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‘‘Tis the season....Snowblower shopping

Post by NJ-lawn » Fri Nov 15, 2019 8:23 pm

So looking to replace a 15 yr old Ariens snowblower. Since we seem to have quite a few Canadians here and people that live in snow belt.......I’m sure I can get a good recommendation.....Toro or Ariens? Budget is $1500
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Re: ‘‘Tis the season....Snowblower shopping

Post by JTQ911 » Sat Nov 16, 2019 10:33 am

Picked up a Ariens 24” deluxe last year for $1000.

We got one big snowstorm with heavy snow here in SE PA. All the neighbors snowblowers were barely throwing the stuff, 2-5 feet.

The new Ariens was almost throwing it too far. I live on a corner lot and I had a hard time clearing the driveway without covering my sidewalks.

Highly recommend.

I’m one of those people who research for weeks before purchasing and obsess over reviews.

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Re: ‘‘Tis the season....Snowblower shopping

Post by pennstater2005 » Sat Nov 16, 2019 2:57 pm

Check out the Toro Snowmaster 824 QXE. It's what I bought. Excellent so far.
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Re: ‘‘Tis the season....Snowblower shopping

Post by DIY Lawn Guy » Sun Nov 17, 2019 2:52 pm

Great question with a simple answer.

Either Toro or Ariens, you can't go wrong.

I've owned two Ariens and one Toro snow thrower over the last 30 years and both have been perfect performers.

Always start, always perform their function very well and I would buy either again without question.

My present Toro is the model Toro Power Max 724OE, after 3 snow fall seasons of use up here along Lake Erie with 'lake effect snow' etc snow, I love it's performance.

My two former Ariens were great too, but both had ancient 'flat head' engines. Very noisy and fuel guzzling

This newer Toro of mine starts quicker than the flat-head old-style Ariens ever did in cold weather. I'm sure that the newer Ariens engines with OHV's, like my newer Toro, would start and run just as well.

You can't go wrong with either brand, IMHO, based on 30+ years of ownership.
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Re: ‘‘Tis the season....Snowblower shopping

Post by SNOWBOB11 » Tue Nov 19, 2019 8:23 am

I’ve had both Ariens and Toro. In my opinion Toro makes some of the best snowblowers. I’d go with the Toro Power Max 826.

Being you have a budget of $1500 you can spend a bit more and get the 28” Toro Power Max HD 928.

The single handle shoot adjust is great on the Toros. They will blow the snow at the end of the driveway from the plow with ease.

Nothing wrong with Ariens but IMO Toro is a better machine.
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Post by NJ-lawn » Tue Nov 19, 2019 2:37 pm

Thanks people I’m thinking Toro from what’s recommended here and research. I think I’ll go with Heavy Duty model too, I hate after blowing the snow and next morning get plowed in and the blower not having enough power to do the end of the driveway.

My next question is do I pay extra $100-$150 and buy from local dealer or less at big box store? Sooner or later you end up at the dealer for repairs, everybody knows your waiting forever when you bring in a HD or Lowe’s machine in for repair. Not sure it’s worth the extra money though
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Re: ‘‘Tis the season....Snowblower shopping

Post by DIY Lawn Guy » Tue Nov 19, 2019 4:12 pm

NJ-lawn wrote:
Tue Nov 19, 2019 2:37 pm
Thanks people I’m thinking Toro from what’s recommended here and research. I think I’ll go with Heavy Duty model too, I hate after blowing the snow and next morning get plowed in and the blower not having enough power to do the end of the driveway.

My next question is do I pay extra $100-$150 and buy from local dealer or less at big box store? Sooner or later you end up at the dealer for repairs, everybody knows your waiting forever when you bring in a HD or Lowe’s machine in for repair. Not sure it’s worth the extra money though
When I buy high-dollar long-term equipment I purchase the equipment at an authorized brand service and sales dealer and not the big-box store. The unit will be assembled by a service tech not by a generic big-box employee.

I have been told, but can not verify that a big-box Ariens (lower price) has a few corners cut in the materials used to build it than an Toro dealer unit. My former Ariens dealer that repairs the Ariens line told me that. They should now, right?

I had brought my Ariens mower (bought from Home Depot) in for warranty work and the Ariens shop owner gave me a hard time, really surprised me. We almost had a shouting match over it.

So now I buy from the dealers only. I build a relationship with the shop owner and tech and I believe, but can't prove, that I may get preferential treatment on my equipment because the shop's labels on clearly seen on my machines.

And about price, I find them to be competitive or exactly the same. PLUS, the dealer can offer you special deals like increase the warranty a year or two as part of a promotion or by buying a same basic matanace kit at the time of the machine purchase. I DOUBLE the warranty on my Stihl blower just by buying a six-pack of Stihl brand 2-clcle oil along with the blower.

I don't think the big box stores can do that.

That's my experience and I hope it it helpful.
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Re: ‘‘Tis the season....Snowblower shopping

Post by NJ-lawn » Tue Nov 19, 2019 5:57 pm

@DIY Lawn Guy Thanks for your detailed response. I’m thinking the same thing. Actually in reading some of the reviews online, I’ve read people complaining about problems resulting from assembly. From big box stores, so I’m leaning towards the dealer.

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Re: ‘‘Tis the season....Snowblower shopping

Post by 717driver » Wed Nov 20, 2019 8:47 pm

I bought a Craftsman (MTD) 28” 277cc off a guy for nearly nothing down here in AR A few months ago who realized he didn’t need it after his move from Utah.... I’m taking it with me when we make the migration back up north next month. I’m excited to put it to work. Hopefully it moves some snow.

If I didn’t come across someone trying to unload one for nearly nothing and I was buying new, I would likely get one if the Toro models.

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Re: ‘‘Tis the season....Snowblower shopping

Post by DIY Lawn Guy » Thu Nov 21, 2019 9:09 am

717driver wrote:
Wed Nov 20, 2019 8:47 pm
I bought a Craftsman (MTD) 28” 277cc off a guy for nearly nothing down here in AR A few months ago who realized he didn’t need it after his move from Utah.... I’m taking it with me when we make the migration back up north next month. I’m excited to put it to work. Hopefully it moves some snow.

If I didn’t come across someone trying to unload one for nearly nothing and I was buying new, I would likely get one if the Toro models.
Similar story here. For a brief time in my early retirement, I was buying used power equipment on a small scale off Craig's List, refurbishing them and then reselling them. I made maybe $100 to $200 profit after expenses per machine.

So, I found a really nice John Deere 2-stage snow-thrower, 24" with an 8hp engine on CL (I think that Ariens built the J-D branded snow-thrower, so good quality). The owner had lived in a home with a long driveway to clear in the past, but he had moved to a new home with a really short driveway and bought a new single stage for his new home and put the J-D on CL.

The J-D machine was in great shape, started right up and he had the manuals that came with it. I paid $200, put it on my little trailer and took it home. But rather than sell it, I just gave it a minor tune-up and gave it to my son. That was about 5 years ago and it is still running well today.

There are deals out there for sure, sometimes really great deals if a person is diligent in searching and has patience and has good people skills to win over the seller for the best price.

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