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Old 09-27-2013, 12:15 AM   #15
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I put my monster Simplicity in mothballs about 7 years ago, but it worked great in Mich and was a beast. It would throw snow 50ft. However, very unfortuneately, we decided to go to Fl every November and return in April. Gee I miss it

Yah, sure you do. Where in Florida would you like the snow and your snow blower delivered.
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Old 09-27-2013, 07:36 AM   #16
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Unexpected 12" or so, Gaylord, MI.
600' driveway, car moved about twice it's own length, said "no more"! They average about 150" of snow a year there, so one has to keep some pretty heavy duty snow removal equipment handy!
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Old 09-27-2013, 07:54 AM   #17
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Best use for a snow blower is to load it on a trailer and head south. When you get to the point where someone looks at it and says "What the heck is that for?", you know you have gone far enough.
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Old 09-27-2013, 02:05 PM   #18
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Troy-Bilt and Cub Cadet are MTD, entry level machines in different paint schemes for different retailers. Watch which engine you get, their own Powermore brand are Chinese knock offs. If you have carburetor problems, replace the carb. They are not repairable, same with rewinds.
Husqvarna and the Home Depot Ariens are the same machine, orange Craftsman built by Husqvarna Outdoor. They are better than MTD but parts can be an issue, back orders take weeks to get. I work for a distributor and deal with this every day. IMHO, the best ones are Snapper, Ariens built machines and Simplicity but they are priced accordingly. If you live in a heavy snow belt these are the way to go.
Thanks for the insight Roy

In checking reviews, someone with a new Simplicity 27"/205cc motor :
" It is not quite as powerful as my old one but it's powerful enough. To be fair, 18" of heavy, wet March snow is a tough test and it did a great job but just not quite as quickly as my old 9hp blower."

Well, if a 205cc motor won't move 18" of snow 'effortlessly', that rules out quite a few machines, such as most of the Airens I was considering. Another issue I have with most Airens models is the crank to turn the chute. My MTD has a crank and I vowed never again! Simplicity has a 28" model, 305cc with electric start, electric chute, giving serious thought to it too now!

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edit above-- I mentioned "205cc" motor, should've been 250cc-
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I use an MTD I bought at K Mart in about 1995. 8.5 HP 24 inch. Has worked well through last winter, and hoping this winter also. Most likely has 500 or600 hours
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If tackling heavy wet snow, spray it down, blades, chute and all, with WD-40 or Pam kitchen spray.
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