cool:

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22% is a steep grade and might be a tad too steep for wheels even with chains. How much clearance either side? You can always dolly your machine if you need to move it around.



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If you have lots of room either side I would suggest a Yamaha, if limited go with Honda.


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If you have lots of room either side I would suggest a Yamaha, if limited go with Honda.

That is fine is he is living where you are.
But if he is in the States how is he going to get a Yamaha?

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get the track because of the grade
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Wow - That was fast, thanks for the feedback. I breathed a sigh of relief when I read the first reply from Powershift93 saying tires would do me fine. Tracks are twice the cost but that seems to be the way the forum is pointing me.

Coby7 that is a great idea with the dolly but I don't think Yamaha is available down by me.

Still hoping tires will do but don't want to waste my money if they will not. I have been using a Toro paddle style single stage for 13 years but I am getting older and muscling it doesn't work as well as it used to. Funny thing is it goes up the hill fine but pulls me down the hill and I can't control it.
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Coby7 that is a great idea with the dolly but I don't think Yamaha is available down by me.
You can make a dolly for whatever machine you decide to get, it isn't a Yamaha dolly I just made that today and happen to paint it blue to match. lol

You just mention lack of room so I offered you an option.


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What is your budget?

What width machine are you looking at?
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Go used. Buy one of each. Try them both on your first snowfall. Sell the one you like the least.

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