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[Costco] Snowblower / Snowthrower Deal Watch thread 2012/2013

Never too early to get a head start on a snowblower/snowthrower.

We just moved into a detached home and with a bigger driveway (can park 4 cars), we have decided to save my back and look for a snowblower/snowthrower. Our budget is $800, considering how much we will be using it, or lack thereof, I think that's a fair #.

I would like to get a gas unit (as opposed to electric) and preferably dual-stage (as opposed to single stage). I have also looked at buying from the States and/or having the unit shipped to an UPS store near the border but I don't have a pick-up truck or know people who do so it will be quite a hassle to haul it back home.

To get things started, I would like your feedback on a couple of these puppies.

http://www.homedepot.ca/product/snotek- ... RRWidgetID

http://www.costco.ca/Browse/Product.asp ... opnav=&s=1
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I have the snotek 24 which you posted. Only used it a couple of times but it's great
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wilsonlam97 wrote:
Aug 18th, 2012 8:43 pm
Don't ball on a big snowblower. The cheaper basic gas snowblowers are enough. I have one and it's overkill even after doing my neighbours driveway too. My driveway combined with my neighbours fits 2 cars.
i also over kill with my 30" platinium arien but heh when you get a deal you take it :)
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Why 2 stage?

For paved driveways single stage all the way.
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smp wrote:
Aug 19th, 2012 2:18 am
Why 2 stage?

For paved driveways single stage all the way.
From my (limited) research, 2-stage is preferable for long and wide driveway and typical snowfall in the area is 8 inches or higher.

I know we had a pretty nice winter last year in the sense that it was fairly mild (I am in Ottawa) and there was not much snow but that could be an anomaly and if a 2-stage blower is not much more expensive than a single-stage one, I would like to go for the bigger model and cover my bases...

Any comment on this Craftsman model, it fits our budget, is a dual-stage and comes with 2 year warranty

http://www.sears.ca/product/craftsman-m ... 599?ptag=2
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I've read that dual stage will leave a bit of snow on your driveway, like a real thin layer. Single stage gets rid of it all. Dual stage is good for gravel, up north, big parking lots, hills .... sucks to store, heavy to push around. I've been using a single stage and I thought they were budget/ghetto before I really looked into it and the Honda I got for my folks is great.
But it's your money.
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Last time i checked the cc to hp conversion is like 30cc = 1 hp...? I have one from like years ago when they rated snowblowers with hp. I have an 8hp and my neighbour has a 5hp. Mine has some minor trouble getting rid of the wet slushy snow bank. (Like it will just move it like 10cm away instead of blowing it away like fluffy snow). I tried using my neighbour's 5hp and i stalled it trying to do the same thing i always do.

So i guess depending on how heavy the snow fall is in your area, i would recommend something 180cc+? It is true that we didn't get too much snow in the past few years, but the extra power is there just in case you needed it.
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smp wrote:
Aug 19th, 2012 2:18 am
Why 2 stage?

For paved driveways single stage all the way.
My neiboor bought a gas single stage and I have a 2 stage, it's ridiculous how difficult it is to clear then end of the driveway with a single stage. It's 5 time longer especialy when there's over 3 feet of snow which happen pretty often.
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Guys, if you are in Ottawa, the Ottawa Goodtime Centre (Merivale and Hunt Club) is having sale for a few Ariens model. From my research, Ariens is as good as it gets when it comes to snowblowers.

This 22" Compact one is selling for $928.00 at HomeDepot (on-line only) and the same model is on sale for $739.95 at the Ottawa GoodTime Centre

http://www.homedepot.ca/product/ariens- ... dth/954663

http://www.homedepot.ca/product/ariens- ... dth/954663

I still have not pulled the trigger on anything yet. Apparently there was a Sears pre-winter snowblower clearance last week. I just moved into a new residence and we do not yet receive the weekly flyers like I used to, at my old place, so I may be a bit slower to update things.

If you see any deals, please post. Thanks.
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Rydragon88 wrote:
Aug 31st, 2012 4:08 pm
Guys, is this a good deal or is it an overpriced Sears item on sale?
CRAFTSMAN®/MD 21'' 123cc Single Stage Snow Blower
http://www.sears.ca/product/craftsman-m ... 599?ptag=2
$329, regular $599. no reviews on this particular model.
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Rydragon, this particular model seems to have some mixed reviews. It all depends how big your driveway is and what region you are in e.g. whether you will get lots of snow in the winter or not

http://www.mysears.com/Craftsman-123cc- ... er-reviews

http://www.buzzillions.com/reviews/craf ... er-reviews
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