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Talking Looking recommendations for SnowBlower "virgin"

Ok that didn't sound right
Anyway, I recently moved to Warwick, NY and it gets pretty snowy down here in the winter. This is going to be my first winter in my first house. I have pretty long asphalt drive-way (125-150ft). We had bad snow storm already on Thanksgiving (about 2 feet) and although I'm pretty young and strong guy, I realized that shoveling is just not going to cut it (spent about 4 hours doing that). So I'm looking to purchase my first snowblower. Been reading various guides, and while I know that I need at least 2 stage gas model, I'm a bit confused about width and other features. I can't spend more than $1K, and really really would like to get one under $800. I also have 10% off at Lowes so I'd prefer to shop there (they carry mostly Troy Built and Husquarna).
So having said all that, would someone recommend me what to go for? Is width really that important? I don't mind spending about an hour behind blower... But price difference between just few inches is crazy...
I also would like blower to handle wet snow, and obviously something that lasts long time. Don't care about hand warmers or power steering (or should I?) Anything else I need to know? Any advise will be appreciated!

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look for a toro, ariens, or honda in your price range

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Welcome to a great site. I'm in Sussex County NJ so I get similar snow falls as you do. If you're mechanically inclined and have the time and the facility to refurbish old snow blower's this is the site. I enjoy OPE equipment but didn't have the time or the facility. So while I was employed at Lowe's I purchased a Troy-Bilt Storm 2410. This is my first snow blower in 60 years. I have a 42' L X 19' W drive way and got tired of shoveling it. It fit my budget and requirements. For the Thanksgiving wet snow fall it performed well. I added the larger Amor Skids and it works great on my hilly, ruddy, gravel driveway. You will meet a lot of good people here. Enjoy!

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My purchase was based on need and price. I'm leaving NJ and heading to warmer snow free climates within the next 4 years so I didn't need a 50 year lasting machine . I maintain all my equipment and my vehicles so I expect this snow blower to last and work correctly till I sell it and then beyond .

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look for a toro, ariens, or honda in your price range
I up grade to a 1128 Toro from a 8 hp Craftsman and a huge difference in wet heavy snow I am sure a 8 or 9 HP machine form one of the good big 3 would work for you the best.
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Thanks guys! I think Toro is a lot out of my price range, Ariens looks good tho. My Lowes doesn't carry any of those tho, what about Husquarna?
I'm not that mechanically inclined unfortunately (I can build you custom microcontroller powered device, but I can't do much other than change oil so used is probably not for me...

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Ok Ariens, seems very nice, but it's gone form all local stores I'm now narrowed down to either Husqvarna 254cc 27-in (961930097) or Toro Power Max 826 OE 26 in. There are very few reviews on Huskey so I'm a little worried about it.
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1k would probably get you a new toro 826 or something simular but what you buy is totally up to you

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Welcome Bratan
I'm confused... You can't afford a Toro but you can afford an Ariens? They're both up there in price. Is there that much difference?
If you're at all mechanically adept you should buy a used two stage machine. Look at C'list and see what's there. I and lots of other guys on here buy them and flip them all the time.

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I'm confused... You can't afford a Toro but you can afford an Ariens? They're both up there in price. Is there that much difference?
If you're at all mechanically adept you should buy a used two stage machine. Look at C'list and see what's there. I and lots of other guys on here buy them and flip them all the time.
Sorry I was replying to Hanky's suggestion about 1128 Toro. Then I realized that HD carries cheaper version (826). I'm leaning toward it, since it $900
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