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Best snowblower for $500-900

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by oldschoo, Sep 7, 2007.

  1. oldschoo

    oldschoo Senior Member
    Messages: 144

    What would u guys say is the best bet for something in the $500-900 price range on a first purchase of a snow blower? Should I stick with single stage for Indiana if I'm mainly doing small drives or should I go with a 2 stage? I'm planning on doing anywhere from 6-12 hrs/day each snow day that requires removal. I'm hoping for 8-10 good snow days this year. And is the dual stage more durable? Most of the homes will probably be 2 car width and about 3 car length ( or maybe 50ft long). I'm looking at Honda, Ariens, Toro, and yes, even Craftsman. And are these things hard to get repaired or can I do basic repairs at home if something wears or needs fixin'?
     
  2. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,557

    If you have a dealer for them, the Honda will be incredible, but you will pay for the quality of the machine. Ariens have a great track record as well (i have one) and if you have a dealer for them to be paired with, you will like it. Same here though, plan to pay for the quality. I can't really say much about craftsman except that i think they are uncomfortable to use.

    There is no way you'll get a new honda in your price range in a dual stage style, an ariens, maybe for the 5.5 horse, 24" small framed model. If you can up your price range to about $1200, you can get a 26" ariens w/ the 8.5hp briggs winter motor on it. That'll move some snow.
     
  3. oldschoo

    oldschoo Senior Member
    Messages: 144

    IRS sucks!

    These obviously allow u to work much longer than if u were shuveling right? I could put in a good 5-6 hours a day shuveling before my back and body start wearing thin, and that's moving at a near max pace. Could I expect to double my endurance with a machine such as one of these? I don't think I'm going to be able to go above $900, maybe a bit less, but I'm stretching it. The IRS just wiped my accounts empty :cry: It's not from neglecting to pay taxes but from a deal involving my ex and because an address wasn't listed correctly. So I loose $3,000!? I don't trust them anymore. Anyway, that's another story. I've never had that happen before and I'm still getting over it. But I need to find something reliable that isn't tough to repair between $500-900. I appreciate any help!
     
  4. rayf268

    rayf268 Senior Member
    Messages: 117

    that should be easy enough if you don't mind used equip. check estate auctions. My dad got a larger tracked craftsman 2 stage for $500. but if your not that handy you might want to have someone check them out with you. you never know you might find a newer one someone can't get to run then throw in a spark plug and a new machine for dirt
     
  5. Snowpower

    Snowpower Senior Member
    Messages: 636

    The problem with two stage machines is their speed. Their ability to do a good clean tight to the ground job, and their weight. How are you going to move this thing around?

    Put it on and off a pickup 20 times a night with some dangerous ramp system?

    Not me.

    Best bang for your buck is the Toro CCR line. I have it forget the number.

    Without the hand crank for the chute. The cheap one. Theres two models and they are the same except for the hand crank which is slow and a waste of cash.

    Best snowblower ever made and you can lift it in and out of the truck.
     
  6. BlueRam2500

    BlueRam2500 Senior Member
    Messages: 765

    I have a Craftsman 8hp, 27" cut blower and it has never let me down. I have had it for 4 seasons now. I paid $650 for it, and I just saw the new 9hp machines going for $750.
     
  7. oldschoo

    oldschoo Senior Member
    Messages: 144

    Hey, I was thinking about getting something there ( sears ). Can u tell me how long it takes for your avg. drive; say 2 car wide x 50ft and a 4-6in snowfall? Also, u've had it for 4 seasons right? Well how many customers have u done in those 4 years? Thanks for the info Blue Ram!