This Fall I bought a Cub Cadet 524 SWE 208cc two stage snowblower to replace our 20-year-old Noma 2-stage, 24", 8 hp (which is still working; gave it to the neighbor). My wife and I are pensioners and on a strict budget so I was glad to find this for sale at 20 % off at Rona. We live in St. Catharines, Ontario which is the same latitude as northern California and very mild climate. I was only able to use my Cadet 5 times this winter & it started and ran beautifully. We just have a 2-car driveway and no sidewalks. I intend to maintain it well, like I did my Noma. I know they aren't the highest quality available, but for our limited needs and budget Cub Cadet fits the bill.