This was not only my first purchase, but the first time I ever used a snowthrower. Although I'm far from an expert, I do know what works and how well it does that. The 2450 was very easy to set up. Basically, all I had to do was lift it out of the box (at 71 lbs., it was easy enough), unfold the handle, and hook up the control cable. I spent more time reading the directions than I did on setup. It started on the second pull, and since that time, it's usually the first pull. I only used it once last year, and so far, I've only used it once this year. It sure beats shoveling!
The 2450 was a bit louder than I expected, and the smell and smoke of the 2-stroke engine was about what I had expected - some may find it objectionable. It picked up the snow easily, down to the bare pavement, and threw it at least 25 feet. This year, after a 12" snowfall, I had a little difficulty dealing with the EOD. I found that taking small slices at a time was better than trying to ram through it. Although my neighbor, who has a huge 2-stage, had no difficulty blasting through his EOD, I could not have afforded his model, and I would have no place to store it. For the amount of times I'll get to use mine, and for the amount of snow we get each year, it is the perfect snowthrower.
Date Purchased: 12/03
Price Paid: $513
Lightweight - easy to move
Compact - easy to store
Little if no maintenance required
Smoke and smell
Torque steer - wants to turn off intended path