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Small sidewalk snowblowers?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by Yardworks, Dec 3, 2000.

  1. Yardworks

    Yardworks Senior Member
    Messages: 143

    I was wondering if anyone has had better luck with these small push sidewalk blowers(the type with the rubber bladed augers) I have a John Deere TRS 21 type. It's a 5 HP,21 inch wide. I usually just shovel unless it's over 3 inch, then it's faster for me to blow first and then go over with a shovel. But this blower, being a single stage, throws snow all over out the front and plugs a lot when you hit a light spot of snow or if it's a little wet. Do any of the other brands work better? I want something small and light. I know a 2-stage wouldn't throw snow out the front, but I don't think anyone makes a small 2 stage. If they don't, someone should.
     
  2. snow

    snow PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 1,002

    I have an old snapper single stage 2 stroke that i thought was a POS. it would clog in the littlest snowfalls and seemed like junk. alan has one and likes it, and i told him mine wouldn't work and he knew exactly what was happening. the belt that turns the auger is loose or the spring which engages the augers is bent. $20 and my sidewalk machine will be back. I'd check to see if that could be your problem. I have a 2 stage ariens, but if i get the single stage fixed, I'll use it for small driveways and sidewalks.

    Bryan
     
  3. thelawnguy

    thelawnguy PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,011

    I use my Toro CCR 2xxx over a foot deep snow with no probs.
     
  4. plowking35

    plowking35 2000 Club Member
    from SE CT
    Messages: 2,923

    I had three of those snow blowers, and they all were terrible. If they didnt dtart, they would clog every three feet. I sold them for about 1/3 of what I paid for them. They are actually made by MTD, they are the exact copy of the husky 21" blower, which is also made by MTD.
    By the recommendation of my power equip dealer, I purchased a honda 621 single stage snow blower. I liked it so much that last year I bought another. It has plenty of power, and will easily go through 12" of snow, we have gone through alot more in drifts. It clogs occasionally, but only about 1-2x per storm instead of 1-2x per 10' with the deere.
    Honds now makes a unit Harmony 520 which replaced the 621, I hear it is just as good. Pricing is about 650-700 but well worth it. Starts first or second pull everytime.
    Dino
     
  5. cwlo

    cwlo Junior Member
    Messages: 18

    For what I consider a midsize blower, the Honda 520 seems to be the top choice. For the smaller category, the Toro CCR Powerlite is a real nice machine that is a bit smaller and lighter. It can be lifted very easily, (its about half the weight as the Honda) and is the perfect machine if you need to carry it around. It will do just about everything the Honda can do, except it will take longer, as its narrower, and will throw the snow a bit less in distance. it runs about $400. The Honda about $600.
     
  6. Evan528

    Evan528 PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 153

    MY VOTE goes for the toro ccr2000 also wich is 4.5hp. They discontinues it but they noe have a 5hp, a 6.5hp and i heard they even have a 7hp now. There incredable machines. I use mine in any snows up to 10 inches and its increadable... removes snow and wet slush right down to the driveway without any clogging at all. Ive used the single stage ariens too wich are also really good.
     
  7. Yardworks

    Yardworks Senior Member
    Messages: 143

    I was wondering if the Honda threw snow off to the side like my deere? For me the right side of the blower is terrible, the left side better, but it still throws some snow back where I've already cleaned.
     
  8. plowking35

    plowking35 2000 Club Member
    from SE CT
    Messages: 2,923

    The honda will only throw snow where you want it. The only to check is the small clamp that keeps the shute in a particular location is prone to sand and salt getting in it, and it makes the shute slightly unmanagable to turn. Just wash it out at the end of the storm and you will be fine, a little lithium grease helps as well.
    Dino
     
  9. Alan

    Alan PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,393

    I have the problem with snow coming out the end of the auger on my Snapper as well but it's no big deal to cure it. Just angle the blower a little as you go along the walk. Same idea as tacking a sailboat, the blower is pointing to about 10:30 but moving (pulling itself along) towards 12:00 O'clock. Then it tosses whatever snow it will out the front, but the front is now pointing into the unplowed snow. Granted, you lose 2-3 inches of clearing width, but if you can take 4-5 inches of snow, 15 inches or so wide and toss it away as fast as you care to walk, that's not real shabby. No big deal, ya just gotta be smarter than the machine. :)
     
  10. Samurai WeedWacker

    Samurai WeedWacker Junior Member
    Messages: 16

    See "Preferred snowblower" thread from 1 wk ago.

    Honda 521 or 621 is the way to go. I liked my Toro CCR2000s but I love my Hondas. Snapper sux & MTD single-stage is even worse.
     
  11. Yardworks

    Yardworks Senior Member
    Messages: 143

    Well, it looks like I'm going to have to check out a honda. Thanks for the info......
     
  12. Evan528

    Evan528 PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 153

    Today while i was at my dealer i checked out the new toro 7hp single stage. Whatta nice machine! I could only amagine how well it preforms considering my 4.5 toro is so great in all conditions.
     
  13. plowking35

    plowking35 2000 Club Member
    from SE CT
    Messages: 2,923

    Yeah but dont try to lift it, you are back to ramps.
    Dino
     
  14. thelawnguy

    thelawnguy PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,011

    It only weighs around 70 lbs, same as the 4.5 job.
     
  15. plowking35

    plowking35 2000 Club Member
    from SE CT
    Messages: 2,923

    The 7 hp is a monster, I tried to lift it just to see how much it weighed, it is alot more than the 4.5 trust me. Its about 2x the size of the 4.5 and at least 50% larger than my 621. I would say easily in the 100-125 lb range maybe larger.
    Dino
     
  16. Evan528

    Evan528 PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 153

    plowking it right! It feels twice as heavy as my 4.5. You made need ramps for it but it still has advantages over a 2 stage blower. Not only is it more maneverable but from my experiences i no that toro single stages can throw heavy slush from sidewalks without clogging while my toro 2 stage clogs. $940 bucks is quite steep though for a single stage!
     
  17. CCLC

    CCLC Member
    Messages: 91

    I think the new toro is overkill for a single stage. I will stick to my toro powerlites for small quick walks in less than a 3" of snow. I drag out the old reliable 2 stage for the big stuff. We have about 20,000 sq ft of sidewalk in one group of buildings this seems to be sufficient. Most of the sidewalks are 7' wide so with 1" we just shovel. It is faster.
     
  18. yardsmith

    yardsmith Senior Member
    Messages: 248

    Thanks for the posts, guys. I was wondering about this issue myself.
     
  19. Yardworks

    Yardworks Senior Member
    Messages: 143

    CCLC, I was wondering what type of shovels you use. I do a lot of sidewalk shoveling at one complex(aprox.45000 sq. ft.) I'm pretty happy with the plastic pushers I use, but it never hurts to get other opinion. My only complaint is the longevity of these shovels. Last year I wore out 12 shovels . This year is going to be even worse.
     
  20. plowking35

    plowking35 2000 Club Member
    from SE CT
    Messages: 2,923

    Less than 2" and powder, use a back pack blower.
    Dino