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Question Snowmaster 724QXE Under-powered for my needs?

Yes, another “which one should I buy thread”

I have a Snapper 24” two-stage that has lasted 35 years, but is now on it’s last legs. When I bought it we had a much longer driveway, so the choice if a two stage was easy, but now our driveway is 18’ wide and 40’ long, and I have about 60 feet of sidewalk. We’re in the Chicago suburbs so I don’t think a regular single stage would be a good decision, but I like the Snowmaster 824QXE since it is lighter and should handle the job, but, I can’t seem to find one anywhere. The local Ace hardware stores and Home Depot don’t have them, and the closest Toro dealer is out of stock.

But, the Snowmaster 724QXE is in stock at the local Ace. Is it under-powered for what I need it to do??

I appreciate your thoughts.

BTW, Our winters are so variable, but average snowfall is in the 40" per year range, with most storms being under 5". We'll have a couple of higher amounts in a season, and once in a while a huge storm. I think the last one was 3 years ago and was 22". When we get something like that I like to go out and clear it fairly often so that isn't really an issue.
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Aye aye captain and welcome to the forum. Of course I'm going to say go with the 824QXE because I love power, lol. But seriously take a look on Youtube, there are lots of videos showing both machines. Watch the videos and see what you think of both models and compare them to your conditions and I think you will have your answer.

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Aye aye captain and welcome to the forum. Of course I'm going to say go with the 824QXE because I love power, lol. But seriously take a look on Youtube, there are lots of videos showing both machines. Watch the videos and see what you think of both models and compare them to your conditions and I think you will have your answer.
Thanks! I think I have watched every video on YouTube :-D My instinct is for more power but it seems that the 824 is scarce. I called the two local Toro dealers and they don't have them and don't know when they will get them in.

From what i have seen, the 724 should be able to handle 90% of what we typically get, but weather anywhere, especially the Chicago area is typically atypical

The Power Max 824 is in stock at the same price, and I am sure that it would do the job, but I was hoping for something lighter. My wife can't handle the Snapper, and the Power Max is even heavier.

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So this is confusing...

https://www.acmetools.com/shop/tools...r-snow-thrower

Acme Tools shows the Snowmaster 824QXE as a preorder item with an expected ship date of July 15, 2020?
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With what you said about 5" average and the wife wanting something lighter are you sure a SS won't work? We get exactly what you describe and I bought a SS three years ago and haven't really needed my two stage other than clearing off the yard for the dog.

It's nice to have both so maybe get a SS this year and pickup the one you want next summer.

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With what you said about 5" average and the wife wanting something lighter are you sure a SS won't work? We get exactly what you describe and I bought a SS three years ago and haven't really needed my two stage other than clearing off the yard for the dog.

It's nice to have both so maybe get a SS this year and pickup the one you want next summer.
That’s a fair question. Yes, it would probably work, but I wonder about the effort to push it. Granted, I have never used one so I may be concerned for nothing. I see SS in good condition or reconditioned in FB Marketplace daily. I guess I could pick one up and see how it works and not be out a lot if she hates it
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i always saw the ss machines as nothing more than toys.......until i got a deal i couldnt refuse. you dont push a ss machine thats set up properly, you walk as fast as the machine pulls itself forward, which can be relatively quick if you want to be quick ! i would never be without one now.

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