Snowblowers are hot-ticket item

  • Article by: BILL McAULIFFE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 9, 2011 - 12:49 PM

Sales of new snowblowers are going strong, dealers say, with memories of last winter apparently still fresh in people's minds. Back then, the supply of machines couldn't meet the demands of the Twin Cities' fourth-snowiest winter.

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metomjr2Nov. 8, 1111:56 PM

I've got mine! I gave up on my driveway last year and ended up with a 3 foot high pile on one side of the driveway that wouldn't melt until April. I'm ready. Are you?

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lithrayNov. 9, 11 2:54 AM

I hear you brother. I was one of those idiots who took the 1991 snowstorm on himself with just a shovel. Trust me a 26 year old man who thinks he's in shape cannot compete with a 46 year old man who might have a coronary out there, now. Let someone else shovel!.

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pinkedNov. 9, 11 5:24 AM

As long as those who buy their expensive toys continue to pay their mortgage and ALL their bills I say, have fun. If you can't pay all you owe then don't buy new toys you cannot afford.

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tunesmithNov. 9, 11 8:02 AM

After 26 years with my medium-sized Snapper, I upgraded to a big beast this year. Grubers just delivered it and I can't wait. It throws up to 45 feet. Mother Nature being a capricious soul, this means we won't get any snow this year. So, people, when we end up having a record low snow accumulation this year, you can thank me and everyone else who invested a lot of cash into new snowblowers this year.

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holstjNov. 9, 11 8:48 AM

I can't believe all the people who leave gas in their snowblower (or lawn mower)during the off season and then wonder why it won't start when they next need it. Run it dry at the end of the season, change the oil at least once a year, and a new spark plug every 2-3 years and you'll seldom need service.

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winsettzNov. 9, 11 8:57 AM

Poor maintenance is not an excuse to buy new toys. That said, it would be nice if people learned how to fix their own machines, instead of simply dumping them on an overworked mechanic. Wishful thinking? That said, how powerful of a snowblower do you really need? And don't forget the heat tape and roof-sweeping, because when you get ice dams and water damage it costs more than a new snowblower!

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SubGeniusNov. 9, 11 9:03 AM

One of the first big ticket items I got when I bought my house 5 years ago this October, was my 28" 9.5 hp twin-stage thrower. It clears my drive in under an hour. I was fortunately not caught flat-footed by last winter. You don't think about all the one-offs, like hose reels, ladders, chainsaws, and etc. that you end up having to buy when you buy a house. Agreed - run it with Stabil during the season (you might go a month or more between using it) and run the gas dry after the snowmelt. Reminds me to change the oil and check plugs and carburetor.

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njoytoyzNov. 9, 11 9:52 AM

I have been in the business for 28 years, the same customers never run their machines out of gas at the end of the season, always wait to the last minute for repairs, call in the middle of the season & say they have to get their machine in before the rush (too late the rush is here). They end up being very stressed & direct it to the repair people. The problem is most of them will never learn.

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tackfanNov. 9, 1111:08 AM

Snow Cabs are a hot ticket now on ebay and craig's list. Somebody is selling them for $35.00 each new in a box, he must be selling a ton of them too.... Saw some one buying a new blower yesterday at Costco, thought man it is too early for that thing......

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markerminnNov. 9, 1111:11 AM

My 10 hp two stage gets about 30 minutes of TLC every Spring - 15 of 'em so far - and it runs and throws like new! The deck clearing 2.5 hp 2 cycle single stage Toro has gotten 10 minutes of TLC every Spring - 30 of 'em so far - (plus one new belt and a carb diaphragm off eBay) and it still runs good enough... Let it snow!

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