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I'm a big fan of having more than enough power, and doing things once and doing them right. The time has come for me to upgrade my now 20 year old MTD 8hp/24" that I inherited from my father and have always wished had more power and capability. Though I did find it to be surprisingly reliable and able to get the job done every time for me. The electric starter failed very early on but besides replacing that one item it went about 17 years with nothing but oil changes. I put a new carb on it about 3 years ago after I failed to run the gas out of it at the end of the prior season and I threw new belts at it last year. Besides that it's asked for nothing from me except gas.

Enough about the old blower, I'm in Northern Illinois near Chicago and have a 12 car driveway and a few large sidewalks I need to keep clean. I want to be able to go out in a "snowpocolypse" type of event where we get over 2 feet of heavy snow and not have my machine fighting to get the job done. Often I'm working long hours and don't get to clean snow till after the storm has passed and the county has plowed most of the roads leaving a nice end of driveway mess to clean up. This isn't when I want to be chipping away at the snow pile with an inferior and underpowered machine. I want the neighbors to look on in envy as their machine struggles and I just blow the snow easily and go back in my warm home.

The machines I'm considering are the Ariens Platinum 24 SHO with a carb (I don't trust the long term reliability of these new EFI systems yet. I prefer older proven technology most times) and the Ariens Professional 28 with tires and standard drive. I want to stay with the 24 or 28 inch size as I do need to squeeze in and around cars in the driveway and through some tight spots on the sidewalks.

The professional is around $600 more but I feel like the fact it's built more substantially overall coupled with the fact it wouldn't be working as hard as the Platinum will make for the last snow blower I'll ever buy as I'm about 40 years old now. I always wipe my machine down after use and store it well in the garage.

Am I nuts and just absolutely gone way too far over the top here? I've done that a few times in life now. Lol I'd appreciate any input on this. :feedback:
 

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I bought a 1128 PRO around 03 or 04. I live in central Ct, and first bunch of years, didn't see much over 6". Then came 2011 through 2014. Had several 12" storms, 2 18", and February 2013 blizzard with solid 36". I was digging out everybody in sight. We needed the big machine.

As I say, " Overpowered is usually adequate ", and " Buy it right the first time, cry once. Buy it wrong, and cry every time you use it".
 

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This one is easy. Get the Ariens Professional 28. As I've said many times before on the forum the Pro 28 is one of my favorite machines. Built tank like and solid, the Pro 28 is well balanced and for me, much more maneuverable than any of the Platinum machines. Get behind them, move um around and use the controls and chances are you will come home with the Pro. I know you are looking at Ariens but Toro has a very nice price on the Toro HD1428 OHXE commericial. $2149.00 plus if you use the Toro card there's a $200 visa card rebate and 12 months 0%. That's a very low price for a very high quality machine. And of course don't forget Simplicity. The Signature Pro machines are the original tank and at $2199 for the 28", nicely priced for the features and quality. So there you have it, the list of my favorite 420cc machines.
 

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If the drive train is up to the power, then IMO there's little reason to stay little in the powerplant area. The auger assembly is something else. You've already noted the need to get in and around cars, that's a limitation.
When I built the Searsasaurus, I took a 10 HP 32" 3 stage blower and changed out the auger assembly for a 26" unit so it would fit through the garage. Everything was up to the power and has worked well in the years since I built it.
I've never heard of anyone saying "wish I'd gotten a smaller engine". Yes I've heard of wishing they'd gotten a smaller width but not power.

My 2 cents.
 

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I'm a big fan of having more than enough power, and doing things once and doing them right. The time has come for me to upgrade my now 20 year old MTD 8hp/24" that I inherited from my father and have always wished had more power and capability. Though I did find it to be surprisingly reliable and able to get the job done every time for me. The electric starter failed very early on but besides replacing that one item it went about 17 years with nothing but oil changes. I put a new carb on it about 3 years ago after I failed to run the gas out of it at the end of the prior season and I threw new belts at it last year. Besides that it's asked for nothing from me except gas.

Enough about the old blower, I'm in Northern Illinois near Chicago and have a 12 car driveway and a few large sidewalks I need to keep clean. I want to be able to go out in a "snowpocolypse" type of event where we get over 2 feet of heavy snow and not have my machine fighting to get the job done. Often I'm working long hours and don't get to clean snow till after the storm has passed and the county has plowed most of the roads leaving a nice end of driveway mess to clean up. This isn't when I want to be chipping away at the snow pile with an inferior and underpowered machine. I want the neighbors to look on in envy as their machine struggles and I just blow the snow easily and go back in my warm home.

The machines I'm considering are the Ariens Platinum 24 SHO with a carb (I don't trust the long term reliability of these new EFI systems yet. I prefer older proven technology most times) and the Ariens Professional 28 with tires and standard drive. I want to stay with the 24 or 28 inch size as I do need to squeeze in and around cars in the driveway and through some tight spots on the sidewalks.

The professional is around $600 more but I feel like the fact it's built more substantially overall coupled with the fact it wouldn't be working as hard as the Platinum will make for the last snow blower I'll ever buy as I'm about 40 years old now. I always wipe my machine down after use and store it well in the garage.

Am I nuts and just absolutely gone way too far over the top here? I've done that a few times in life now. Lol I'd appreciate any input on this. :feedback:



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Hello overthetop,

Wanting more power in a snow mule or lawn mower is not a "AM I NUTS" situation.

I have owned and used toro snow pups for 50+ years and the quality is top notch. I would still have four of the little monsters if two of them had not died in the middle of snow season with catastrophic frame failures.

I wish I could have purchased the Toro two cycle 2 stage walk behind for the snow mule stable but I missed out on that.

Dreaming here with your situation make me start drooling for the larger Yanmar track drive snow blower(D165 model I think) with the water cooled engines :3tens:bowing::bowing::bowing:
The Yanmars can be imported here as they have a national dealer network for many of the machines they sell here.

I only say that because you cannot buy a Yamaha1332 unless you cross the border-buying a 1332 is no problem as you are not using it for commercial use and you can have the VAT tax refunded to you with some paperwork.
The Yamahas and the smallest water cooled track drive Yanmar are heavy and have a lot of track surface area for more adhesion.

Buying the largest snow mule will only provide you with huge dividends of power and more power to get rid of THE END OF DRIVEWAY MONSTER.

Buying a Toro 1428 will cost you less money and if you change the jets to get more fuel and power it will run better and stink less.
V bar chains will help you a great deal with the END OF DRIVEWAY MONSTER.

So you have a reliable snow mule in the garage now it can be improved even more by having the piston jug bored out and having a larger piston and rings installed. this is done on go cart engines all the time and it is a big business.
You could just keep the current snow mule as a back up machine and simply drain all the fuel out of the tank and the carburetor bowl to be on the safe side.

Buying The toro 1428 with their patented anticlog feature will pay you big dividends in clearing as the impeller will not be overwelmed with crap snow and plugging up with salt and ice.

With the weather getting more weird and drastic at times have you considered at all buying a used low hours sub compact tractor with a front mount snow blower?

I am not trying to spend your money I just want you to be well prepared and well armed with enough power and clearing capability 20 years down the road. The spouse could use the sub compact tractor as they are all using hydrostatic transmissions now.
 

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Hello overthetop,

Wanting more power in a snow mule or lawn more is not a "AM I NUTS" situation.

I have owned and used toro snow pups for 50+ years and the quality is top notch. I would still have four of the little monsters if two of them had not died in the middle of snow season with catastrophic frame failures.

I wish I could have purchased the Toro two cycle 2 stage walk behind for the snow mule stable but I missed out on that.

Dreaming here with your situation make me start drooling for the larger Yanmar track drive snow blower(D165 model I think) with the water cooled engines :3tens:bowing::bowing::bowing:
The Yanmars can be imported here as they have a national dealer network for many of the machines they sell here.

I only say that because you cannot buy a Yamaha1332 unless you cross the border-buying a 1332 is no problem as you are not using it for commercial use and you can have the VAT tax refunded to you with some paperwork.
The Yamahas and the smallest water cooled track drive Yanmar are heavy and have a lot of track surface area for more adhesion.

Buying the largest snow mule will only provide you with huge dividends of power and more power to get rid of THE END OF DRIVEWAY MONSTER.

Buying a Toro 1428 will cost you less money and if you change the jets to get more fuel and power it will run better and stink less.
V bar chains will help you a great deal with the END OF DRIVEWAY MONSTER.

So you have a reliable snow mule in the garage now it can be improved even more by having the piston jug bored out and having a larger piston and rings installed. this is done on go cart engines all the time and it is a big business.
You could just keep the current snow mule as a back up machine and simply drain all the fuel out of the tank and the carburetor bowl to be on the safe side.

Buying The toro 1428 with their patented anticlog feature will pay you big dividends in clearing as the impeller will not be overwelmed with crap snow and plugging up with salt and ice.

With the weather getting more weird and drastic at times have you considered at all buying a used low hours sub compact tractor with a front mount snow blower?

I am not trying to spend your money I just want you to be well prepared and well armed with enough power and clearing capability 20 years down the road. The spouse could use the sub compact tractor as they are all using hydrostatic transmissions now.

Well said, the Toro is a very stout machine. At the current sale pricing, a bargain.
 
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Well said, the Toro is a very stout machine. At the current sale pricing, a bargain.
I've been very interested in the Toro Power Max HD 1428 but I'm not finding much information on them. I know they're quite new but where are the owners posting videos and the glowing reviews? That's the kinda stuff that really sells me on stuff like this. I don't want to buy one and then later find out it's not all it was cracked up to be. I do prefer the Toro quick stick setup and like the anti clogging design. Are these both pretty well proven at this point? I worry the quick stick might have issues long term. I saw one video where water was getting into a toros cables and causing issues with the quick stick operation? 🤔
 

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If you are thinking Ariens Pro 28 make sure you get the Briggs engine. https://www.snowblowerforum.com/forum/ariens-snowblowers/149545-2020-ariens-pro-models-2.html

Post #19 the Ariens AX engine still has an issue with the fuel tank/cap. Beyond crazy how Ariens could not have solved this by now.
I was already leaning towards the Briggs but I called my large local supplier and they're saying no longer available. I called snowblowersource online that showed in stock but they confirmed it is not in fact in stock. Grainger shows about 7 in stock but they'd end up being around $2450 after my local taxes had their way with me. Not very happy right about now. Lol
 

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Get the Toro. The HD1428 is an awesome machine, with no strange quirks like a headlight the points at the user and a weepy gas tank/cap.
 

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Really having a tough time with it now. I can get the Ariens with the Briggs for just under 2450 (local taxes are brutal by me) or the Toro 1428 mail ordered and avoid taxes for 2150. The choice seems kinda obvious but I really kinda had my heart set on a new Ariens as the eventual replacement for my old one. I wish the Toro was around a bit l I nger and had more feedback on it. My gut tells me the Ariens is the better machine.
 

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If you can get the Briggs engine go for it. Both machines are great. You will get many years of service out of either one. Don't let the Ariens get away.
 

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Really having a tough time with it now. I can get the Ariens with the Briggs for just under 2450 (local taxes are brutal by me) or the Toro 1428 mail ordered and avoid taxes for 2150. The choice seems kinda obvious but I really kinda had my heart set on a new Ariens as the eventual replacement for my old one. I wish the Toro was around a bit longer and had more feedback on it. My gut tells me the Ariens is the better machine.

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You will not make a mistake buying the Toro1428. They have been designing and building these things for a long time(50 plus years) and test them heavily before they are put on the market.



Save you old machine as a back up if you have room to store it and buy the Toro 1428.

Buying it by mail order can cause you problems if it is damaged and the samsonite gorillas have written graffiti all over the box after they wrecked it and then put the box back on the crate before it is shipped.
 

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I went ahead and placed the order for the Pro 24 with the Briggs engine. Should be in Friday. That's what I really wanted and I'd always kick myself a bit if I knew I could have had it and didn't go for it. Being this may be the last blower I ever buy I didn't want any regrets. I didn't get the best deal in the world on it but I'm still happy I was able to get exactly what my gut told me to go with.
 

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I went ahead and placed the order for the Pro 24 with the Briggs engine. Should be in Friday. That's what I really wanted and I'd always kick myself a bit if I knew I could have had it and didn't go for it. Being this may be the last blower I ever buy I didn't want any regrets. I didn't get the best deal in the world on it but I'm still happy I was able to get exactly what my gut told me to go with.
Yeah!! Very nice choice. That snowblower will serve you well, excellent! The Toro HD1428 was a nice option, but some like the quick stick and some don't. I'd give the nod to the Pro Ariens series on the chute. Make sure to post some pics. I went to my full line Ariens dealer yesterday, he says Oct 31 before he changes his showroom over to snowblowers.
 

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Yes it is possible to have too much power. I bought a 28 inch 8 HP Yard Machine that I used for 6 years. Got rid of it because it became too awkward and hard to operate. Downsized to a much lighter and easier to use model. Single speed no reverse. All the mods. Glad that heavy thing is gone. It had 6 forward speeds and two reverse and did a great job but pulled me all over the place in whatever speed I was in. Takes me longer to clear the driveway but I'm good with that. I have had two hip replacements since and a slower speed suits me fine. We don't have nearly as much snow now as when we owned the larger machine. Added a coffee cup holder and a utility box for my snacks so all is well.
 
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