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Re: Snow blower, Powered Snow shovel? Any help? [Re: A12] #2981159
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I bought a Honda years ago that has done the job with ease. It’s a single stage, has controls you reach from behind, starts easily. they come in electric start but mine has been easy enough with a pull and cut a hundred bucks off to go that way. It pulls along without any fuss. I’ve cleared 2400 square feet of driveway with it for years and haven’t had any regrets.


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i like my 9hp craftsman 2 stage 30" cut blower with heated hand grips and easy steer.
for 1 year i used to have a OLD 10hp 30" cut yard machine blower. it was rusty and looked like hell but that thing was a total beast. it would go thru any amount of snow Wisconsin threw at me and laugh. the best part was it easily cut thru the pile left by the snow plows at the end of the driveway. the problem was it was a total beast. it was like trying to trail ride a bucking bronco so i sold it for good $$$ when i picked up my craftsman.
my craftsman blower can't throw snow as far or go as fast as the yardmachine. but it's like driving a luxury car on a nice summer day compared to driving a convertible with the top down in a severe thunderstorm.


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Re: Snow blower, Powered Snow shovel? Any help? [Re: Mr T2U] #2981245
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This is my experience with the wife and powered equipment. Went to buy a lawnmower. She said she wanted a self-propelled. Bought one. She said she couldn't pull start it. Got electric start. Said she didn't want to rake grass, bought a bagger.......

and I really enjoy running it. whistling


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Re: Snow blower, Powered Snow shovel? Any help? [Re: 6PakBee] #2981250
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Originally Posted by 6PakBee
This is my experience with the wife and powered equipment. Went to buy a lawnmower. She said she wanted a self-propelled. Bought one. She said she couldn't pull start it. Got electric start. Said she didn't want to rake grass, bought a bagger.......

and I really enjoy running it. whistling


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Re: Snow blower, Powered Snow shovel? Any help? [Re: TJP] #2981254
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Regardless of what you decide on I would jump on something quick..........if it's anything like it's been the last year or so the supply chain runs out quickly and if it even hints to snowing soon in your area it will be like toilet paper for snow blowers wink twocents

Mike

Re: Snow blower, Powered Snow shovel? Any help? [Re: TJP] #2981350
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TJP, I was in our locally owned Toro/Stihl dealership this morning and they still have quite a few models of Toro on the floor. Interestingly enough there was a woman talking to a salesman and he mentioned a couple things like the ease of turning a particular model & demonstrated how to adjust the chute from behind the blower while in motion. The model he was showing ran $700, maybe $800, which included pull and electric start. He also offered to take the unit outside and let the woman give it a test run. No snow here in Des Moines, but at least he was working with her.

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Re: Snow blower, Powered Snow shovel? Any help? [Re: A12] #2981351
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you guys make me happy i have a GREAT neighbor kid [well, he is in his late 30's and WAY younger than me, so he's still a kid. biggrin] that takes care of my yard and sidewalk/driveway needs !
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Re: Snow blower, Powered Snow shovel? Any help? [Re: 330Scott] #2981352
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a test run in a gravel parking lot would be a fun thing to try. you could see how far the blower could throw rocks ! biggrin
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Re: Snow blower, Powered Snow shovel? Any help? [Re: TJP] #2981470
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Originally Posted by TJP

I've looked at the electric "snow shovels" but not sure how well they work. Also not sure if the battery powered versions would do the job without 2-4 batteries.
Maybe I'm beating my head against a wall but wondering if any of you have encountered something similar and were able to come up with a solution? Even Input on your experiences with the shovels/ blowers etc. would be helpful keeping in mind something small, easy to maneuver and hopefully light
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My parents live in NH, get plenty of snow, and they have what I would call a small electric shovel for the walkway, patio, back deck, etc.
- I used it once when I visited them - it worked pretty darned well.
- It doesn't engulf more than maybe 4-6" of snow with each pass, but you just sort of skim it across the top in layers.
- It was a plug-in with extension cord, so no idea how battery operated would do.
- Not a ton of torque, so you go slow so the motor maintains momentum.
- I was in average snow, neither very loose nor very wet. It worked OK.

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- Art


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Re: Snow blower, Powered Snow shovel? Any help? [Re: moparx] #2981482
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Originally Posted by moparx
a test run in a gravel parking lot would be a fun thing to try. you could see how far the blower could throw rocks ! biggrin
beer


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There's a story i could tell but it wasn't very funny at the time beer

Re: Snow blower, Powered Snow shovel? Any help? [Re: 330Scott] #2981485
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Originally Posted by 330Scott
TJP, I was in our locally owned Toro/Stihl dealership this morning and they still have quite a few models of Toro on the floor. Interestingly enough there was a woman talking to a salesman and he mentioned a couple things like the ease of turning a particular model & demonstrated how to adjust the chute from behind the blower while in motion. The model he was showing ran $700, maybe $800, which included pull and electric start. He also offered to take the unit outside and let the woman give it a test run. No snow here in Des Moines, but at least he was working with her.

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Thank you, I've looked at the Toro's, and in that price range I'm going to say it was likely an upgraded version of what we had. And yes they turn easy for a man on dry pavement.

Re: Snow blower, Powered Snow shovel? Any help? [Re: A12] #2981486
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Originally Posted by A12
Regardless of what you decide on I would jump on something quick..........if it's anything like it's been the last year or so the supply chain runs out quickly and if it even hints to snowing soon in your area it will be like toilet paper for snow blowers wink twocents

Mike


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Re: Snow blower, Powered Snow shovel? Any help? [Re: SomeCarGuy] #2981487
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Originally Posted by SomeCarGuy
I bought a Honda years ago that has done the job with ease. It’s a single stage, has controls you reach from behind, starts easily. they come in electric start but mine has been easy enough with a pull and cut a hundred bucks off to go that way. It pulls along without any fuss. I’ve cleared 2400 square feet of driveway with it for years and haven’t had any regrets.

thanks for the input, beer

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Originally Posted by A12
I've had this Cub Cadet "track drive" snow thrower for coming up on 30 years come this February '22 and if I had read this thread I probably may have never purchased a 2-stage snow thrower because of all of the negatives I've read so far...............................one of the best investments I have made for home property care ever. My wife has used it many, many times and so has my son since he was 12 years old. A short walk to the garage or lately to the pole barn, plug it in or just pull the starter cord and drive it out. Clear the driveway and sidewalks and drive it back, brew some coffee or hot chocolate and sit back a relax. No worries regardless of the depth of snow in the forecast if you have enough power or capability to clear what ever mother nature wants to "throw" at you......you can "throw" it back right at her tonguue snowblow I didn't skimp on the lawn tractor either even after "someone" asked why I got such a big one wink grin .....................yeah "that's what she said" grin


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Re: Snow blower, Powered Snow shovel? Any help? [Re: TJP] #2981489
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Good news for me and thanks to all that have responded,
She said after 40 years , I know you are going to buy another snowblower. If I don't like it, than you can use it wink. Then she followed up with, just don't buy me a beast, I'm just a little person. COOL!!

So now the hunt is on, heated grips, easy chute adjustment, easy steer (some call it power steering ?) and self propelled. Love to go for a hydrostat but way too many $$. With the above requirements it's looking like it will have to be a 2 stage.

Any further input is appreciated up beer

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Well I'm not sure of the engines origin but wound up with a Troy bilt 2665 for a screaming price of $899 Has everything except the heated grips which I will add.
Thanks to all for you inputs beer

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Find a good used Toro 521,small 2 stage blower that's well built,just make sure the 5 HP Tecumseh eng.has good compression they had a problem with valve recession gradually reducing compression,you can tell right away when you use the pull starter & they sound anemic.

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those old 2 stroke Toro sidewalk blowers [200S model or something like that shruggy] really got a beating from my brother and i over the years. super dependable, and as fast as you could shove 'em, but hogging a full face of 12" or so, you had to take it "kind of" easy. biggrin
the original one the old man bought back in 75 or so, lasted through a bunch of guide flaps, a couple of drum bearings, zipties, mechanic's wire, and "repaired" handle using "chrome" angle iron.
when it went away, it had a couple of "parts blowers" go with it, but still ran GREAT !

one thing it did NOT like, was automatic transmission coolant lines. the drum and flaps ate them up until they wound around the drum a couple of times before locking everything up, then it tool an hour or so to unwind the mess. rant
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Years ago .... when I was totally UNsane (living in a climate that included snow!) .. I had one of those two stroke Toros...

Good piece ... but I’m at peace now.......knowing the only way I have to deal with ice .....

... is in my 100 proof Southern Comfort smoke


Enema bag .. ? ... aren’t you in a Xmas spirit ! .... real classy and mature label that you deserve more than I do ! ..... Either get a big box of tissues OR stick the BUSINESS END of that bag ... IN YUR EAR !
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