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Snowblower/Snowthrower Watch 2017-2018

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Snowblower/Snowthrower Watch 2017-2018

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Time for a new thread for upcoming season. I'm in the market for a new one after my Craftsman from a few years ago had the motor crap out on me right after the warranty period.
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https://www.homedepot.ca/en/home/p.24-i ... 57170.html

Looks like a newer model of 24" Ariens with lowered price at HD. I'm likely going to a Ariens for my next model. Semi warm deal of $996 if you're in need of one right away. They don't have the Ariens 24" Compact priced listed on their website but I believe it is about $1200 give or take
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For London/Sarnia folks
Toro 518/721


http://www.completeturf.com/equipment_t ... owblowers/

 

https://www.kijiji.ca/v-snowblower/lond ... nFlag=true

 

Toro Power Clear 518 ZR Snowthrower Model 38472 99cc Toro® Premium 4-cycle OHV. 18" Clearing Width and up to 25' Throwing Distance. Ideal for concrete and asphalt surfaces. Snow 2" to 9" deep. Retail Price $ 549.99 Flyer Price $ 489.99 One new left in stock from last year $ 469.00

 

https://www.kijiji.ca/v-snowblower/lond ... nFlag=true

 

Toro Power Clear 721R Single Stage Snowthrower Model 38741 212cc Toro Premium 4-cycle OHV. 21" Clearing Width & Up to 35' Throwing Distance. Ideally used to clear 3-9" of snow at a time on a driveway that can park up to 8 cars. Powerful enough to handle big jobs but small enough for easy storage. Retail Price $ 759.99 Flyer Price $ 669.99 4 new units left in stock from last year $ 649.00

 
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Anyone have experience with Husqvarna snowblowers? Looking at some of their single stage units.
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I'd stay away from those, bad to mediocre reviews

Husqvarna Single Stage = Poulan Pro

Amazon (see reviews)
https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss ... ngle+Stage

Consumer Reports ( I think in a later issue, they ranked the PR621ES as one of the worst products they had ever tested)
https://www.consumerreports.org/cro/new ... /index.htm

 Infamous Walmart PR621ES deal (I went to every Walmart in the area multiple times looking for this deal and could never find it. Just as well, because I saw one in action and it was really bad)

http://forums.redflagdeals.com/wal-mart ... -a-982506/

That being said, the magic of the Toro single stage was the "power curve" paddle and inverted funnel which had been patented, so no one could copy it exactly. Everyone else had to make design changes to get around the patents which affected the performance.

The Toro patents have since expired, so it's theoretically possible to make an exact copy of thier system. Anyone could build a Toro clone for cheap that performs just as well

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good to know - looks like i should stick with a Toro 721R then...
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Looking for advice on a first time snowblower purchase. I live in Cape Breton, NS, and we get quite a bit of snow, many times wet and heavy. My driveway is about 100 feet long, but level and straight. My father in-law has:http://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/yardw ... p.html#srp
It's also available in a smaller version: http://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/yardw ... p.html#srp

I think a big 30 inch might be too big to store in my shed. Anyways, I've read that the quality of these machines isn't as good as Toro or Ariens, but he is really happy with his purchase and keeps telling me to get the Yardworks. Does anyone on here have any experience or recommendations regarding these machines? Thanks.
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aznaro wrote:
Nov 3rd, 2017 12:27 pm
https://www.homedepot.ca/en/home/p.24-i ... 57170.html

Looks like a newer model of 24" Ariens with lowered price at HD. I'm likely going to a Ariens for my next model. Semi warm deal of $996 if you're in need of one right away. They don't have the Ariens 24" Compact priced listed on their website but I believe it is about $1200 give or take
Yes, it was about $1200. Some HD stores cleared them out for $600 in the spring
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mt229431 wrote:
Nov 9th, 2017 6:43 am
Looking for advice on a first time snowblower purchase. I live in Cape Breton, NS, ....
. My father in-law has:http://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/yardw ... p.html#srp
It's also available in a smaller version: http://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/yardw ... p.html#srp
The design difference between MTD based machines (yardworks, troy-built, Cub cadet) vs Toro / Ariens is "closed flight" vs "open flight" augers.

http://movingsnow.com/2016/is-a-3-stage ... eo-review/

Closed flight meters the snow so it has less capacity. If you go too fast, the snow jams up in front and you end up pushing it around like a snow plow instead of blowing it out
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Open (ribbon) flight has more capacity and is less likely to clog. It mixes more air into the snow so it's easier to blow
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Those in the GTA who watched citytv BT Ch57 on Fri AM , there was a guy on TV trying to blow about 6" of wet snow in the parking lot of the Barrie CT using an MTD 2 stage. The snow was jammed in the closed flight auger and it ended up as a big pile being pushed in from of the blower.

As for 30 vs 26", If the snow plow leaves a big windrow, I'd go with the larger machine cause it's a much bigger engine. Something you might want in a big machine is "power steering" which makes it a lot easier to handle

For others, from the above links to CT
Yardworks 30" 357cc $1299 reg $1499

Yardworks 26" 243cc $1099.99 reg $1299
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I've gone for a 28" 3 stage to get around the plugging that plagued my 10.5 hp 2 stage MTD 29". Costco shows OOS right now, but perhaps it will come back in stock https://www.costco.ca/MTD-Pro-71.1-cm-% ... 80304.html . It's 13 hp (420 cc) so I hope that helps with the plugging, too. I'll leave a bit of a review once it's delivered and used.
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smacd wrote:
Nov 10th, 2017 11:38 am
I've gone for a 28" 3 stage to get around the plugging that plagued my 10.5 hp 2 stage MTD 29". Costco shows OOS right now, but perhaps it will come back in stock https://www.costco.ca/MTD-Pro-71.1-cm-% ... 80304.html . It's 13 hp (420 cc) so I hope that helps with the plugging, too. I'll leave a bit of a review once it's delivered and used.
TSC Stores also has the 3 stage MTD GOLD 420cc 30" for $1500 on sale.
http://www.tscstores.com/SNOWBLOWER-30- ... 41832.aspx
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scorpi14 wrote:
Nov 10th, 2017 12:52 pm
https://www.lowes.ca/snow-blowers/cub-c ... 93635.html

Can someone advise on this SB? Is it good price or should I wait? Any advise on this brand is appreciated? My budget is 800-1000. Thanks!
I think that machine (Cub cadet 208cc 2 stage power steering?) was just on sale at Lowes for $849 (oct 18) 15% off weekend stacked with $200 off


It's also sold as the MTD Gold 208cc and Troy-built 208 , both with power steering


At this point, I would probably wait till BF to see if it goes down again. Last year's price was an error $699 and $721
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Anyone hav any opinions on the tracked mdt/ cub cadet 28” 277cc models? Found one locally in kijiji at a really good price that has had almost no use and am considering picking it up. Will be used on a single car driveway about 90’ long with a decent size slop at the end. Currently paved but will be changing to gravel next year. Will also be used on the back lawn to dig out to and around the fire pit

It is basically this model but in mdt pro black and grey. https://www.lowes.ca/snow-blowers/cub-c ... 82872.html

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