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Hello all. Looking for some advice on what snowblower I should buy. I live in Boston on a corner lot and am required to clear a fairly long sidewalk that goes around the house. I do not have a driveway, but do have a brick area I likely will want to clear as well (brick area is about the size of 1 car). The only place I can store the snow blower is in my unfinished basement. To get it down there I will need to carry it through a cellar door and down about 5-10 stairs.

Any advice on what snow blower I should get for this job would be great. The Honda HS720 looks really nice, but I think the 81 lbs assembled weight is going to be a pain getting out and back into the basement. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance
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B, welcome to the forums! Would it be possible to use ramps on the stairs so you aren't having to try to drag the thing up and down? Do you have to carry the machine thru the house to get to the stairs or do you have access via outdoor hatch?
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Toro Powerlite punches way above it's weight class and there are usually some available on Craigslist in my area. Maybe some in Boston also? Or a toro 518 ZR...https://www.torodealer.com/en-us/Pag...518-38472(Toro)

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... or maybe a new Toro cordless 56 vdc. I saw a video comparing it to a gas single stage and the cordless was about even, with surprisingly long run time.

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I do have access to the basement through a cellar door, so I will not need to bring it through the house. A ramp would be tough because its fairly tight near the cellar door. Ideally I would be able to lift it and carry it up through the cellar door.
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The Toro 518 weighs 58 lbs. Which is the best I can find other than an electric snowblower. Having to plug in an electric blower might be pretty annoying. The powerlite looks like an excellent option, but seems to be discontinued? Can't find it for sale anywhere.....
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If you've got a furnace, etc. in the basement, I wouldn't want to store any gas powered equipment down there. Certainly not without some kind of floor-level air extraction to pull any stray fumes out (gas fumes are heavier than air). It's not like a garage where the doors are at floor level and fumes can flow out when they're open.

No chance of building a small shed to contain the blower?
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The Toro Power Clear 60V does seem like a good potential option. It only weighs 53 lbs. Might be nice not to have a gas powered blower since it will be stored in my basement and I do not have a garage..... As rslifkin said. I am thinking battery powered might be the best bet

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