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Buying first snowblower

Well, I'm 100% buying a snowblower. I spent 3 hours with my girlfriend shovelling my 6 car driveway yesterday and Only had 2/3 of it done when i decided that was enough of that for the night.

From talking to neighbours and looking online it seems ariens and toro are great worry free units. So I've been drawn toward the toro 826OE model for some reason, I like that it has stronger gears so less shear pins if any are needed.

Power Max 826 OE 26 inch. Two-stage Electric Start Gas Snow Blower Home Depot Canada

Any opinions from you guys would be great as I still haven't bought one but will very shortly. Oh, we normally get 12" of snow, it can be wet, my driveway is basically flat and is newly paved.

I've been told the newer toro units use a plastic impeller. Do they seem to hold up?

My neighbour has an ariens 921024 model and it does fantastic in our shared driveway. 2/3 of it is mine and 1/3 his. I'm torn on which brand to get. I hear good and bad about both, I just know it has to last a long time because I don't feel like buying one every 5 years.

One nice thing is toro uses a Briggs and Stratton engine while ariens has gone to their own AX series of engines. Whether or not that's of benefit I'm not sure yet. Also the ariens with the AX254 engine puts out 12.5ft.lbs. haven't been able to find what the toro unit puts out yet.

I'm not set on that specific ariens unit, just an easy one to compare to because my neighbour owns one.
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You wrote a novel and no where did you say a simple greeting

Just saying is all.

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Briggs and Stratton are made in china. I don't think they are what they used to be. Personally I would choose the Honda,it's a bit more $$ but worth it in the long run. If you take good care of a Honda it should last a good 20yrs.
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hello money man, welcome to SBF!! toro does not use a plastic impeller, the chute and acs are plastic though

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1-toro2450E-38419. 1-toro3000E-38435. 1-toro 3650E-38445
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1-.............,TORO XL 624ps..............
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Sorry joee5, guess that would've been a good way to start.
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Is there a good Honda snowblower I can get for under $1500cad? I've seen a lot of them in different stores but they're all $2499+ tax.
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Is there a good Honda snowblower I can get for under $1500cad? I've seen a lot of them in different stores but they're all $2499+ tax.
what model is the honda

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1-toro2450E-38419. 1-toro3000E-38435. 1-toro 3650E-38445
2-toro 521E-38052. 1-toro xl824pt 38086
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1-............, TORO XL 824ps..............
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Welcome to the forum

Now on your question, there's far more than just that. First off, I'm assuming you're looking at new but have you thought about used? There are some really good machines that can be had for less than new and likely will last longer than many of those shiny new machines. If you're mechanically inclined, have some tools and time, it's definitely worth considering. My machines are around 40+ years and still going strong.
If you're looking new only, then you're in the right area to ask along with neighbors. One suggestion for new is look through dealers. They supply support and can insure a machine is right.
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what blower?

Get a Honda , they last forever and are extremely reliable. Mine starts first pull every time.

Whatever you do do not go to Home depot or any other big box store.
If you need to get it serviced they just send it out to get done.
What model of Honda? that depends on where you live. I have a Honda HS828 track drive , but I live in the snow belt.
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Is there a good Honda snowblower I can get for under $1500cad? I've seen a lot of them in different stores but they're all $2499+ tax.
For that budget I would go with the Ariens Deluxe 28....

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