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Good evening,

I hope I am posting this in the correct location. My wife and I are shopping for our first machine. We want to purchase new, and we have a hard/max budget of $900.00. Currently, we are considering three options and would appreciate any advice on the three you can offer.

1. Ariens Compact 24

2. Husqvarna ST224P model #961930122

3. Toro Powermax 826 OE

We are really undecided and any help would be appreciated.

P.S. My wife thinks the heated handles on the Husqvarna puts it in front. However, I will be the one using the machine, and I do not really see this as being much of an advantage. I want performance, reliability, and ease of use.

Thanks,

Mike
 

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Good evening,

I hope I am posting this in the correct location. My wife and I are shopping for our first machine. We want to purchase new, and we have a hard/max budget of $900.00. Currently, we are considering three options and would appreciate any advice on the three you can offer.

1. Ariens Compact 24

2. Husqvarna ST224P model #961930122

3. Toro Powermax 826 OE

We are really undecided and any help would be appreciated.

P.S. My wife thinks the heated handles on the Husqvarna puts it in front. However, I will be the one using the machine, and I do not really see this as being much of an advantage. I want performance, reliability, and ease of use.

Thanks,

Mike
Welcome Mike !

A few questions
1) Where do you live ?
2) Is wet/heavy snow the norm or more on the dry side?
3) Size of your driveway ?
4) Any walkway/patio/deck/sidewalk to clear after a storm ?
5) Any steps to negotiate ?
6) Any significant slope or is your property mostly flat ?
7) Can you blow snow to both sides of your drive or is there a hedgerow/fence/retaining wall in the way ?
8) Gravel or asphalt/concrete drive ?

Having these details should aid in the selection process.
I don't have any 1st hand experience with those 3 blowers, but I'm sure someone else will be along shortly who can share their opinions.
 

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As a big Ariens fan I would try and find an extra $100. if at all possible for an Ariens Deluxe 24 (maybe it can be offset through one of the Ariens finance promos or even a big box credit card promo however you can find it).

Moving up to the more heavy duty Ariens Deluxe 24 with their top notch customer support would likely pay off over the long term JMHO. Out of the 3 on your list I would definitely go with the Toro 826 it has the best design and likely performance of the 3 with a 252cc Loncin engine (only thing I don't like about this engine is the oil drain plug is off to the side of the engine right next to the tire, complicating maintenance a bit). Additionally the Quick Stick chute control is excellent.

Best of luck on your search!
 

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Since you mentioned your back, I'd go for a 24" machine and I'd be inclined to go for the Ariens. I like their quality and the great customer support from their web site. There are a lot of us keeping 30-40 year old Ariens blowers running and it's likely a new Ariens might outlast you. Just my 2 cents.
 

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I am a Toro man.....but last winter I helped out my neighbor and used his Husqvarna ST224P, for the winter. I was surprized at how good this little guy was for the price of it. Let us know what you end up getting
 

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Welcome Mike !

A few questions
1) Where do you live ?
2) Is wet/heavy snow the norm or more on the dry side?
3) Size of your driveway ?
4) Any walkway/patio/deck/sidewalk to clear after a storm ?
5) Any steps to negotiate ?
6) Any significant slope or is your property mostly flat ?
7) Can you blow snow to both sides of your drive or is there a hedgerow/fence/retaining wall in the way ?
8) Gravel or asphalt/concrete drive ?
1. We live in VA
2. Our snow falls vary from wet and heavy to light and powdery.
3. Our driveway is 45 - 50' long and about 18' wide.
4. We have a short walkway from the front porch to the side of the driveway.
5. No steps that will concern the blower in any way.
6. There is a slope to driveway, but it's not hateful.
7. We can blow snow to either side.
8. Driveway is asphalt.

Also, this is something that we are only going to be using a handful of times each year. I have a Husqvarna dealer right around the corner from me. That is really only the local dealer that is not big box. Although, growing up, my grandfather lived in Syracuse, NY and always used and swore by Toro.
 

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any of these machines can do a great job. Buy the one you like best. none of the three stand out in my mind as a clear winner. Tie
 

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I am a Toro man.....but last winter I helped out my neighbor and used his Husqvarna ST224P, for the winter. I was surprized at how good this little guy was for the price of it. Let us know what you end up getting
Thanks for the PM and info. I don't a have a high enough post count to respond, but I do appreciate it.
 

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I stopped by my local Husqvarna dealer this evening and checked out the ST224P. After looking at the unit, getting much first-hand user feedback from Hanky, getting a 10% discount (military, first responder, talked into deserving it also since I'm a teacher - their daughter is also a teacher) , plus a $50.00 manufacturer rebate, I decided on the ST224P. That puts me out-the-door, including taxes, at right about $100.00 under MSRP. In the event of any issues, I feel comfortable knowing that I have a local dealer who services what he sells a few miles away. I'm hoping I made the correct decision. My neighbor just bought the Ariens Compact 24, and I guess we'll see how the two stack up against each other this winter. Will be picking up on Saturday.
 

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Congrats! Let us know how well it goes once you get snow in your area lol
 
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