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Home Depot and Lowes -- No snowblowers mid February

I stopped by my local Lowes and Home Depot here in southeastern Michigan today for some other items and thought I would look at snow blowers. Well, there were none to be found. There were plenty of shiney new mowers and garden tools buy no snow blowers. Lowes had a few snow shovels. I know they get the next season's goods in the stores early but geeze, maybe a snow blower or two would be nice. Maybe they shipped all the snow blowers to Boston.

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My local big box stores have started just buying small batches of snowblowers throughout the winter. When the batch sells out, then they order another batch.

Looks like they got tired of having a sea of blowers left at the end of the season that they had to clear out at 50% (or more!) discount

The thing I dont get is that every year without fail there are people waiting for snowblowers. You would figure at some point everyone would have had one from the LAST season!
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Lowe's in my area had rows of blowers for a few months. We were threatened with the possibility of 5"-8" of snow a few weeks back. There was not a snowblower to be found after that. Went to Lowe's again this past Monday and they had piles of them chained up outside. All new and shiny.

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The thing I dont get is that every year without fail there are people waiting for snowblowers. You would figure at some point everyone would have had one from the LAST season!
I suppose there are always new homeowners, people replacing old snowblowers, or people who finally get sick of shoveling and give in to the snowblower; the last group is the the one that asks themselves why on earth they waited so long.
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And then when it only snows one or two times a year they ask themselves why they bothered to get them
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One of the great unsolved mysteries. Every time there's a threat of snow, there's a mad rush for milk, bread, ice melt, shovels, and snow blowers. I understand the chaos behind milk, bread, and ice melt. But what the heck are these people doing with their shovels and snow blowers that require frequent replacement???? I still have the same plastic scoop/wooden handle snow shovel I purchased in 1997. I don't get it???

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One of the great unsolved mysteries. Every time there's a threat of snow, there's a mad rush for milk, bread, ice melt, shovels, and snow blowers. I understand the chaos behind milk, bread, and ice melt. But what the heck are these people doing with their shovels and snow blowers that require frequent replacement???? I still have the same plastic scoop/wooden handle snow shovel I purchased in 1997. I don't get it???
They keep running their shovels over with their snowblowers and rendering both useless.

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They keep running their shovels over with their snowblowers and rendering both useless.

The only thing I have ever run over with my blower is a garden hose. Got it wrapped around the auger. Thank god for a small pocket knife my neighbor carries with him. Removed the hose, replaced the broken shear pin, and was running again.
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I purchased two take off engines from brand new 418er single stages and some chute parts from a guy in Tennessee that bought a pallet of single stage and two stage Toros because the models changed numbers and some changed to slightly bigger engines.

So rather than ship the units from southern states north and sell them it is easier to just throw them on pallets and send to auction as a write off. The guy had already disassembled and was in process of parting them all out. I told him next time if he finds another such auction to join this forum first and give people here a shot at them before taking them apart and giving ebay a load of money in commission.

It baffles me how some of the big box stores handle things.
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They're all sold out in the Boston area as far as I know..Dealer AND BB.

Why buy from big box when dealers have the same models for the same price? At a dealer, they're assembled by a professional + after the sale service is much better as dealers give the the machines they sell priority on service as far as I've heard.
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