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Old 01-10-2010, 07:43 AM   #1
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2-stage snow blowers

I am interested in a large, walk behind, 2-stage snow blower. What has been your experience with the major brands? What do you believe is the most capable, highest quality unit?

I am also interested in a PTO driven blower for mounting on the 3-point hitch of a large utility tractor. Any thoughts on brands for those?
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Old 01-10-2010, 08:08 AM   #2
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Old 01-10-2010, 08:16 AM   #3
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If you can find an old Gravely they are tough,
everything else seems like a toy, 400# of cast iron.

Ripped the bumper off my new 74 Beetle, once it ingested a Rubbermaid garbage can and a case of beer.

Ours has mowed lawns, turned gardens and keep our driveway and yard free of snow for 35 years and I acquired it second hand.

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Old 01-10-2010, 08:28 AM   #4
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Ripped the bumper off my new 74 Beetle, once it ingested a Rubbermaid garbage can and a case of beer.
First time my snowblower drinks a case of my beer it's going straight to the dump after being dismembered by plasma cutter.

Might want to have a look at this thread.
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Old 01-10-2010, 08:35 AM   #5
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Old 01-10-2010, 08:53 AM   #6
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How large are you looking for? I just bought a Toro 28". Probably the best on the market today is Honda $$$$. When looking at the rest the first thing is what kind of engine does it have? Now that Tecumseh is gone it will be either a Briggs & Stratton or Chinese. If they don't advertise it as a Briggs you can bet it is Chinese. What sets the various brands apart is the controls. My Toro has a joystick chute control and a clutch on each wheel for quick turns. Those were the deciding factor for the areas I have to clear since I have to turn frequently. After using an older machine with a crank and Bowden cable chute control the Joystick saves a lot of time. Some have electric chute control (Simplicity as well as the John Deere, that they make) . Heated grips are also offered on some. Electric start sure makes life easier.

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Old 01-10-2010, 09:46 AM   #7
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I had a Toro for about ten years. Every time I used it I would say to myself "Haven't you PUT UP with a Toro long enough. What a piece of crap.

I bought a Craftsman lawn tractor with a 17 hp Kohler and I put a snow thrower on the front in winter. Now I am happy.
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Old 01-10-2010, 12:01 PM   #8
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+2 on the HONDA you can put it in your will for the grand kids................

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Old 01-10-2010, 01:03 PM   #9
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I have had the honda track model (32" I think) for the past 8 years and to me it is flawless. It is rock solid and the tracks really do make a difference. Even to a guy who lives in NJ. To me it is like everything else most people in this forum talk about. Things are only as good as their weakest link- and to me these snow blowers don't have any weak links. It will cost you, but you won't ever question if there is a better snow blower out ther.
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Old 01-10-2010, 03:36 PM   #10
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Ariens

I have a made in the USA Ariens....5 years so far with zero problems.
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Old 01-10-2010, 03:54 PM   #11
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I like my Toro and it's red!

I was told as a snowblower newbie in the fall of '08 that any machine can shift dry snow, it's the wet stuff that separates the men from the boys.
My 28" Toro (last year with the flathead engine) will hurl the wet stuff 40' or more, so I'm happy.
What happened to Tecumseh?
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Old 01-10-2010, 05:13 PM   #12
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Here is mine, clearly outside the manufacturers operating recommendations :


More of a "sit behind", than a "walk behind", though. It's a Buhler, same manufacturer as Allied and Farm King if you shop them. Bulletproof.

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What happened to Tecumseh?
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Tecumseh is out of the small gas engine mfg business as of Dec. 15, 2008.

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Old 01-11-2010, 08:08 AM   #14
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What is this snow you speak of?
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Old 01-11-2010, 08:57 AM   #15
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How large are you looking for? I just bought a Toro 28". Probably the best on the market today is Honda $$$$. When looking at the rest the first thing is what kind of engine does it have? Now that Tecumseh is gone it will be either a Briggs & Stratton or Chinese. If they don't advertise it as a Briggs you can bet it is Chinese. What sets the various brands apart is the controls. My Toro has a joystick chute control and a clutch on each wheel for quick turns. Those were the deciding factor for the areas I have to clear since I have to turn frequently. After using an older machine with a crank and Bowden cable chute control the Joystick saves a lot of time. Some have electric chute control (Simplicity as well as the John Deere, that they make) . Heated grips are also offered on some. Electric start sure makes life easier.

I have a 8.5hp 26" Yard-man with heated grips, electric start, wheel clutches. Very happy with it after 8 years.
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