One thing about MTD & Murray, parts are cheap
You read on here about the expense and complications of different blowers, locking Ariens wheels using a grip or handle, hydrostatic trans problems, parts unavailable or too expensive, a $300 gear for a Toro, blown something with no interchangeability or limited availability of that part, complicated gearing with multiple gears built into a large gear, transmissions, it doesn't stop.
MTD and it's sister machines, then Murray, lot of them out there, new parts are cheap, enough used machines, parts machines, both availability and interchangeability, simple, nothing is complicated. No have fun! when you are forced to bang something out.
I'm sure I've missed alot! LOL
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