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post #1 of 18 Old 11-28-2014, 11:15 PM Thread Starter
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Hello everyone, this is my first post here.
I have between 3000 and 4000 sq ft concrete drive that is flat and I just sealed and don't want to scrape it for obvious reasons. I also have a gravel area of around 9000sq ft that is also flat and a paved area . I have skid steers with snow blades and a tractor but either plow all my gravel away or run the risk of gouging my pavement so I've decided to get a blower.

I'm in the mountains of North Carolina so the snow can be anything from a dusting to feet of snow. I don't want to say money is no object but I don't want to be sorry either. I'll admit I'm a Honda lover as that is the engine on all of my small equipment ,sprayers, wood splitter , pressure washers,,,,,,.

My neighbor let me use his craftsman blower and even though it clogged up several times I loved how a blower works.

Would a track machine be overkill ? How hard are they to maneuver ? What size hp would you guys recommend ?

I appreciate any help you are willing to give. Thank you and again hello.
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Track snow blowers are handy when one has a steep incline and or have deep snow to move, they are harder to maneuver and some members here say you can tip them for turning but of course the bigger the heavier they are. You should go look at the HS928 either with wheels or tracks
and I'm sure other Honda owners will chime in as I am more Ariens biased. And welcome to the forum.

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Go with Ariens. Platinum and pro models come with larger engines than the Hondas.

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A big red Honda would be perfect. You already know the motor, now meet the rest of the machine. Ariens also makes a great blower. I am just very biased on the Honda. Unstoppable.

HS 928 TCD. It's Canadian eh! (Sure I'm done modifying it, for now, until next time.......)
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I'm personally not a proponent of new modern machines, because I believe the price is about 4x what they are really worth, but if you are in that market, I highly recommend going to a Cub Cadet and Ariens dealer, and see the new stuff they have on the showroom floor today. They certainly are big nicely made machines that can probably handle any storm you'd ever get. Tracked machines get better traction on hills, but the new machines have such huge tires that really is not such an issue anymore. tracked machines are more complex and more to go wrong with them as they get older. I would not buy a Honda.

having said THAT....if you have that much square feet to clear, the best snowblower is...a tractor w/chains, wheelweights, and hydraulic plow. it will move the heavy wet slushy stuff better than any snowblower made, period, and will do it while you are sitting down and steering. I don't think a blower is a good option for a lot of area, simply because you have to walk behind it the whole time. being down south you get a lot of heavy wet snow that melts off and stays soggy so you could use a plow. get one with the heavy fiber plastic skids and it won't scrape your driveway

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Welcome to the forum. Lots of options. Important design features in my opinion are cutting width and horse power. Larger cutting width will cut down on the number laps up and down the drive. Being that you are in NC I guess most of your snow is the heavier snowball packing type, so HP to move it is important. As someone has suggested, you know Honda. They are reliable, longevity and great performance. Ariens has very good quality and performance. I personally like the older stuff, more heavy duty, commercial grade quality. Toro, Ariens, Simplicity in the older vintages move snow very well. Let us know what you decide.
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Because you said that the surfaces to be cleaned are flat there is no need for the expense and complexity of tracks. I have a tracked machine and I am very sorry that I purchased it. It is not difficult to maneuver the machine without snow or ice under the tracks... it is impossible. I purchased it because I have a long steep drive and I thought I needed tracks. I was wrong. My neighbor's wheeled machine works just fine on it and he can move his machine when he needs to do maintenance, I can't. I believe tracks are overkill. Get wheels and if you need more traction add chains.

I will add the obvious that the bigger the machine the heavier the machine. Mine comes in at over 400 lbs. It is a beast. A smaller, lighter machine (keep the horsepower if you can) would probably get the job done as quickly with a lot less effort on my part. If I had to do it again I wouldn't get anything larger than a 28" unit...with wheels.

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tires are fine for what you need. the skids will not mess up your new cement. ALOHA to the forms..: cool:

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