so a little back story, i bought a honda hs722 on a whim in a pinch for 1700, guy said it was 3 winters old and he bought it new. so after a month i determined i hated it, it threw snow like nobody's business but it was clunky to move around, left a mess and if i put full pressure on it hooked everything. not to mention the low handlebars that killed my back. had the serial number ran afterwards and turned out to be bought in sudbury ontario in oct 2004, so i did get ripped off a bit.so i sold it and broke even after getting a smoking deal on a brand new craftsman 24".very comfortable, clean and easy to maneuver. has the fancy stuff like power steering,joystick chute and electric start but it cant throw worth a ****. " ideal" snow will go 20ft at best, even with an impeller kit. slush, forget about it. it clogs or just throws it up over the machine and bogs out.so today i placed my order on a new machine, not to mention my driveway has gone from 20x18 to 150x22 with the new house.i have an ariens platinum 30 coming in, not sure exact model but it has the 20 ft lb 414cc engine and what they call a high output impeller. im very excited and cant wait to try it out. im looking for opinion thoughts precautions the usual drill so lemme know if you have one. the craftsman is going forsale as soon and the new beast arrives.