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Best Brand of 2 Stage Snowblower

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by Apex Snow, Oct 24, 2005.

  1. Apex Snow

    Apex Snow Junior Member
    from N.Y.
    Messages: 4

    Looking for information and ideas for the best type of two stage snowblowers for sidewalks and small paved type driveways. What are the best?
     
  2. itsgottobegreen

    itsgottobegreen PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,351

    Hands down is honda
     
  3. The Boss

    The Boss 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,099

    I've never had any problems with my Craftsman.
     
  4. FiNaL

    FiNaL Junior Member
    from OHIO
    Messages: 14

    hey boss what kind of craftsman do you have? I am lookin for a back up one its a 5.5 hp with i think 22 or 24 inch wide not sure. How long have you had yours?
     
  5. Oshkosh

    Oshkosh PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,655

    I had a 5/24?Crapsman

    Hello, For what it is worth I had a 5/24 I think it was either a 22 or 24" Craftsman and it was nothing but a pain in my tail.Where the impeller throws the snow up into the chute it would ALWAYS plug up.They restricted the transition for whatever reason,just a poor design.
    If powder is all you get then it should be ok for you,anything heavy and it will plug.I waxed the intake before every storm it would help a little but would still plug,going in first gear full throttle working it into six inches of heavy snow just a worm and then nothing.The chute was also kind of cheap,plastic and would break away around the base with heavy use.
    My twenty year old Ariens ran circles around my newer Craftsman.I ended up giving my craftsman to a neighbor.
    Honda makes a great product also.
     
  6. ROFOTH

    ROFOTH Junior Member
    Messages: 5

    best i've had

    The best snow blower that I've had so far is my Craftsman 8/24.
    Metal chute two stage and Trac Drive. I bought it used for 300 dollar Five years ago. The only thing I had to replace is plug every year,and I just replased the friction disc yesterday.(the disc was at least 20 yrs old ).
    the person I bought it from bought it new and still had all the paper work.
     
  7. westwind

    westwind Member
    Messages: 79

    Honda has always produced a great product. Have also had good luck with the larger Toro models.
     
  8. J & B Lawncare

    J & B Lawncare Member
    Messages: 88

    Don't know what might be the best

    But my Ariens snow blowers have never given me a problem.

    J & B Lawncare
     
  9. Calamari

    Calamari Member
    Messages: 36

    Ariens

    824 Ariens is very reliable. Electric start comes in handy. Locking hub. Blows dry snow 30'. Chews wet snow. Easy maintenance.
     
  10. B&K LawnCare

    B&K LawnCare Member
    Messages: 68

    John Deere is the way to go.
     
  11. GrtArtiste

    GrtArtiste Junior Member
    from NW Ohio
    Messages: 10

    The leaders are Honda-Ariens-Toro-Simplicity (I call them the HATS machines for short). Honda is undoubtedly the best quality, but parts are expensive and getting them can be a nightmare. Ariens had a large, loyal following. Many of these last 20 years and more. Toro is also great, especially if you like Tecumseh engines (some do, some don't). Parts for both are widely available. A Simplicity is usually a little more costly than a comparable Ariens or Toro, but they are also highly regarded. You really can't go wrong with any of them. That said, I have a Toro and I like it.

    GrtArtiste