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Snowblower/Snowthrower Watch 2017-2018

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Nov 8, 2007
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arpaul15 wrote: Anybody see or recommend the new craftsman 22inch single stage snowblower at Rona for $449 on sale from $699? Looks similar to the B&S one. Can't seem to find stock of that craftsman single stage at Rona
Bought this exact Craftsman a few weeks ago and it worked great on fresh snowfall with slushy, partially compacted snow.
It tosses snow as far, if not further than my MTD 2-stage and would be able to reach the other side of the street.
I even rammed it into the end of driveway accumulation and it was able to get through that with a little struggle - the snow shredder feature is key for EOD.

There were 2 negative aspects I noted immediately:
  • Unable to scrape the very bottom layer of frozen/compacted snow (expected)
  • Exhaust blows downward from the back rather than the side, basically right into your face

You can't really escape exhaust even if it is vented out the side, but I still think it is a poor design choice.
However I was looking for something that could be considered a 1.5 stage snowblower and I'm very happy with the performance of the machine.

I just wish I had jumped on the Lowe's BD/NY deal for the 250cc model at $550 +10% off +2% ebates +free home delivery.
The only differences I can spot are front light, black housing and more powerful engine.
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Dec 12, 2009
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Neo_ZX wrote: However I was looking for something that could be considered a 1.5 stage snowblower and I'm very happy with the performance of the machine.
The Toro SnowMaster series might be your answer.
https://www.toro.com/snowmaster/
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Nov 8, 2007
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Thanks for the suggestion, but to be more clear I was looking for a cost-effective unit with power for EOD (2-stage), in a smaller single-stage form factor.

Comparable Toro offerings are usually on the expensive side and while I would prefer an 18-20" unit, I didn't think their single-stage offerings would be as capable for EOD.
The SnowMaster series offered at the link are pretty much the same size as any 24" 2-stage and I'd assume would cost a lot more.

I'm already happy with the 22" Craftsman which I just barely have enough room to store.
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Jun 12, 2007
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London
scorown wrote: In market to buy one for next year, do they start going on sale as winter ends?
My speculation is that retailers may start clearing out machines starting the family day long weekend, especially if there's no big storms in the forecast. Look for a "tax free" weekend stacked along with some sale prices

For example, in this week's TSC flyer, they have a "price reduction" on some machines as opposed to sale
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Mar 2, 2014
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Lowes having additional 10% off on clearance snow blowers from today to Feb 2nd.
Newbie
Jan 19, 2018
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Lowes tax free event going on now. Ends Feb 2nd . Excludes clearance price snowblowers. But those clearance ones get an additional 10%.
Newbie
Jan 19, 2018
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Picked up the B&S 208cc 22 inch single stage from lowes. Listed on clearance for $599, and supposed to be additional 10% off for clearance snowblower, but the cashier gave me tax off ( 13%...so more beneficial) instead of the 10% off. So worked out to be $599-68+ tax.
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Jan 29, 2009
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Saint-Jean-Sur-Riche…
any deal coming up for a 2-stages? my snowblower just died .. looking around!
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Oct 6, 2007
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NinjaOrbs wrote: local Canadian Tire is blowing these guys out for $500 - http://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/certi ... 0184p.html
reviews are not great, also not too plentiful. Does anyone here have personal experience to share?
Six of the nine reviews are one star! This is the most telling one, from Jan. 18, 2018 "Don't buy this brand of snow blower as there is no support for parts. Chute control cable broke on mine , I have only had it for three weeks. They were not able to replace the part. Canadian Tire was great about the return of the snow blower. The company that makes the snow blower is no good , stay away."

I wouldn't touch it.
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Jul 4, 2005
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When’s a good time to buy for next winter use? I’ve been shoveling snow with a shovel for years so I’m curious to try out a snowblower but wouldn’t want to spend more than $150. Are there good models that get heavily discount during off season?

On another note, I may scour the used market, anything to watch out for?
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Dec 18, 2017
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You won't find much for $150. Even used it would be ready for the trash. Most used but decent ones go for around $300 around the Ottawa area.
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Jun 12, 2007
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London
Came across this for London/Windsor folks

1 unit of each on sale

Complete Turf Equipment -
4331 Oil Heritage Rd,
Petrolia, ON N0N 1R0,

Open Mon-Fri 8-5
519-882-2008 or 519-312-8873 Delivery to London available for a fee.


https://www.kijiji.ca/v-snowblower/lond ... nFlag=true
Toro 721R $575 Reg $759 (kooy bros $669)

https://www.kijiji.ca/v-snowblower/lond ... nFlag=true
721E $650 Reg $869 (Kooy Bros $769)

https://www.kijiji.ca/v-snowblower/lond ... nFlag=true
721 QZE $825 reg $1060 (Kooy Bros $949)

https://www.kijiji.ca/v-snowblower/lond ... nFlag=true
724 OE $925 Reg $1,150 (Kooy Bros $1,150)
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Dec 12, 2009
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l69norm wrote: Came across this for London/Windsor folks
Good find!
For those not near London/Windsor, You can PM some of those models at Home Depot to Kooy Bros for a little bit more.
e.g. 10% off Kooys 721 QZE = $854.10

On edit: You might even get HD to PM their advertised prices for the same or lower
http://www.completeturf.com/equipment_t ... owblowers/
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Jul 17, 2010
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jeeva86 wrote: When’s a good time to buy for next winter use? I’ve been shoveling snow with a shovel for years so I’m curious to try out a snowblower but wouldn’t want to spend more than $150. Are there good models that get heavily discount during off season?

On another note, I may scour the used market, anything to watch out for?

watch for snow joe 18 or 21 inch corded snowblower. They were on sale ~$150 and 180. They are powerful enough for 7 inches of snow.
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Feb 22, 2017
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Vaudreuil-Dorion, QC
i see that in store but same price internet
448 $ for 22"
https://www.walmart.ca/fr/ip/souffleuse ... 0197092401

600$ for 27 "
https://www.walmart.ca/fr/ip/souffleuse ... 0197092404

we have 1demo each and one each in box in my store Vaudreuil QC ( at 14h00 fev 11 )

internet writed none in stock !!! but check in your store maybe lucked

i know is cheap brand but good price now BRIGG MOTOR on it
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Sep 12, 2006
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London
l69norm wrote: Came across this for London/Windsor folks

1 unit of each on sale

Complete Turf Equipment -
4331 Oil Heritage Rd,
Petrolia, ON N0N 1R0,

Open Mon-Fri 8-5
519-882-2008 or 519-312-8873 Delivery to London available for a fee.


https://www.kijiji.ca/v-snowblower/lond ... nFlag=true
Toro 721R $575 Reg $759 (kooy bros $669)

https://www.kijiji.ca/v-snowblower/lond ... nFlag=true
721E $650 Reg $869 (Kooy Bros $769)

https://www.kijiji.ca/v-snowblower/lond ... nFlag=true
721 QZE $825 reg $1060 (Kooy Bros $949)

https://www.kijiji.ca/v-snowblower/lond ... nFlag=true
724 OE $925 Reg $1,150 (Kooy Bros $1,150)
@l69norm Do you think any of these models would handle the dump we've had in London over the past week?
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montyhall wrote: @l69norm Do you think any of these models would handle the dump we've had in London over the past week?
It really depends on how big a driveway (width) , how big a windrow the plow leaves and where you can blow the snow (does it have to go to a specific spot?)

My old place was located on a wide road by a curve so all the snow would unload off the plow blade as it turned leaving a huge wide windrow of wet snow (knee high 2.5ft) Even a big two stage (8hp) would have trouble.

Some place don’t have enough room in one side of the driveway so you can only blow to the open side right over top the driveway.
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Sep 12, 2006
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So I have a driveway that 2 cars wide and 4 cars long and I can send the snow off to either side of the driveway.
Usually the plow leaves about a foot of snow along the edge of the drive way.
I don't mind shovelling that much, but I'm wondering if these or even a Snow Joe would be able to clear the fresh snow or the wet snow we had yesterday.
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montyhall wrote: So I have a driveway that 2 cars wide and 4 cars long and I can send the snow off to either side of the driveway.
Usually the plow leaves about a foot of snow along the edge of the drive way.
I don't mind shovelling that much, but I'm wondering if these or even a Snow Joe would be able to clear the fresh snow or the wet snow we had yesterday.
The Toro 721 is pretty much the go to machine for any snowfall less than 12”, widely used by commercial snow clearing companies (fits in the back of a truck, one person can lift/ load)

Edit:
Of course, there's the Honda machines, but they are premium products with a price to match

Arguably, the BriggsStratton/ Craftsman/ snapper / simplicity single stage machines are reported good or better (with the big engine and snow shredder auger) ...at a lower cost ....but I haven’t seen one in action or seen a head to head comparison against the Toro

The big advantages of single stage machines are speed and maneuverability due to the light weight, performance in small snowfalls. Could be more 30% to 2x or more faster than a two stage


The big advantages of two stage are depth of snow (greater than 12”), frozen/ big size windrow performance and throwing distance.

Two stage machines can also be used in gravel or the lawn, single stage are pavement/concrete only, however single stage cleans to bare pavement while 2 stage leaves a thin layer of snow

Two stages perform poorly in light snowfalls and slush. They need 3”+ to throw properly and clog easily in slush

Electric is in a class by itself. While some electric can outperform bad cheapie single and two stage (infamous Poulen pr621es ranked one of the worst products ever tested by Consumer Reports), it’s more of an exemption. The best performing is the ergo cordless but it’s big $$$. For best performance, you need a heavy duty 12 gauge extension cord that’s flexible in low temps($40-$100)

Edit ... I forgot about Honda
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