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What is your favorite snowblower control design and why

Mine is the Unitrol by Gilson. It allows very quick shifts between forward and reverse, this saves me lots of time when nibbling at the corners of street plow piles. Sadly my Gilson sits engineless right now, turns out a Tecumseh HM100 is too long shaft to pull starter to fit on without moving the handles.

By comparison, my Ariens 1032 is a lot slower changing directions.
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Three words.....Honda Hydrostatic Transmission

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My Honda HS828 TD Hydrostatic controls is awesome. It fluidly moves between forward and reverse.
Hydrostatic is the way to go, not sure if other models have hydraulic
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Small electric blowers have the best controls, no clutches, just on/off and chute control, you can "one hand" it everywhere, very maneuverable.
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MTD....2 stage(modern 8.5 HP) not my favorite
Honda HS622 TA-B - acquired at an auction- nice machine for it's size.
Toro S-140- Picked it up on trash day... it runs, sort of.
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YEAHHHHHHHHHHHHHH that way you would never have to leave the sofa there. BROTHER DB.

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YEAHHHHHHHHHHHHHH that way you would never have to leave the sofa there. BROTHER DB.
And if you cannot fit a remote, wife?

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And if you cannot fit a remote, wife?
Id rather save my wife for other things than snow blowing

I'd say there is a blend of favorite controls for me.

I love the Hydrostatic transmission on my Honda. I love the chute control for my Toro PowerMax HD... Joystick control that is really easy to move and to quickly change directions and chute pitch.

Honda is all being simple and I think that is great, but a joystick control would really make it a lot easier for me and I bet taller guys out there.
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And if you cannot fit a remote, wife?
YEAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH That might work also.:roll eyes::roll eyes:

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Mine is the Unitrol by Gilson. It allows very quick shifts between forward and reverse, this saves me lots of time when nibbling at the corners of street plow piles. Sadly my Gilson sits engineless right now, turns out a Tecumseh HM100 is too long shaft to pull starter to fit on without moving the handles.

By comparison, my Ariens 1032 is a lot slower changing directions.
I'll second that. if the unitrol is adjusted correctly, it's nice to just shift on the fly and pull the engagement lever and go. I actually got a few gears today on my Unitrol upshifting like a car, with the machine in constant motion. the only downside is, having to constantly hold down the engagement lever while moving the machine, that hand gets cold and numb quickly in the colder weather

the hardest type to use, are the old style that the operator must RELEASE the clutch like a motorcycle, to engage it and go. the AMF Dynamark is a bear in this respect. my 2 Ariens machines are difficult to shift, the shifter gets stuck, but it still works. the types with only ONE engagement clutch for both augers and drive wheels. just to move it around in the spring or summer, the augers have to be turning all the time. are tricky sometimes, you forget the augers are turning.

I'd prefer 2 separate engagements for drive wheels and augers.




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