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I noticed Craftsman and Troy-Bilt both sell snowblowers with Quiet Engine / NoiseGuard technology.

Does anyone own a snowblower with such a feature OR at least heard the difference between a standard, equally sized engine snowblower OR can just give me some decibel #s which both companies refuse to release.

I'm looking to get two snowblowers -- one for my home and one for a rental property. I'm strongly looking at Craftsman, Troy-Bilt, and Toro. Probably 3-stage but still not sure if its just some gimmick. I just want a snowblower which can handle the end of driveway ice and slush + not clog + not have sheer pin issues. And for the rental property, something that runs quiet.

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If those are your three choices, you need to go Toro, hands down. As for the quiet stuff, that's just hoo ha blah blah blah. They are all quiet now a days.
 

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If those are your three choices, you need to go Toro, hands down. As for the quiet stuff, that's just hoo ha blah blah blah. They are all quiet now a days.
I find many people recommend Ariens Deluxe/Platinum. At our local Canadian Home Depot they do have Ariens Deluxe. Feels very solid but the controls for the chute are annoying. Truly the best is the electronic thumbstick control on Troy-Bilt. Just wonderful. Perhaps if this were on the Ariens i would consider that one over the rest.

Are you aware of Toro's claim of Anti-Clog System and No-Shear Pins needed for their PoweMax line. Is this a marketing thing as well or will the Toro Powermax actually not clog and break sheer pins?

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Not know where you live type of snow but my Toro has not cloged up with snow and I have had since new. I have used a new Husky also they are quiet, and user friendly for rental property.
 

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I am a big Ariens fan, however I also find their over the dash crank chute somewhat awkward. Regarding the electric chutes, with the exception of Honda's most seem to be very unreliable over the long haul based on many owner reviews I have read. When visually comparing machines from Toro and Ariens, the Ariens machines seem more substantial. However based on what members on this forum have said and owner reviews Toro snow blowers are well engineered machines. Their Quick Stick chute control is top notch. Out of your 3 choices the MTD built Troy Bilt & likely the MTD built Craftsman will offer you the most bells and whistles but will likely prove the least reliable over the long haul. I am not sure what your budget is but I would take a hard look at the Ariens Deluxe 28 SHO and possibly their Platinum series machines if you want heated grips and the "Quick-Turn" chute control.

Regarding the new "quiet engines" many manufacturers including LCT (used on Ariens and Husky machines, among others) are using larger mufflers now and are quieter than those used a few years ago.

Best of luck on your search, let us know what you ended up buying.
 

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If you like the Toro I'd say you can't go wrong but just for the heck of it go try the controls on a Husqvarna, my 300 series controls are very easy to use and the 200 series controls seem even easier!
 
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