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milnoc

join:2001-03-05
H3B
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reply to TOPDAWG

Re: Help with snow blower what one to pick?

Do like Toronto and call in the army.


IamGimli

join:2004-02-28
Canada
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reply to dirtyjeffer

said by dirtyjeffer:

whatever you look at, try to get something with "steering control"...it is essentially little levers on each side that unlock that side of wheel (these things are heavy, so it is much easier to use them)...also, a quality engine is good, Briggs and Stratton being a decent choice, but many of the sub $1000 machines have cheap Chinese engines in them...heated hand grips are nice (mine doesn't have it), but a good set of gloves will like be fine and most models that have the heated hand grips are likely expensive.

Actually the most important thing to look for in a snow blower these days (after the engine) is the quality of the steel used. Most house name blowers will have very thin steel used in the bucket, sometimes even the auger, which means anything more than the driest little dusting will beat it all to crap. The paint will also chip for nothing and it'll rust out before you have time to clean it up.

Plastic chutes are OK though (they're actually usually more resistant than the traditional steel chute) but the bucket and auger must be made of nice, thick, strong steel, hopefully powder-coated instead of painted. Usually only the big names will have that, and sometimes only their premium lines.


lugnut

@communications.com
reply to TOPDAWG

All I can say is that if today's the day you decided to suddenly buy a snow blower you missed the boat big time.

»www.youtube.com/user/Ventrac7?v=FZbGDtBbMNg

Now THAT'S a Blower!!!


Toastertech
Premium
join:2003-01-05
Trenton, ON
reply to TOPDAWG

We have the best snow thrower around it is 16 years old and still lives at home, just had to buy a new shovel this year, and feed regularly.



LazMan
Premium
join:2003-03-26
canada

said by Toastertech:

We have the best snow thrower around it is 16 years old and still lives at home, just had to buy a new shovel this year, and feed regularly.

Cheaper to buy a machine...

Toastertech
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join:2003-01-05
Trenton, ON

A machine may be cheaper financially although it cannot match the satisfaction of watching through a warm living room window with coffee in hand as the snow is cleared.



TLS2000
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Mississauga, ON
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reply to milnoc

said by milnoc:

Do like Toronto and call in the army.

Man that 14 year old joke is still funny after all of this time.... /sarcasm

On topic: Honestly even the snowblowers people are saying are cheap, like the Home Depot ones are pretty decent even with their made in China engines.
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Tom


dirtyjeffer
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join:2002-02-21
London, ON

said by TLS2000:

On topic: Honestly even the snowblowers people are saying are cheap, like the Home Depot ones are pretty decent even with their made in China engines.

they are, but if you can get a better machine for comparable money, that is also good too.


FiReSTaRT
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join:2010-02-26
Canada
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reply to TOPDAWG

Makes me glad I got the MTD Summit Series 30" blower, 6 forward, 2 reverse, headlight and a 357cc of Briggs and Stratton POOOWAAAHHHH. Thought it was a bit of an overkill for our needs until today.. Never again I don't think they sell them any more, which is too bad. The only beef is that the throw height has to be manually adjusted at the chute. Other than that, I'm a happy camper. If you can get one used, SNATCH IT UP. Bought it on some weird sale at the local HD, wasn't even on their website, for $600 and on the US website it was showing $800 or $900.

»reviews.homedepot.com/1999/20221···iews.htm

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—George Bernard Shaw



elwoodblues
Elwood Blues
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reply to IamGimli

1000 bucks for a snowblower you are going to use HOW MANY times a year?

I'm no spring chicken, but I can handle a little snow with my shovel just fine thanks



elwoodblues
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reply to dirtyjeffer

This ain't Sudbury where Nitzguy lives or even Peterborough where it actually snows.

Dropping 800 bucks on a snowblower (let alone the grand in the above post) is insane. You should buy a tempo to protect your driveway, you'll never have to shovel again.
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dirtyjeffer
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join:2002-02-21
London, ON

London gets pretty good snow falls...we are at the bottom of the lake effect zone that comes off Lake Huron...i guess you forgot about Snowmageddon from a couple of years ago??...we got about 40" in one dumping.



TOPDAWG
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reply to lugnut

oh I got one it's just a single stage 30 year old one think is nearing retirement me thinks. It was worth the 50 bucks I paid for it last year. I fixed an issue I had with it today that made me want to replace it and it worked well today but it drives like a fucking tank and sounds like one.



TOPDAWG
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Midland, ON
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reply to elwoodblues

meh I love right on Georgian Bay. Forking snow bank near the road and my driveway is now taller then my car.



FiReSTaRT
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reply to elwoodblues

said by elwoodblues:

This ain't Sudbury where Nitzguy lives or even Peterborough where it actually snows.

Dropping 800 bucks on a snowblower (let alone the grand in the above post) is insane. You should buy a tempo to protect your driveway, you'll never have to shovel again.

What if it's one of those LONG Toronto driveways that go between 2 houses?Now, imagine it being gravel.. Some of us don't have to maintain suburban postage stamps that you can keep clear with a teaspoon. With that being said, this holds true especially for certain neighborhoods in Northern Mississauga/Brampton, with driveways that can barely fit 2 subcompacts, you have people with $2000 snowblowers that get taken out even for 2cm dumps just for show

In my case, the driveway would be impossible to maintain with a shovel due to gravel and its size. A smaller 20-24" blower would have taken twice as much work and would have been unable to clear the pile that the plow left in front or even the sidewalk. Yes, the city clears the sidewalks, but until then, pedestrians share the slippery road with cars if the sidewalks aren't clear.
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If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange these apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas.
—George Bernard Shaw


milnoc

join:2001-03-05
H3B
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reply to elwoodblues

said by elwoodblues:

1000 bucks for a snowblower you are going to use HOW MANY times a year?

I'm no spring chicken, but I can handle a little snow with my shovel just fine thanks

It can easily become a necessity if you have a long driveway, plenty of sidewalks, and little access to a snow plowing service.
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lugnut

@communications.com
reply to elwoodblues

said by elwoodblues:

1000 bucks for a snowblower you are going to use HOW MANY times a year?

I'm no spring chicken, but I can handle a little snow with my shovel just fine thanks

I used to have a friend whose dad went out in 2008 to shovel his "postage stamp Mississauga driveway." Afterwards he came in, laid down on the couch to nap, and dropped dead a half hour later.

What do ya figger? Would it have been worth 1000 bucks to keep his 62 year old dad around for another 15 to 20 years?


Mike2009

join:2009-01-13
Ottawa, ON
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Good point lugnut. Lots of people die shoveling snow and it's really not worth it.


Pesterd

join:2013-01-22

He was 62. People should watch their age and health before deciding to do heavy duty work.



lugnut

@communications.com

62 is just a number. I've known people who have had bypass surgery in their 40's and I've known people in their 70's who swim 10 Km a day.

The point is, that shoveling snow is NOT "a good workout."

Going outside in subzero cold once every two or three weeks and moving a ton of snow without regular exercise and a proper warmup is pretty much lethal for anyone, regardless of age or physical condition.

Not to mention he probably had the same macho idiot attitude as elwood that a snowblower is a waste of money and he could use a "good workout"

The point is, for anyone over the age of 50, (Hell even 40) a snowblower is a wise investment if you want to enjoy a long and healthy life.