I need to replace my old snowblower. Which ones are most dependable and will
last? I live in the snowbelt area in Central NY where it isn't uncommon to
wake up to a foot or two of snow so I figure I would like an 8 to 10 horse,
I was looking at the Troy bilt but now I see a lot of people question the
quality as they are made by MTD.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
I'd buy one from the guy who would be servicing it in the future if it
For example, the local repair shop here is a Toro warranty repair center
and dealer. I bought my leaf blower from him, since I want him to stay
Snowblowers, especially gas ones, are likely to require professional
service at some point in their life, it is worth thinking about.
IMHO the best snowblower _ever_ built was the Bobcat. I bought mine
in 1977 and it still runs like a top and out-throws anything under 10
HP. It has a 5HP B&S engine, and is built like the proverbial tank.
It's design is truly unique, and I've never, ever seen another snow
blower that either used the same system or quality of materials.
The Bobcat used a two-stage system that is a pure parallel one. That
is, BOTH the main auger and the secondary paddle rotate in the same
plane. The main auger is maybe 20" wide and is constructed of 1/4"
thick galvanized steel... nothing thinner. The secondary paddle is
best described as a double-ended shovel with the paddles about 4" X 4"
X 1/4" galvanized steel welded to a 1/2" X 1-1/2" X 12"long arm that
rotates on center. Unlike spiral secondary systems, the Bobcat's
paddles will throw equally hard to the front, and either side of the
blower, and it will throw slush pretty good too. The extra heavy
auger/paddle setup will also smash and chunk up ice that might bend
1/8" augers... and throw that as well.
Bobcat was losing money on these blowers and sold their small
equipment business years ago. The company who bought it tried to keep
it going but cheapened many parts and the machines didn't hold up as
well. I should note that these machine are as simple as it gets, and
there's no fancy accessories or gadgets.
We have several local small equipment dealers around here who actually
buy used bobcats, restore them, and sell them. They made a couple of
different models, a 20" 5HP unit (mine) and a bigger 24" 8HP unit.
Parts for these dinosaurs are becoming somewhat scarce, but some can
be fabricated and others (like bearings, chain-drives, etc.) are
fairly standard. My machine will be 30 years old in 3 years, and
still has the original motor (never rebuilt), tires, and starts in 1-2
pulls (good maintenance). I've replaced auger bearings, chains,
muffler, and shear pins... and if you can imagine this, it's almost
fun to use something so old and primitive. But it's more fun when my
neighbor gets plowed in and his 10 HP Sears monster can't dig through
the mound and he asks me to help dig him out.
Wish somebody would actually take a look at this beast and incorporate
at least the parallel auger/paddle system if not the heft of the
On 27 Feb 2004 15:57:06 GMT, email@example.com (TomM in NY) wrote:
I live in W.N.Y. below Buffalo (Average 290 inches per winter) in the ski
I have had a walk behind Gravely for the past 20 or so years and wouldn't
trade it for any other. Have had
others before this Gravely but none can compare it for throwing power. Had a
previous to this 12 HP. Had to send a man out to do the job and not a boy.
As to maintenance, all I have done to it is change the oil every spring and
grease as needed.
You might want to check this out at a local dealer. Good luck.
By the way , my driveway is approx. 350 Ft. in length by 12 Ft. in width.
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