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Are Simplicity P1728EX Signature still up there with the best

Hello from Norway!
I have the last model with US made B&S 342cc 1650 engine and Power boost.
Is this machine as good as the New Ariens and Toro machines?
How about wet snow capabilities?


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I think Simplicity is the best especially the Pro line which is with the rectangular tubing, what you have.

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The Simplicity machines I've seen look like tanks and really haven't seen anyone complaining about them at all as far as maintenance or repair.

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School district near me is using the Simplicity Signature pro 2132e blowers. They look real heavy duty. Havenít heard any complaints from the guys using them.
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Definitely an appealing machine. Very robust construction, and good power to width ratios.

Little late to the game with the lack of Hydro transmission. The electric chute of new versions has be a little problematic but still a very nice feature.

The power boost feature is an interesting one. Similar to a snowmobile CVT. It sorta fills the gap of a hydro trans. Without changing gears, the drive pulley shrinks and impeller speed drops in favor of additional torque to keep the engine from bogging. At the expense of throwing distance.

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Definitely an appealing machine. Very robust construction, and good power to width ratios.

Little late to the game with the lack of Hydro transmission. The electric chute of new versions has be a little problematic but still a very nice feature.

The power boost feature is an interesting one. Similar to a snowmobile CVT. It sorta fills the gap of a hydro trans. Without changing gears, the drive pulley shrinks and impeller speed drops in favor of additional torque to keep the engine from bogging. At the expense of throwing distance.


thanks for the feedback! My snowplower impress me a lot under Extreme conditions. Like you mention the Power to Width ratio combined With Power Boost makes it unstoppable. I have cleared my parking after holidays when we were abroad, and we are talking massive compact snow 30 inches deep. Going 28 inches wide right thru.
Simplicity is very small in Norway, so nobody has heard about the brand.
People buy mostly Honda, Toro, Ariens and Stiga.
I have the small Honda 655 at my cabin to Clear the terrass. Impressive little machine but nothing Close to the Simplicity of course.
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The power boost feature is an interesting one. ... Without changing gears, the drive pulley shrinks and impeller speed drops in favor of additional torque to keep the engine from bogging. At the expense of throwing distance.
Yeah, I think Power Boost is a really cool feature. Very clever. My only concern is if the spring in the pulley ever broke, the machine may not function at all, but hopefully that's unlikely. I think the idea is great, and a nice way to have throwing distance (and more snow processing per second) when you can "afford it", while still having the grunt for heavy, packed snow, when you need it.

Too bad (for me) that it's patented, so other companies can't offer it.

I've never heard of the Stiga brand, I don't know if they do any business in North America. I friend has a recent Simplicity, he's been very happy with it, though I think he did have to replace an electric chute motor. His mom has one as well. My only experience with them was with a machine from the 60s or 70s. It was built like a tank.

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I think so, so last year I bought one. When you see big apartment complexes, and municipalities doing heavy duty work, it's usually the Simplicity Pro Series, at least around here.



I like that they are very Rigid, and are also very easy to move around. Handles like a much smaller machine. You can really feel the rigidity when you're using it, makes for a very secure feel. Their steel box frame has it all over any tubular handle system.
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Classic and kind of cool

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I think so, so last year I bought one. When you see big apartment complexes, and municipalities doing heavy duty work, it's usually the Simplicity Pro Series, at least around here.



I like that they are very Rigid, and are also very easy to move around. Handles like a much smaller machine. You can really feel the rigidity when you're using it, makes for a very secure feel. Their steel box frame has it all over any tubular handle system.
I Guess People buy a Simplicity Pro because they are cool, classic (looking the same for a very long time). And because it is very solid machines With special features like tubular handles and Power boost. Like buying a classic Porsche 911 :-)
The obvious Choice for most People are Ariens or Toro+Honda.
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I looked at these and felt like they were very well built machines. The only deal killer was the lack of a hydro. Otherwise, I would have pulled the trigger on one of these.
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