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Snowblower time! #4547915
10/19/17 06:02 AM
10/19/17 06:02 AM
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Nebraska
Duffyjr Online content OP
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How many of you guys have your blower(s)ready to go? (where applicable of course)

I usually do this mid to late October, just never know when we will get some snow plus I prefer to change the oil in half way decent weather.

This will be my 23rd season with my old MTD and it has never failed to start after sitting all year with what ever gas was in it when I parked it. I use to start it up about half way thru summer but haven't done that for years.

I also have a new single stage that I'm somewhat worried about being it has the newer carb on it but I decided to treat it just like my MTD, E0 with red sta-bil so I'll find out this weekend whether my strategy worked or not.


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Re: Snowblower time! [Re: Duffyjr] #4547920
10/19/17 06:10 AM
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Michigan
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I need to buy one this year. Getting to old to shovel!


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Re: Snowblower time! [Re: Duffyjr] #4547922
10/19/17 06:11 AM
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Honda HS520A ready to go. New auger rubbers and scraper blade. Oil was changed before storage.


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Re: Snowblower time! [Re: Duffyjr] #4547926
10/19/17 06:19 AM
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I always store it ready to go just fuel it and pull the rope.

Re: Snowblower time! [Re: Duffyjr] #4547930
10/19/17 06:25 AM
10/19/17 06:25 AM
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O--the joys of northern states.....not many snowblowers in Chattanooga tn,,,but there Coffee might be...

Last edited by CourierDriver; 10/19/17 06:26 AM.

turn in your old jackets, shirts and other clothes to a Salvation Army or any homeless shelter this year...
Re: Snowblower time! [Re: Duffyjr] #4547938
10/19/17 06:39 AM
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Nope. I don't touch mine until I winterize the lawn mower and tractor. If I'm still mowing the lawn every week, it's not gonna snow. I usually winterize the lawn equipment around Thanksgiving.


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Re: Snowblower time! [Re: Duffyjr] #4547942
10/19/17 06:45 AM
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I buy recondition sell snowblowers so I always have snow blowers that are ready to go. However I acquire one intending to sell it but like it better than another and now want to keep it. Then I need to improve it by installing an impeller kit, wheels instead of skid shoes, chute control lever, or some other improvement

Re: Snowblower time! [Re: Duffyjr] #4547945
10/19/17 06:48 AM
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I also left the gas in my 5 yo craftsman heavy monster this year which takes hours to run out of gas. Its that or tear the thing apart to get to the tank hose. I used Walmart's "Gumout Multi-System Tune-Up" the entire season last year. Its part Seafoam (has IPA) part techron (has PEA). It resolved a wandering idle and backfire, which I assume was gummed up gas in the carb. Was running perfect when I shut it off, like you, I'm wondering what will happen.

I bought a 6hp $400 MTD track drive snowblower back in the 90's. That thing dominated the neighborhood, coming to the rescue of the neighbors. I remember going around neighborhood, slamming through snowbanks, circling swearing neighbors unclogging Ariens, Toro and Chraftsman fancy snowblowers. My oldest boy has that at his house, its still going. All rusty, still dominating modern machines.


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Re: Snowblower time! [Re: Duffyjr] #4547956
10/19/17 06:55 AM
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Storrs, Connecticut
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Our main snowblower goes on the John Deere garden tractor. I usually swap that over when I'm done with the leaves. I do have a 1984 Toro 724 that is pretty much on stand by in the garage though, just in case it snows before I can get the blower attachment onto the tractor.


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Re: Snowblower time! [Re: Duffyjr] #4547958
10/19/17 06:56 AM
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Mine is ready, all I need is snow. My main concern now is finding the time to prep my two power washers for winter.


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Re: Snowblower time! [Re: Duffyjr] #4548006
10/19/17 07:41 AM
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I'm dreading it.

I forgot to empty the tank *or* put stabil in it. And it all evaporated over the summer.

I did use ethanol free gas ...


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Re: Snowblower time! [Re: Duffyjr] #4548011
10/19/17 07:42 AM
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Originally Posted By: Duffyjr


....This will be my 23rd season with my old MTD and it has never failed to start after sitting all year with what ever gas was in it when I parked it. ...



I just traded my 23 yo 740 dollar MTD Yardmachines 26" with 8hp Tecumseh snowking engine. Its never picky about gas though I sometime top oil it a capfull of 30ND.
I just bought a new $1200.- Toro 826 HD OXE with the manual single stick chute control. This machine weighs a lot more than the MTD but it has "features" like anti clogging impelller intake, no shear pins required auger drive shaft and, the slick single stick chute control that nothing else seemed to have. Hope it works ok. Its at least 100lbs more over the old machine.
Felt sad as I gave away the old MTD workhorse for nothing to the delivery guy frown

BTW the HD Simplicity seems super serious sexy but at almost "Honda" prices.

Ariens seem to have nothing "special" to offer at all.

sexy simplicity

Last edited by ARCOgraphite; 10/19/17 07:46 AM.

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Re: Snowblower time! [Re: Miller88] #4548017
10/19/17 07:46 AM
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Originally Posted By: Miller88
I'm dreading it.

I forgot to empty the tank *or* put stabil in it. And it all evaporated over the summer.

I did use ethanol free gas ...


If you used ethanol free gas it shouldn't be too big of a deal.


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2009 BMW 328i (36k) - Castrol Edge Euro 0w40, MANN HU816X
Re: Snowblower time! [Re: ARCOgraphite] #4548025
10/19/17 07:54 AM
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Originally Posted By: ARCOgraphite
Originally Posted By: Duffyjr


....This will be my 23rd season with my old MTD and it has never failed to start after sitting all year with what ever gas was in it when I parked it. ...



I just traded my 23 yo 740 dollar MTD Yardmachines 26" with 8hp Tecumseh snowking engine. Its never picky about gas though I sometime top oil it a capfull of 30ND.
I just bought a new $1200.- Toro 826 HD OXE with the manual single stick chute control. This machine weighs a lot more than the MTD but it has "features" like anti clogging impelller intake, no shear pins required auger drive shaft and, the slick single stick chute control that nothing else seemed to have. Hope it works ok. Its at least 100lbs more over the old machine.
Felt sad as I gave away the old MTD workhorse for nothing to the delivery guy frown

BTW the HD Simplicity seems super serious sexy but at almost "Honda" prices.

Ariens seem to have nothing "special" to offer at all.

sexy simplicity



You made a good choice going with the Toro. From working on them, I'd say Toro is one of my favorite machines with Ariens a close second. Hondas are dead last. The engines are great, but everything else is terrible. Expensive transmissions with little pins that break inside leaving the heavy machine dead and hard to move. Replacing the pin requires taking apart the whole machine. The metal is also not really any thicker than other name brand snowblowers, so the premium price is not really worth it.


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Re: Snowblower time! [Re: Duffyjr] #4548051
10/19/17 08:14 AM
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I'm not worried, since re-powering the ancient Ariens 24" with a Predator, I have had no starting troubles. Thanks for the reminder. I should order a belt, some extra shear bolts and drive disk, just so they won't break.

Last edited by andyd; 10/19/17 08:15 AM.

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