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markbean


Joined: Nov 24, 2007
Points: 7

Which 2-Stage Snow Thrower – Troy-Bilt, Toro, Ariens or Simplicity?
Original Message   Nov 24, 2007 4:05 pm

I’m in my first single family home and I need to purchase a snow thrower.  My driveway is paved asphalt, 180’ feet long and one-car wide up until the 3-car garage.  I live in central New Jersey and we get 25-30” of snow a year.  I’ve decided that I want at least 26” but I like 28”.  I prefer to purchase from a local shop rather than a Lowe’s, HD or Sears.

Is the $899 on a Troy-Bilt Storm 9528 a good choice?  At $899 it is certainly the price I want to pay but I am skeptical that I will get what I pay for.  Even though they are more than I had wanted to spend, I’m considering the $1099 Toro 826LE, the $1199 Ariens ST1027LE, the $1249 Simplicity L9528E.  If convinced that it is really worth it, I may also consider the $1399 Toro 828LXE.  The Honda's are simply just too much money for me.

Am I really just comparing great machines that will all do a wonderful job or are there really some noticeable differences between them in terms of quality and features?  Am I really going to notice the difference between the 26”, 27” and 28” path widths?

Thank you,
Mark

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markbean


Joined: Nov 24, 2007
Points: 7

Re: Which 2-Stage Snow Thrower – Troy-Bilt, Toro, Ariens or Simplicity?
Reply #9   Nov 30, 2007 5:09 pm
I greatly appreciate everyone's input.  I had my Simplicity 1428 delivered a few minutes ago.  While I think that I was comparing three good choices, I am very pleased with my decision.  The build quality is very good and the unit is easy to operate.

The simple most important piece of advice that I can give anyone reading these messages who is shopping for a snow thrower.  Be sure to buy from a local dealer who services the units and will deliver and setup for you.  The few dollars I spend for delivery and setup was well worth it.  The delivery/repair main took 20+ minutes going over everything with me from operating the unit to putting stabalizer and antifreeze in the fuel.  Yes, I could have always read the manual and learned these things on my own but the extra value and piece of mind that comes from buying from someone who will fully stand behind the product is huge.  They even had me sign the warranty registration that they had pre-filled out for me.  Walt's Outdoor Center in Ringoes, NJ has earned a customer for life.
jubol


Location: Dover, De
Joined: Oct 3, 2003
Points: 1558

Re: Which 2-Stage Snow Thrower – Troy-Bilt, Toro, Ariens or Simplicity?
Reply #10   Nov 30, 2007 5:40 pm
Mark,

I used to hate heavy snowfalls, 10 to 30 inches!!

Since I have had a blower, I look forward to them, Lot's of FUN!!

As a side benefit, no sore back!!

                                                  Fred

Husqvarna STE927(11.5HP) snowblower,  MTD Pro Series 18/42 Lawnmower, MTD 6.5 HP  Self Prop Lawn Mower,  Weedeater 1500 Blower, Web Gensis  2000 
borat


Joined: Nov 10, 2007
Points: 2692

Re: Which 2-Stage Snow Thrower – Troy-Bilt, Toro, Ariens or Simplicity?
Reply #11   Nov 30, 2007 5:45 pm
Good choice.  You'll be impressed with the machine's performance. 

We just had two good dumps here.  One on Monday and again on Wednesday.  First one dumped 5" on us.  Second one close to a foot!  We're being threatened with another big dump tomorrow between eight to twelve inches.  I'm sure glad that I traded in my old Craftsman this year.  My next door neighbour bought his 10 h.p. Craftsman back when I bought mine.  He managed to get the Monday dump cleaned up but his  machine crapped out on him at the end of the job.  He called me over to have a look at his machine.  The auger idler pulley actuation cable (inside the housing) broke.  Last I heard, it's still apart.  So, I put the Simplicity to work  to clean up the Wednesday dump on my driveway, neighbours driveway and the next one over from him.  That's three driveways all about 120 feet long, two cars wide with a turn around area at the top of each one.  I did it in half the time it would have taken with the Craftsman.   The snow cab is big plus.  I can work outside all day if the conditions are decent.  The snow cab breaks the wind and that  makes all the difference.   

markbean


Joined: Nov 24, 2007
Points: 7

Re: Which 2-Stage Snow Thrower – Troy-Bilt, Toro, Ariens or Simplicity?
Reply #12   Dec 13, 2007 5:03 pm
I finally used my Simplicity 1428.  While the conditions were not perfect for the thrower, I just had to use it.   In Princeton, NJ we had a lot of freezing rain today.  My driveway was covered with about and inch of slush.  It would have been a bear to clear it by shovel so while the conditions were not great, I took the new Snow thrower out to help with the job.  The 1428 handled the job well.  It threw the slush far enough to go over the driveway.  The biggest thing I learned is that I have to practice using the thrower to better handle it.  Regardless, it was fun to get it out of the garage and use it.
iulavey1


Joined: Dec 14, 2007
Points: 2

Re: Which 2-Stage Snow Thrower – Troy-Bilt, Toro, Ariens or Simplicity?
Reply #13   Dec 14, 2007 11:08 pm
markbean-

It is good to see someone else has one of these odd-model numbered Simplicity snowblowers.  I went one size smaller with the L1226E (which is the L8526E that is on the Simplicity website) and was trying to figure out if this was an old model or a new one.  I had a very hard time finding mention of the 1226 anywhere on the web.  From what you have said, it appears to be the newer labelling and is marked according to the engine's torque rating.

It was just delivered today and I am anxiously awaiting our next snowfall here in Wisconsin.  It is good to hear yours performed well when using it for the first time.

Andrew.

DonMac


Joined: Dec 5, 2007
Points: 7

Re: Which 2-Stage Snow Thrower – Troy-Bilt, Toro, Ariens or Simplicity?
Reply #14   Dec 15, 2007 12:04 am
markbean,
I live a couple of miles from you and just bought a new Simplicity P10524E from a dealer in Princeton. I can't wait to try it but the amount we got just didn't warrant me firing up. If I can drive through it and there's no EOD mound, then I let it melt. We only got about an inch or less. But my wife cleared the sidewalk with a shovel! It all melted today. Oh well, maybe Saturday night we'll get a chance to really test them. But the forecast doesn't look like anything more than what we got Thursday.
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