Snow Blowers

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  1. Arcome

    Arcome Premium Member Intermediate User Premium Member

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    Perhaps a sore topic for some but I’m in need of a snow blower. Looking @ Toro power max and their snow master series.

    Would love some suggestions and war stories!!


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  2. Andrew21

    Andrew21 "All Blade, All The Time" Administrator Advanced User Premium Member

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    I always wanted one, but would not be any help in Georgia
    But I will checkout that web site.
     
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    they work great with *dry* (very cold) snow, so so with *damp* snow (upper 20's), and barely at all with *wet* snow (30 degrees +)
     
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    I second @Andrew21's recommendation. An Ariens is definitely the way to go. You shouldn't have any buyer's remorse with one of those badboys. Online is also an excellent approach. Great selection and prices, no sales tax, and you can even get free shipping.
     
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    own an Ariens and have never regretted it. get the 110 V electric start and a half dozen extra shear pins for the impeller shaft
    caveat: when (not if) the electric starter dies, it costs more than many cars to replace
     
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    Well... since an average snowfall for OK in one storm is 1 inch or less .... i never saw the need. Now, back in '10, when we got 2+ft Christmas morning, and our private road that 6 of us lived on was blocked, we needed out to go to the inlaws and none of the other elderly folks on the road were gonna get out, it fell upon me and my trusty 06 F150 Supercrew 4x4 with 35 inch Toyo M/Ts to clear a path....

    And damn was it fun! After a pass, enough snow was packed in the front end that it would bulldoze a path.

    Thats how us Okies deal with it. We just make something.

    I once saw a guy with a 3/4 inch thick half sheet of plywood ratchet strapped to his front bumper plowing a road... lol it appeared to work well....
     
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    Heh I got myself an electric one for Virginia last year on black Friday amazone sale and I got 150 foot outdoor cold resistant 12 guage cable all for $100 normally just the snow thrower was $160. But I digress


    When I used to live in northeast, saugus ma and north Conway NH I got a 12hp triple impeller one with tires and not tracks. my neighbor had tracks and they would fall off when pieces of ice chunks got into them. I chained the tires and never had an issue. The triple impeller helped with wet heavy snow it helped with the throwing distance and breaking up ice...especially if you got that stupid northeast layered snow...icy...wet..plush..icy. I sold the snow thrower with the house....few years ago I visited the dude I sold the house to and he still have been using the same thrower....17 years now. I forgot the name of the thrower but I got it at home Depot (not many Internet stores 17 years ago)

    Key points:
    1) triple impeller...dont cheap out and use correct sheer pins or else you can break stuff
    2) easily adjustable clearing height
    3) tires instead of tracks
    4) cabin option and easily adjustable chute
    5) electric start
    6) bright adjustable lights (you don't think much about that but when they are predicting 12" and it's already 6" down and it's only 7pm than you know that you should pre-clear the driveway and it sucks if you can't see)
     
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    This is the time to purchase the dealers have them in stock for the winter. I had a John Deere I think it was four forward/two reverse. Nothing would stop it. Be sure you have electric start and two stage. Service it properly and it will last forever. Get a cheap plastic chute clearer at the same time.

    Good Luck!
     
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    I primarily use a Fermec 960 Backhoe to plow our driveways and road.
    To keep the paths nice and wide I'll periodically run my Kubota RTV 900 with a 72" Bercomac snowblower. Vantage 72" Snowblower - Bercomac
    The blower is 2 stage. This is what gives it the ability to throw the snow far and wide.

    Killer combo for the mile or so I have to plow in Montana. We received about 162%~ of average last winter.

    My father has a walk behind blower. I believe it's a Husky. From talking to him he said heated grips made a huge difference.

    I prefer a heated cab. ;)
     
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    Thanks everyone for all of the quick responses! Most likely will go with an Ariens and get extra shear pins, chains for the tires and a chute clearer. Be prepared!
     
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    Anyone have a garden tractor? Just get a plow, some chains and QD weights.

    Note: i said garden tractor, which is much sturdier than a riding mower that is only made to mow grass. Garden tractors have heavy duty transmissions and engines thst will actually "lug" :airquote: under load. My garden tractor will pull 1500 lb haybales on a hay spike trailer, in addition to mowing duties.

    If i had this snow problem, Id buy a blade for my garden tractor.... or borrow dads Massey-Ferguson front end loader... :cool:
     
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    Get a cab is helps tremendously in terms of warmth and keeping the flowing snow off your face...yes you are blowing snow but if it's windy some of the blown snow is well blown onto you...the cabs are cheap so get a snow thrower that accepts one. As for heated hand grips I don't know...I used to wear gloves with hand warmers when using it and I think that the power that goes to heat the grips could be used for the impeller in throwing the snow...i.e. finite amount of power to drive the impeller and what goes where is distributed. Now if it was a heated cab with the heat that is created from the engine being directed towards the cab that's another story.

     
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    Im so glad i live in the south.... **** all that....
     
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    It's really a function of where you live, what kind of snow you typically deal with during a season. How big the area is you are trying to clear? Two stage? Single stage? Ability to store the unit in the off-season?
     
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    Been ten years since I had to deal with that crap but when I did ...
    2 stage, electric start, multiple forward speeds and a reverse. Spare shear pins and belt on hand
    The skids and scrapper bar were cheap mild steel, when I got tired of buying replacements I had the Tool & Die shop I worked for fab some up out of hardened steel.
     
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    When I moved to Florida last year I sold my 1978 ariens. It got repowered in 1995 and was still running like a champ. Got me thought many blizzards including Nemo, my dad got it used in 1991 and it got a lot of work clearing a double wide 200 ft driveway for 15 years. Started first pull everytime it's entire life.
     
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    Yeah.... After spending a week in Orlando and now 2 days here Daytona I can tell you don't need a snow blower .....did you trade the thing in on a dehumidifier the size of a Buick for your yard? I would have.... :pwn:
     
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    And I was bitchin about Thanksgiving day cards being out already.
     
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    I know this is pretty irrelevant to this thread... But just in case somebody lives somewhere that snows very little, but wants "something" without breaking the bank, here is a very inexpensive corded option. Warning: this is not suitable for those of you who need real power, this might be some north Alabama user or something with space in his garage... $100 greenworks with "points" back more than the cost of the item.

    slickdeals.net: Greenworks 20" Corded Electric Snow Blower + $125 SYW Points (3-Installments) $100 + Free Shipping