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Jack_in_VA
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reply to alkizmo

Re: Snowblower replacement...

said by alkizmo:

said by Jack_in_VA:

The only, I repeat only way for snow-blowing to be fun is for someone else to be doing it while I am in the house by the open fire.

My son seems to ANNOYINGLY enjoy trying to get in the ejected snow's path.

Is your son old enough to operate it? If so problem solved as he will quickly disappear if you tell him it's "HIS" turn.

telco_mtl

join:2012-01-06
reply to alkizmo

said by alkizmo:

Ariens are top notch.
But have you tried fixing your current blower? It might be worth the cost. If it lastest 20 years, it could last another 20 years with proper repairs, they don't make them anymore like the one you have.

A new 2-stage blower would run in the 700$+ (especially if it's a ariens)

I agree, i have a 35 year old toro that had the engine replaced 8 years ago, runs great, needs bearings and a couple of springs in the transmission. i was going to fix it but my inlaws moved into an appartment and gave me theirs, this old one is built like a tank but with a free snowblower i cant justify the repair


alkizmo

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Pierrefonds, QC
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reply to Jack_in_VA

said by Jack_in_VA:

Is your son old enough to operate it? If so problem solved as he will quickly disappear if you tell him it's "HIS" turn.

Dude, the day he's old enough to operate the snow blower, is the day Imake him mow the lawn, trim the hedges, warm up the cars ya... that stuff.

But he's only 5. I have a good 8-10 years to go
Good thing I'm young.

telco_mtl

join:2012-01-06

said by alkizmo:

said by Jack_in_VA:

Is your son old enough to operate it? If so problem solved as he will quickly disappear if you tell him it's "HIS" turn.

Dude, the day he's old enough to operate the snow blower, is the day Imake him mow the lawn, trim the hedges, warm up the cars ya... that stuff.

But he's only 5. I have a good 8-10 years to go
Good thing I'm young.

so you already have plans to use him as a remote starter, good plan


dosdoxies
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Wallingford, PA
reply to ptrowski

said by ptrowski:

Well my 20 year old Toro snowblower I got for $50 two years ago has died and am looking for a replacement now. I have a small driveway and 2 sidewalks I would need to clear as I live on a corner. I was looking at some Toros but someone mentioned the Ariens as well. What do you all use?

There's always this.

»[COLORADO] For Serious Snow
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Zorack

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said by dosdoxies:

said by ptrowski:

Well my 20 year old Toro snowblower I got for $50 two years ago has died and am looking for a replacement now. I have a small driveway and 2 sidewalks I would need to clear as I live on a corner. I was looking at some Toros but someone mentioned the Ariens as well. What do you all use?

There's always this.

»[COLORADO] For Serious Snow

Man I wanted to reply to that thread,saying I wished that was on youtube so we can see and hear that thing in action...
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Chinabound
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Antioch, IL
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reply to SwedishRider

said by SwedishRider:
42" Husqvarna Snow Thrower paired with my Husqvarna AWD Rider.

said by ptrowski:
I have a small driveway and 2 sidewalks
A little more than he needs, wouldn't you say?


Draiman
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Kill Devil Hills, NC
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said by Chinabound:

said by SwedishRider:
42" Husqvarna Snow Thrower paired with my Husqvarna AWD Rider.

said by ptrowski:
I have a small driveway and 2 sidewalks
A little more than he needs, wouldn't you say?

No way! There's no such thing as overkill with snow or lawns. You want to get the job done as fast as possible and more power just equals more speed not overkill. Your machine needs to be big enough for the right speed and conditions at their absolute worst! When you have 12-16" of wet packed snow at the end of your driveway from plows you'll be glad your machine can handle it.

Ariens 28" Deluxe all the way! They are $999.99 and you can get 10% off at Home Depot. Go online to their site and open a chat box. Tell the person you have a Lowe's 10% coupon you want to use. They'll honor that and give you 10% off. It's also free shipping so even with tax you'll have a nice machine delivered to your door for just over $900.
»www.homedepot.com/Ariens/h_d1/N-···qhORsg24

An Ariens compact is good for 3-6" of snow while a deluxe is 6-12". You move from 200 cc's to 250 cc's so a lot more power. The auger in a compact is 11" and 14" in a deluxe. The impeller in a compact is 12" and 14" in a deluxe. The tires go from 13"x4" in the compact to 15"x5" in the deluxe. For the extra $200 is well worth it to get a deluxe.

Also look into these Roller-skids.
»www.rcpw.com/ariens-skids/1250.html

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Grumpy
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reply to ptrowski

Consumer Reports likes Toros. I only have experience with two machines - one is a Troy Bilt, which may well be made by the MTD dynasty, the other a large Toro.

The Toro is a Mercedes to the Troy Bilt Kia.

Aside from a reverse speed* that's an insult to the buyer, the Troy Bilt / MTD works pretty well, but if you want top shelf - it's a Toro.

Like almost every small air cooled engine, mice nests that block the flow or cooling air that the fan under the screen supplies are your number one engine killing issue. I know I've harped on this before, but it's true.

*The good news is the Troy Bilt is so light that pulling it backwards is fairly easy.



ptrowski
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reply to Chinabound

said by Chinabound:

said by SwedishRider:
42" Husqvarna Snow Thrower paired with my Husqvarna AWD Rider.

said by ptrowski:
I have a small driveway and 2 sidewalks
A little more than he needs, wouldn't you say?

Is there really technically more than someone could need when it comes to toys?
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Draiman
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reply to ptrowski

A few more details.

Warranty:
Troy-Bilt = 2 year
Toro = 3 years
Ariens = 5 years

Ariens is 100% made in the USA.

Troy-Bilt and Toro have PLASTIC chutes where Ariens has a metal chute. Would you want to pay MORE for plastic then metal?

$300 more for a Toro gets you 15 cc's more power but a 2" smaller impeller plus a plastic chute and 2 years less warranty. Toro is a decent machine but the price just doesn't justify it when compared to an Ariens.
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ptrowski
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said by prairiesky:

get a honda. A lot of the other brands are now all the same model painted a different color, and they're kind of garbage.

If you don't have much, the honda 520s are going for about 300 on ebay.

Looking online it seems like the Honda's that are new are much higher priced than I care to pay.
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Draiman
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reply to ptrowski

Here's a review by Boston.com that showcases a few snow blowers.
»www.boston.com/business/personal···reports/

Note the auger on the Troy-Bilt in slide 2 vs the Ariens in slide 3. Also look at the chutes. You get lots of bells and whistles on the Troy-Bilt to awe you into buying it but it's not heavy duty like an Ariens.


dogo88

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Old Bridge, NJ
reply to ptrowski

My Ariens is almost 30 years old and still going strong. Best investment I ever made.



ptrowski
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Sounds good to me, I think that is the route I am going to go. The 28" deluxe should suit me just fine.
This also gives me an excuse to get a new shed too.



alkizmo

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Pierrefonds, QC
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said by ptrowski:

This also gives me an excuse to get a new shed too.

If you get a shed, you need to buy a generator to put inside.
If you buy a generator to put inside, you need to buy a transfer switch to wire it.
If you buy a transfer switch to wire it, may as well buy a bigger generator.
If you buy a bigger generator, may as well have an underground NG/propane line to the shed installed.
If you get a NG/Propane line installed, may as well get an outlet for a BBQ
If you get an outlet installed for a BBQ, may as well buy a bigger BBQ.
If you buy a bigger BBQ, may as well buy a bigger shed to store it in winter.


cowboyro
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Shelton, CT
reply to ptrowski

I have the Craftsman listed in the report. It's 4 years old and it does an awesome job. Started it this winter for the first time at the very first pull with gas left in the tank from last year (using stabilizer).



ptrowski
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reply to alkizmo

Love the thinking of course. I did just buy a 6800 watt generator as well and am waiting for my transfer switch.



alkizmo

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said by ptrowski:

Love the thinking of course. I did just buy a 6800 watt generator as well and am waiting for my transfer switch.

May as well build a shed to support running the generator inside.

Sometime next week I'll be posting pictures of final result of my generator shed project.
This one was last year.
»Generator house link project - The progress..

Next week I'll have a concrete slab put in the shed's wall for the generator's exhaust port, then everything will be complete. Since that thread I wired up the transfer switch properly, installed an exhaust fan in the shed. I'm still waiting for a 1" cord grip but that's a small detail and it won't arrive until mid-december (long shipping time).


Chinabound
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Antioch, IL
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reply to Draiman

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said by ptrowski :
Is there really technically more than someone could need when it comes to toys?
You're preaching to the choir here! It wasn't easy convincing my wife I needed my airplane.

said by Draiman:

said by Chinabound:

A little more than he needs, wouldn't you say?

No way! There's no such thing as overkill with snow or lawns. You want to get the job done as fast as possible and more power just equals more speed not overkill. Your machine needs to be big enough for the right speed and conditions at their absolute worst! When you have 12-16" of wet packed snow at the end of your driveway from plows you'll be glad your machine can handle it.

Although I know where you're coming from, realistically, there is such a thing. He mentioned he has a small driveway, so I thought it was a little odd he suggested his Rider. My entire driveway(s) total about 600' - so I need the power and speed an ATV offers, but I'm not going to suggest it to someone with a smaller driveway and two sidewalks.
There is no way that Rider is going to handle something like this, anyway.






ptrowski
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reply to alkizmo

Saw that link, very nice setup!



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Wow, you have some real toys!



alkizmo

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Pierrefonds, QC
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reply to ptrowski

said by ptrowski:

Saw that link, very nice setup!

It will be better in the new thread I'll make as things will be finalized. The only "unfinished" stuff are add-ons like lighting and receptacles in the shed that were made possible since I ran a second raceway to bring in power TO the shed through 30A 3-wire.


Chinabound
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reply to ptrowski

Thanks - but I need them.



alkizmo

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said by Chinabound:

Thanks - but I need them.

And what do you NEED out of a recreational plane kit?


Chinabound
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Check for squatters?



Draiman
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reply to alkizmo

said by alkizmo:

said by Chinabound:

Thanks - but I need them.

And what do you NEED out of a recreational plane kit?

I'm sure it's to spread fertilizer or to see the deer for hunting season.
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Chinabound
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Antioch, IL
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I spread enough fertilizer here, don't I?
It's great for the occasional topless sunbather in her backyard, although one almost made me vomit this past summer.



SwedishRider
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reply to Chinabound

said by Chinabound:

A little more than he needs, wouldn't you say?

He asked what we all use, not what we recommend for his particular situation. Given his question phrasing, my answer was appropriate.


Chinabound
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Fair enough.