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New guy here who's been lurking. I'm not affiliated with any of these brands, I just wanted to give my opinion while shopping. After reading this forum for several hours researching my new snow blower, I was all set to go buy something. Quick back story, I'm coming from an old Toro 2 stroke on its last legs. I'm in the midwest where the snowfall can range from nothing to several feet. I wanted something smaller than a 2 stage and an electric start so the wife could use it. I have a 3 car driveway that can fit about 8 full-sized cars on it. I went to a local dealer. Here's my comparison:

Honda HS720 - I went to the dealer with my mind pretty much made up on the Honda. The build quality seemed solid and Hondas are known for reliability. When I tried it out, everything looked good except 1 major flaw in my opinion. The "snow director" system was very rough feeling and required A LOT of effort to move the chute. I thought it might have been broken, so I tried other HS720's there with the same results. I had to scratch Honda off my list because of this. It's too bad that the HS720 without this feature didn't have the electric start.

Toro 721 (Model 38744) - I was very impressed with the Toro, especially the "quick chute" system. It operated very smoothly (like butter) compared to the Honda. The Toro also has a bigger engine than the Honda. The Honda did have a metal chute compared to plastic on the Toro. The Toro was the most expensive however.

I was all set to get the Toro, then something really caught my eye. A simplicity 1222EE snow blower. My dealer had just gotten it in and he seemed very impressed by it, as was I. There's a few things that really set it apart from the Honda and Toro. You can easily check the oil level from the top of the engine. It's a single stage, but has a rubber AND metal blade. This seems like a great idea for the ice at the end of the driveway from the plow. It has the biggest engine (briggs) of the 3, a light bar, an electric chute, and a 3 year (instead of 2) warranty, and was the cheapest price of the 3. I knew I was taking a chance with it being a brand new model, but I have faith! My dealer put oil and gas in it, and it fired up on the first pull. I loaded it in the truck and took it home. As much as I hate the snow, I can't wait to try this out and let everyone know how it's doing.

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New guy here who's been lurking. I'm not affiliated with any of these brands, I just wanted to give my opinion while shopping. After reading this forum for several hours researching my new snow blower, I was all set to go buy something. Quick back story, I'm coming from an old Toro 2 stroke on its last legs. I'm in the midwest where the snowfall can range from nothing to several feet. I wanted something smaller than a 2 stage and an electric start so the wife could use it. I have a 3 car driveway that can fit about 8 full-sized cars on it. I went to a local dealer. Here's my comparison:

Honda HS720 - I went to the dealer with my mind pretty much made up on the Honda. The build quality seemed solid and Hondas are known for reliability. When I tried it out, everything looked good except 1 major flaw in my opinion. The "snow director" system was very rough feeling and required A LOT of effort to move the chute. I thought it might have been broken, so I tried other HS720's there with the same results. I had to scratch Honda off my list because of this. It's too bad that the HS720 without this feature didn't have the electric start.

Toro 721 (Model 38744) - I was very impressed with the Toro, especially the "quick chute" system. It operated very smoothly (like butter) compared to the Honda. The Toro also has a bigger engine than the Honda. The Honda did have a metal chute compared to plastic on the Toro. The Toro was the most expensive however.

I was all set to get the Toro, then something really caught my eye. A simplicity 1222EE snow blower. My dealer had just gotten it in and he seemed very impressed by it, as was I. There's a few things that really set it apart from the Honda and Toro. You can easily check the oil level from the top of the engine. It's a single stage, but has a rubber AND metal blade. This seems like a great idea for the ice at the end of the driveway from the plow. It has the biggest engine (briggs) of the 3, a light bar, an electric chute, and a 3 year (instead of 2) warranty, and was the cheapest price of the 3. I knew I was taking a chance with it being a brand new model, but I have faith! My dealer put oil and gas in it, and it fired up on the first pull. I loaded it in the truck and took it home. As much as I hate the snow, I can't wait to try this out and let everyone know how it's doing.

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I hope that it works great for you! I didn't realize that the engine is exposed outside of the housing like that, a departure from most other single stage blowers.
Interesting to hear about the Honda chute adjustment, I wonder why it was so rough?
 

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I hope that it works great for you! I didn't realize that the engine is exposed outside of the housing like that, a departure from most other single stage blowers.
Interesting to hear about the Honda chute adjustment, I wonder why it was so rough?
Thanks! The Honda chute adjustment was difficult for the wife to operate and was rather annoying for me. It was not smooth at all and required a decent amount of effort to use( A LOT compared to the Toro). Like I said in my post, I even tried other Hondas there and they were the same way, I was surprised. It's too bad cause I really wanted one due to their known reliability, but that's why I'm glad I went to try them out instead of just ordering one on the internet. I guess I'll have to see how the simplicity holds up over the long term, because I was a little iffy on the electric chute rotation that the simplicity has. My dealer said the Simplicity 2-stages has been using them for several years, so I'm sure it will be fine.
 

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Fo-Time don't forget about your mail in rebate. For the Simplicity 1222ee snow blower there is a $25 mail in rebate.

The rebates is for simplicity snow blowers purchased between 9/4/14 to 11/1/14.

Here is a link to the rebate if your dealer didn't provide the paperwork;

Snow Blower, Garden Tractor & Lawn Mower Rebates | Simplicity Mowers


Here is the PDF link for the rebate form;

http://www.simplicitymfg.com/au/en/~/media/Files/simplicitymfgcom/Simplicity%20Snowthrower%20Rebates%209-4-14%20to%2011-1-14.pdf


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Congratulations. I LOVE our SS Simplicity 922EX. For its size, it does an amazing job. I only break out the Ariens Compact 24 for bigger snows because the Simplicity is so easy to use. I have considered replacing the auger with the new rubber and metal version but haven't been able to find one yet and not sure how hard it would be to swap out.
 

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I thought I was ready to pull the trigger on the Simplicity 1222ee but am now having second thoughts. Should I get a smallish 2 stage? We don't often get more than 4 inches of snow at a time but it does happen once or twice a winter. Two car driveway. Anyone have an opinion?
 

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That doesn't look to be that big. About the same as my Power Clear 210?

I consider that small when the drifts and snow plow build-up are nearly three times as tall.
 

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I thought I was ready to pull the trigger on tsince snowhe Simplicity 1222ee but am now having second thoughts. Should I get a smallish 2 stage? We don't often get more than 4 inches of snow at a time but it does happen once or twice a winter. Two car driveway. Anyone have an opinion?
I have a single stage and a 2 stage, but that is justified for my area. I think that having both is a must when you can have 12+inches or just a dusting. I always am prepared.
 

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Hah, backwards tires right there. That is funny.
 

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I couldn't see paying over $700 for a single stage Simplicity when you could get a 2-stage for the same price. Just my thoughts...

When I bought my single stage Toro brand new it was slightly over $300. And I got a used 2-stage Ariens for just slightly more than that. So......hmmmmmm.
 
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