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New 24" TroyBuilt vs 1990s Ariens?

We went to Lowes the other day to buy some electrical supplies and I decided to stop and look at the huge line of Troybilt snowblowers as my brother in law had mentioned he was looking for something.

From a quick glance they appeared to be decent looking machines.

So, I'm curious, what differences are there between say my late 90s Ariens 8HP 24" machine and a new $500 Troybilt 24 machine? Last time I checked an Ariens like mine new was around $1200.

I put around 12 hours and $150 into my free Ariens so I'm happy either way. Just curious how it compares. I had previously told my brother in law to keep an eye out for a used good machine but now I'm wondering if that's a mistake?
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the difference between ariens and troybilt is quality which in my opinion troy bilt is lacking

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Simply there is no comparison, the Ariens is a much more quality built unit no ifs or buts. You telling your bro in law to look for a used Ariens or Toro is a much better choice than going with an MTD built unit. With any snow machines one has to treat it properly with oil changes and so forth normally as per the operators manual.

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I knew there had to be something different.
You almost always get what you pay for. What used brands are good to go after?

Sort of off topic, but my dad has an early 1990s White 30" with a 10" HSMK engine. What happened to White and were they any good? He still uses it constantly but it seems built quite a bit lighter in many ways than my Ariens especially the size of the auger shaft.

I've attached a pic of dad and the White when he ended up with too much snow for the plow.

EDIT : I believe the story was he was just about out of room for the plow on the sides and then had a pretty good storm. The driveway is 800 feet long and somewhat steep in areas.

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I knew there had to be something different.
You almost always get what you pay for. What used brands are good to go after?
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I would check the same brands as of today like Ariens and Toros but one would have to do his diligence at time of purchase since it could have been abused or neglected.

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if bying used i would rather put the money into a toro, ariens, or honda than most anything else. white is just an mtd with a different paint job. your dads machine seems to be very well cared for

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I was at Lowes last week getting SS hardware for my impeller mod and looked at the snowblowers out front. Every one of them had a substantial gap between the impeller and housing and would need the impeller mod.
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Right now, the difference is the Ariens is just a better machine. In 10 years, the difference will be that you'll still be able to get parts for the Ariens

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if bying used i would rather put the money into a toro, ariens, or honda than most anything else. white is just an mtd with a different paint job. your dads machine seems to be very well cared for
Simplicity's like the 860's are good too.

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Nothing but bad experience with Troy Built products. Sorry.
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