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Hello all,
I'd appreciate your feedback. I'm in the market for a new machine. I live just south of Buffalo, NY and we get snow ... lots of it.

I currently run a Ariens 824 sno-thro I bought in 02. I'm looking to upgrade in size and power but because of my garage limits I can't go over 28 inches. I am also researching for a cousin who is in the market for a 24-28 incher.

I posted something similar in November but decided to keep my old girl for the season. At that time I had settled on another Ariens machine. I've owned two and they've been warriors. I've eliminated Ariens from my choices based solely on the terrible, terrible service I've received in Orchard Park. They are the biggest reason I'm in the market.

So that's the background ... Here's the question:

What do I buy ?
I am open to all suggestions.
My driveway is about 80 feet and curvy.
As i said, it's Buffalo and we do get snow. We had 88 inches in a 48 hour span this year. (google lake effect ... it sucks)
I'm the last house on the plow run so the approach gets thick and heavy
I need enough horse to move heavy stuff and no bigger than a 28 inch cut.

My leader so far is the Honda HS928TAS or HS928WA

My cousin is looking at the Simplicity Signature Pro 24, 305 cc


Any thought, feedback or other suggestions ? The honda is a lot more money ... which is why I'm here.


Thanks in advance !
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the hs928tas is the machine i would choose, they are extremely reliable
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You said that your drive is curvy, is there a lot of elevation change? If not, you may consider sticking with wheels, and save some coin.

There are not many Simplicity owners, but the few that there have been seemed to be happy.

Personally, I have never seen a Simplicity up close, so I can not speak to that choice. But either one seems to be a decent candidate.

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Too bad it's hard (or now impossible) to find another of these Ariens Deluxe 28's with the big 414cc motor. Perfect choice for your area!

You can get pretty close with an Ariens Deluxe 28 with the smaller 15tq 306cc motor or get a little spendy for the Pro 28 with the 420cc B&S motor.

So why aren't the Ariens choices on your short list? Something go wrong?

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Hello all,
I'd appreciate your feedback. I'm in the market for a new machine. I live just south of Buffalo, NY and we get snow ... lots of it.

I currently run a Ariens 824 sno-thro I bought in 02. I'm looking to upgrade in size and power but because of my garage limits I can't go over 28 inches. I am also researching for a cousin who is in the market for a 24-28 incher.

I posted something similar in November but decided to keep my old girl for the season. At that time I had settled on another Ariens machine. I've owned two and they've been warriors. I've eliminated Ariens from my choices based solely on the terrible, terrible service I've received in Orchard Park. They are the biggest reason I'm in the market.

So that's the background ... Here's the question:

What do I buy ?
I am open to all suggestions.
My driveway is about 80 feet and curvy.
As i said, it's Buffalo and we do get snow. We had 88 inches in a 48 hour span this year. (google lake effect ... it sucks)
I'm the last house on the plow run so the approach gets thick and heavy
I need enough horse to move heavy stuff and no bigger than a 28 inch cut.

My leader so far is the Honda HS928TAS or HS928WA

My cousin is looking at the Simplicity Signature Pro 24, 305 cc


Any thought, feedback or other suggestions ? The honda is a lot more money ... which is why I'm here.


Thanks in advance !
If your looking at the Honda's........go with the HS928WA...you don't need the electric start, they start with less then 1 pull of the cord and that's even easy...no problem for a 69 year old. I can not believe how much snow my machine throws..mine is more CC's then the 9, but from what I've seen on this forum........your going to be very happy with the Honda
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I agree with Roy , get a Honda, excellent power and super reliable.
and becuase you have a curvy driveway get the wheeled.
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Both machines are really nice, but my vote goes to the Honda because the engine is a cut above in design and quality I believe. I would not say that you would go wrong with either.. wish I had a nice long driveway to justify owning one. ;-)

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So I get asked often what machine I would recommend to buy. The top 4 manufactures in my opinion are Ariens, Simplicity, Honda and Yamaha. Honda's are fantastic in all regards but most people can't justify the added cost. And if you think Honda's are pricey, go check out a Yamaha. Yamaha's are not sold in the states thought. You would need get one in Canada. So the popular options are an Ariens or Simplicity. To bad you eliminated Ariens. The Pro 28 is an absolute BEAST and is probably the best and most powerful all around machine I've ever used. The auto turn makes it so nimble without any gimmicky triggers. And it throws snow with vicious velocity.

So for a 28in machine go with the Honda HS928 or Ariens Pro28.

For the 24in, go with the Honda HS724 or Simplicity Signature Pro 1524

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I would not forget Toro in that list.

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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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Some other priorities to consider

I had a couple of (used) Honda Civics a number of years ago. Now I have a (used) Odyssey. I have been pleased, even impressed with Hondas. and started saying way back when I first went Honda- "You can never go wrong with a Honda, other than to overpay." Honda blowers are well built and well designed machines (though quite steeply priced). Much of the other stuff available in America has gotten more and more cheaply built.

How important is cost to you, relative to quality? Are you looking at only new machines, or would you consider used? Are you handy, or would you prefer not to be bothered? In addition to the info you provided, those questions would seem like a good place to start as you go thru the evaluation and decision process..

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