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Used - What Make/Model for Me?

Firstly - forum newb.
I gleaned a lot of good info here already.

Secondly, current machine is a used Toro 6/22, picked up used for a song and am babying it along but there is a lot of rust on the auger and chute . I am in no hurry but want to keep my eye open in the online classifieds so as to buy a replacement if I see a great deal before it gives up the ghost.

Here is my usage.

East of Toronto, some winters mild with minimal snow, others somewhat more, but not really in a snow belt compared with folks in other parts of Canada.

That is offset somewhat because the snow here is frequently wet/heavy because of the milder temperatures. EOD with that situation needs some "ompfff".

Suburban smaller driveway, maneuverability is important.
A compact foot print, 6 - 8 hp, 20 - 24 inch chute.

US made engine, just a preference, especially since it will be a couple of years old and from the early years of offshore engine production.

What make, model and era would you suggest I set my classifieds search engine radar for to find what I want?

I generally buy all the internal combustion engine "toys" used and don't mind working on them.

Or do I just go overboard and buy a new Simplicity P1524 now and be done with it?
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If you like the machine, and you just want to pretty it up, knock it apart in the spring and get it powder coated. A lot cheaper than paint and tougher as well.

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If you like the machine, and you just want to pretty it up, knock it apart in the spring and get it powder coated. A lot cheaper than paint and tougher as well.
Since I don't the service history of my current unit I hesitate to put money into it for cosmetic reasons. If a key (read 'spensive) component goes I either have a pretty looking paperweight or sink more money into it and end up with a $1000 machine. At that point I might have well put that kind of money towards it.

Also, anything that requires labour in this part of the country gets pricey real fast. A simple $50 job when I lived in the boonies is a $300 job around here, cost of living here I guess.
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hello nanook, welcome to SBF!! why not just fix up your toro? you can go on toro's website and download an owners manual, they might have a parts manual too. you can get parts from toro, ebay, partstree, and repair clinic. if you just want another snowblower being in Canada h.a.t.y
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good luck with that. ALOHA from the unfrozen TUNDRA.

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  1. Take some pics of your machine
  2. throw-up an add on craiglist
  3. buy it from yourself
Welcome to the forum!!

It sounds like you already have your ideal machine...simple / robust engineering making them easy to work on.


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parts are still available for that. and you can always get a new engine when the time presents itself.

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Since I don't the service history of my current unit I hesitate to put money into it for cosmetic reasons. If a key (read 'spensive) component goes I either have a pretty looking paperweight or sink more money into it and end up with a $1000 machine. At that point I might have well put that kind of money towards it.

Also, anything that requires labour in this part of the country gets pricey real fast. A simple $50 job when I lived in the boonies is a $300 job around here, cost of living here I guess.
does the thing run good and you do the basics to it like an oil change every year? if the engine and body is solid usually the rest of the parts are relatively cheap. powder coating is probably overkill unless you plan on keeping it forever but painting it is probably pretty pointless unless you get done to bare metal and even then it will wear off again eventually.

depend on how much snow blowing you do effects what you should look at. last year i was running a 4.5hp 21" single stage snow blower and for the most part it did a pretty good job but it really is too small for the 5 car driveway where i live.

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Thanks for all the replies!

Yes, this is probably just the unit I need.
I know parts are plentiful and I am diligent about maintenance and will continue to be.

However, I really have no time for a major teardown/resto. There are about four vintage outboard projects in my garage ahead of that!

I have only owned it since the fall so although it runs well at this point it I thought I would like to acquire a unit that has lived a less hard life if spring comes and someone wants the extra space in their garage.

I guess there are no magic eras. I will keep my eyes open for a pampered Ariens, Toro, Simplicity or Honda with my specs.

In the meantime the one I have may just chugg along fine with a belly full of synthetic oil, a new plug, a dollop of Mag 1 in the gear case and a can of Tremclad to keep the rust at bay.
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