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Hi all, I'm new to the forum and I'm trying to decide between 2 snow blowers with quiet engines because I have a baby in the house. I live in New Hyde Park, NY (western Long Island near Queens) on a corner property with about 160' of 4' sidewalk to clear and a driveway that's about 40' x 15'. I was trying to decide between 2 snow blowers, the Craftsman 88394 and the new Troy-Bilt Storm 2890. They have almost the exact same features with the biggest difference being the airless tires in the Troy-Bilt. Consumer Reports gives them about the same reliability rating based on their reader surveys. I'm sorry I can't post links to both of them because I don't have enough posts yet. Does anyone recommend one model or brand over the other?

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if you are solely picking one of those two machines based on " quiet" , it is a wash. jmo, but all modern snowblowers are quiet to the point of being less of an issue than a modern lawnmower, snow on the ground muffles sound. i would personally have a look( listen) to other machines, again jmo.
 

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if you are solely picking one of those two machines based on " quiet" , it is a wash. jmo, but all modern snowblowers are quiet to the point of being less of an issue than a modern lawnmower, snow on the ground muffles sound. i would personally have a look( listen) to other machines, again jmo.
Thanks nwcove. I haven't gone to stores other than Sears to see the snow blowers. I've been doing my research online. Forgive my ignorance but will the stores like Home Depot and Lowe's actually startup their Toro and Troy-Bilt display models? What other 2 stage models should I consider that will be at least 26" wide so I can clear the 4' wide sidewalk in 2 passes?
 

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Husqvarna 200 series, Toro Power Max series, Ariens Deluxe series, all more than adequate for your needs and higher quality than Craftsman or Troy-Bilt. Then again with a new baby in the house you could save money with the Craftsman or the Troy-Bilt this year and upgrade in a couple of years before they start to cost you money.
 
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