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Hey all,

As mentioned, I'm looking for a new snowblower for this winter. Currently have a 10 year old Ariens, 24" wide. It's been a bit of a pain every year since the first year. Just a finicky engine.

My driveway has a decent incline, and is pretty wide. I also help out the neighbor's driveway - single mom, no snowblower. Also need to do the sidewalks, and clear away the curb by the mailbox. Both the sidewalks and driveway mean dealing with snowplow piles, so lots of 1-2 foot piles. My current Ariens struggles with this, as well as the incline of the driveway, so I'm looking at something with tracks.

So, wondering about which brand to go with. Based on what I've read so far, I'd prefer to stick with just a 2-stage based on some of the issues I've heard about with the 3-stage models. Something in the 28" wide range would be nice as well.

I like the price range and features of the Troy-Bilt Storm Track 2890 with track drive. Has the features I'm looking for, but I don't know much about the brand. Sounds like it's under the MTD umbrella now, which means engines built in China most likely. Any experience with them, or this model in particular?

My father in law has also mentioned that he might be selling his snowblower, which is a Husqvarna 1827EXLT. Not sure if it's available to me or not, but if it is, he mentioned he'd sell it to me for $1200. The thing is a beast, but does not have very good reviews from what I've found on it.

Thoughts, suggestions? Is the Troy-bilt a good machine? I'd love to get a nice track drive Honda or Ariens, but those are $1k more. Are they worth that much money? I love my Honda mower, but that's a lot more money.

Thanks!
 

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I honestly think a Deluxe 28 would be a great choice. If you can get the SHO, all the more better, but I wouldn't go with the fuel injected model. I loved my Deluxe 28 SHO I only sold it because I needed the $$$
 

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Which Ariens do you have? If it’s a compact 24” that is the bottom end of Ariens and if a issued engine then there is a issue with it needing attention. Anyhow, ALL snowblowers now have Chinese made engines except Honda which is Japan made, MTD are not bad but are a bit cheaper made but will last if we’ll maintained but Ariens is higher in quality if you go with the deluxe and up variants
 

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I like the price range and features of the Troy-Bilt Storm Track 2890 with track drive. Has the features I'm looking for, but I don't know much about the brand. Sounds like it's under the MTD umbrella now, which means engines built in China most likely. Any experience with them, or this model in particular?
I gave my son a T-B Storm Tracker 2690 XP last year for Christmas and he has been VERY happy with it. I purchased it used (not running) and refurbished it prior to giving it to him. I'm a Honda guy myself; tracked HS80 for over 30 years and now a HSS1332ATD. While the Troy-Bilt is not in the same class as the Hondas, so far it has acquitted itself well.
https://www.snowblowerforum.com/forum/troy-bilt-snowblowers/145429-tracker-2690-xp-rehab.html
 

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Not sure on the exact model. It’s a Sno-Tek with the LCT 208cc motor.

I’ve had to shovel my driveway a few times over the years because it just won’t start. Carb has been replaced multiple times. Always run non-oxy fuel, Stabil during summer, etc. My other small engines are always good, but this has been a pain. Plus, while it’s decent with some snow, it’s not great with deep snow. I’d like more power for sure.

The Troy-Bilt has a 277cc motor and a 28” wide clearing width. So a big bigger motor and bucket. As much as I’d love to get a SHO or Honda, not sure I can justify the $2500 price.
 

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AH Sno-Tek is similar to the compact but IS the bottom end of Ariens, have one myself I keep for the wife as she likes it but with a 254cc engine. Strange your having so much issue with it starting as those engines have been rock solid for many people, Maybe you have another issue, Perhaps a valve out of adjustment (these have adjustable valves) but none the less the Troy Bilt is a good machine but just not built as heavy duty as some of the others.
 

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ALOHA From The Paradise City. :smiley-rpg027::smiley-rpg027::smiley-rpg027::smiley-rpg027::smiley-rpg027:
 

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If the carburetor jets are not plugged with debris from old gas, a can of starting fluid might help to get it running. Just be careful with the stuff. Spray some into the carburetor’s air filter and try starting it.
 

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If the carburetor jets are not plugged with debris from old gas, a can of starting fluid might help to get it running. Just be careful with the stuff. Spray some into the carburetor’s air filter and try starting it.
I replaced the carb (again) last year. It ran pretty well last winter, so I'm hoping that carries over into this year. Will be changing oil and stuff this weekend most likely, and will try and start it up then since we'll be cold enough.

My comments were more in general about it. Despite taking good care of it (good gas, Seafoam, Stabil, oil changes, etc), it seems like every 2-3 years it just won't want to start, or won't run well. Usually seems to be fuel related, and results in having to clean or replace the carb, or replace the spark plug, or something. The fuel line ripped a couple years ago, had to replace that.

We're having our wettest year ever so far in MN, so I'm expecting a lot of snow this winter if that trend continues. I'd like to get my old Ariens ready to sell (it's a model 920402 BTW), and then pick up a new replacement. Thinking it will likely be the Troy-Bilt Storm Track 2890 right now. Should be a nice upgrade from what I've been using, and will make dealing with the incline on the driveway(s) much easier. Hopefully the extra power also helps with the huge snowbanks at the end of the driveway, in front of the mailbox, and all along the sidewalks too.

Thoughts on the 2-stage Storm Tracker 2890 compared to the 3-stage Vortex Tracker 2890XP? The XP has a bigger engine, which would be nice, but also is 3-stage, which seems to introduce more problems than it solves by most accounts. Haven't found many reviews of the 2890XP yet though.
 

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IF the carburetor bowl is accessible, you could remove the single screw (in the center of the cup) to remove the cup. What you should see next is another screw in the center which should have a hole in it. That is the main jet. Some people who have carb problems remove that jet to clean out that hole.

I have cleaned numerous ones without removing the jet by sticking a wire into it clearing the passage for fuel to flow. There are tools you can purchase such as a torch tip cleaner that has numerous wire sizes of which one should fit. I took a piece of copper wire, clamped in a vice, wrapped the other end of the wire around a stick and yanked on it to stretch it so its diameter would fit into the jet’s hole.

One push of the wire into the hole, replaced the bowl cover, opened the gas valve and those engines started almost on the first pull of the starter cord.
 

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Not sure on the exact model. It’s a Sno-Tek with the LCT 208cc motor.

I’ve had to shovel my driveway a few times over the years because it just won’t start. Carb has been replaced multiple times. Always run non-oxy fuel, Stabil during summer, etc. My other small engines are always good, but this has been a pain. Plus, while it’s decent with some snow, it’s not great with deep snow. I’d like more power for sure.

The Troy-Bilt has a 277cc motor and a 28” wide clearing width. So a big bigger motor and bucket. As much as I’d love to get a SHO or Honda, not sure I can justify the $2500 price.
I know you referenced a starting problem with your 208cc LCT engine but take a look at this video showing how to solve a surging issue- pay special attention at the 7:00 minute mark forward.


I've had to do this with nearly every small LCT engine I've worked on. It takes just a few minutes and may help solve your starting problem.
 

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Not sure on the exact model. It’s a Sno-Tek with the LCT 208cc motor.

I’ve had to shovel my driveway a few times over the years because it just won’t start. Carb has been replaced multiple times. Always run non-oxy fuel, Stabil during summer, etc. My other small engines are always good, but this has been a pain. Plus, while it’s decent with some snow, it’s not great with deep snow. I’d like more power for sure.

The Troy-Bilt has a 277cc motor and a 28” wide clearing width. So a big bigger motor and bucket. As much as I’d love to get a SHO or Honda, not sure I can justify the $2500 price.



Ariens 28 sho is 1300 not 2500
Troy bilt is a lower quality blower smaller motor case closed


 

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That Big Ariens is very nice, to be sure. However my old Toro 524 with an impeller mod can do a flat driveway with 11 inches of snow. It all depends how much you want to spend. :)
 

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It all depends how much you want to spend. :)
Yeah, this is what it comes down to. My little Ariens gets the job done. It just struggles doing it, especially the end of the driveway, the mailbox area, and the sidewalks after the plow goes by. The past couple of winters have been close to 80" of snow each, and having a bigger machine to help with that would have been really nice.

Just have to decide what I want to go with...
 

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Yeah, this is what it comes down to. My little Ariens gets the job done. It just struggles doing it, especially the end of the driveway, the mailbox area, and the sidewalks after the plow goes by. The past couple of winters have been close to 80" of snow each, and having a bigger machine to help with that would have been really nice.

Just have to decide what I want to go with...[/QUOTE


the 2890 will struggle the same small impeller small motor poorly built


If u cant spend 1300 new then used is better


A bigger machine won't help if its Still under powered
would think you have learned your lesson from your comments above
 

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I went through the same problem last fall So I bought a Areins 32'' Professional model with a 420 CC Brigs and Stratton engine with Electric Start which I don't use one pull start every time plenty of power I can blow snow across the yard and across the street. I didn't want to buy something underpowered and latter wish I had something bigger and you can maneuver it so easy with the east steer and with the heated hand grips it doesn't get any better and with the winter we had in Minnesota last year I could not be happier
Sheldon from Minnesota
 
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