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Not trying to start anythng but...

I am in need of an excellent single stage machine to supplement my big Ariens.
What's the best new or used single stage snowblower out there. While I know single stage units are generally on the small side I have a lot of area to clear so size matters.
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what ever your pocket book allows you.

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or get what ever kind you want they only do one thing anyway.

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or get what ever kind you want they only do one thing anyway.
if that were the case this forum wouldn't be of much value.
Anybody else, someone with a thoughtful opinion?
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Just like the 2 stager's, I would stay away from the MTD family.

Toro has the most history of making them, in my opinion. 15 years ago I had a Toro S200. Good little machine.

This past spring I picked up an Ariens Path Pro, and so far so good with that one. JRHAWK9 did a video of his Path Pro.

Superedge88 posted a video of his Honda SS, and that did a good job as well.

I would say if you stick with any of these 3 you will be ok.

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Just like the 2 stager's, I would stay away from the MTD family.

Toro has the most history of making them, in my opinion. 15 years ago I had a Toro S200. Good little machine.

This past spring I picked up an Ariens Path Pro, and so far so good with that one. JRHAWK9 did a video of his Path Pro.

Superedge88 posted a video of his Honda SS, and that did a good job as well.

I would say if you stick with any of these 3 you will be ok.
Thanks, I saw the impressive video that Superedge88 posted and checked out the literature on the Toro but I hadn't heard anything about the Path Pro.
Are the newer machines built as well as some of the older machines or is new the way to go? Are any of the new machines 2 cycle?
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I agree- bigger single Toro.. or Honda I never owed a single Honda but see they have good following. I'd go 5hp+ if was me (but then I'm 'strange' so..) I had a single Ariens and to be honest was glad to get rid of it. It was ok but other two mentioned bit better in my opinion. No real experience with any except Ariens. Others I just did tune-ups on.

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I've never had/used a new single-stage paddle machines however I have an OOOOOLD single stage sears (3.5hp 4-stroke 20") that thinks it's a 2-stage. It's self propelled by a chain-driven axle... as opposed to the paddles pulling it along.

It actually throws pretty well. During big storms, you have to stay on top it...10" seems to be the limit.

cool little machine and VERY maneuverable. The only downside is that parts can be tough to come by.


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Thanks, I saw the impressive video that Superedge88 posted and checked out the literature on the Toro but I hadn't heard anything about the Path Pro.
Are the newer machines built as well as some of the older machines or is new the way to go? Are any of the new machines 2 cycle?
I don't have any knowledge, or experience, on the older Ariens SS. I don't see alot of them on my local CL (not sure of that is a good sign or not) The Path Pro's are 4 cycle, which was one of the main draws for me. I'm not a big fan of mixing oil/gas.

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