View Full Version : Snow Blowers - Need Suggestions

09-30-2016, 04:30 PM
I may need to buy a snow blower. Outside of actually doing the job, I want it be small. Garage space is tight. My driveway is about 800 sq ft. Lowes had several options 1K or less.

What do you recommend?

09-30-2016, 08:18 PM
Opinions will vary, but I've always owned Ariens Snowblowers with great success. I bought my first Ariens 15 years ago. Never had any issues, only regular maintenance. I just gave that one to my brother and I bought another one. I live in Central Connecticut and get 80 plus inches of snow a year on the average. Currently, I use an Ariens Professional series to do my 200' long driveway, but I would imagine that the Ariens Compact series would be sufficient for an 800 sq. ft driveway.


09-30-2016, 08:36 PM
Our Home Depot and Lowes out this way Moses has been "out of stock" for some time now. I know, not much help:D;)

09-30-2016, 09:42 PM
Definitely 2-stage with electric start. Avoid plastic components like the throw chute. Dollar for dollar get the largest impeller diameter you can with a horsepower rating between 5-8. Craftsman used to make a nice 524 blower (5 hp, 24" cut). But for sure electric start, 2-stage. Nice Corgi btw; ours is 12 yrs old.

10-01-2016, 07:17 AM
I also own an Ariens. It is about 12 years old but is a workhorse.

10-01-2016, 08:43 AM
I had a 1970's Ariens up until last year. They were built to last

10-01-2016, 11:07 AM
Here's the web page Moses:D


Porch Dweller
10-01-2016, 11:09 AM
What is this "snow" you speak of, and why must it be blown? :D

10-01-2016, 01:22 PM
When I lived in Boston I had an Ariens as well, had it for 3 years and gave it to my brother when I moved, 13yrs later he is still using it. I had about a 240' drive up a slope and it powered right through.

10-02-2016, 10:42 AM
Here's the web page Moses:D

This one caught my eye. My driveway is about 700 sq ft.


10-02-2016, 01:52 PM
Only snow blower I've ever owned, Toro 826. It's been great and I'd recommend it to anyone.

http://i1091.photobucket.com/albums/i397/EJB21/snowblower_040_zpse2e642dd.jpg (http://s1091.photobucket.com/user/EJB21/media/snowblower_040_zpse2e642dd.jpg.html)