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Old January 24th, 2015, 02:20 PM
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help me blow my snow

I can read reviews on amazon like anybody else, I'm looking for real-world advice. I live in Philly (not Maine) so I'm thinking a larger single stage should be the best balance of cost/functionality but if I'm wrong, tell me.

I'm thinking I have about $400 to spend on this.
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Old January 24th, 2015, 03:32 PM
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I've always had good luck with Ariens. I have had bad experiences with Toro and Snapper.
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Old January 24th, 2015, 03:47 PM
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If you get wet snow, a dual stage machine is WAY better. I've had a Husqvarna for years and love it.
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Old January 24th, 2015, 05:43 PM
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I have an Ariens 24" two stage and have been happy with it they make some smaller units as well.

http://www.ariens.com/en-us/snow-blo...xe-snow-blower
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Old January 24th, 2015, 05:46 PM
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Cub Cadet from the international era and a snowblower attachment. Quite a few on craigslist. A plow attachment would be fine for your driveway too.

http://philadelphia.craigslist.org/grd/4811048558.html
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Old January 24th, 2015, 06:03 PM
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Cub Cadet from the international era and a snowblower attachment. Quite a few on craigslist. A plow attachment would be fine for your driveway too.

http://philadelphia.craigslist.org/grd/4811048558.html
Already have a ride-on mower and my driveway is really steep. With any snow on it I'm not sure I'd be able to get up it, that's why I was looking for a dedicated snow blower
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Old January 24th, 2015, 06:54 PM
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It will make it up fine with chains on it. I have seen your driveway. The one I linked was $400. With a hydro trans you can just jam it in reverse and go back up.
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Old January 24th, 2015, 07:24 PM
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Hm well if you come to your senses and get a Gravely, I'd be happy to have you take my front snowblower. It's a sit-around taking up barn space.

This isn't mine, but this is the exact set up I have:

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Old January 24th, 2015, 07:31 PM
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The cats ass for single stage or dual stage blowers are Honda. We say Go Honda or go home about Generators and snowblowers here. They make an outstanding single stage that is fantastic. I cleared over a foot of snow with it at my fathers house for years. Started on the first pull but had E start too. It was not self propelled but it never mattered unless I was trying to blow a ton of wet snow Up hill.

If you get wet snow on a regular basis it's worth every penny to go to a dual stage and self propelled. Ariens makes quality stuff- in fact John deere, FWIW a started re branding them as their own a few years back and got out of the snowblower business. But the Honda products are stellar and once you never shovel again I promise you will be kicking yourself for not just buying me years ago. It's just so FRACKIN easy!

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Cost? ------ Follow up post added January 24th, 2015 06:06 PM ------ Already have a ride-on mower and my driveway is really steep. With any snow on it I'm not sure I'd be able to get up it, that's why I was looking for a dedicated snow blower
As I re read the steep issue, Id go dual stage snowblower with chains on the tires. You won't regret the investment.
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Old January 25th, 2015, 07:39 AM
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I picked up one of these. http://m.lowes.com/pd/Husqvarna-291-...light/50223005

It is awesome. We had very wet snow yesterday and I was able to throw it against my neighbors house
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Old January 26th, 2015, 12:02 PM
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asshat.

I picked up one of these. http://m.lowes.com/pd/Husqvarna-291-...light/50223005

It is awesome. We had very wet snow yesterday and I was able to throw it against my neighbors house
My wife would kill me if I bought that one... haha. I need something a bit more budget friendly as much as I'd love a 2-stage, headlight, etc. ANYTHING would be better than the shovel.

I need to stay around $400 and I cannot buy another tractor, I'm looking for a dedicated snowblower.
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$400 budget buys about what you want. Do do electric.
Toro. Might get the cheap and nasty brands at seats etc
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Old January 26th, 2015, 12:17 PM
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$400 budget buys about what you want. Do do electric.
Toro. Might get the cheap and nasty brands at seats etc
Id have no problem with electric if I could get power to about half of the area I'm trying to clear (mostly the sidewalk). Its going to need to be gas, single stage with my budget. Honestly that'll work I think.
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Buy used on craigslist something.
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Buy used on craigslist something.
today they probably doubled in price
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Old January 26th, 2015, 01:05 PM
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Nah. Same prices as before. Lots of good stuff around here as we don't get enough snow to truly justify the good machines.
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I have an older version of this one.... no heated grips

http://www.husqvarna.com/ca/en/produ...owers/st-324p/

Clears over a foot of snow with ease.... the hydrostatic drive & turn assist makes tight turns so much easier. Electric start... bliss at -20c
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I still don't see the downside to a tractor mounted one, especially if you already have the tractor. I put my cub at the end of the garage with the blade on it but so far snow is not bad. My father suggested jacking up the rear to fit the chains (he has the same model tractor) and that was a great idea. He offered his blower/thrower attachment because he has his driveway plowed now, but I have not picked it up yet so all I have is the blade.
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