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post #1 of 13 Old 02-03-2013, 12:45 PM Thread Starter
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Simlicity Feedback Please

I'm currently looking at purchasing either an Ariens or a Simplicity Pro Series..leaning towards Simplicity. Any thoughts.....any feedback is greatly appreciated.

The dealer near me carries both and wants to sell me the Simplicity. My only experience is with Ariens but it doesn't appear to be as well made.
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I've had my Simplicity 822 ex, for two years now..
It's a good machine if you don't abuse it with very hard snow, and by hitting the curbs, steps, and hard things a lot.. You must be always focused while running the thing...

Be extremely vigilant & cautious in storing it and locking it up. when not in use. Mindless soulless brainless thieves really want it baddly.. Every month there are footy-prints in the snow near the shed from some night burglar hoping to find it just sitting out for the taking... I'm bets a lot of them gets stolen in the night... It's small and light enough to just drag it into the house if I'm in a hurry...


Four minor complaints:

The main bearing in the chute, holding the large auger drive wheel is fastened only with case screws.. I changed them to stainless steel bolts, lock washers, & lock nuts after they all loosened up, and the bearing and pulley came loose.. PeW! case screws to hold the main bearing and pulley is just DUMB...

The belts tend to slip off when the machine is pushing a lot of very hard snow.. It's not meant for hard snow, like steel machines are.. but I prefer this Simplicity over the big machines, because it does the job well, it's good on gas, It starts on the first pull, and I can lift it into a car's trunk or pickup box easily by myself..

The company offers a small hardware kit with the new belt, to firm up the sloppy tensioner pulley, which is a little wiggly, which causes the belt to slip off, and sometimes even get shredded..

Take caution ramming the thing into large piles of hard snow and ice.. A big chunk of ice can catch, and seize the auger, possibly making the large plastic auger pulley instantly crack and split apart into four chunks.. Do not use an air tool to install the pulley.. That could crack it...

Be real careful to not let the car's trunk lid bump and bounce on the end of the chute.. It could crack the chute latch, then you would need to use small vise-grips, or screws to hold it in place, or replace the whole chute as they don't sell that little plastic latch separately.. which is very not nice...

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Donald, I think he is asking about the two stage top of the line pro model not the single stage like you have.
From what i heard it's one mean beast and will take what ever you give it.

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If I remember right, Sscotsman says that the Pro series are the last of the true Simplicity designs. It'll be a good solid machine, likely in most folks top three.


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Who manufactures Simplicity snowblowers now?

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Made by Murray.
This thread, post #9 explains the lineage.
https://www.snowblowerforum.com/forum...vs-ariens.html


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Umm, I'm under the impression that simplicity is now owned by Briggs and Stratton. Am I ill informed?
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Ok I just read you link to another post. OP said signature pro line. Murray could not ever make anything that durable as that p1724 or larger
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Umm, I'm under the impression that simplicity is now owned by Briggs and Stratton. Am I ill informed?
My bad,sorry. You are right. They were owned by Murray, but are now in the Briggs stable. Does anybody know where they are made? Is it still in the USA?


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I purchased a signature pro model# p2132e. It has been in the shop twice in 1 year due to drive issues. Less than 5 hours use. It's built with very heavy gauge steel. The engine is a beast. It seems that's where simplicity stopped design wise. The designed a strong frame and housing, put a huge motor in it and they were done. The design isn't functional unless it's light snow.

I have a slight incline on my drive way and flat new sidewalks to clear . With an added weight kit and x chains, traction in any type of deep snow was difficult. With Light snow the machine did fine. This is a very large machine which with no or little traction needs to be pushed. Over 300lbs with fuel and a weight kit. The weight bar (35lbs or so) was necessary to stop the front end From riding up the plow drift. The engine did not bog down ever but the throwing distance was mediocre or average.

The friction wheel housing has too many holes in it for water to drip on the friction disc. The dealer put tractor seat tape on the holes to stop that. The electric deflector also locked up.

I traded it in fora honda hs1332. Even with tracks I think it will be easier to turn the honda than wrestle the simplicity p2132e the whole time. Honda can do more with less HP and that is due to a better design.

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