What snowblower do I want?
January 14, 2014 7:37 PM Subscribe
Current snowblower appears to be dead. Looking for a recommendation for a replacement, probably single-stage, at a reasonable price. Machine will be used to clear paved surfaces (sidewalk plus driveway) for a Minnesota home. Details inside.
posted by caution live frogs to Home & Garden (5 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I have an ancient 1984-vintage Toro 594 2-stage snowblower. It is far too heavy for my wife to use. It has multiple issues. I have never been able to start it with the pull cord, throttle doesn't work right, safety shutoff was bypassed by prior owner because it won't run at all with it enabled, and today the damn thing refused to start at all, even after 20 minutes of struggle. It feels underpowered even when it does run. But today I think it is dead, or in need of serious repair. I am tired of fighting with it.
So, hive mind, what snowblower should I be looking at to replace the current beast? I feel like a single-stage blower would work for us, and would be easier for my wife to handle. Electric start is preferred. But I don't want to get one that is underpowered, and end up regretting it. We are in Minneapolis, and have a corner lot, so we have to have something that can help us knock down the snowbank the plow trucks inevitably leave across our driveway. I also hope to avoid the brands that cheap out and use plastic where they should have used metal... If I have to buy a new one now, I'd like it to last as long as possible.
And of course, this is happening right when I have no money budgeted to replace a snowblower, so if there's a winner under $4-500 it would help.