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Help with new blower selection

Looking for a little further advice on a new snowblower - thanks to those that gave input in a prior thread. I was about set to go ahead and get the Ariens Platinum 24 SHO, but 2 different dealers in my area this weekend discouraged me from buying it saying it was overkill for my area unless I was doing commercial work. They would gladly sell it to me but said there was really no reason for me to spend that much. I appreciate their honesty if correct, but want to get the right blower.

Their suggestions were either the Ariens Deluxe 24 or Deluxe 28 SHO or the Toro 826 HD. The 28" is a little too wide for my comfort in maneuvering it in and out of the garage and around the cars - the 826 would be as big as I would go, so I'm down to the Deluxe 24 or the Toro .

I live in NJ, so I get more heavy wet snow with it seems one big storm the past several years. I have a 80' x 20' driveway and I'm on a corner, so I have about 250' of sidewalk plus another 100' or so of paver walkways. I want to be able to throw the wet snow off the driveway (which my old machine sometimes had trouble doing) and handle the plowed snow at the end of the driveway and on the sidewalks as the plows usually throw that crud up onto the sidewalk as well. I don't need to blast through it without even slowing down, but I would like to get through it without killing myself.

Any thoughts on whether the Deluxe 24 or Toro will be up to it? Or are the dealers all wet and I should go for the SHO anyway?
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Any of those machines would work. I am biased towards Ariens and if you like the extra oomph along with the bells and whistles (the Quick-Turn chute & heated grips) the Platinum 24 SHO is an excellent choice, usually with some good finance promos available. My area is far from the snowbelt but I like the assurance of not being underpowered for a formidable EOD plow pile, when that big storm hits and it will. That being said the Toro has an excellent chute control (Quick Stick), you may want to play with the Ariens Deluxe series over the dash manual chute crank before buying.

Ariens customer support is top notch. Best of luck on your search! let us know what you went with.

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You'll be glad you went with the Platinum 24 SHO when you get those unseasonably heavy and dense snowstorms which I have a feeling are going to occur more often.
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With what you wrote about the plows covering your sidewalks you would do well to consider a tracked model. Tracked machines have much less tendency to climb and they give better traction/directional stability to push through. That means less strain and fatigue for you.
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If you're not too bothered by spending the extra dough... go for it !
You'll soon forget about the money you spent on it and simply use & enjoy it.

I remember when i spent thousands more on a front end loader than I initially thought I would.
The first day I used it to move about 110,000 lbs of gravel, I was glad I spent the money and have had no regrets.
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Anyone with any thoughts on the Toro 826 HD? The engine size is about the same as the Deluxe 24, does Toro's anti-clog system allow it to work well in that EOD stuff? I don't mind spending the money on the SHO, but if I can save a few $$, then why not?
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If you're not too bothered by spending the extra dough... go for it !
You'll soon forget about the money you spent on it and simply use & enjoy it.

I remember when i spent thousands more on a front end loader than I initially thought I would.
The first day I used it to move about 110,000 lbs of gravel, I was glad I spent the money and have had no regrets.
MY god man that's a lot of gravel! Hopefully it wasn't a 1 series sub compact tractor.
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Anyone with any thoughts on the Toro 826 HD? The engine size is about the same as the Deluxe 24, does Toro's anti-clog system allow it to work well in that EOD stuff? I don't mind spending the money on the SHO, but if I can save a few $$, then why not?
Mine is a big bigger but the Toro anti-clog does work well, if it is slush at the EOD I just try to stop in some snow to clean out the slush but it has not clogged up on me yet. As long as one is blowing it will not clog up but the start up may be a different, and slush I am talking is 80% water spring after the grader goes by and is heaver than wet snow.

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Never experienced any clogging issues with my 28SHO.. too powerful to clog. And I ran it thru slush and wet heavy crap.
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Better overkill than underkill. I went with a platinum 24 sho in SE PA.
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