hi Ed, imo fwiw, when i bought a 2 stager early last year i looked at several brands, some with finger control steering and decided against it for the reason of; additional things that could go wrong or break by way of snagging on something in the garage while manouvering the blower around, or the possible breakage in extreme cold weather or even the cables icing up and having that problem.my blower steers the same as steering a bicycle and still having both wheels driving the blower.nice and simple.although i have a cable/gear drive chute rotator it has given me zero major problems.maybe the plastic finger controls might be made of real tough material and work well ,i feel why chance it . good luckI am looking at buying a Cub Cadet 500 series, 24 inch with fingertip control steering - was wondering if there were any users out there of this machine and is it worth buying.
IMHO thats the key right there. I have had pretty good luck with the MTD blowers myself. I have beat mine for years and only issues I have had are plugged carbs.. Still on the OE belts, and never eaven broke a shear pin. We got my Mom a MTD built blower with that fingertip steering and it works great. Never a issue at all with it, and works like new. This unit is also beat and misstreated, but it comes back for more... My issue with the Cubs is that you get pretty much the same blower as the store brand MTD's, but at a higher cost.
Your bad feeling is right! Deal shoppers can buy thier equipment at Lowe's or HD,I just have a bad feeling about buying items like this at a Lowes or Home Depot. I feel the discounted prices are the results of lower grade machines. Any thoughts ?
thoughts:Thanks for the replies guys - now that some of you have thrown in a few nuts and bolts into the soup, I am gladly going to do a little more research before I buy. I just have a bad feeling about buying items like this at a Lowes or Home Depot. I feel the discounted prices are the results of lower grade machines. Any thoughts ?
#2 is true: "2. Dealers could carry Sno-teks if they choose to..but they choose not to."although..concerning the link I just posted in the message above..
at the time (2 years ago) I said "There is no such thing as a lower quality machine FOR the big-box market specifically."
This might no longer be true..
Concerning the new Ariens Sno-Tek line, (the ones painted black rather than orange) which came out last season (2010 model year, last winter)..I have been to several Ariens dealers over the last month or so..None of the independent Ariens dealers seem to be carrying the Sno-Tek machines! They only have the "Orange Ariens" machines..
which implies either:
1. The black Sno-Tek machines are for Home Depot only.
2. Dealers could carry Sno-teks if they choose to..but they choose not to.
im not sure which is true..