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Is there such an animal somewhere hidden on this forum.
I am looking for a 2 stage snowblower, and personally, I dont know what are the better brands, engines, based on durability and performance just based on a chart or list, or even word of mouth on here.

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Art

P.S. Are we allowed to ask what brands to stay away from, and which are the ones that I should be targeting in my snowblower search?
 

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Most would say buy Ariens, Sno-Tek, Toro, Honda, Simplicity and Yamaha.

Most would say avoid Craftsman, Sears, MTD, Huskee, Troy-Bilt, Yard Man, Yard Machines and Cub Cadet.

The list could vary based on how old of a machine you are looking at.
 

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Consumer Reports does their thing but many have questioned their rankings.

If you are looking for a highly specific recommendation, let people know if you're trying to move snow in Georgia or in the Northwest Territories. What are your budget constraints.
 

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Most would say buy Ariens, Sno-Tek, Toro, Honda, Simplicity and Yamaha.

Most would say avoid Craftsman, Sears, MTD, Huskee, Troy-Bilt, Yard Man, Yard Machines and Cub Cadet.

The list could vary based on how old of a machine you are looking at.
I totally agree with those rankings! thats just how I would place them too..
In addition to Simplicity, you can also add Snapper, Briggs & Stratton and Brute names to the "buy" list, since they are all different brand names under the Briggs & Stratton banner, and the machines are essentially identical.

Consumer Reports is great for cars, because the rate reliability over time.
Consumer Reports is useless for snowblowers, because they rate snowblowers only on how they perform when they are *brand new*! There is no longevity and long-term reliability factored into their rankings at all..They often rate Cub Cadet quite high..and in the first year of owning a new Cub Cadet it might be a fine machine..But it might last 5 to 10 years while other names will last twice as long, because they are of higher quality overall.

So when it comes to snowblowers, ignore Consumer reports..they are completely useless.

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What's your driveway like? What kind of snow do you get?
 
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