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is 24 inch to small for a snow blower?

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is 24 inch to small for a snow blower?

so im settled on a brand new Arien snow blow from there deluxe series.

they have a 24inch for 1500 and 28 inch for 100 dollars more.

both have 254cc motors

im pretty sure everything else is t he same.

this is what im generally doing: https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] ... ed-public/

i always thought bigger is better but i figured the 24 may be easier to manuver or store? (storing it in doors and need to lift the thing off a 1 foot step somehow)

is it wortht he extra 100 dollars for 4 inches?
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Search the previous thread

Edit: the one you started on the same topic 8 days ago
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Jerico wrote: Search the previous thread

Edit: the one you started on the same topic 8 days ago
that was thread about brand, not size.
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No. That's large enough for GTA.
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Op, I think you should consider the toro power max 826oe model 37772 for $1098 at home depot 26" 2 stage 250cc Briggs and Stratton

These 2 stage machines weigh about 200lbs or more, so you'll either have to hup it up that 12" step or build/buy a ramp
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l69norm wrote: Op, I think you should consider the toro power max 826oe model 37772 for $1098 at home depot 26" 2 stage 250cc Briggs and Stratton
this one? https://www.homedepot.ca/en/home/p.powe ... 60576.html

I like how the ariens seems to use more metal , such as the contorl panal and the snow shooter thing. it seems better made. sucks they dont come in 26 size
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I have a Honda 2 stage and it rocks its agile and powerful and I would not want a massive one that u push along like a snow plow. we don't get enough snow for that really here in Mississauga.
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May I ask
a) how did you determine you need a two stage
?
b) are you intending to do additional driveways or commercial/ contractor type use?
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24" is fine if your just doing a 2 car driveway. If you have a bigger laneway, then go bigger
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Buy the 24 as it is easier to maneuver in your tight space (per photo), store, and power (same 254 cc but smaller frame).
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24"should be easier to maneuver around that stuff in your drive.
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It's more important to make sure the engine is large enough. Lesser concern with frame size as long as it's 24 inch minimum.
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will888 wrote: It's more important to make sure the engine is large enough. Lesser concern with frame size as long as it's 24 inch minimum.
i was originally looking at the 24 compact for 1299 which features . 208cc engine. but the deluxe model for 200 more has a 256cc engine so it seems more powerful. 100 dollars more on top of that (1599) you can get a 28 but all else the same
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I have a 26" Toro (826)

And honestly, I'd go smaller if it meant a weight savings. One extra pass isn't as much of a pain as it is to push around these 28"+ snowblowers.
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RCGA wrote: I have a 26" Toro (826)

And honestly, I'd go smaller if it meant a weight savings. One extra pass isn't as much of a pain as it is to push around these 28"+ snowblowers.

Yep, my husband was on the same page on Sunday. Also we have an older Toro and he found that the mess we had on Sunday he had to take half/three quarters of a pass instead of a full as it (and he) was having trouble with all the plow crap on a full pass.
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I have a double car driveway that just fits 4 cars and I find my 24" perfectly fine.
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l69norm wrote: May I ask
a) how did you determine you need a two stage
?
b) are you intending to do additional driveways or commercial/ contractor type use?
Almost all the small commercial guys run a single stage machine on their plow trucks, they are small, fast and reliable, not to mention light enough that you can lift them into a truck bed unassisted, no way you can confidently do that with a two stage.
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I have an older (10 yrs or so) Ariens 28"... it's a beast. But here in Barrie, it earns its keep. There's often times that I go and help out the neighbors who are struggling with their machines with the wet, heavy crap at the end of the driveway after the plow goes by. Mine doesn't even hesitate, it can take it all. Never had any issues aside from a few shear pins over the years, and I did change the auger belt last year. With the new tight belt, that thing throws snow FAR!

But on lighter snowfalls, it's overkill and a lot of machine to move around.

For my conditions, it's exactly what I need. But for a normal driveway and not in the snowbelt, a smaller machine would be a better choice.
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OP,
$1500 for that Ariens seems like overkill unless you are doing commercial/contract type snow clearing (hours use per day)

For consumer duty ( a few hours per week), the Toro from home depot or the cub cadet/ lowes $799 boxing day deal ( snowblower-snowthrower-watch-2016-2017- ... #p27233024 ) seems like a better match
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I suspect the smaller version will need 1-2 extra passes but be a bit more maneuverable and a bit lighter, is that worth $100 to you?
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