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Please help a lady choose a Snowblower

I am a first time buyer of a snowblower and would love some recommendations. I live in an area that gets lots of snow and have a long wide circular driveway. I would like one that is easy to use, not hard to push or requires too much tinkering with.

I've done some research and wondered what your thoughts might be on the following blowers.
Ariens deluxe 28 (921030) (Dealer)
Troy Built 26" 3 stage 357 cc (Canadian Tire)
Toro Powermax 1028 (Dealer)

I would love one that requires minimal maintenance and that is easy to use.
Do you think any one of these fits the bill? Do you have any other recommendations?

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Get one from a dealer. If you ever have to have it fixed you will have a place to get it done. Either Ariens or Toro have good machines. Roger
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Hi Von, welcome to the forum. I suggest you buy from a dealer and go to the dealers and kick some tires. You must be from my favorite neighboring country,
Canada, since you mentioned Canadian Tire. Not sure about the pricing where
you live, in the states the Toro 1028 is several hundred dollars more than the Ariens Deluxe series model you mentioned.
The Toro 1028 Powermax is one nice machine. If you are looking to spend that much on the Toro also look at the Ariens Platinum series. As a first time buyer
I can't stress enough about going to look in person, move the controls and see
how it feels behind the controls of each machine.
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Welcome from the Keystone state.
If I were looking to purchase it would be either the Toro or the Ariens. JMHO

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Another vote for dealer. They will explain how to use it, maintain it, and it will be assembled properly. Partial to Ariens myself.

A lady friend of mine just bought a Path Pro single stage. Still waiting for snow, so no feedback yet. The single stage are really easy to maneuver, just not sure if it would enough for the snow fall in your area. Your dealer would be best to answer that.

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Hi Von,
Welcome to the forum.

One thing I would like to ask is have you seen these machines in person? They are excellent snow removal tools (I vote Ariens or Toro) but they are also pretty good sized. They are big and heavy and while they are not overly cumbersome, they can require quite a bit of wrestling around. Just make sure before you purchase you spend a bit of time standing behind the machine and find out if you are comfortable with it.
I have an Ariens 28 Deluxe and I know for a fact that my wife cannot operate it. We are in our 50's and she is very small and petite.

Remember, you are making a big investment that will last you many years. Think a decade or more into the future when making your decision.

Good luck with your search!
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If the 28"'s do prove bulky then look at one of my favorites, the Ariens Platinum 24" SHO.
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Hi Von,
Welcome to the forum.

One thing I would like to ask is have you seen these machines in person? They are excellent snow removal tools (I vote Ariens or Toro) but they are also pretty good sized. They are big and heavy and while they are not overly cumbersome, they can require quite a bit of wrestling around. Just make sure before you purchase you spend a bit of time standing behind the machine and find out if you are comfortable with it.
I have an Ariens 28 Deluxe and I know for a fact that my wife cannot operate it. We are in our 50's and she is very small and petite.

Remember, you are making a big investment that will last you many years. Think a decade or more into the future when making your decision.

Good luck with your search!
Excellent advice in my view.
You may not need such a large machine. A 24" machine may suit your needs unless you have a very large area to clear. I bought too big and now regret it... but I'm stuck.
Go look at some machines, talk to knowledgeable sales folks, kick the tires, then decide.
Remember, we don't get younger and stronger.
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Von,
I will repeat what everyone else has said, because I agree with them!

Look at a Toro or Ariens..forget the Troy-Bilt.
The Troy-Bilt is made by MTD, which has a lower quality and reliability reputation
than Toro or Ariens..also avoid Cub Cadet, Craftsman, and basically ANY Big-Box model except Ariens or Toro..and, go with a dealer!

The Toro or the Ariens you listed will be excellent choices!
now you need to determine the size and features that will be best for you..
where are you located? just a city and province is fine..

Two factors are the most important in deciding on what size of snowblower to get:
1. native snowfall amount.
2. how much area you have to clear.

Scot


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