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Hi there,

I'm looking to buy my first snowblower. Don't have more than $200 and am primarily looking on craigslist for something used. From generalized research it seems like Toro, Ariens, and Craftsman seem like solid brands. I am having a lot of trouble differentiating too much from there.

I live in Wisconsin, have a 50x20 foot driveway and sidewalks to maintain. Looking to spend <$200, ideally $100-$150.

Any advice on what brands/models to look at? 1 vs 2 stage? Horsepower, width? I know there is a lot of advice out there, but I'm just trying to find what might fit my budget and be the most bang for the buck.

Thanks!
Brian
 

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I would keep an eye out for a 2 stage. With that budget you may find a 5hp MTD, Craftsman and or a Yard Machine, that may need a little work. Usually the scrapper bar and shoes are shot. And might need a carb rebuild. I find them in my area as low as $100. Their not usually pretty, but it will get the job done. And parts are readily available. Buy in the summer, when prices are low, and you might find a good deal.
 

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Look for an old Toro 524 or 724 with a dead engine. Then put a Predator 212 cc 6.5 HP on it. You should be able to do this for under $200 and have a great machine. Maybe install an impeller bearing also.

Here's how I did mine: http://www.snowblowerforum.com/forum/toro-snowblowers/18921-predator-engine-toro-724-a.html

Check these:

Chicago: http://chicago.craigslist.org/wcl/grd/4475935701.html

Milwaukee: http://milwaukee.craigslist.org/grd/4412235564.html or http://milwaukee.craigslist.org/for/4434588600.html

Racine: http://racine.craigslist.org/for/4476268878.html
 

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Dear Brian, welcome to the forum. You should post your location in your profile. I'm in Hudson WI and if you're in my area I can send you some Craigslist links for stuff in this and Twin Cities area if you'd like.

I'm partial to a good 2 stage. I've had single stages and they work wonderfully up until you get to the EOD (end of drive) pile the snowplow leaves. If you're at work and you don't get rid of it in time and it starts to freeze you'll call that single stage names you didn't even know you knew !!

What do you rate your DIY still level at ?? If you're handy then a used fixer upper is the way to go and you can score something nice for the 100-150 range and have some parts money left over.

Check out the scraper bar under the machine as I have seen some where it's rusted off and can't be reattached. There are ways but that's not what you should be looking for.
The skid shoes on the side are a common trashed item but a nice set can be had for $15-$25 so that's not as big a deal.
Engine shouldn't have any unusual noise and should idle smooth and run at speed smooth.
Engage the auger and listen for any strange metallic noises and don't be afraid to ask the seller questions.

Watch and learn.
 

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Look for an old Toro 524 or 724 with a dead engine. Then put a Predator 212 cc 6.5 HP on it. You should be able to do this for under $200 and have a great machine. Maybe install an impeller bearing also.

Here's how I did mine: http://www.snowblowerforum.com/forum/toro-snowblowers/18921-predator-engine-toro-724-a.html

Check these:

Chicago: Toro 24" snow thrower,7hp

Milwaukee: TORO 724 SNOWBLOWER or Toro 524 snow blower

Racine: http://racine.craigslist.org/for/4476268878.html
I got my Gilson 8/26 for 15 dollars and I repowered it with a Predator 212cc and it works great. Here is a You Tube video I made called old iron new muscle




 

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hello brian, welcome to SBF! ariens st 504, st 524, st 724. toro 521, 524, 522, 622, and 624. al those are two stage machines and easy to find parts for and all can be found in your $200 price range
 

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I would recommend *not* getting a used MTD, Murray or Craftsman..ever.
(MTD brands include Cub Cadet, Troy-Bilt, MTD, Yard Machines, Yardman, some Craftsman, and some others)

For used, stick to Ariens, Toro, Simplicity or Snapper.
I wouldn't consider anything else..

Brian,
you have left out one very important piece of data..where do you live? ;)
I see you are looking at single-stage machines, are you sure a single stage will be adequate? they are generally only good for smaller snowfall amounts, 6 inches or less.

Let us know where you live (just a city and state is fine) because that will be an important factor on what kind of snowblower you should look for.

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WOW, 167" average yearly snowfall in Hurley, WI :eek::eek: I'm curious what it is that causes that one area to get dumped on so heavily.
 

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WOW, 167" average yearly snowfall in Hurley, WI :eek::eek: I'm curious what it is that causes that one area to get dumped on so heavily.
A wonderful phenomenon called "Lake Effect Snow"! ;)
Its the same reason Buffalo, Rochester & Sycause NY get huge amounts of snow every winter, compliments of Lakes Erie & Ontario.
Anyone downwind of a Great Lake gets a lot more snow than average.

NOAA - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - Monitoring & Understanding Our Changing Planet

Here are the lakes caught in the act:
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/c6/Lake_Effect_Snow_on_Earth.jpg


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I would have guessed it was right on the lake but it's below and it's a "spot". Less snow near the lake getting heavier to the center spot and then lighter again all around it. Would have expected it to look like a wave.
 

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Southern Wisconsin means single stage machine would work well. Northern Wisconsin due to Lake Superior Lake effect snow. Get a good 2 stage.
 

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I would have guessed it was right on the lake but it's below and it's a "spot". Less snow near the lake getting heavier to the center spot and then lighter again all around it. Would have expected it to look like a wave.
You're right, the "bulls eye" pattern is a bit odd..but there is something that probably explains it..elevation.

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There are a lot of used TORO 5-22, 7-24, 8-24 out there cheap this time of year. check estate sales, craigslist and your local paper 4 them to. ALOHA to the forms..:cool::cool::cool::cool::cool::cool::cool::cool::cool::cool::cool::cool::cool::cool::cool::cool::cool::cool::cool:
 

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This is the third or fourth thread I have read now that the OP seems to have forgotten that he started the thread? :confused:

Well...maybe because of the holiday?
I see that a lot here, more here then other forums I belong to.

I know if I ask something, somewhere I check in everyday....and if I get some answers or questions I reply back.

That should be a rule! :p
 

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In some cases the person figures it out and never comes back or takes the info fixes it and just doesn't return to lend some closure to the thread.
Might be the weekend and everyone is busy being lazy and they'll pop back up this coming week, hard to say.
In doing research I've come across a couple threads, years old handing open and posted a "where did you end up on this, did it work" question and surprising I've actually had some OP's that came back and posted.

It's a shame to go a couple pages trying to help someone and then it just ends like you are mentioning as no one knows what worked.
But it's America and if you just want to drop off the face of the world after asking a question that's your right and I'll defend it !! I don't like it but I'll defend it :D:D
 
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