8.5 HP Teucmseh runs great, easy starting and strong. Snowblower does fantastic job of throwing snow. Chute has convenient and easy controls. I ran it into some substantial huge drifts and, as long as the chute had an open space to throw it, it blew right through them. This snowblowers performance exceeded my expectations, but handling is less than desirable.
Date Purchased: 12/04 Price Paid: $750 Recommend: Yes
Throws snow considerable distance, easy starting, convenient chute controls, all steel construction, weighs almost 300 pounds and drove through 48" snow drifts without hesitation. Didn't think it would be, but the lights been handy.
Very, very hard to turn with both wheels pinned in place for traction, pulls to one side if only one wheel is engaged by the pin drive system and requires considerable strength to run straight. A machine this size really needs a differental.
It would also benefit by a throttle control within easy reach for both engine shutdown and as an engine speed control. I find the throttle control difficult to use with mittened hands, and icing on the control has been a problem between uses when I've parked outside during a storm.
"Snow Hog" tires would also benefit by tire chains. I find it won't climb onto a 3" curb without a good shove and a bounce. My old Ariens climbed right on with chains and smaller tires.