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I'm going to replace my 24" Yard Machine (20 years old and wearing out). I live in mid Michigan and have a two-car 100' concrete driveway. We get a moderate amount of snow, so I don't need a really big machine. Any advice about the Briggs and Stratton 24" (model 1696614)?

Link: https://www.briggsandstratton.com/na...d-control.html

It's on sale for $625 at a local hardware chain (about 10% less than their normal price).

I haven't found much discussion about Briggs and Stratton snow blowers here on this site, other than a few comments that B&S owns Simplicity (so there is some overlap in design and parts).

Any thoughts?

Thanks.
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If your close to the Canadian border a Yamaha 824 will be your best friend.
If you have a Toro dealer close to you a 2 stage 824 OXE with the patented anti clog feature will be a great choice.

The biggest worry in any purchase is simply getting the 2 stage snow mule serviced and being able to kill the END OF DRIVEWAY MONSTER and keeping the moat monster fed with its remains.
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I'm going to replace my 24" Yard Machine (20 years old and wearing out). I live in mid Michigan and have a two-car 100' concrete driveway. We get a moderate amount of snow, so I don't need a really big machine. Any advice about the Briggs and Stratton 24" (model 1696614)?

Link: https://www.briggsandstratton.com/na...d-control.html

It's on sale for $625 at a local hardware chain (about 10% less than their normal price).

I haven't found much discussion about Briggs and Stratton snow blowers here on this site, other than a few comments that B&S owns Simplicity (so there is some overlap in design and parts).

Any thoughts?

Thanks.

If that's your budget, there's nothing wrong with that machine. Look at it this way, your old machine lasted you 20 years, and is "wearing out" not dead. So you're a person who maintains their stuff. This machine you posted is going to be a huge upgrade from your last machine. 60% more HP will do wonders.
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I don't know B&S snowblowers but B&S bought Snapper and Simplicity, both great equipment manufacturers. I would think the heritage continues.

It's a great price, 212cc is a decent engine size, you never want to go smaller. It can handle the 24" width.

I'd like to think parts would be available because it's a B&S name on it.

If you have a warranty issue, who will handle that? The hardware store? Can you buy an extended warranty such as 5 years for $99?

Better than buying a snowblower at Costco that you can't get parts for.

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If you were happy with the Yardman...you'll be happy with this one....keep the Yardman as backup.
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Nothing can wear out on a snowblower that can't be fixed and well worth it if you do it yourself, not worth repairing of a dealer/repair shop does it. China, the internet for parts and advice, and SnowblowerForum.com are our friends.

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If you look at the pictures of the Briggs machines you'll see a lot of similarity to Simplicity snowblowers. They sure look like they share a lot of parts. I'd definitely consider one if I were looking for something in that price range.

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Better than buying a snowblower at Costco that you can't get parts for.


Are Jonsered dealers that rare? That blower is a Husqvarna!




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I can remember when Jonsered would have been considered a premium brand. Still have an 15-20 yr old Jonsered chainsaw that will run circles around our current Stihls
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