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My Yard Machines couldn't handle the wet heavy snow. RIP

My 13 year old 22 inch, 5hp yard machine kept stalling and could only throw the slushy wet snow 3 feet. As I watched my neighbor with his Ariens deluxe 27 with 10.5 hp throw the snow a good 20 feet, my machine was stalled out and could not start. I did not give up hope. As I pulled the recoil to get it started, the pull cord broke. I may keep this machine as a project to fix the pull cord and replace the auger belts, However, I am absolutely getting a new machine. so I am looking for opinions on the best machine under and up to $1500.

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You'll have a nice blower if you spend that much. Ariens or Toro are your best choices. Read Scot's page on blowers here https://www.snowblowerforum.com/forum...ade-china.html
Lots of people prefer to buy locally from a dealer so they have support in case of problems. Also if you're not mechanically adept the dealer will have it set up properly. Big box stores seem to have better prices bit not always. It pays to do your homework before buying. One other thing to consider is do you need that much blower? Consider driveway/sidewalk size and snow placement before buying. Also consider the EOD situation. If your driveway is one car wide and 50' long you'd have overkill buying a big machine. Do your homework and ask us questions.
Finally, if you know what to look for you can get a really good deal from craigslist. Happy shopping!

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I just finished cleaning the slushy wet snow we had and was very happy with the performance of my Ariens 921038 Platinum SHO 24"
You can use a higher gear and pack the heavy snow/water in and throw it farther and the engine power is great

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Something else comes to mind. You can buy online from a dealer and get a good price bit then again things don't always go as hoped for. Read forum member vento's tale of woe here https://www.snowblowerforum.com/forum...308-no-go.html
Again, it pays to do you homework. Watch this vid from doneyboy73.
it has a wealth of info.
So, you've'got a bunch of info here. Others may chime in and add to what I've'given you.

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Lastly you can always' try'this modification. Trust me if you install it properly it does a fantastic job in improving blower performance. SNOWBLOWER IMPELLER KIT

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...I am looking for opinions on the best machine under and up to $1500.
Here's another angle: I don't know where you live, but around here $1500 would get you a nice older more powerful used machine on Craigslist, another nice older more powerful used machine as a spare, and you'd still have $500+ left in your pocket for beer money!

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My 13 year old 22 inch, 5hp yard machine kept stalling and could only throw the slushy wet snow 3 feet. As I watched my neighbor with his Ariens deluxe 27 with 10.5 hp throw the snow a good 20 feet, my machine was stalled out and could not start. I did not give up hope. As I pulled the recoil to get it started, the pull cord broke. I may keep this machine as a project to fix the pull cord and replace the auger belts, However, I am absolutely getting a new machine. so I am looking for opinions on the best machine under and up to $1500.

Thanks in advance,

Yard Man
the snow ice slush sleet we got last night, IMHO, you don't use a snowblower on that. you use a plow.

I plowed it out of the way today with the 16HP Briggs powered tractor. it was like plowing concrete and it even hardened like concrete where the plow left it.
snowblowers were never designed to throw heavy wet slush, they'll do it but none of them will go it as well as a plow.

buy a tractor for those occasions, use it to cut the grass, then when you get a slush sleet mix like we got last night, bolt the plow on and go.




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My 13 year old 22 inch, 5hp yard machine kept stalling and could only throw the slushy wet snow 3 feet. As I watched my neighbor with his Ariens deluxe 27 with 10.5 hp throw the snow a good 20 feet, my machine was stalled out and could not start. I did not give up hope. As I pulled the recoil to get it started, the pull cord broke. I may keep this machine as a project to fix the pull cord and replace the auger belts, However, I am absolutely getting a new machine. so I am looking for opinions on the best machine under and up to $1500.

Thanks in advance,

Yard Man
Hey.. That's exactly what happened to mine too... Only choice is to use the electric start.

I will replace the cord in the recoil starter this summer and rebuild the machine for my dad. Sounds like your machine needs a impeller clearance kit so that it can throw the wet snow/sludh. I will do this to mine too.

As I suggested in your other thread, based on your budget I would consider Ariens Deluxe 24, Deluxe 28, Platinum 30 or Platinum 24 SHO.

All are at different price points, but within your $1500 budget. You would need to decide if the bigger size or extra power is worth it for you.

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Yeah, I am frustrated. Maybe some of those other machines are overkill. All of you bring up really good points. The best point is that snowblower were not designed to move this slush. Ariens 24 deluxe would probably do the trick for me. I am having a hard time finding good pricing for the 24 deluxe. Ariens does not put MSRP on its website. Any thoughts on a good price range for the Ariens deluxe 24?
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i used the 2450E on the snow / ice mix yesterday, no clogging and i can see pavement

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