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Good Quality Used Snow Blower - What Brand?

Hi, I've recently moved to MN and I don't have a snow blower yet! Just moved into a new house and don't feel like dropping the $1k+ on a new snow blower and so I am in the market for a used one.

I'd like to ask some for some feedback and what makes/models have held up the best over time and my current budget limits me a little bit since I'm hoping to spend less than $300. And since we can expect ~ 54" of snow yearly, I was looking to at least get a two-stage that can get through some deep snow and end of drive piles.

I've looked at the local craigslist postings and here is a sampling of what I can find for less than $300.

Craftsman model 22" 247.887791 ($280)
Toro 524 ($200)
MTD Yard Machines 524 5HP 24" ($250)
Craftsman Snow Blower 9 HP, 26" ($200.00)

There are also some Ariens, Murray and Troy-Bilt and I won't bore you with all the details... but all look to be at least 10 years old too.

So thoughts on my options? Should I bite the bullet and spend more? My mechanical skills leave room for improvement but I'm not afraid to watch a youtube video or two for some maintenance but likely can't rebuild an engine...

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Part of the answer is going to depend on if you're handy and if you can do some simple maintenance and repairs.

This guy is only $65 and sitting in Elk River Ariens Snow Blower
I've only seen the ad, I don't know anything else about it.



The Toro 524 might be a good choice too.



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Condition of a used machine is also something to consider. If you post pics or links to the ads, folks here can either guide you, or offer advice in things to looks for in the specific models.

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$65! wow, that add scares me a bit though, "Will run with carb cleaned and couple miner adjustments. I have belt cover,but no carb cover."

Yea, I wouldn't call myself handy with engines, etc. But on my last car I changes brakes, struts, rotors and some belts...so I'm willing to try.

Generally speaking though, is Toro going to be a better option than say craftsman? I see there are a few Toro 824s too, a little above $300...
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How about something like this?

Toro 824 snowblower
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I've owned two craftsman and two ariens, all old, newest was a 80s craftsman. I feel the only flaw to the older ariens was the tecumpseh engines, and the lacknof safety features but be careful, it's a snowblower. If you could find a old ariens with a new motor that would be my choice for u. The craftsman were ok, then I got the ariens. Might be slim pickings this time of season. Good luck.
Here's an idea, get a old ariens with a bad motor, then repower it yourself, people here wil walk you through it.
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How about something like this?

Toro 824 snowblower
That one looks good, muffler is not rusty yet even. You really have to take a look at the machines you are considering and run them, listen to the engine, listen when you engage the auger for scraping grinding sounds, like bearings or bushings going south for the winter, engage the drive wheels and check that all the forward and reverse speeds work and no grinding sounds. You really should check it out during a snow event to make sure it goes through snow, not just goes up and down a clean driveway, but that is a tough test to get done.

Check the bucket and body for rust, especially at welded seems. Rattle the augers and impeller shaft up and down and back to front to see if there's excessive slop in thereSurface rust happens, but bad rust at welds might mean short service life. It's kind of like checking out a used car, see whats wrong, estimate repair cost, and asking price.

You could get a diamond in the rough, or a pig in a poke. Check out that video posted above

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i would get that ariens. for 165 bucks plus a few bucks for bolts you will have a great snowblower that will last forever. you can get the predator engines for 100 on sale
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The reason I had that link is I'm thinking of making the trip myself. It's just a bit of a drive and I have no place to put it.

I'm guessing when you say "for 165 bucks" you're talking the $65 Ariens and a $99 Predator engine mounted on it ??
Just in case that idea wasn't clear to Jason

I'm being a bit basic as Jason is new.
6.5 HP (212cc) OHV Horizontal Shaft Gas Engine EPA

Or a 20 dollar new carb off Ebay if worried about your rebuilding skills.

The Toro 824 would be a nice choice especially the 8hp on a 24" when you get to the EOD (End of Drive) pile from a snowplow.

How big an area do you have to clear ?? Any slopes ??

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