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1st Blower Purchase

Spent a few hours this weekend looking at snowblowers to get a feel for the controls and turning etc. Ran across one salesman at my local Home Depot who was very helpful. I am 55 years young and did find some to the 3 stage machines pretty heavy. That being said my driveway is sloped not terribly, can comfortably park 4 medium size cars. I do get plow buildup and the end of the driveway and can blow snow on each side. I looked at:

(1) Toro - mostly plastic components; not sure if this would last too many winters.

(2) Arien: good solid feel; metal throw chute would likely last much longer than the plastic ones.

(3) Sno-Tek: Made by Arien seemed like a decent start machine, not as solid as the regular Arien models.

(4) Club Cadet: This was the only 3 stage I looked at. Very solid machine; much heavier than the 2 cycle; seemed like a high end snow blower that you could use if you had a small snow clearing business for normal size driveways.

There are more brands out there but didnít have time to check those like Husqvarna; Honda; Craftsman; MTD; Murray, & Stanley. The salesman suggested I get the Sno-Tek 24 120V 6-Speed Electric Start Gas Snow Blower with 24-inch Clearing Width, Model # 920402. This was the cheapest one of them all, under $1k, he felt that this would work nicely for my needs but said a pair of chains would help as the wheels are smaller than the other models.

I did like the fell and layout of the Compact 24 2-Stage Electric Start Gas Snow Blower with 24-inch Clearing Width Model # 92002.

Looking for some advice or suggestions on what may work for my needs, in the end of course I will have to just bite the bullet and buy one but it may be helpful to get some input from experienced owners. No issue with paying between $900 - $1500 on a new machine. Thanks for any input and forgive the long post.
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Obviously I like Toro products but from ANY point of view those plastics are fine. They'll last as long as any metal. I have run blowers for decades and never have had a problem with ANY plastic part on any of my blowers. There will probably be others who will disagree. I know from personal experience. My blowers have hurled rocks, unknown objects and tons of ice chunks and never a problem.

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Reading between the lines here, sorry if I'm assuming too much.
There will be some who disagree with me but if you're a first time snowblower buyer forget about buying anything but an Ariens, a Toro or a Honda. Secondly the plastic on modern snowblowers is incredibly durable and makes them much lighter and easier to move around.
In my NOT so humble opinion the "3 stage" machines by Cub Cadet and Troybilt are just gimmicks. Also they are really made by a Company called MTD that makes all the old brand names in the same factory to different price points for the big box stores.
The new tires (see picture) in 15" and 16" sizes don't need chains unless your driveway is so steep it's hard to walk up in the summer. In that case you need a track drive machine.
Lastly if the only maintenance you want to do is check the oil and add gas I suggest you find a real Toro, Ariens or Honda dealer to buy and maintain your snowblower and it will probably outlive you!


PS: The new Husqvarna is a great machine too but the dealer network is a little thin in most places still if you have a local dealer by all means check them out.

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Where do you live ?
How much annual snow fall do you receive ?
Are there cars parked in the driveway you would have to maneuver around ?
I assume the driveway is paved ?

I'm not trying to talk you out of a new machine, but...

Are you willing to consider a used blower ? I do not mean a vintage 40+yo machine, but you could certainly find, for example, a nice hydrostatic driven Honda blower for 900-1500 or less.

I have no first hand experience with the new machines, others will be along shortly who do.

Good advice there Stromr !

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Where do you live ? Kingston, Ontario

How much annual snow fall do you receive ? 61 inches

Are there cars parked in the driveway you would have to maneuver around ? One side/half is open with the 2 cars parked on the other side one behind each other.

I assume the driveway is paved ? Yes

I have been checking in our local used sale ads for one but none so far.
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Thanks for the info on plastic materials, good to know for sure.
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"if you're a first time snowblower buyer forget about buying anything but an Ariens, a Toro or a Honda." Sounds like solid advice, will use this for sure when it comes time to buy.
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If you want to buy from Home Depot, then I think the Ariens Deluxe 30 would be your best bet. But I'd recommend visiting your local Ariens dealer before committing to purchase.
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I am a big Ariens fan and believe that you would be hard pressed to find a better or more powerful machine for $1500. than the Ariens Platinum 24 SHO. I attached a walkaround vid I did on my 2016 model (links under my signature). As you may have heard for the 2016-2017 Deluxe and Platinum models Ariens moved the axle closer to the bucket for better balance and in an effort to prevent any issues with their Auto Turn system. Ariens customer support is also top notch.

Best of luck on your search, let us know once you've decided. We all love photos/vids on this forum.

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The platinum 24 was where my search ended. In PA we get a lot of wet snow and I heard too many concerns about the hondas power. Nearly every other piece of equipment I have is Honda but I think they need larger engines on all their models. Their 24 inch should have the 270cc and go up from there. I think the platinum 24 sho is the best 24 inch out there followed by Honda and toro without even considering price

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