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Yard Machines single stage blowers any good?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by IMAGE, Nov 28, 2007.

  1. IMAGE

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    Menards has the 3.5hp single stage for $273 and the 4.5hp for $399.

    I am tempted to go get the small one, but want to know what you guys think of the Yard Machines single stage blowers.

    Do they start good?
    Do they blow it far?
    Would the 4.5hp YM be better then the 3.25 toro?


    I ask because the cheapest Toro is only 3.25hp and $400

    Thanks, Steve
     
  2. Runner

    Runner Senior Member
    Messages: 957

    Most everyone I have talked to or heard from that have used these machines (MTD, or what used to be MTD) have really had no quams with their snow equipment. I am sure you'll get your use out of it, and replacement parts (paddles and such) are readily available.
     
  3. IMAGE

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    Thanks for the reply Runner
     
  4. Lbilawncare

    Lbilawncare Senior Member
    Messages: 144

    We bought one last year to have as backup, thankfully a friends dad bought it back from me. Spend a little more for the Toro, that thing was horrible !
     
  5. IMAGE

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    was that the 3.5 or the 4.5 hp one? or was it not a issue of power?

    Will the 3.25 hp Toro Powerlite be a good blower for up to 6" of snow?
     
  6. Wicked500R

    Wicked500R Senior Member
    Messages: 394

    Yard Machines are low quality! You get what you pay for !
     
  7. ptllandscapeIL

    ptllandscapeIL Senior Member
    Messages: 495

    not worth it even for a homeowner i spend the extra for a , toro,snapper,areins along thats lines
     
  8. topdj

    topdj Senior Member
    Messages: 396

    or Honda too
     
  9. IMAGE

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    Ok thanks guys. After listening to you guys and searching the forum I am gonna go toro. I realized I that one of my main things I told myself is to never skimp on tools and equipment, I had almost forgot that. I just called HD and they have a ccr 2450 for $499. I am on my way out the door...
     
  10. Brant'sLawnCare

    Brant'sLawnCare PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,754

    Good choice. My neighbor has a single stage MTD. He likes it. But the housing on it ed and broke. It didn't seem to bother him too much, but for a pro, I don't think it would last.
     
  11. IMAGE

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    Yeah it looks like its gonna be pretty nice. They tried to sell me an extended warrenty at the counter for $50 and I was like "Why? They garuntee it will start in 2 pulls for 5 yrs."

    It sure was easy to set up too. I carried the box up to my 3rd floor apt and when I opened it I saw it only takes about 30 seconds to set up. Oh well, now I know I can carry it up to the 3rd floor anytime I want easy enough.wesport
     
  12. Brant'sLawnCare

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    Messages: 1,754

    That sounds like you made a good choice. What did you get? I've always wanted to get a Toro, but I keep stumbling across great deals on Ariens blowers.
     
  13. Duracutter

    Duracutter Senior Member
    from Canada
    Messages: 200

    You "stumble" on great deals because they are not that great.

    Once you get a 3650 or the newer equivalent model, you generally don't look back.

    Today, some of the sidewalk had less than 1/4 " and the toro still picks it up and tosses it.
    Try that with an Ariens(I have 2 by the way) and you're out of luck. Ariens are big, cumbersome and hardly work compared to Toros.

    :)
     
  14. IMAGE

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  15. Brant'sLawnCare

    Brant'sLawnCare PlowSite.com Addict
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    I don't usually use a blower anyway with that much snow. But even if they aren't the greatest, I paid $300 for each of them. The 5 horse was in mint condition (only used twice) and the 7 horse was in pretty good shape too. Don't worry, I will try and get a toro, I'm sure they are better, but I have to wait until it snows cause that brings inpayup. Can those Toro's go through 10-12 inches of snow? Just wondering, because the Ariens don't have too much troube with that amount of snow.