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Has anyone heard of Columbia snowblowers??

Discussion in 'Residential Snow Removal' started by 2008 Taco, Nov 21, 2010.

  1. 2008 Taco

    2008 Taco Junior Member
    Messages: 13

    Ok, so I return to these trusty forums yet again! It's that time of year again, and I'm looking for a snowblower. I just heard of Columbia snowblowers, and wanted to see if I can get any input on them from you guys here, as well as reputable places to find them......or should I not bother?

    Thanks!!
     
  2. pmorrissette

    pmorrissette Senior Member
    Messages: 175

    Columbia has a good reputation here in Quebec. I think they are now a subsidiary of MTD.

    Website is: http://www.columbia-canada.com/index.htm

    It appears to be only in French ?

    The model numbers are easy to decipher. The 10528 snowblower has a 10.5hp 357cc engine with a 28" bucket, etc, etc...

    This is thier current flyer, again in French; but dollar signs don't need translation. Very little difference between US and CDN dollar these days.

    http://www.columbia-canada.com/Photos/Promos/Circulaire.pdf

    My brother-in-law has the 11.5hp with 30" big bucket chassis (deeper bucket & bigger augers)...it's a beast...but I find the handles a tad too low for me (am 6'4" whereas he his only 5'10"). I used it to clear his driveway a few times last winter when they were away on vacation for 2 weeks, it would chew through 3' tall icy snowbanks left by the city plow like a hot knife through butter.
     
    Last edited: Nov 21, 2010
  3. 2008 Taco

    2008 Taco Junior Member
    Messages: 13

    Well it's great to hear that these things do well in a lot of snow! My concern, is that I cannot find a lot of info about them when compared to all these other brands. So I'm worried that if I ever have an issue with it...where do I take it?
     
  4. JohnnyRoyale

    JohnnyRoyale 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,935

    Typical of companies in QC.
     
  5. Sandra

    Sandra Junior Member
    Messages: 2

    These ARE great snow machines...we've been selling them and we service them too...we are in the area of Fergus Ontario, canada...and we get a lot of calls from the USA...you should know that these Columbias are the "sister-line" to Cub Cadets...both made by MTD,...Cub Cadet is the premier Line in Ontario...and Columbia is the Quebec premier line...and now they are "Provincial Border Crossing" the two lines...that is why all the info you fine is in French...but Cub dealers cannot do the repair or warranty work on them...and visa-versa...it;s a political thing...but any dealer who carries the Troy-Bilt line should be able to do your work...if you still have troubles finding someone to do the work in your area, go to www.popower.ca...and ask them for info...goodluck...
     
    Last edited: Jan 13, 2011
  6. johnnysnok

    johnnysnok Member
    Messages: 46

    God Machine

    I bought a 24" last winter and i love it. I have used it for 2- 20" storms and 2- 10' storms and many in between. It really throws well also. i reccommend one.
     
  7. Sandra

    Sandra Junior Member
    Messages: 2

    Columbia Snow Blower Trick

    Glad to hear you are having fun in the snow, now if you really want that machine to deposit snow 6 doors down the street, spray a bit of silicon in the chute....nothing will stick ....and watch out !

    Have Fun.

    Wanna know how to remove ice from your sidewalk? Very easy and fast!
     
  8. johnnysnok

    johnnysnok Member
    Messages: 46

    I spray the chute when i am done every time once it is dry with FF and it does make a world of difference.