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To all mtd owners?

20 YEARS AGO I SOLD MY WHITE(MTD) SNOWBLOWER TO A GOOD FRIEND THAT LIVES NEAR CLEVAND OHIO BY LAKE ERIE AND IT GETS PLENTY OF USE AND TO THIS DAY HE STILL HAS NOT HAD ONE ISSUE AT ALL.People like to bash MTD and that snowblower is as good as anything out there.So please let all the bashing go in one ear and out the other ear and enjoy your MTD'S
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I think most of the bashing is with the newer MTD's made in the last few years. Mine is going into it's 23 year and while it is a little under powered with the 5hp tec it's been good to me.

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^^Ditto. My circa 1988 Craftsman is an MTD and is pretty solid and well built but the new MTD products are no longer built to the same spec. Not that with typical homeowner use you can't use them and keep them going but not built to last like they once were.
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Maybe the 20 or 30 year old ones were good machines. Most of the bashing is about the newer ones. Sears was great company in the old days. How many people will agree about the new company?
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I just took in trade a 2005 Yardman (MTD) with a 9 hp Tech and 26 inch bucket. This machine has had absolutely no maintence since new....not even oil change. the skids were worn out the scraper was gone, and the paint was flaking. That said, with an oil change, new scraper and skids, transmission lube and adjustment and some paint on the bucket, its ready to go back to work and looks great. 13 years of snow clearing a 50 ft by 15 ft drive in New England and no input but gas. Are they my favorite? no...but they do the job and for cheap money....that's why they sell so many.
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They are Fairly Decent Machines, and Easy to Work on. The Weak Spot is Lack of Steel in the Auger Housing, Notably in the Shoe Area. When you Tip One into Service Position, the Weak Steel Bends. And the Auger Cables Break. I used an 8-26 for about 15 Seasons with No Problems.
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There's nothing wrong with MTD, new, old, or otherwise. Yeah, the metal is a little thinner, maybe they use sleeve instead of ball bearings on the auger, whatever, but for the money, they do what they have to do for the money people will pay. You can pick up a brand new MTD for $600. Try to get a used (fill in the blank with favorite brand) for that.

It's like anything else in life, clothes, cars, tools, whatever, having what is considered a "status symbol" makes people feel better about themselves. It's alright, it does get annoying when it gets to a religious pitch. I like to needle those people, it's fun.
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Is Murray MTD?
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Yes

Yes it is

(Moderator edit: no it isnt. see post #12 and #14. - Scot)

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There's nothing wrong with MTD, new, old, or otherwise. Yeah, the metal is a little thinner, maybe they use sleeve instead of ball bearings on the auger, whatever, but for the money, they do what they have to do for the money people will pay. You can pick up a brand new MTD for $600. Try to get a used (fill in the blank with favorite brand) for that.

It's like anything else in life, clothes, cars, tools, whatever, having what is considered a "status symbol" makes people feel better about themselves. It's alright, it does get annoying when it gets to a religious pitch. I like to needle those people, it's fun.
I hear you, the extent that some are so emotionally invested in their brand is surprising. To the point that they will make personal attcks and contradict their own prior posts to defend the label. Thankfully it's only one or two I could say I've seen (really one) in my limited time here and all in all it's great to have the knowledge base here.

And I agree about MTD but only to a point. My MTD (Troy Bilt) Lawn Tractor/Mower runs and cuts pretty good and has some cool looking plastic cladding and big tires to make it look beefy and tough but things they will expect plastic to do is unbelievable.

The metal is thin and the design is sometimes downright awful. Ex. the blade brakes are almost new on one side because the pad doesn't actually hit the braking surface. Never could and never will because it can't be adjusted. So it's slowly grinding the metal. Now I turn the rpms down as low as possible before disengaging the blades to minimize the damage but sheesh. I could go on.

So it's not for status that I generally avoid the brand for new purchases. And they sell all kinds of snow blades and other attachments that the little CVT trans and trans axle could never withstand.

But you're right they have their place. Anyways rant over. They do make for good stream of curbside finds if you can do you're own repairs and maybe a little re-engineering. Ask my backpack blower.
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