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suggestions for snow blowers?

this is my 2nd winter in michigan, first in a house. last winter was a record breaker, so Im not sure what to reasonably expect.

I have a short but wide driveway, maybe 15' long, but 30' wide. Then theres about 300ft of sidewalk.

Gas or electric? 1 or 2 stage? I dont have a whole lot to clear... and I dont want to break the bank or chew up a ton of space in the garage.

electric almost sounds convenient... but a 100ft extension cord might be a hassle, and maybe weak power...
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If your in Michigan (lots of snow) there's really only one answer. Gas 2 stage. Electric snow blowers are for light fluffy stuff within a few feet of an outlet. Not real snow movement. Also, the longer the extension cord the worse it is for the motor of your blower.

If you plan on living in snow country for a while, look at ariens snow lowers. You'll spend more up front, but they'll last you 30 years or more.




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Back when I lived up north, I had an Ariens gas two stage. It will throw the snow anywhere you want it to go. Plenty of power and will start every time you need it to. It also had an electric start that you plugged into the wall to start it so it did not use a battery. A cool feature back then. One of the best things I did was move out of snow country 10 years ago!

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unfortunately I moved INTO snow.

I saw some good reviews on a craftsman 88173, but man, $680 hurts the wallet lol. Considering my lawn mower was <$200...

On the bright side, these things seem to retain their value fairly well... looking at $400 for smaller 10 year old plastic contraptions on craigslist like... really? If I take care of it, I guess I might get a good bit back later.

Ive seen ariens spoken of favorably a few places, Ill look at their lineup now.
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A craftsman 650 dollar snowblower will last you 5-10 years. An 800 dollar ariens will last you 30. Spend a bit more now and you'll be glad you did in 7-12 years.


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Heres a good basic choice for a small driveway.

http://m.homedepot.com/p/Ariens-Comp...021/205376710/




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yep, thats the one I am looking at. Looks solid, Still deciding if its worth the money at all though. I have a corner lot, so there is extra sidewalk, but the garage is close to the street, and I only need to clear 1 car width of the driveway... (3 car garage, only 1 car, rest is work shop). Then theres all the areas that might be easier to do by shovel anyway with stairs and gates to maneuver.

It took about 30-45min to shovel it each time last year (moved in early march so I caught a few storms). Spend $800 to cut that time in half maybe? If i had a backyard garage with an 80ft driveway it would be a no brainer.

Im sure Ill be wishing for it every time I shovel though.

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You'll buy a snowblower sooner or later if you're in snow states...it's a matter if you're going to buy one now, or next March.

Snowblowers are a necessity up here.


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I bought my ahriens 6 yrs ago, and I would do it again in a heartbeat. It has electric start but I never use it because I've never had to pull it more than once to start it, even after sitting all summer. Its so easy to use even my OL can do it, and its built right here in WI.
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