Hi all, It's been a while since I posted. It's finally time to retire the 1974 Craftsman 20" single stage snow blower that we use at the family cottage. I'll be replacing it with a 1992 Ariens model 924050 2 stage 24" machine I currently own.
The Ariens has been and still is a good machine, However it's a bit small for the driveway and walks at the house. I'm considering replacing it with another Ariens machine and have an interest in 4 currently in the model lineup I'm looking into either a 28" or 30" model. The model numbers are 921039 (28" track drive), 921040 (30" wheel drive), 926053 (28" hydro wheel drive), and 926056 (28" hydro track drive). All of these models are extremely expensive. I don't want to make a mistake and end up with one that either won't do the job, is overkill for the job that needs to be done, or is a money pit that requires mega bucks to keep running.
The current 924050 model is wheel drive. It does a nice job but takes 40 acres to turn around especially when using the limited slip feature. The newer wheel drives claim to have a much smaller turning radius.
I have no experience with the newer wheel drive system or the track drive models. Hopefully someone here has had experience with one of the machines I'm considering and can offer an opinion. I kind of like the idea of track drive, but again have no experience with it. I don't know if it actually provides more traction or is just a marketing gimmick
Here's some information on the area I need to cover. The main drive is 12' wide and a little over 200' long. The garage is at a right angle to the main drive so the last 60' is 30' wide. There are 2 sidewalks from the drive to the house. Each is 4' wide and a little over 50' long.
The neighbor's drive runs almost parallel to ours for the first 80'. That means the snow from the first 80' of our drive has to be blown across the width of our drive onto our lawn. The remaining 120' must be either blown over a 4' fence into the back yard, or along the side of the drive partially into the neighbors back yard. The neighbors have no problem with blowing some snow in their yard, however I like to keep it to a minimum.
Suggestions and opinions would be appreciated.