The Best Snow Blowers For You! Fall 2019

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What is the best snow blower?

“Best” means different things to different people. Some of you look at Amazon’s best-selling snowblowers, while others read every word of Consumer Reports Recommended Snow Blowers list. Please remember, the best snow blower as rated by a review site, online review or even by MovingSnow.com is not always the best snow blower for you. It may be too big or too small for your particular driveway/area to be cleared. It may not be able to handle the heavy/wet snow your area gets a lot of.

Note:  When reading about snow blowers please be careful of review sites that ONLY send you to Amazon. These sites only want to take your money and almost all of them have absolutely no experience with snow blowers. 

I’m only listing snow blowers here that are proven to work well. There are over 400 snow blowers available today. I’ve narrowed that huge list down to machines that have proven track records or have recent improvements made so that they are now great snowblowers. For example, in previous years, Husqvarna snowblowers had issues with drive belts and a half dozen other problems. Husqvarna snowblowers manufactured for this fall (2019) have had all those issues fixed. Another example, MTD’s joystick chute control was never easy to use. They have replaced it on Cub Cadet and Troy-Bilt models with a better working system. Ariens and Toro have also fixed the “pain points” with their snowblowers over the last three years.

It’s still a fairly large list (about 50) but it’s broken down by size and capacity. Thanks for reading this very long post.

I’m only listing snow blowers from retailers and dealers that have good service networks. These networks use local servicing dealers to repair your machine under warranty. I do not recommend retailers and brands that ship your machine off to some faraway location where it may sit for months before the repair is made.

Protection Plans and Extended Warranties. Protection plans are NOT extended warranties. Sometimes manufacturers will offer extended warranties. Because extended warranties are directly from the manufacturer they are always a good choice. Those warranties are handled by a local servicing dealer. Protection plans, on the other hand, offered by retailers are not always a good choice. If you feel a retailer’s protection plan is a good choice for you be sure you understand what is offered for your gas-powered snowblower and how you go about using the Protection Plan. Many plans will ship your snowblower off to some far away repair center where it can sit for months before it’s even looked at.

There are many factors that you should consider including the area you want to clear, the surface you want to clear and how much snow you usually get.  MovingSnow’s goal is to help you find the best snow thrower for you. You can read these articles to help:

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If you have questions feel free to leave a comment below.

Canadian Snow Blower Buyers:

Snowblowers in Canada are similar but not always exactly like the models offered in the U. S. You can see the models offered at Lowes.ca and HomeDepot.ca here: Feel free to ask me about a specific model in the comments below.
LINK: Snowblowers at Lowes CanadaFYI – I do NOT recommend Snow Beast or DEK!

So Here Is The List!

Cordless Electric 2-car 40-70 feet long.

There are two new cordless electric snow throwers this year that are similar in size and capacity to the gas-powered single-stage machines. The two I recommend can handle 8 inches of snow and drifts up to 12 inches.

Recommended: Toro FlexForce: 21″ Power Clear® e21 60V* 7.5 AH (405 AH) Battery Snow Blower (39901) Buy Here at The Home Depot. Check out my video on YouTube. This snow thrower features Toro’s patented Power Clear – throws snow up to 40 feet. This snow thrower will clear up to a 12 car driveway on one charge. When you take the battery out this snowblower only weighs 40 lbs so it will be great for areas where you have to lift it up steps or put it in your car. Personally, I like this snow blower a lot and it will be my go-to machine for clearing my 16X70 feet driveway and patio this winter. This snow thrower is part of Toro FlexForce line of 60-volt cordless tools which includes one of the best 22-inch self-propelled mowers on the market. Check out my videos of it at https://www.youtube.com/paulsikkema

Recommended but expensive: Snow Joe 21 in. 100-Volt Max 5 Ah Brushless Cordless Electric Snow Blower Model# ION100V-21SB. Buy Here at The Home Depot. Check out my video on YouTube.Snow Joe has redesigned their cordless single stage once again and this model now features auger assist and a 30 minute run time on the supplied 5.0 AH (425 WH) battery.  This snow thrower is part of the Snow Joe/Sun Joe line of 100-volt cordless tools. Check out my videos of it at https://www.youtube.com/paulsikkema

Popular but I don’t recommend: EGO 21 in. Single-Stage 56-Volt Lithium-Ion 7.5 AH (405 AH) Cordless Electric Snow Blower. Buy Here at The Home Depot. This snow thrower needs two batteries for operation (supplied) and does not have auger assist. I ONLY recommend it if you already have EGO tools and you only get a few inches of snow at a time. If you get snow depths over six inches this machine gets very hard to use because you have to PUSH it through the snow. All the other snow throwers on this page have some kind of auger assist or self-propel feature. Here is a typical end-of-year review of the EGO Snow Thrower: “I too love cordless-the only gas equipment. All I have left is my lawnmower and snow-blower so I was eager to try this. However, the auger not touching the ground is a big problem for me. My single stage 208cc gas does and it helps to pull it along. I have a 75 ft single driveway and 200 ft of sidewalk (a double lot on a corner). It had enough juice to do it, but constantly having to push, push, push to get through the snow-it was a major workout. It throws the snow fine-no problem there. But wow-it was a major pain pushing this thing. We’ve had over 100 inches of snow this winter (so far), so I’m glad I returned it.”

Single Stage

Single-stage snow throwers work great for areas that get up to eight inches of snow at a time and can handle drifts up to 12 inches. All the models listed here have power assist augers and will clear snow right down to the pavement. Many people buy these as a “second” snow thrower for the light snows because they will clear 2-6 inches of snow as fast as you can walk. Unless noted these all have push-button electric start. In general, single-stage snow throwers are too small to be your primary machine if you live anywhere in the U.S. north of Interstate 70. None of them (except the Toro SnowMaster) will throw snow more than 30 feet or so. Because of that, you will end up with much taller piles of snow along your driveway than with a good 2-stage snow blower. This can cause more drifting right on your driveway the next time it snows.

Recommended: Toro Power Clear® 721 E (38753) Buy Here at The Home Depot. The “standard” for single-stage snow throwers. This model has been redesigned so the engine is easy to work on! At $599 it is one of the best value snow throwers on the market.

Toro Power Clear® 821 QZE (38757) Buy Here at The Home Depot. More power than the 721 and is a great choice if you get heavy/wet snow. Remote chute.

Recommended: Ariens Professional 21 SSRC Model 938025 Buy Here at The Home Depot. This Ariens Commercial Single Stage without electric start is a better choice if you haul your snowthrower around to clear other people’s driveways. It is designed so one person can easily slide it into a pickup, van or SUV. The heavy-duty rubber auger will last you years and years. Check out my videos of it at https://www.youtube.com/paulsikkema

Honda HS 720AS 20 inch. Buy Here at The Home Depot. The snow thrower is rated as one of the best by Consumer Reports. If you don’t want a Toro or an Ariens this is an excellent snow thrower! It’s a Honda – but it’s more expensive than the top-performing Toro models. A lot of owners hate the chute controls but like the way the snow blower throws snow

Toro SnowMaster® 724 QXE (36002) Buy Here at The Home Depot. The Toro 724 and 824 are lightweight, self-propelled snowblowers that clear snow fast from your hard surfaces. These snow throwers will clear up to 18-inch drifts. Many people are buying these instead of a 2-stage snowblower. If you have a larger hard surface driveway to clear and don’t get more than 8 inches at a time they are a great choice.

Recommended: Toro SnowMaster® 824 QXE (36003) Buy Here at The Home Depot. Check out my video on YouTube. More power than the 724. I personally own this snow thrower and like it a lot. Check out my videos of it at https://www.youtube.com/paulsikkema

24-26 Inch: Two-Stage 1-2 car driveway, up to 80 feet long

24-26 inch 2-stage snow blowers are good for your typical 1 or 2 car driveway up to 60 feet long. They will also clear snow from gravel, dirt, and turf. Since they are smaller and lighter weight even smaller people can use them. If you have a bad back buy one with power steering.

Cheap But Good.

If you have to buy the cheapest snow blower – buy one of these. (There is no reason to buy a Chinese Import that does not have a good service network.)

Recommended: Ariens Classic 24 Model 920025 Buy Here at The Home Depot. No Power Steering but a lot of features making it a best value snowblower. Good engine, hanging chute, all-steel construction.

Cheapest: Briggs & Stratton 24 in. Model 1696610. Buy Here at The Home Depot. No Power Steering. This is the cheapest 2-stage snowblower I recommend. One thing you need to know. After you use this snow blower – before you turn off the engine – let the auger/impeller run for 1-2 minutes to make sure ALL the snow is out of the front. If you don’t the auger/impeller will freeze and you will break the impeller belt the next time you go to use it.

Recommended: Troy-Bilt Storm 24 in. Model# Storm 2460, 208cc with Airless Tires. Buy Here at The Home Depot. No Power Steering. The airless tires make this one of the best 24-inch snowblowers for areas of the country that get 30-60 inches of snow a year. The tires give is more traction and makes the snowblower surprisingly easy to turn. I also like the easy to use hanging chute.

Cheapest: Troy-Bilt Storm 2410  Buy Here at The Home Depot. Check out my video on YouTube. If you must have the least expensive snowblower, this is the BEST least expensive snow blower available. There is no need to even consider a Chinese made snowblower anymore. You get a good engine, 6 speeds forward, 2 reverse, good tires, poly skids and a machine that will handle your 30-40 inch Midwest winters. It’s simple, easy to operate and has an excellent review rating. It does not have power steering.

Good For Most Areas Of The Country That Get 30-60 Inches Of Snow

Recommended: Cub Cadet 2X™ 24″.  Buy Here at The Home Depot. I’ve been recommending this snow blower for many years and this year they improved it with a larger engine and an updated dash. It’s very easy to use and the handles are short enough so even if you are 5″2″ you can use this snow blower. This updated model includes a larger 243cc engine, power steering, and updated dash with LED headlights. The new controls are a lot easier to use than the old 4-way chute control.

Recommended Cub Cadet 2X 26 HP. Buy Here at The Home Depot. The Cub Cadet 2X HP series are great snowblowers for most areas of the Midwest, Mid-Atlantic and other areas that average 30-60 inches of snow. This model features power steering but does not have hand warmers.

Toro Power Max® 824 OE (37798) Buy Here at The Home Depot. No Power Steering. I normally recommend the Toro Snow Master instead of this model for hard surface driveways. But this snowblower is a better choice if you have a gravel driveway. You can use this snow blower on any surface including gravel, turf, and dirt. This is a very well-built, dependable snowblower.

Ariens Compact 24 Model 920027. Buy Here at The Home Depot. No Power Steering. If you are considering the Ariens Classic this snow blower is a solid step up from it. Larger engine and the same Ariens quality you get with the Deluxe models – just less capacity.

Recommended: Husqvarna ST224P. Buy Here at ACME Tools. One of the most popular 24-inch snow blowers. It has power steering and for 2019 Husqvarna fixed all the little problems you read about it in reviews. Better v-belts, improved hand warmers, etc. This is an excellent snow blower if you live in the suburbs and need to clean rough areas like a spot on the lawn for your dogs. Don’t confuse this model with the Husqvarna ST224 that you normally see on the sales floor at Lowes and your local hardware store. The St224 does not have power steering like this one does.

Recommended: Troy-Bilt Storm™ 2460 Snow Blower Buy Here at The Home Depot. 24 inch, 208 cc. My favorite best value snow blower. For all types of snow, about 60-inch average snowfall a year, and will clear gravel/turf areas. It does not have power steering but uses the new airless tires that give you great traction yet turn easily.

Recommended:  Troy-Bilt Storm™ 2625 XP Snow Blower Buy Here at The Home Depot. A little larger than the 2460 above and has a great 243cc engine. For all types of snow, about 60-inch average snowfall a year, and will clear gravel/turf areas. It does not have power steering but uses the new airless tires that give you great traction yet turn easily.

Won’t Clog On Heavy/Wet Snow –

If the snowplow leaves you a wet mess or a solid rock wall of snow – these snow blowers will power right through it! Good for areas of the country that get 30-120 inches of snow a year!

Recommended:  Ariens Deluxe 24 Model 921045 Buy Here at The Home Depot. The Ariens Deluxe 24 and it’s bigger brother Ariens Platinum 24 are unique in the 24-26 inch size. They use a larger, 14-inch impeller and discharge chute so it is very, very hard to clog them on heavy, wet snow. I highly recommend the Deluxe 24 to anyone who struggles with the drift the snowplow truck leaves at the end of the driveway. It’s all-metal and pretty much indestructible. It’s also very easy to use because it has automatic steering (AutoTurn) and basic chute and deflector controls.

Recommended: Toro Power Max® 826 OXE (37799) Buy Here at The Home Depot.

Husqvarna ST324? I have not reviewed it at this time but will most likely make this list.

Heavy-Duty Snowmageddon:- Will handle areas that get over 100 inches a year. 

Dealer only: Ariens Platinum 24 SHO Model 921050 and Ariens Platinum 24 SHO EFI Model 921053.  24 inch, 369cc. Model 921053 with EZ-Launch EFI Engine. These two snow blowers have over-the-top power and can handle any type of snow and any driveway including gravel and turf. Yet, they are very easy to use. If you have a small driveway but get a lot of snow this is a great choice. It will clear any amount/type of snow. It will not clog on heavy/wet snow. Because it has a larger engine and more capacity than all other 24 inch machines it works well for 2-3 car wide by 80-120 foot driveways. It has great traction for sloped driveways. This is one of the few snow blowers I recommend for Lake Tahoe and their 200-400 inches of snowfall per year. It’s also the best choice for areas that get lake-effect and the North-East U.S. that gets the “Noreasters.” Some of you will feel the price is too high for the EFI model but this heavy-duty 24-inch snow blower with Electronic Fuel Injection will not have the starting issues carbureted engines have on today’s fuels. Please use the dealer locator at Ariens.com to find a store near you:

Track Drive

There five tracked 24-26 inch snow blowers available on the market. Two are insanely expensive, two are very hard to use which leaves only one that I can recommend. If you want a small tracked snow blower for steep driveway and trails look at the Troy-Bilt Storm Tracker 2690XP

The Best You Can Buy

Recommended: Ariens Platinum 24 SHO EFI Model 921053 Simply stated, this snow blower can handle anything you throw at it. 200 inches a year? – no problem. Drifts – no problem. Heavy/wet snow – a piece of cake. It will throw snow up to 55 feet and move it faster than any other 24-inch snowblower on the market.

28 Inch: Two-Stage 2 car or larger driveway, up to 150 feet long.

28 inch is the most popular size. Most people can use them without a lot of effort. You can quickly clear snow from your driveway, sidewalk, gravel areas and even go out into the lawn to make a spot for your dogs. The models I’ll suggest here are all capable of clearing the huge drift the city snow plow leaves at the end of your driveway. 

Cheap But Good

Recommended: Troy-Bilt Storm™ 2860 Snow Blower Buy Here at The Home Depot. Check out my video on YouTube. The Troy-Bilt Storm™ 2860 is one of my favorite snow blowers. It does not have power steering but the airless tires make is easy to use. These special tires have plenty of traction yet are designed to allow you to turn the snow blower easier than models that have regular air-filled rubber tires. The rest of the snowblower is built well including the chute/deflector controls. It has heated handgrips! If you are on a budget but need a snowblower to clear a 2 or 3 car driveway this is a great choice.

Good For Most Areas Of The Country That Get 30-60 Inches Of Snow

Recommended: Ariens Deluxe 28 Model 921046 Buy Here at The Home Depot.  Check out my video on YouTube. 28 inch 254 cc. For driveways up to 150 feet and 100 inches of snow a year. It doesn’t clog when blowing heavy, wet snow. This is the standard heavy-duty snowblower that everyone else is trying to beat.  The Deluxe 28 a very basic snowblower that blows snow better than most. It has power steering (automatic – no triggers), simple crank chute control, locking deflector control, and a headlight.

Recommended: Cub Cadet 2X 28″ HP Buy Here at The Home Depot.  28 inch, 272cc quiet engine. Full-featured, including power steering, decent power. This is a good value snowblower. I like the dual LED lights in the dash, the new chute controls and the all-metal chute.

Troy-Bilt Storm™ 2890 Snow Blower Buy Here at The Home Depot. Troy-Bilt Storm 2890 Good Value 28 inch with Power Steering! It’s also the Quietest Gas Powered Snow Blower on the Market! The Storm 2890 has all the features of the Best Value Troy-Bilt Storm 2860 above and adds power steering and the Troy-Bilt quiet engine (with Noise Guard Technology) for only $100 more.

Heavy-Duty Won’t Clog On Heavy/Wet Snow

Recommended: Ariens Deluxe 28 Model 921046 Buy Here at The Home Depot.  

Recommended: Ariens Deluxe 28 SHO Model 921048 Dealer Only.  Check out my video on YouTube. More power than the Deluxe 28 and the SHO impeller will throw snow up to 55 feet!  The Deluxe SHO is one of the farthest throwing snow blowers on the market and has a much greater capacity than the Honda Snow Blowers that cost twice as much

Recommended: Power Max® HD 928 OAE (265cc Auto Steering), Power Max® HD 1028 OHXE (302cc Trigger Steering) Check out my video on YouTube.  Toro PowerMax HD snow blowers have been good machines for years and they have made some improvements recently including an all-metal double-jointed chute and all-metal impeller housing. 14-inch impeller, no shear pins, new stronger gearbox. They are very easy to use. They now have two engine sizes for typical and heavy snowfalls.  Power Max® HD series is also one of the farthest throwing snow blowers on the market and has a much greater capacity than the Honda Snow Blowers that cost much more.

Recommended: Ariens Platinum SHO Rapidtrak 28.  Buy Here at The Home Depot This snow blower is a game-changer in the residential snow blower market.  All the traction of a tracked unit and the speed and ease-of-use of a wheeled unit. In addition, it handles heavy/wet snow better than all other 28-inch snow blowers.

Track

Recommended: Ariens Platinum SHO Rapidtrak 28. Buy Here at The Home Depot  This snow blower is a game-changer in the residential snow blower market.  All the traction of a tracked unit and the speed and ease-of-use of a wheeled unit. In addition, it handles heavy/wet snow better than all other 28-inch snow blowers.

Troy-Bilt Storm Tracker™ 2890 Snow Blower Buy Here at The Home Depot. The Storm Tracker™ 2890 is a good snow blower if you are on a budget and need a tracked snowblower to get you up a steep driveway. This is essentially a Storm 2890 with a larger engine and tracks.

HUSQVARNA ST 427T. This new snowblower is their new Pro model. It’s designed for professionals who need a maximum-performance snow blower for commercial applications. Features include electronic fuel injection (EFI) engine, onboard electric starter, all-steel control panel, heated handles, LED headlight, continuous track treads, hydrostatic gearbox, and a cast iron impeller. Working width is 27 inches.

Professional/Commercial

Professional: Ariens Professional 28 Available with Briggs & Stratton or Ariens AX engine.

Professional: ToroPower Max® HD 1428 OHXE Commercial (38843)

Professional: Ariens Professional 28 Hydro EFI

Professional: Ariens Professional 28 Hydro RapidTrak Available with Briggs & Stratton or Ariens AX engine.

The Best You Can Buy

 Recommended: The Ariens Professional RapidTrak 28 in. Hydro 420cc Model 926060 Buy Here at The Home Depot  is arguably the best snow blower for ALL conditions. With the high-speed RapidTrak, it will clear 15 inches or more as fast as you can walk! It has higher capacity, stronger engine and is considerably faster to use. This is arguably the biggest, baddest snowblower on the market right now. It throws snow farther, has more capacity, is faster, and has better traction than anything else right now.

Ariens and Toro both have over-the-top commercial 28-inch snowblowers that outperform anything else on the market. They are designed to handle more snow in a week than the typical residential snowblower handles in a year. If you have large areas to clear and/or get over 100 inches of snow a year seriously consider one of these.  Toro 28 in. 420 cc Model 38843, or the Ariens Professional 28 Model 926065.

30-Inch: Two-Stage

30-inch snow blowers are slightly wider and heavier than the 28-inch models. If you have a long driveway over 8 feet wide they are a good choice because two round trips will clear a 10-foot drive. All of the models listed here can handle heavy/wet snow. All are heavy-duty and can easily handle areas that get 80-100 inches a year.

Ariens Deluxe 30 Model 921047 Buy Here at The Home Depot. Check out my video on YouTube.

New Cub Cadet 2x 30 in. 357cc Fuel Injected (EFI) Model# 2X 30 EFI. Buy Here at The Home Depot.

Ariens Deluxe 30 EFI 30 in. 2-Stage Electric Start Gas Snow Blower Model# 921049. Buy Here at The Home Depot.

Troy-Bilt Model # Arctic Storm 30″. Buy Here at The Home Depot. Check out my video of the 34-inch version on YouTube.

Track:

HUSQVARNA ST 430T. This new snowblower is their new Pro model. It’s designed for professionals who need a maximum-performance snowblower for commercial applications. Features include electronic fuel injection (EFI) engine, onboard electric starter, all-steel control panel, heated handles, LED headlight, continuous track treads, hydrostatic gearbox, and a cast iron impeller. Working width is 30 inches.

The Best You Can Buy

Ariens Platinum 30 SHO 921051 Dealer Only.  Check out my video on YouTube.

32-34 Inch Two-Stage

All of the 32-36 inch snow blowers on the market from brands I trust are heavy-duty snow blowers. Most are professional/commercial grade – meaning they are designed to clear miles of sidewalks and last a very long time.

Residential: Toro Power Max® HD 1232 OHXE (38842) Buy Here at The Home Depot.

Residential: Troy-Bilt Arctic Storm™ 34 Snow Blower Buy Here at The Home Depot. Check out my video on YouTube.

Professional: Ariens Professional 32 Hydro RapidTrak Available with Briggs & Stratton or Ariens AX engine. Dealer Only.

Professional: Ariens Professional 36 Hydro EFI Dealer Only.

Professional: Toro Power Max® HD 1432 OHXE Commercial (38844) Buy Here at The Home Depot.

Professional Track: Honda 32 inch: The HS series Honda tracked snowblowers were the industry standard for years. The new HSS models have inherited that reputation although there are now other brands with machines that have higher capacity and are faster when clearing large areas. Dealer Only.

The rest of the snow blowers that get all the publicity. Why they are not on the list.

3-Stage Snow Blowers:

Don’t let the advertising hype or dealer sales pitches fool you. A 3-stage is not better than a 2-stage – it’s just different. Yes, a 3-stage snow blower has about 50% more capacity than the same brand’s 2-stage machine but that does not mean they are better than another brand’s 2-stage snow blowers. Remember a dealer is always going to tell you their snowblower is better than the dealer’s across the street. Read more about 3-stage snow blowers here: Is a 3-stage better than a 2-stage? 

Craftsman at Lowes, DEK, Dirty Hand Tools, Worldlawn, Snow Beast, Champion Power Equipment, PowerSmart, Aavix, YARDMAX, DR Power.

Why are these brands not on the list? To put it simply. 1. Most of these snow blowers do not have nationwide service networks so getting your machine repaired under warranty can be a big issue. All parts have to be shipped from a central location – if the parts are available at all. 2. All but one are made in China. There are plenty of snow blowers made right here in the U.S. competitively priced and built specifically for our types os snow.

Note: Craftsman at Lowes. When I find out that the Craftsman at Lowes (Owned by Stanley, Black & Decker) has a nationwide service network where you can take your snowblower locally for repair and easily get parts I’ll take it off this list.

30-inch MTD Built Snow Blowers:

Troy-Bilt Storm 3090 357cc 4-cycle Electric Start Two-Stage Snow Thrower, 30 inch Craftsman at Lowes, Cub Cadet 30 inch 2-stage, and Craftsman 88396.   30 inch, 357cc. All of these models are all basically the same snow thrower – just different paint and repair support. It’s a dependable snow blower but for most people, it just does not have the capacity of the more recent 30-inch designs. The closed front auger with 6 auger flites severely limits its capacity and the 12-inch impeller does not spin fast enough to throw snow as far as the more recent designs. Because of the lack of capacity these are the models that want to ride up in deeper snow.

Honda 2-Stage Snow Blowers

Honda HSS928ATD, Honda HSS724ATD, and Honda HSS1332ATD. Yes, the Honda 2-stage machines did not make the list and probably won’t. Yes, I know they have the Honda engine, everyone, raves about. Yes, They throw a plume of snow a long way. But, they are just too expensive for no electric start, (a $200 option), underpowered, and plug with wet snow. Plus with the older style antique track drive system they are slow.  Just so you know, the models Home Depot is carrying this year do not have electric start. You can actually buy the Troy-Bilt Arctic Storm XP 34 Snow Thrower or Ariens Deluxe 28 SHO for half the price and have a much higher capacity, more heavy-duty snow blower. If you need a tracked machine the Ariens RapidTrak is the best choice.

Poulan Pro and Jonsered Snow Blowers have dropped off the list. The snow blowers continue to be good machines but you can now buy a Husqvarna with better dealer service for the same price. Husqvarna, Jonsered, and Poulan Pro are made in the same South Carolina assembly plant and Husqvarna’s have more features.

If you have questions feel free to leave a comment below.

Thanks for reading this very long post.

This list of the best snow blowers is based on my hands-on reviews over the last 15 years, plus discussions, interest, intent to buy and purchases of snow blowers on MovingSnow.com. This list is not reflective of actual sales by the manufactures or retailers. Other websites and forums will have a different viewpoint than MovingSnow.com. For the record: No one pays me to review their product but a few manufacturers do let me use their products for testing. When they do I always will tell you upfront. The information here –  like my snowblower videos on YouTube is to help you decide which is the best snow blower for you – not to promote a product for you to buy.

The consumer is now in charge.

 Today’s buyer doesn’t go to the dealer first. Instead, they do all their research online and only go to the dealer if they can’t get the product online or at a local retailer. Today’s buyer wants the online interaction of the manufacturer, dealer, and retailer. It’s no longer what a report or article says is best. The consumer can now do the research and make the decision without ever looking at the info hidden behind a subscription or walking into a dealer.  Today’s consumer talks not only to his neighbor but also his peers, family, and friends. And they are all just a keystroke away.

 

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