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Help please! Snowblower for Dad.

Assistance please!

Hello! Thanks for input in advance.
My father is in his 70s and doesn't need to be shoveling snow anymore, plus he deserves a snowblower!! So my siblings and I are getting him a one for Christmas. Trying to spend no more than $200, what would be best? I've seen a few used ones in the area, I've been staying with Toro and Coleman for those as they seem the most popular on here, or I could go with some of the ones Sears has on sale new for $150-180.

We live near Annapolis MD, so we get anywhere from light dustings you could sweep up, to 6-8 in or so and multiple snowstorms, additionally we get all types from dry and fluffy to heavy and wet. Our driveway is about 10 feet wide and 87 feet long. My father has hearing damage in one ear so I was thinking electric unless it would be better to go with gas and get hearing pro. Thoughts? I'm hoping to make a decision in a couple days and get something by this Saturday. If used is suggested, what types of things should I look out for/ask? Thank you all so much for any input!

New Models:
Power Smart 5011 18-Inch 13 Amp Electric Snow Thrower
http://m.sears.com/power-smart-5011-...a=07122048000P

Pulsar 18" 13 Amp Electric Snow Blower
http://m.sears.com/pulsar-18inch-ele...p-07171577000P

All Power America 18" 13.5 Amp Electric Snowblower
http://m.sears.com/all-power-america...p-07191001000P

Used Models:
Toro Electric Power Curve 1600 "like new"

Toro CCR 2000 Power Curve 4.5hp "works perfectly" says it can handle 3' of snow

Also a listing for 7 throwers, some gas some electric, I need to call for info.
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get a two stroke toro ccr2000 or ccr3000
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hello stacey, welcome to SBF! look for a toro ccr 2450, 3600 or 3650 also

current machines
1-toro2450E-38419. 1-toro3000E-38435. 1-toro 3650E-38445
2-toro 521E-38052. 1-toro xl824pt 38086
1-.............,TORO XL 624ps..............
1-............, TORO XL 824ps..............
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Here you go. Better grab this one since it seems to be about the only one close to you.
Good machine. And no, its not mine.
Snapper Snow Blower

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And welcome to the forum.

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Sent from my wife's old Toshiba
Ariens 921001
Toro 38074- sold
Toro CCR 3650E-sold
Toro 5/21 sold
Ariens 5/22 ss
Ariens Sno Tek 7/24 sold.
Old green plastic snow shovel... Sent.to shovel Heaven
Old quarry shovel for ice.
New.green shovel
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New Models:
Power Smart 5011 18-Inch 13 Amp Electric Snow Thrower
http://m.sears.com/power-smart-5011-...a=07122048000P

Pulsar 18" 13 Amp Electric Snow Blower
http://m.sears.com/pulsar-18inch-ele...p-07171577000P

All Power America 18" 13.5 Amp Electric Snowblower
http://m.sears.com/all-power-america...p-07191001000P

Used Models:
Toro Electric Power Curve 1600 "like new"

Toro CCR 2000 Power Curve 4.5hp "works perfectly" says it can handle 3' of snow

Also a listing for 7 throwers, some gas some electric, I need to call for info.
Stacey,
I would *absolutely* avoid the first three new ones you linked.
they are all "no name" brands, almost certainty made in China, and are likely to be very low and junky quality.
the used Toros are MUCH better choices.

I agree with everyone else, for your climate, snowfalls and driveway, a Single-stage Toro is by far the best way to go. You dont need to look for anything else, and you cant do better for your needs...definitely the best choice.

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Hello and welcome to the forum Stacey. The models you listed are all electric and need extension cords which sometimes interfere with good and proper operation. If your dad's age is the determining factor for the electric models, you should consider a single stage gas motor WITH electric start. Newer models are four cycle motors and require plain gas to run. Older models are two cycle and require the proper amount of two cycle oil added to the gas to run. Good luck with your decision.

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Stacey mentioned used so I went to Annapolis cl and found the snapper. About the only one there with electric start.

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Toro 38074- sold
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hello stacey, welcome to SBF! look for a toro ccr 2450, 3600 or 3650 also
i agree with this. my neighbor has a toro 3650 and it works pretty good for moving most of the snow. it also has the electric start which would be nice if you need it. i find as long as the carbs are cleaned and you store them properly they start and run fine every year.

now i don't know much about electric blowers but the only one i have tried didn't seem to throw the snow very far. i would have to do 2 passes down 1 side of the driveway and then blow the rest of the snow into that area i cleaned and then blow it off the driveway.

arien 520 snow blower 6.5hp swap
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oh and if you look at a toro it should have 2000E, 2450E, 3000E, 3600E or 3650Eright on the front cover. early ones may have electric start spelled out on the front cover

current machines
1-toro2450E-38419. 1-toro3000E-38435. 1-toro 3650E-38445
2-toro 521E-38052. 1-toro xl824pt 38086
1-.............,TORO XL 624ps..............
1-............, TORO XL 824ps..............
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