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Sno-tek 20 at Home Depot

Why no love for this little guy? I know it's no monster, but at least it appears to have some Ariens quality and support vs some of the other junk you might buy brand new....https://www.homedepot.com/p/20-in-2-...0406/302848692

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Not sure if it has changed but in the older models the 20" was a very gimped version and only a forward speed and the larger models had a different drive section, I did have a 24" with the 136cc engine they have on the 20" and it worked surprisingly well but with only 6-8" of fresh snow before it was sold so no idea on how but heavier snow would have been. But the new owner who got it for his father in law says he loved it and his 81 FIL was snow blowing all the neighbors sidewalks because it was so easy to use for him.

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The specs say it has 6 forward gears and reverse. Not to keen on the tiny power plant. I do love my under powered 28” 208 cc snotek, after the first cut in deep snow , it works great taking 24” cuts. I did do the impeller mod, and it will put snow into the power wires. Dont shy away from this budget machine in favor of other budget machines!

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It has it' niche just like many others. It's size makes it easy to store in a tight garage and easy to take through a service door if need be. BUT given a choice I think most of us would want something bigger.

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It seems there where so many 5-21 combinations around not that many years ago. This has 6 speeds, electric start, an auger assembly that looks to be much higher quality than the mtd or odd builders use, and probably more than enough power for the average Midwest winter. For as often as some people need a 2 stage it might be plenty good enough.

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Maybe this thread could be tweaked a bit. Obviously many people here would rather fix an older 2 stage than buy a new POS. What would be the cheapest 2 stage you would recommend at Home Depot for a friend or family member who lived in a city that got 50 or so inches in an average winter? It's kinda tough to decide.

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Maybe this thread could be tweaked a bit. Obviously many people here would rather fix an older 2 stage than buy a new POS. What would be the cheapest 2 stage you would recommend at Home Depot for a friend or family member who lived in a city that got 50 or so inches in an average winter? It's kinda tough to decide.
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better yet buy a used one for 800 to900
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Scrolling down through their current website list, probably the 20" Sno-Tek. It's the cheapest machine from a brand that I feel good about. But that $499 seems to be a sale price, vs $599 usually.



At 136cc, it's cheap, but certainly not powerful. But you have to get to $699 before you can get a 24" Sno-Tek, or 24" Ariens Classic, each of which have 208cc engines. Since they're the same price, I'd go with the 24" Ariens Classic, even if they were the exact same machine (the specs I compared quickly seemed to match), just because Sno-Tek is their low-end line.



Those would be my HD answers, I suppose, depending on what the budget would allow.



You can clear an 18" storm with a 136cc blower, though you'll spend a long time doing it. But it would still beat shoveling! Less powerful machines will require clearing more often, and/or taking narrower cuts. More money gets more power, which will save time, and make it a more-pleasant process. So the buyer would have to decide based on their priorities.



And, like you said, we're often biased towards used machines. I spent less than any of these on my 24" 318cc OHV 10hp Ariens, and I just wait until the end of pretty much every storm, and go clear once. But it needed some work when I bought it, of course.


As for there being no love for Sno-Teks, I'll say that I at least don't see much discussion of them here. Maybe they just don't sell a lot of them, vs the "normal" Ariens machines?

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Id rather shovel then use a 208cc
cant fathom you recomending such a pos red lol
if you live in mass and have less then 15 ft lbs you are under powered
buy right the 1st time
dont see why this isnt understood over 20 years its 20 bucks a yr 6 dunkin ice coffees
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Id rather shovel then use a 208cc
cant fathom you recomending such a pos red lol
if you live in mass and have less then 15 ft lbs you are under powered
buy right the 1st time
dont see why this isnt understood over 20 years its 20 bucks a yr 6 dunkin ice coffees
rather shovel than run 208cc.....wow. any functioning blower beats a shovel.

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