Who sells snowblowers (snow-throwers) in Michigan?

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What are some names of big-box (and medium-box) stores in Michigan (Detroit to Port-Huron area) that sell snowblowers?
Here in Ontario, nobody sells snowblowers in the $500 to $1100 price range (which is a crock) so I'm going to buy one in Michigan. But to do some comparative shopping either on the web or buy phone I need to know who sells them.
Please post any responses (don't e-mail me).
Thanks.
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Some Guy wrote:

Home Depot and Lowes sell them here in DE. Would imagine everyone sells them further north.
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Frank wrote:

Why bother? Global warming. I haven't used mine in years. I just use leaf blower to clear my drive way, LOL! Sears doesn't have it? You don't have John Deere dealer around there? from Calgary
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Tony Hwang wrote:

I live in the snow belt of SW-Ontario. We get lake-effect snow in the winter.

I'm looking for a 28" to 36" (wide), 2-stage blower. 7 to 12 hp.
Nobody in Ontario is selling a blower like that for less than $1100. They aren't selling anything in the $500 to $1100 price range. All the stuff under $500 are the wimpy single-stage blowers.
A couple years ago I was able to get a 24", 7 (or 9?) hp sears blower (2-stage) for $800. I should be able to get a 36", 12 hp blower for that price today...
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Some Guy wrote:

That's why I moved out here from S.S. Marie in 1970. Tired of shovelling thick wet snow., LOL! Good luck finding one while exchange rate is favorable.
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You used to live on a steamship?
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That fact that you can't find one at $800 is a good indication that a blower the size you want is gonna cost more. And that's been my experience. For a blower the size you want, I think $1100 is probably a cheaply made underpowered machine. What's wrong with a 24" 8hp blower for $800?
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Chas Hurst wrote:

Not when your currency has appreciated by 20% over the same time frame.

I need another blower at a different location.
Anyone know (or speculate) how a flame thrower would work at clearing a driveway? I'm half serious about that...
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Probably not very well and then you have the water to contend with.
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Edwin Pawlowski wrote:

"U.S. troops used flamethrowers on the streets of Washington D.C. to clear snow (as mentioned in a December 1998 article in San Francisco Flier), one of several clearance methods used for the surprisingly large amount of snow that fell before the presidential inauguration of John F. Kennedy."
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flamethrower

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=la5sjVGIdnM

"The cleanup of the Blizzard of 1920 included the bizarre sight of soldiers from the chemical warfare service of the United States Army using fuel-spewing flamethrowers to melt snow and ice."
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/12/31/nyregion/thecity/31snow.html
See also:
http://mirror.linnwood.org/flamethrower /

That's where salt comes in.
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Do you expect the kind hearted businesses to drop prices because of a currency adjustment?
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1) You take your Canadian $$ to an exchange place (bank, etc.); 2) they give you 20% more US dollars than they would have a year ago; 3) you buy your snow blower with your newly acquired US dollars; 4) the "kind hearted businesses" are happy to get their advertised price and the "happy Canadian" is pleased to pay 20% less in Canadian dollars than he would have a year ago.
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So far no word on a on the $800 snow blower yet. I'm not holding my breath.
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Chas Hurst wrote:

There is nothing really available in Canada for less than $1000. At that price, the best unit (based on spec) seems to be the Canadian Tire unit (8.5 hp, 26" width).
In the USA, availability starts in the $750 - $800 range (6 to 8.5 hp, 24 to 26" width) and some decent units can be had for $900 (9 to 9.5 hp, 28" width).
Basically, for what you can get in the USA for $900 would cost you $1200 in Canada.
What you can get in the USA for $700 - $900 would cost you $1000 in Canada.
I bought a 8hp, 24" blower at Sears in either Dec 2005 or Jan 2006. It was on sale - for $800. Who knows what it cost in the US at the time, but it was probably something like $650.
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Lowes (USA)
11 hp, 30" $1100 9.5 hp, 28" $900 8.5 hp, 26" $770
Home Depot (USA)
Cub Cadet Z-700 10 hp, 28" $1000 Ariens Sno-Thro ST824E 8 HP, 24" $950 Ariens Sno-Thro ST624E 6 hp, 24" $750
Home Depot (Canada)
Cub Cadet (model not given) 8.5 hp, 26" $1200 MTD Pro 10.5 hp, 30" $1200 Murray 10 hp, 30" $1200
4 throwers @ $1000 (2 Toro, MTD, Murray) - 6 to 8 hp, 26 to 27 " - nothing in the $500 to $1000 range
Sears (USA)
9 hp, 28" $900 (on sale, reg price = $1050) 7 hp, 26" $730 (on sale, reg price = $800) 5.5 hp, 24" $700 (reg price)
Sears (Canada)
- Nothing less than $1000 - 1 unit at $1000 (9.5 hp, 27") - 5 units at $1200 (9.5 - 11.5 hp, 24 - 30")
TSC (USA)
- 1 blower (8.5 hp, 30") but website won't give price
Meijers (USA)
- no snow blowers listed on website
Sams Club (USA)
- no snow blowers listed on website
Costco (USA)
- no snow blowers listed on website
Canadian Tire
- 1 unit between $500 and $1000 (5.5 hp, 22") $800 - 8.5 hp, 27" $1000 - 7 hp, 26" $1200 - 10.5 hp, 30" $1200
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Surely you jest. Until 2006 I lived near Lansing, Michigan. Bad winters are as frequent as good winters there.
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Oh boy....
Unless the temp rises by about 40 degrees, we're still going to have snow in S.E. Michigan.
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on 10/27/2007 11:27 AM Some Guy said the following:

Go to the Sears, Home Depot, and Lowes sites. Go to the 'where to buy' link. Enter a zip code for Detroit or Port Huron, or any other zip you may want to visit. They should list a store location near that zip.
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On Sat, 27 Oct 2007 11:27:04 -0400, Some Guy wrote:

Who doesn't?
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Almost everybody. Got my last* one at TSC (Tractor Supply Corp. or Company). Sears, Lowes, Home Depot, Meijers, Sams, Cosco, etc. all have them in the $500 to +++ range. And now your Canadian dollar is worth a lot more in the States!
I moved to Arizona in 2006 after spending 60+ years in the snow belt. Ah.........

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It currently is about a 3.0% difference.
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