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Here in Mpls we have as much or more of an annual snowfall as the Mass. coastline according to the stats I find. Snow can be wet\heavy in the early and late parts of winter. The plow piles at the end of my driveways are tall and thick. No problem using my old Toro 524.
I did check stock of 2 stage snowblowers in a few Home Depot stores on the coastline. They seemed to have mostly 24-26 inch blowers with just normal sized engines. I guess their heavy snow blowers will be coming in later. I will check their stocks later.
 

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All three of my go to machines are 208’s, and i havent seen any kind of snow that will clog them.

Any machine will clog without putting and impeller kit on it

you get them not to clog by going SLOW and STOPPING and STARTING over and over again when required to prevent them from clogging and letting it clear this is not debatable

That what they all say if you know who to snow blow they wont clog cough cough
If you want to spend 3 hrs snowblowing instead of 1 so you can say my blower doesnt clog knock yourself out
Doesnt make the machine any better or really usable

so disengenious to say you have not seen and kind of snow that can clog a blower
 

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You never said 4 ft plow piles, And I am refurring to average snow and for many years the old 5hp tec engines served many very well and the mower 208cc have a bit more power, And most people don’t have the skill, Tools or the want to buy a used blower and to do work on them, Yea I flip but I don’t just buy and sell. I repair and service them to run well and the Sno-Tek 24” is one of the better budget blowers that will handle MOST snow on this coast. Yes more power is better but gramps isn’t interested in a big machine, He wants one he can handle.
 

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I'm curious, how much snow do you get in your area? Gloucester only gets 42 inches per year on average. Seems pretty light.
we had 115 inches in less then 2 months 2 years ago why does that matter? avg doesnt mean much if you get 5 years with 10 inches and 5 years with 90 inches to even it out you still need the big motor for the 90 inches of wet snow on the coast

if you need to throw heavy wet snow 40 to 45 feet you need a good engine
if owned my house for 30 plus years been blowing snow since before the blizzard of 78 we got 35 inches just that storm alone lol so much for avg

we can get a 24 inch storm anytime from nov to april
https://boston.craigslist.org/bmw/grd/d/10-hp-toro-2-stage-snowblower/6687116146.html
theres 3 others on cl right now for under 450 that are better



you talked about ariens quality? that machine is a low quality pos your term
12 inch impeller

small engine
small intake height

small gas tank

small tires
for 500 bucks its worth 200 new imo

less used doesnt matter what dauntee sells them for if you can buy a better used blower for 250 why would anybody who knows about snowblower ( should be everybody on here pretty much ) buy one of those for 500

theres so many better used machines for 200 to 400 st824 can be had as low as 200 running shape

and for 500 many better machines
I thought the goal of this place was to help others get the best blowers for the money and learn to fix things
I dont understand the point of this thread??
the specs of this blower show its not good quality
its a budget blower for someone who doesnt know any better

they see the ariens name and think it must be great
cant even fathom anybody on this site woudnt think 208cc isnt under powered so silly enjoy
(you build it they will come)
 

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Mostly because the thread isn’t suggesting it for people on this thread, MOST here flip blowers and the op was just recommending it for a small blower for a person with limited space, NOT for a mechanic with a 100’ drive on a double lane road. The OP put it as the better of the “LOW BUDGET” machines. That’s all there is to it. I personally agree with having more power but for a budget blower the Sno-Tek is good for the low budget, I do wish I had a 414cc for my 1027 though, that one has me jealous
 

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Mostly because the thread isn’t suggesting it for people on this thread, MOST here flip blowers and the op was just recommending it for a small blower for a person with limited space, NOT for a mechanic with a 100’ drive on a double lane road. The OP put it as the better of the “LOW BUDGET” machines. That’s all there is to it. I personally agree with having more power but for a budget blower the Sno-Tek is good for the low budget, I do wish I had a 414cc for my 1027 though, that one has me jealous

There is no new low budget machine thats worth buying though
buying the best mistake for 500 is still a mistake


clearly you make enough money flipping to buy the 414cc for 280 on sale and put it on there
sell your other engine for 125= 155 net cmon man
iam cheap my rust bucket st824 was 225 bucks came with a 358 cc hm 100 gov let go after 6 or so yrs

100 bucks for a nice hmsk80
900 for the 28 inch 414cc paid a 100 to much
no reason you a flipper shoudnt have a big azz motor and the impeller kit on the 27 for peanuts to 200 bucks

so not worth fooling around starting stopping 1/2 passes etc

big motor watch it eat and spit it 50 feet and smile
 

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Any machine will clog without putting and impeller kit on it

you get them not to clog by going SLOW and STOPPING and STARTING over and over again when required to prevent them from clogging and letting it clear this is not debatable

That what they all say if you know who to snow blow they wont clog cough cough
If you want to spend 3 hrs snowblowing instead of 1 so you can say my blower doesnt clog knock yourself out
Doesnt make the machine any better or really usable

so disengenious to say you have not seen and kind of snow that can clog a blower
ahem...what i said was....i havent seen any snow that would clog any of my seemingly underpowered machines. as far as going slow.....i have run the vintage ariens in 30cm plus heavy snow....in high gear without issue, no stopping to wait for it to catch up......what it cant digest it spits it out the front.
for anyone to imply that if you dont have a big bucket with big power a machine is not really usable is simply and undeniably ludicrous.
 

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Like I said.... A bad day blowing snow is WAY better than the best day shoveling.:wink2: JMHO.
 

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Like I said.... A bad day blowing snow is WAY better than the best day shoveling.:wink2: JMHO.
you can have your bad days blowing with your 5/21 7/24 and your 5/22


ill have my fun days with my 28 inch 414cc 20 ft lbs with impeller kit and be done quick and having coco by the fire


there is no replacement for displacement

wonder why people say that :grin:
 

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you can have your bad days blowing with your 5/21 7/24 and your 5/22


ill have my fun days with my 28 inch 414cc 20 ft lbs with impeller kit and be done quick and having coco by the fire


there is no replacement for displacement

wonder why people say that :grin:
So what do you use on days where you have 3 inches of light snow?
 

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This was started with this question "Why no love for this little guy?".

If you want to say it's a small, cheap blower that's fine. It has it's place. Not everyone needs a 20 horse 36" machine. Not everyone cares how far it throws as long as it makes it far enough they don't have to toss it twice. Not everyone wants a used machine nor has the time or tools or desire to fix one up so getting something new that's cheap with a warranty is exactly what they want. What "we" on this forum are here for is to help each other and not call each other names or belittle someone elses ideas or their machine because they don't agree with our own.
 
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