My plow guy raised his price again - 30 bucks every 4-6 inches. I am
thinking I want to get a snowblower. I have a small ariens, but it takes
forever, since I have to go really slow, and it doesn't shoot the snow very
far. If I want to spend about 1500 bucks, what's the best deal out there?
I did some googling, and it seems like the hondas are well liked, but damn
they are the price of a good used car.
Get the one with the most horsepower and the smallest width. It will blow the
snow into the nieghbors yard. I have a three year old Troy Bilt 26 inch with 10
hp. It shoots the snow 40 ft in the air . But Troy Bilt got bought out by MTD
and they are junk now. I would go for the Ariens if you got the $$'s
You don't mention where you live how much snow you get what you need to
That said I have a Ryobi 10 HP 8" snowblower I purchased for 900 bucks at
Costco a couple of years ago. It worked well in our big storm 2 years ago
in heavy wet snow. I live in Colorado and that was the last time I needed
Yeah, good point. I live in upstate NY, northwest of saratoga, on a small
mountain that gets hammered. Basically, when snow hits the ground for the
first time of the season, it sticks and never goes away. Sometimes we get
up to 4 feet. By the end of the season, you can' t see my cars from the
house because of the stupid plow mounds. They don't fully melt until the
end of may sometimes. My driveway is gravel, and about 120-130 feet long,
gravel is tough with a snowblower you have to get the shoes just right if
not you will wind up throwing the gravel out along with the snow.
I would get a small tractor the snowblower can be raised or lowered easily
or you could use a bucket which also takes some skill.
Alternative is the beater truck route with a plow
Yeah, that was my first thought, but the wife hates that one. Junkers in
the yard aren't her favorite thing. I know my buddy's honda has some lever
or something that raises the thing up and down. Kinda like the deck on a
mower. But his snowblower was about a grand more than I have to spend.
Thanks for the link. I;m thinking of the Ariens 11528. I can get it for
1299. Any opinions? It had electric start, hand warmers (? jeez) and a
hefty bite. They also had Hondas there, but the honda was about 2400. Why
are the hondas so low in the front. You;d think it would dig a tunnel...
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