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525 or 724

I happened to find these on CL tonight, and I am not really all that snowblower savvy yet. The 524 is 225 or BO and the 724 is also 225, but he says it needs a tuneup.
I have a 23'x60' level driveway along with sidewalk. Which should I target if either, and can you tell me about either or both based on photos?
Not sure if these are worth looking into? If not, is there a model and yr. that I should be looking for. I am in Michigan with over 110 inches a yr.

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524 or 724

I am new to two stage snowblowers and I happen to find both of these. Posted at 225 or b.o. on both of these. The 724 needs a tune up according to the CL ad. and the 524 BS 5 h.p.
I live in Michigan where we get 110 plus inches a yr. and I have a 23x60 foot driveway with sidewalk.
Which if either should I target?
Is there a better model and yr. I should be looking for?

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Does that 724 have solid tires? They're not the best but maybe I'm not seeing the air valve. if solids you can always run chains if ya don't mind the driveway getting a little scuffed. The 724 looks to be in better cosmetic condition.
With your driveway I'd go with the 724. Put a "clarence kit" in it. Google to find out what it is. Try getting it down to 200? :-)
Go to youtube and watch "buying used snowblower" by Doneyboy73. Everybody should watch this vid before buying anything. Vid will show you what to look for and what to check over.

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Personally, I'm a big fan of Ariens but there are a number of Toro loyalists on here. I'd go with the 7/24 because having that extra power certainly helps out with end-of-driveway snow and heavier snowfalls

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By no means am I a toro-natic, but whatever engine issue you may have, can be resolved with this community. So buy what you feel comfortable with.

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being over in the motor I would find out what kind of work the 724 needs and maybe offer him less

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no hard tires on either machine joe
I agree with slowrider, more power is better to have
bothe machines should have Tecumseh motors not briggs unless it has been repowered

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no hard tires on either machine joe
I agree with slowrider, more power is better to have
bothe machines should have Tecumseh motors not briggs unless it has been repowered
You're correct, William. A real close look at that 5 H.P. motor says it's a Tecumseh.

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Thanks, and sorry for the double post. I did not see it originally.

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P.S. If we could just move this info to the other more posted post, I would appreciate it.
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Yeap, for some reason I thought the CL post said BS? So I assume its a Tecumseh like you said. I have always preferred BS, so I dont know if that is a negative or just opinion(s).
I was thinking after some reading in here that the 524 would be a little heavier, or is that a observation for the older machines? What age do you think these machines fall under?

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