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Snow Blower
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Courtland    Posted 09-22-2004 at 09:07:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
which brand do you recommend for home use in

Massachusetts ?

steve19438    Posted 09-22-2004 at 11:16:51       [Reply]  [Send Email]
ya gotta remember one thing, unless the unit is used in a commercial application the average snowblower just isn't used that much consequently one should last a persons lifteime. it just isn't necessary to blow alot of moola on a expensive one.

JDK    Posted 09-22-2004 at 10:15:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
If you want a little higher quality in National Brands,Ariens(who invented em)Toro,TroyBilt,Simplicity are quality machines with good reps.Other than that most store brands including Sears etc,are built by MTD and Murray and Electrolux Corp and are a bit lighter built and cheaper to purchase but will need a lil more care over the years.Even the machines I mentioned first are not up to the quality of older units,but what is these days?I been wrenchin on snowblowers for many yrs and find it hard to find anything that will beat the old Ariens and Gilsons.My current rig is a stock 73 Ariens two stage which I bought new and re-motored last year with a used 76 engine.Backup and still strong is a 69 Lambert.Unless your snowfall is meager,you will want a 2stage unit,at least 7 hp,with "air" tires and chains.Also some folks curse Tecumseh engines but they are a far better winter engine than anything else in their class,you just gotta understand em :)

JT    Posted 09-23-2004 at 08:47:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
Ariens, Toro, simplicity are the only good built blowers Troybilt is the same as the MTD

toolman    Posted 09-22-2004 at 11:57:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
i have my fil ,s ariens he bought it in 1971 , all that was ever done to it was regular maintaince, plugs, oil,etc and i put bushings in the auger, this is used in a very heavy snowfall area, starts good, does a good job and probably will be helping us out for a long time yet.

Red Dave    Posted 09-22-2004 at 09:49:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
From what I read, there are just a few manufacturers actually making Lawn & Garden equipment anymore. A lot of the old name brands are now owned and made by companies like MTD & AYP.
For instance, my father-in-law had a John Deere snowblower that looked just like my Ariens. Who knows who actually made them both?

The YTmag Garden Tractor Forum has some folks who are very knowledgeable on these subjects, I suggest you pose this question over there. You should certainly get a lot of opinions, some of them may even have some good information ;)

JT    Posted 09-23-2004 at 08:49:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
Ariens has made Deere blowers for years, they don't anymore and you can sure tell.

steve19438    Posted 09-22-2004 at 09:21:55       [Reply]  [Send Email]
i have a 22 yr. old 5hp Gilson. imho i think any brand is as good as another.

Pitch    Posted 09-22-2004 at 17:41:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
JDK I am so glad to hear you say that about Tecumseh Engines. I think that on any thing else they are a piece of crap but for a snowblwer they can't be beat. I use My 8N and a back blade for the lighter stuff My Gravely rider for the heavy and I have a 10 Hp MTD yardman for the walks and a backup machine. It is a good machine to simple for anything to really go wrong with it. I just keep a few shearpins around and the friction disc is about the only other thing that can go wrong with it and they are readily available.

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