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post #1 of 32 Old 02-16-2015, 09:28 PM Thread Starter
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Decisions!

Hello all. My old craftsman snowblower just blew the engine. I am going out tomorrow to buy a snowblower.
Price is not really an issue.
We just had the biggest snowfall I have ever seen in my 47 years on the planet LOL!
I am looking at the Honda, Husqvarna and the Arien top end 2 stage snowblowers.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated
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Well, I can speak for Honda's, and believe that they make a fine machine, pricey, but fine.

With regards to Ariens, there is a large loyal following here, and many are quite content.

The Husqvarna's are not as plentiful, and folks are kind of split on them.

Have you considered Toro, and have you looked into the dealer support for any of the brands?

And have you considered a predator transplant for your old machine? Then you could have a back up, or something that could resolve your problem.

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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.
Yamaha YS 240 TB "Ricky" latest Craigslist find- on the bench now.

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I drool over the Honda and I do like the Ariens quite a bit, but I personally don't care for the other choice too much from what I have seen, that said I have not looked at the hi end machines and would like to know more. I'll still vote Honda for what it's worth. Or Yamaha of course... LOVE those but depending on your location (??) they may be easy (Canada) or tough to find.

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Thanks for the fast reply. I live on the East Coast of Canada - Prince Edward Island. We just received 80cm of snow with 13 foot drifts!
My driveway and street are not passable. In fact the whole city is shut down.
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My heavily biased opinion after owning a Husqvarna for 4 years....Ariens Pro or go home.

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Welcome to the forum'from the Keystomne Stat. Hope you are happy with whatever machine you choose...

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My heavily biased opinion after owning a Husqvarna for 4 years....Ariens Pro or go home.
I watched a couple vids on Youtube of Yamahas in action and it has had an influence on my thoughts. They are lucky in Canada to have the option, if they have the money. Nothing at all against Ariens, they are great machines but after seeing those Yamy's I'm hooked even though I have no need for that capable of a machine with my size yard.

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i would go for the hs928 or hs1332
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Ariens is the best for the money.Hondas are great but very pricey.Buy from a local dealer if you can.
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You have some great choices. But I just can't see why Ariens hadn't updated their control to rotate the chute. That alone keeps me away. I love my 26" Toro with the Quickstick.
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