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2 stage blowers

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by PowersTree, Dec 2, 2010.

  1. PowersTree

    PowersTree Senior Member
    Messages: 586

    Our task is resi driveways for HIGH end homeowners. No snowplows, unless absolutely needed.

    Some a rather large. What do you guys think of the 45" blower on the market now. (Lowes / depot / Sears / cub cadet at the dealers)

    I have a 3 man crew with toro 210s. Wondering if I buy a 30" or 45. Will the 45 be to big? I can get the crafstman branded for $1600.
  2. PowersTree

    PowersTree Senior Member
    Messages: 586

    Note, ill take pictures, the machines are all made by the same company, just branded differently.
  3. Lawn Rover

    Lawn Rover Inactive
    Messages: 90

    You ever consider an ATV?
  4. doubleedge

    doubleedge Member
    from ND
    Messages: 64

    Do you have a tractor or skid steer that you could attach a snowblower to? A 45" walkbehind snowblower would have trouble with deep snow and would be difficult to maneuver.
  5. just plow it

    just plow it Senior Member
    Messages: 131

    My dad has a 36 inch Ariens walk behind blower and it takes two men and a boy to operate it. It's a real pain to steer and turn. If your doing a lot of driveways I would suggest a smaller one or one on a lawn tractor because you would be so tired after one driveway you won't want to do the rest. You get done fast with a big blower but it wares you out fast also.
  6. PowersTree

    PowersTree Senior Member
    Messages: 586

    Kinda what I was told. My old boss now has a dealership also. Guess ill get a 30" instead. But damn it looked cool. It would be much cooler with a walkbehinds style drive system.

    No ATV plows either. Do they make blowers for the ATVs? A tractor with blower was my next thought.

    Now, would you spend $400 more to get a cub machine from the dealer, or save that money, buy an extra set of belts, and buy the same machine from Lowes just painted different colors? My old boss offers 25 hour parts depth access.
  7. NicholasMWhite

    NicholasMWhite Senior Member
    Messages: 175

    the newer 45 inch blowers (craftsman and cub cadet) have chinese engines on them. That being said, I wouldn't touch them with a 10 foot pole.
  8. BossPlow2010

    BossPlow2010 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,069

    If you get a steel auger, it's going to scratch the driveway and the home owners will be upset. Get synthetic paddles and it'll clean it better.
    Plus the chains from the mower/ tractor tires will scratch the surface

    that being said, you can't go wrong with toro!
    Last edited: Dec 2, 2010
  9. PowersTree

    PowersTree Senior Member
    Messages: 586

    I've already got the toros. Its the two stage I can't decide on.

    I wont be running chains, and the 2 stage blowers of poly sliders, or an option to buy it if you want. Cub has it as a standard, the others don't, but I can just order cub sliders and put em on.

    What blower do you recommend if not those one?
  10. buckwheat_la

    buckwheat_la 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,254

    We also use blowers and stuff for driveways, Ariens makes good blowers. You might consider 3 pt blower on a subcompact tractor, we have a massey 2300 (24hp) and just put a 50 inch snow blower on it, all i can say is WOW
  11. JayD2

    JayD2 Senior Member
    Messages: 309

    I just picked up a toro 210R and man, that thing is loud. It sounds like a motor cross bike....Smokes some too, I guess the new ones have to break in a little. My big toro 1028 smokes, but its not broke in yet either, only used it two times about 30min ea.time
  12. flatlander42

    flatlander42 Senior Member
    Messages: 421

    I like my walker 36" single stage blower. Has more than enough balls and throws snow like you wouldn't believe. Also a plus....my shoulders don't hurt after a big storm!

  13. PowersTree

    PowersTree Senior Member
    Messages: 586

    Ok so I've been looking around. I think I want to get a large garden tractor / small utility. Looking at blowers in the 40" range.

    I'm setting up a large site sidewalk / high end resi driveway crew. I'm thinking a 36 inch blower is my best bet so that it'll fit down most all sidewalks.

    I will be buying used, but what garden tractors came with a 3 point hitch. Im thinking a back blade would be nice? And help counter for of the blowers weight.

    Leaning towards a Wheel Horse or a Deere. No home depot junk.
    Last edited: Jan 4, 2011
  14. PowersTree

    PowersTree Senior Member
    Messages: 586

    Ok. I feel like a Jack ass now. That Massey looks like a sweet tractor! I just googled it.
  15. WIPensFan

    WIPensFan PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,594

    How much are you willing to spend? Did you look at the Toro 2 stagers? That's what I would buy. The biggest ones. Some guys on here have been posting their small tractors on a thread in the Picture Forum, check those out for sure. Pretty big $$ though.
  16. PowersTree

    PowersTree Senior Member
    Messages: 586

    Thats what I need to find. Didn't know they had a picture thread, but then again I'm surfing from my phone.

    I ended up buying the Cub 30" model. The dealer came close to Lowes price, so I bought it from the dealer.

    Now I want a tractor. Then there wont be a sidewalk job we couldn't handle. 3 point spreader, and spray rig for it.
  17. WIPensFan

    WIPensFan PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,594

  18. KEC Maintaince

    KEC Maintaince Senior Member
    from N.J.
    Messages: 265

    i use the toro 210 on the custom drive ways with no issues
  19. milkie62

    milkie62 Senior Member
    from Troy,NY
    Messages: 231

    I run the big ariens and the 33" cub cadet with easy steer.The big cub is a dream.The 45" is great for the driveways but if you need to do the walks it is too big.Do not hesitate buying the 45" blower,just remember about the walkways.