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Old 10-08-2010, 06:11 PM
 
Location: West DesMoines
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I know this is early but, I am completly ignorant when it comes to snowblowers. We have been living in an appartment where management took care of removing snow. We recently closed a deal on a house. Now this happens to be a corner plot so we have the (mis) fortune of removing snow from the sidewalk as well (when it snows). I would like your advice about which kind of a snowblower should we buy??
Thank you !!!
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Old 10-08-2010, 09:01 PM
 
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Not to early at all , however you have waited long enough now to put yourself at the mercy of the sellers.
My experience with snowblowers is honestly very limited.
I have on two occasions been assigned the task of purchasing the things for friends who were needing them.
On both occasions I bought them used machines I ran across at garage sales in Des Moines in the spring or summer months.
Both worked well as far as that goes, one of them was an older Ariens heavy duty rig with an electric start eight h.p. engine , multi speeds, double stage, adjustable chute and even chains on its tires !
I bought it for $150.00 , and it had no probs , just fire it up and start eating snow , that thing is a monster , it will chew up anything in its path.

The other was a lighter unit , it was for a lady friend so by request she wanted something she could handle without having to work out before tackling it..
I found a 5 h.p. 22 inch craftsman at a garage sale in west Des Moines that looked almost brand new.
The older couple said they had bought it two years earlier and used it maybe three times , then due to health reasons they were heading south.
It ran and operated great and after some haggling I wore em down to $175.00 from the 250.00 they were asking.
My friend has used the thing for several years now with zero problems.
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Old 10-10-2010, 11:18 AM
 
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Assuming you are younger (first house?) and can handle a larger machine I would advise a two-stage since you are on a corner lot. The reasoning for this is the distance the blower can throw the snow. A two-stage will throw it farther. You can be ticketed if you allow the snow to get too deep at the corner, which will block the view for people in cars. I know someone who got one: $170.00. If you remember last year you know what I mean.

It will also make it easier to throw the snow away from the drive. Last year I did something for the first time: I hired someone with a truck and blade to remove the snow. I had nowhere left to put the snow as my blower would not throw it higher than 6 feet. I have a single stage.

I have an Ariens and I've been very happy with it. Expensive when bought new, but I had a warranty (not used) and a blower I knew from day one, which is important to me.

Congratulations on your new home!
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Old 10-10-2010, 03:01 PM
 
Location: West DesMoines
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Not to early at all , however you have waited long enough now to put yourself at the mercy of the sellers.
My experience with snowblowers is honestly very limited.
I have on two occasions been assigned the task of purchasing the things for friends who were needing them.
On both occasions I bought them used machines I ran across at garage sales in Des Moines in the spring or summer months.
Both worked well as far as that goes, one of them was an older Ariens heavy duty rig with an electric start eight h.p. engine , multi speeds, double stage, adjustable chute and even chains on its tires !
I bought it for $150.00 , and it had no probs , just fire it up and start eating snow , that thing is a monster , it will chew up anything in its path.

The other was a lighter unit , it was for a lady friend so by request she wanted something she could handle without having to work out before tackling it..
I found a 5 h.p. 22 inch craftsman at a garage sale in west Des Moines that looked almost brand new.
The older couple said they had bought it two years earlier and used it maybe three times , then due to health reasons they were heading south.
It ran and operated great and after some haggling I wore em down to $175.00 from the 250.00 they were asking.
My friend has used the thing for several years now with zero problems.
Thank you for the advice!! i did see a garage sale yesterday and unfortunately they weren't selling a snowblower but, hopefully we will find something soon and in the meanwhile i am keeping my eyes and ears open
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Old 10-10-2010, 03:05 PM
 
Location: West DesMoines
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Thank you Tek_Freek, i will definetly start looking into the two stage snowblowers. Now, would i get a used two stage snowblower in any store? If yes, do you know any reliable stores??? Thank you so much!!
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Old 10-10-2010, 03:56 PM
 
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Thank you Tek_Freek, i will definetly start looking into the two stage snowblowers. Now, would i get a used two stage snowblower in any store? If yes, do you know any reliable stores??? Thank you so much!!


Not sure where one might find a used one in a store, however you might try Craigs list , or keep your eye out for a "Thrifty Nickel" or some other local want ads where such critters are known to lurk.

des moines farm & garden classifieds "snowblower" - craigslist

Some info that may help.

Choosing a Snow Blower Iowa - Iowa, Snow Blower, Iowa snow thrower, Iowa single-stage snow blower, Iowa two-stage snow blower, Iowa snow clearing
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Old 10-10-2010, 04:08 PM
 
Location: West DesMoines
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just checking out snowblowers so please advice if this model is a good one ' Ariens Compact Series 2-Stage 24 in. Gas Snow Blower' considering the area we have to remove the snow from ...gosh actually took a couple of my frnds to show them the house and realized once again just how much we have to take care of ...so looking fwd to it
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Old 10-10-2010, 04:13 PM
 
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just checking out snowblowers so please advice if this model is a good one ' Ariens Compact Series 2-Stage 24 in. Gas Snow Blower' considering the area we have to remove the snow from ...gosh actually took a couple of my frnds to show them the house and realized once again just how much we have to take care of ...so looking fwd to it
Ariens is one of the quality names in the snow removal device business from what I understand , so I am guessing your rig is a good one.
Honda is also a quality manufacturer in the snow biz as everything else they undertake , they are just a bit expensive.


Ariens Compact Series 2-Stage 24 in. Gas Snow Blower, 920014 from The Home Depot at SHOP.COM (http://www.shop.com/Ariens+24+in+Compact+Series+2+Stage+Gas+Snow+Blowe r+920014-370938049-p+.xhtml - broken link)
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Old 10-10-2010, 04:24 PM
 
Location: West DesMoines
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thank you i love the craigslist page.....thank you soooo much
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Old 10-10-2010, 08:12 PM
 
Location: Space Coast, FL.
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In Craigslist you can also post under - Wanted (top left side of opening page somewhere)
Be specific what you want, and word it right. You can either have people contact you via email through craigslist, or your phone #.
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