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Hello All...

First I want to say that I am obviously (very) new to the forum, with this being my 1st post. For the past 2 weeks or so I have been diligently researching snowblowers and, of course, came across this site. I have been very impressed with the knowledge and willingness to help that I have observed while perusing the forum.

With all that said, I am hoping you can provide some advice for my current situation:

I have been given the tast to pick a snowblower for a Christmas present for my father in law. The task of shoveling is just getting to be too arduous for him.

Here's the details:

Southeast PA, 40x40 pad at top of driveway, 150-175 ft long, 12 ft wide uphill driveway to the pad.

The budget I've been given is ~700-800...so we are really talking more utility/entry level as opposed to something with all the bells and whistles.

What I believe I've decided already, and you can correct me if I'm wrong:

-Given the hill, we should be going with a Two-Stage Gas Blower for him so no need to manually push uphill.
-Given his limited storage capability (3 car attached garage which always has 3 cars in it), I was leaning towards a 24" wide model

Right now I'm having trouble deciding whether to trust Consumer Reports (favors Troy-Bilt and Craftsman) or user reviews across the internet (favor Ariens)

Right now my top 2 options are:

Ariens 920021 - Compact 24 in. Two-Stage Electric Start Gas Snow Blower @ $800
Sno-Tek 920402 - 24 in. Two-Stage Electric Start Gas Snow Blower @629

But also thinking I should consider:

Craftsman 88173 - 24-in. 208cc Dual-Stage Snowblower @$680
Troy Bilt 31AS62N2711 - Storm 2410 179cc 24-in Two-Stage Electric Start Gas Snow [email protected]


Right now if I had to make a snap decision based on price and the fact that the winters aren't THAT bad here, I would just pick the Sno-Tek because it's built by Ariens...

Am I way off base here?? Any other models I should be considering??

Any thoughts or guidance would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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post #2 of 15 Old 12-05-2014, 02:00 PM
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have you looked and driven a TORO lately.????????????????????????

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Moze,
welcome to the forum!

Consumer reports has been discussed here before..
the problem with Consumer Reports reviews is that they rate machines when they are *brand new* only..they dont take long-term reliability into consideration at all!

It is simply well known that MTD machines (Craftsman, Cub Cadet, Troy-Bilt) are not as robustly built as Ariens, Toro, Honda, and other brands..the MTD's arent necessarily bad, but they are less likely to last as long as the other brands..and more likely to have issues as they age. Its just a fact that not all brands are equal.

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Right now my top 2 options are:

Ariens 920021 - Compact 24 in. Two-Stage Electric Start Gas Snow Blower @ $800
Sno-Tek 920402 - 24 in. Two-Stage Electric Start Gas Snow Blower @629
good choices..

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But also thinking I should consider:

Craftsman 88173 - 24-in. 208cc Dual-Stage Snowblower @$680
Troy Bilt 31AS62N2711 - Storm 2410 179cc 24-in Two-Stage Electric Start Gas Snow [email protected]
I would not consider those..simply because you can do better.

For your climate, a single-stage would be ideal..IF there was an "average" or small area to clear..
your native snow fall amounts favor a single-stage.

but! your description of the area your FIL has to clear sounds "larger than average"..with that amount of space to clear, a small 2-stage would probably be a better choice..

If the extra $170 isnt a deal breaker, I would get the Ariens 920021 - Compact 24.
It has a light, a more robust gearcase, and a better warranty.

The Sno-Tec's are Ariens "budget" line..they arent bad machines at all! people do like them, but if you can swing it, the "orange" Ariens is a step-up.

any other questions, ask away!

Scot


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Thank you so much for the feedback Scot...I really, really appreciate it. I knew I came to the right place!

I'm living in a community that handles all the snow for me now..but all this research is making me look forward to my next house and the necessity of getting my own machine! Haha

And Powershift, I'll look for some Toro possibilities. Having a hard time finding availability in their 24" 2-Stage models in my price range...should have put that in the OP!!
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So I found:

Toro 37775 - Power Max 724 OE 24 in. Two-Stage Electric Start Gas Snow Blower @800

Is it a "can't go wrong" kind of decision between that that the Ariens I mentioned or is there a more clear answer? Just a matter of opinion and taste between these two?
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Hi and welcome to the forum. A lot of us like the older snow blowers because the quality that went into them. I found this is nice machine in Paoli on craigslist that is within your price range.

Snowblower, Toro PowerShift

So simple a kid can use it : )
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Welcome moze1021
I live a few miles from Gettysburg. Wnere are you?
Don't rely too much on consumer reports. Toro or Ariens.

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easy decision- get the ARIENS




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easy decision- get the ARIENS
Why? They're both very good machines.

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