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We have gone through several snowblowers in the last 15 years, toro, an orange sears one, and an electric ryobi.

The Ryobi dies after a year, the sears ran out of parts, and the Toro was always tough to start and finally was beyond my ability to repair, I put to carburetors into it. 
Im buying a new one, and I am thinking about 20-24 inch, and it must 

1. be super easy to start

2. not require fuel mixture

3. run without hesitation hear after year in cold at -20

 

Any recommendations? So far I like the Honda, we have a lawnmower and even when my shoulder aches at its worst, it’s super easy to start and push.

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Most snowblowers nowadays have a push button electric start. My 15 year old ariens has it. That said, you can't go wrong with ariens and husqvarna. If my ariens ever dies my next will be a husqvarna.

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3 mins ago, chitala383 said:

Most snowblowers nowadays have a push button electric start. My 15 year old ariens has it. That said, you can't go wrong with ariens and husqvarna. If my ariens ever dies my next will be a husqvarna.

Thanks, I never bought Ariens. Any trouble with the engine, how often do you use it each year?

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1 min ago, sandworm said:

go to home depot ,if it breaks they'll replace it or costco

They were no longer selling the Ryobi electric, I got a refund 

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1 min ago, fishhappy said:

They were no longer selling the Ryobi electric, I got a refund 

at least you've gotten a refund to buy a new one, or use it on a new reel or rod.  Have a nice holiday

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I have a toro also giving me carb problems

i need to have repaired for the second time 

but this time it needs a new carb because the one on there now drips gas at the bottom. ( I changed the needle on the float) 

this snow blower is maybe 4 years old

i usually use 93 octane and drain the blow every year after winter

I was wondering if you knew the problem with your carburetor 

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4 mins ago, stateguy said:

I have a toro also giving me carb problems

i need to have repaired for the second time 

but this time it needs a new carb because the one on there now drips gas at the bottom. ( I changed the needle on the float) 

this snow blower is maybe 4 years old

i usually use 93 octane and drain the blow every year after winter

I was wondering if you knew the problem with your carburetor 

The original provably died because of wear and gunk, the others were just cheap China OEM-I guess the Chineesiun disintegrated from use. 

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6 mins ago, stateguy said:

I have a toro also giving me carb problems

i need to have repaired for the second time 

but this time it needs a new carb because the one on there now drips gas at the bottom. ( I changed the needle on the float) 

this snow blower is maybe 4 years old

i usually use 93 octane and drain the blow every year after winter

I was wondering if you knew the problem with your carburetor 

Float needle is the weak link. If you replace it, I would say get the original catalog model 

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Big Box stores Ariens is supposed to be the same Ariens at an authorized small dealer. If the small dealer matches big box store or close with a better service plan?  I go to the little guy. But if the same Ariens at the little guy is 400 dollars more than big box store?  I am going to the big box store. 

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5 mins ago, Ditchbag said:

Only use non ethanol gas carb problems solved

Exactly. Ethanol is a nightmare for small engines. I only run TruFuel in the snowblower and chainsaw and never have any issues. 

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My vote is Ariens.  I sprung for the bells and whistles including fuel injection and hydrostatic drive.  absolutely love it with instant forward and reverse.  I got the pro model and anticipate never needing another.  my last Ariens was a 1972 8 horse inherited from my father in law who used it in Rochester NY (lots of use)  I sold it two years ago for the same price as my father in law paid for it new.  still running like a top. I use fresh gas and stabil.

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