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Old 09-26-2013, 05:14 PM   #1
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Getting ready to upgrade my old 22" MTD 2-stage. If memory serves, I bought it in like 1995, and other than cleaning the carb out once and a new primer, it's never let me down. It's main drawback is that it doesn't like to move wet or 'already blown' snow- I run a business from our house so I MUST keep the driveway clear. Our driveway is like 4-cars wide, about 45' or so. When I start next to the brick fence, the snow is thown about 2/3 the way across the driveway, until I'm close enough to the street. But when I get to that last 1/3, I have double the snow AND it's packed and wet, which forms into a solid ice block in the chute. Takes twice as long to move the last 1/3 than the first 2/3...

SO-- Been looking at a few new units, online. My fav four brands are Husqvara, Airens, Troy Bilt and Cub Cadet--

I'm pretty sure I'd be happy with any of these in their 26 to 30" models. As for these 4 brands, Airens and Cub Cadet have the best (and nearly identcial) warrantees, but the one I'm leaning towards is the Cub Cadet 26" THREE stage. The 3rd stage is the addition of a pair of "induction accelerators", that resemble, and are attached to, the same shaft as the main impeller, and they literally chop and throw snow AT the impeller. The video I've seen of it in action is pretty convincing that it'll probably not let a little wet snow stop it! But the 3-stage thing seems to be fairly new and I'm not finding many reviews...

So, what's everyone using to move snow? Likes, dislikes?
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Old 09-26-2013, 06:03 PM   #2
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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
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I have an Ariens on tracks. Works real good. If I need bigger I have an SB200 Bobcat blower and an S-185 Bobcat. I like the last post ......Just move to warmth.
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What is a "snow blower?" Is that like a power snow shovel?

Sorry,couldn't resist.
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I failed to mention I have a 2500 Chevy 4x4 with a Boss V blade for the larger stuff. Problem is, it's rusting away in the yard
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What is a "snow blower?" Is that like a power snow shovel?

Sorry,couldn't resist.
Me thinks by the OP posting this in an RV forum is not going to get a good answer There is the SnowMen Forum that may be better I couldn't resist either.

Playitforward, maybe someone will come along to help... Good Luck.
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I'll be evaluating snowblowers on the evening news...from about 500 miles south of the snow line ... or more, hopefully
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Me thinks by the OP posting this in an RV forum is not going to get a good answer There is the SnowMen Forum that may be better I couldn't resist either.

Playitforward, maybe someone will come along to help... Good Luck.
Who said I wanted a GOOD answer?
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Who said I wanted a GOOD answer?
Laugh.... That 3 stage sounds interesting, but as you say unproven. My real world experience has been HP and $$ to be fast and do a good job. I had a Toro single stage 2 cycle that was very dependable in 2-5 inches of powder, but fell by the wayside in wet heavy snow.

It quit on me in a super snow storm. I had to drive 40 miles to even get one. I spent $1000 on the 10 HP Simplicity I bought, but it certainly took care of my needs for the rest of my snow blowing needs.
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I had a 7' 3 stage blower on the back of a 70hp Ford tractor that struggled in the heavy wet stuff! I've seen blue flame shooting up 18" or so from the exhaust it was working so hard!

Have you considered starting in the center and working the snow to the outside from there when it's so heavy? So you don't have to move stuff that's already been moved (packed) once already?

Other than that, I'd say it's about horsepower and weight (traction).
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I have tried working from the lawn side first to the fence, then go back and remove what didn't make it to the lawn- that works, but I still put up with ice (just not quite as bad) and I end up doing half the driveway twice. (Can't put snow across the fence because that's the neighbor's driveway!)

This is the Cub Cadet, pretty sure it's plenty heavy on the weight AND HP

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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.
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This is the one I got.
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.......And this one.
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