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10-30-2011 06:18 PM  6 years agoPost 1
gmcullan

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The early season snow fall presented a great opportunity to try out the new snow blower. My Craftsman might be 10 years old, but even at its best it wasn't close to my new Ariens. This machine is a snow throwing beast. Bring it on, Winter. I'm ready for you!

Gerry Cullan,
Gaui 200, 255; T-Rex 250, 450 SE & SA, Mini-Titan, Blade 450

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10-30-2011 06:21 PM  6 years agoPost 2
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Ariens are the best. They make them right here in Wisconsin. Ariens are really expensive compared to other snow blowers but worth it.

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10-30-2011 06:26 PM  6 years agoPost 3
gmcullan

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I guess you get what you pay for. And to tell the truth, I can't complain about the price. It was certainly worth it. It took 10+ inches of wet, heavy snow and ate through it like it was nothing. And it didn't even sound like it was breaking a sweat while doing it.

Gerry Cullan,
Gaui 200, 255; T-Rex 250, 450 SE & SA, Mini-Titan, Blade 450

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10-30-2011 09:03 PM  6 years agoPost 4
gmcullan

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Anyone want a good deal on a used Craftsman? Needs both drive belts and both the drive disk and friction disk in the drive system. Motor is fantastic, belts are easily sourced, and both disks are almost impossible to get, let anone a real "bear" to change. Heli trades considered.

Gerry Cullan,
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10-30-2011 09:48 PM  6 years agoPost 5
JasonJ

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Bought an Ariens in the 08/09 winter, been working awesome.

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10-30-2011 10:35 PM  6 years agoPost 6
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I bought a new Toro single stage 221QE model # 38584 as our winters are mild average snow 6" or less.
No need for a Heavy Metal 2 stage machine in Toledo, Oh

38584 - Toro Power Clear 221QE Description:
Electric Start Plug it in, push a button and go Electric power cord NOT included (sold separately) Toro R*Tek? Engine Powerful 141cc 2-cycle (gas & oil mix) engine Smooth operation with dependable cold weather starts Quick Shoot Chute Control Squeeze the trigger and slide the handle-mounted grip Zip Deflector Adjust and lock chute angle with a touch of your hand Power Propel Drive System Pivoting scraper keeps rotor in constant contact with pavement Increases speed and cleans clear to the surface Power Curve? System Curved rotor and inverted funnel housing Moves more snow in less time and virtually eliminates clogging 2 Year Full Warranty Model Model Number: 38584 Manufacturer: Toro Engine Brand: Toro R*Tek Type: 2 Cycle (Gas & Oil Mix) Power: 141 cc Starting System: 120-Volt Electric /w Recoil Fuel Tank: 1.1 quarts (1.04 liters) Auger Material: Rubber Chute Material: Plastic Chute Rotation: Quick Shoot Turning Radius: 180? Max Throwing Distance: 30 feet (9.14 meters) Drive System Drive: Power Propel Self-Propel Tire Type: Alternate Bar Tread Tire Size: 7 x 1.5 (17.78 cm x 3.81 cm) Skid Shoes: Not Applicable Overview Weight: 76 Lbs. (34.47 kilograms) Consumer Warranty: 2 Years

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10-30-2011 11:05 PM  6 years agoPost 7
Dood

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The Sno-Tek machines are decent. They make them in the same factory as the Ariens machine here in Wisconsin. The main difference is they have a cheap Chinese engine. It does the job.

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10-31-2011 11:56 AM  6 years agoPost 8
BLUETHUNDER

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This years 2012 Toro models are all 4 stroke engines.
Thank the good old EPA,they can't sell 2 strokes anymore!!!
Some of the new Toro models have chinese engine's also
You can't get any parts from the Toro dealer for the Chinese
engines?????????????????? WTF TORO?????????????

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10-31-2011 12:23 PM  6 years agoPost 9
SSN Pru

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I like my 20 year old ariens. I bought it for 25 bucks. It didn't run and needed some TLC but I got her running and she runs great! Little bit loud with a blown out muffler and blows some oil past the valve guides but nothing some ear plugs and occassional oil re-fill won't fix!

I haven't taken it out yet but I probably should. I wonder how fast snow blowers sold out over the weekend?!?

Stupidity can be cured. Ignorance is for life!

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10-31-2011 12:45 PM  6 years agoPost 10
gmcullan

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Southbridge, MA

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We bought ours at Home Depot in Auburn. The one we wanted was sold out, so we bought the last one of the next size up. When we brought the rental truck back, Channel 5 News was there interviewing people buying snow blowers and generators. At that time, they were out of generators and only had a couple of the really low-end snow throwers left.

While I have power at home, there are still wide areas in south central Massachusetts without power. Plenty of trees, poles, and wires down on the way in to work. It's too early in the season to have to deal with this.

Gerry Cullan,
Gaui 200, 255; T-Rex 250, 450 SE & SA, Mini-Titan, Blade 450

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