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Man the snowblower sure came in handy today for us. We are in Ottawa and we got about 20cm snow since yesterday. I got home and fired up the bad boy and had a hard time getting the unit going (Ariens 642E) as it kept stalling.

The snow is pretty wet and heavy and that certainly can't be good. I googled and youtubed and saw people suggesting putting the Choke in the off position and that's all I needed to get it going. It took me quite a bit of time to clear a double-garage driveway as this is my first time using a snowblower but I am definitely getting the hang of it.
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I won snow blower from tdrewards.com .I got it (GTA).I don't need it ,because i already have same one.
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Hmm I wonder if I will bust out the Sno Tek tomorrow. They claimed it was 10CM but now its 1 to 3CM. Pfft.. Shovel.
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i'm also looking at the sno tek but saw some interesting deals at sears for boxing day.

which model do you recommend?

This one will be $700 with a B&S engine 249cc 24"
http://www.sears.ca/product/craftsman-m ... 16-1696099
[IMG]http://catalog.sears.ca/wcsstore/Master ... 2124_P.jpg[/IMG]

this one is same $700 on boxing day with a 208cc 26"
http://www.sears.ca/product/craftsman-m ... 1AM53TF599
[IMG]http://catalog.sears.ca/wcsstore/Master ... 2150_P.jpg[/IMG]

or should i get the snotek at $579 ?
[IMG]http://www.homedepot.ca/wcsstore/HomeDe ... 4_28_4.jpg[/IMG]
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Windsor
canabiz wrote:
Dec 21st, 2012 9:15 pm
Man the snowblower sure came in handy today for us. We are in Ottawa and we got about 20cm snow since yesterday. I got home and fired up the bad boy and had a hard time getting the unit going (Ariens 642E) as it kept stalling.

The snow is pretty wet and heavy and that certainly can't be good. I googled and youtubed and saw people suggesting putting the Choke in the off position and that's all I needed to get it going. It took me quite a bit of time to clear a double-garage driveway as this is my first time using a snowblower but I am definitely getting the hang of it.
That was some heavy wet snow yesterday, it made me want to buy a new snow blower, my 20+ year old 6hp Ariens just doesn't have the power for a 4 car driveway, I have to throw the snow as far as I can then go near the edge and throw it again. It really slows me down, but this Ariens is impossible to kill I neglect this thing so much and it just keeps on going. I wonder if the newer model can take as much abuse?
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cdnNick wrote:
Dec 22nd, 2012 7:31 am
That was some heavy wet snow yesterday, it made me want to buy a new snow blower, my 20+ year old 6hp Ariens just doesn't have the power for a 4 car driveway, I have to throw the snow as far as I can then go near the edge and throw it again. It really slows me down, but this Ariens is impossible to kill I neglect this thing so much and it just keeps on going. I wonder if the newer model can take as much abuse?
Have you considered one of these?

http://smllengns.tripod.com/

Some people say it can be hard on the engine but I think you just have to go a little slower in wet heavy snow. I made one myself with some bolts and some heavy rubber.
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Dec 26, 2010
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I have the 24" Sno-tek, bougth it last year and it is great.
Its got an electric start, but the pull-start is so easy i don't even use the electric start anymore
It has no problem shooting wet snow either
Great buy if you ask me
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+1 for the Ottawa area

I had to take out my new 30"/342cc Craftsman 4 times in the last 24 hours because of the city snow plower. Yesterday morning I removed snowbanks in front of two double driveways and two single driveways in about 35 minutes (so my neighbours could get to work too). The bright 3-LED light really came in handy at 5:30am, I was surprised by it's effectiveness.

Heavy snow was thrown 20-30 feet away easily and it always started on the first or second pull. This morning I have about 36" of chunks of hardened snow in front of my driveway once again, my neighbours have almost nothing. I think the snowplower driver saw me with my big Craftsman yesterday and he enjoys leaving me the biggest snowbank possible in front of my house! it's ridiculous I should take a picture.
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BobyYoo wrote:
Dec 22nd, 2012 4:28 am
i'm also looking at the sno tek but saw some interesting deals at sears for boxing day.

which model do you recommend?

This one will be $700 with a B&S engine 249cc 24"
http://www.sears.ca/product/craftsman-m ... 16-1696099

this one is same $700 on boxing day with a 208cc 26"
http://www.sears.ca/product/craftsman-m ... 1AM53TF599

or should i get the snotek at $579 ?
I would go with the sno-tek if I was you.
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Dec 10, 2004
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Hopefully will find the sno-tek on clearance come springtime. Yesterday's snow confirmed that I would love a dual stage over my single stage craftsman.
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Guys where is that 10% code u mentionned might consider the snotek at HD
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Calgary
I got one of the Toro QZR's through TD rewards and used it this morning only to find I'm suffering from the cursed scraper bar issues. Really disappointed that I selected the Toro primarly based on the fact they don't seem to have this problem. I don't see any adjustment. The scraper bar actually has springs on it and has a little give - I assume to ensure its always on the ground. It does seem to have a bow in it though leaving a larger gap in the middle where all the snow is then shooting back. Any suggestions? 2 strikes against this machine as when it was finally delivered the box was a mess and the chute was actually broken. Not toro's fault, but certainly the shippers.
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ivorm wrote:
Dec 22nd, 2012 9:38 am
Have you considered one of these?

http://smllengns.tripod.com/

Some people say it can be hard on the engine but I think you just have to go a little slower in wet heavy snow. I made one myself with some bolts and some heavy rubber.
That looks interesting. I'll look into it a bit more.
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Sears has a 24" dual stage 249cc Crafstman snowblower on sale starting Dec 26 for $699.99 (regular price $1299.99)

Webcode W-7152124

Man I love my Ariens. It only took 5 minutes to clear a foot high snowbank at the bottom of my driveway whereas it would take me 30 minutes at least, if I were to shovel. Give me the extra time to find other deals ;-)
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