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New guy from MN looking for advice

I have a good size driveway and looking for a 2 stage blower. I would like to find a deal used so I've been looking through craigslist and prices are all over the place. I dont want to buy junk obviously, is there any brand/motor I should be looking for or staying away from?

Or if I go new any recommendations? I dont want to spend a fortune but dont like wasting my money on junk either.

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My order - Simplicity, the Pro series is really good but any is fine; then Toro; then Ariens, Ariens made some John Deeres, the D series, which is fine. Honda is great but expensive, even used, however many models are obsolete for parts.

BUT even "junk" MTDs can last and do the job. I have many Murray made machines which includes Murray, Dynamark, some Craftsman, Noma, John Deere TRX models, Murray are fine though some on here will strongly disagree.

You don't want plastic rims, you prefer to have an OHV engine. Longer chutes will throw the snow further.

1986 Ariens ST522, 5hp, 22"
1995 Murray Craftsman 10hp, 29" w. 12" impeller
A 1983 Real John Deere 10hp, 32" w. 12" impeller, 16" auger, 20" high front, cast iron gear box, chains
Noma 9hp, 27" w. 12" impeller
Noma 5hp, 24" w. 12" impeller, 20" high front
Gravely Convertible, 12hp Kohler cast iron, 26" width, 600 lbs of cast iron & steel, 2 speed impeller, 4 ground speeds
Dynamark 8hp, 26", 12" impeller, for sale
Several other 5hp, 8hp, several 2 cycle, all for sale
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Older machines are fine, but you do need to pay attention to the overall condition as to how it has been taken care of.


As long as you have some mechanical know how, and can turn a wrench, you'll be fine. Its all in how you take care of it.


I am going on over 30 years with my Sears Rider Mower, and I still use my fathers Yardman Snowblower, a 7100, from the early 70's, as well as a couple older Ariens and a Craftsman. (Used to clear driveways)


I have a brother in law, who destroyed a John Deere mower, big bucks, just by lack of maintenance.
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