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A GOOD Snow Blower

Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by FalconSprint, Jan 29, 2011.

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  1. FalconSprint

    FalconSprint TS Member

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    What brand name makes a good, reliable self propelled gas powerd snow blower? I have a Craftsman right now that falls apart upon every use, something breaks damn near everytime. So if you have something that's good, tell me what you have. I'll keep the motor off the Craftsman, and junk the rest. Thanks, F/S.
     
  2. StonewallRacing

    StonewallRacing Well-Known Member

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    Airens - I would not buy any other brand.

    SW
     
  3. trinketshooter

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    I second the Ariens. Neil
     
  4. GW22

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    Ariens indeed. Just finished using mine and, as usual, it starts easy and does it's job.

    -Gary
     
  5. skeeljc

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    Ariens. My son has mine that I purchased in 1986. 24" cut, 8 HP, electric start (110v). The only parts it has needed (besides blade and runners) is a starter and a carb float. GREAT MACHINE!

    Jim Skeel
     
  6. msmith

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    I use an Ariens Pro 32 at work. This is a great machine. It has a 16.6 hp engine and always starts on the 1st pull. I use the machine 1.3 hours just about everyday in the winter months. At home I have a Toro single stage. It is O.K.for residential use. Mike
     
  7. Shoot-at-em

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    My neighbor has an Ariens. It has the same engine as my Dad's Toro. They both work just fine (with fresh fuel). I've used both and the only difference that I can see is the color. Everything else seems to be the same.
     
  8. halfmile

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    Ariens are good. So is Toro. And I have friends who want all there stuff to have green paint.

    But since Tecumseh went out of business, I am relegated to being a neophyte again.

    Ariens is made 30 miles from me, and they are a good company. That would be my first investigation.

    HM
     
  9. deercreek

    deercreek Well-Known Member

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    I have a Simplicity which if I remember is extremely similar to the Aerian's. My wife about sh*t when I paid $1000.00 for a snowblower but now she has an understanding of quality vs. lower pricing. I have no regrets with this Simplicity product (Tehcumpsa (sp.) engine)
     
  10. halfmile

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    Well, hold the phone. I just looked at the Ariens site, and they have a 24 inch that runs for 45 minutes on a battery.

    Hmmmmm......

    HM
     
  11. skip

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    Ariens!

    More Horse Power is Better

    Chains are a good option
     
  12. StonewallRacing

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    Jim,

    I can 14-up ya..... My Airens is a 1972 that was my wife's Grandfathers. Still starts on the first pull!

    SW
     
  13. trapshooterjoe7

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    I have a 1979 John Deere, 14hp just a work horse....
    trapshooterjoe7_2008_030338.jpg
     
  14. Pull Bang

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    I got a John Deere on 11/29/2000, model 1128DE. This is an 11 horsepower snow blower, 28 inch width and 20 inch opening height.

    I am very pleased with this snow blower, it does a great job in wet snow or powder.

    I have not had any mechanical problems with this blower.

    Frank
     
  15. twoatlow8

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    I like my Honda 928 Track Drive. It will go through anything!
     
  16. shooterIII

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    My Troy-Built works fine for me.
     
  17. Hauxfan

    Hauxfan Well-Known Member

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    I have John Deere that I bought in 1992 and it's still going strong and doesn't even use any oil.

    Does it start on the first pull? I have no idea because I always use the electric motor built into it to start the machine.

    Would I buy another? Well, yes if it was built the same, but I don't think they are anymore.

    So I would definitely check out the Ariens and anything else out there first.

    I hear some of them even have heated handles now. That would definitely be on my list next time.

    Hauxfan!
     
  18. need to shoot more

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    What Craftsman did you purchase? I purchased mine about five years ago the all steel NO plastic on the working end of it trades from $500 -$600 I live in the NE and its been very busy the last two years Thursday morning was 15" my drive is 20'x60'plus walk ways.
    Jim
     
  19. DTrykow

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    Ariens for sure. Still the only company that hasn't been bought up and cheapened up. And there in the business of making snowblowers. I have their Delux 24 with the Subaru engine. Nice machine. Dave T.
     
  20. charlie01

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    I have a new model Toro with a new briggs and stratton engindesigned for Toro snow blowers. Electric and pull start, 2 cycle gas but run great! Highly recommend!
     
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