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Old 01-18-2009, 09:36 AM   #16
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Do all 5hp snowblowers throw the same distance?


Yes the motor was toast and I got no refund in the process just a one use snow thrower. For 400 beans. Be a long time before I get over that one.

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Old 01-18-2009, 09:40 AM   #17
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I dont want to go through that again so I need to know which brand and model I can rely on that can handle the job.
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Old 01-19-2009, 01:26 PM   #18
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I dont want to go through that again so I need to know which brand and model I can rely on that can handle the job.
Depends what you want to spend. I got a 180$ 22 inch MTD from craigslist and in the last 4 stroms it has paid for it self. It has a 5 hp and its does struggle a bit with like one foot or more snow at the edge of the roads but i add one more thing which no one is mentioning in ablity to handle it. I lift mine on 2 wheels and turn and pull mine around easily.anything bigger i would have a tougher time with a bigger one doing what i do which is toss it around.

My neighbour has a big ariens and even though i would love to own a 1500$ ariens i would had to change gear to reverse and change directions......he showells for 4 to 5 inch snow as its harder to manuevour his big beast.
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Old 01-29-2009, 01:50 PM   #19
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Update.

I took the advice and got a Toro 8hp (on craigslist) after being told here it has excellent throwing distance. I found an 824 Powerthrow (which I found out stands for 8 hp, 24" wide), built like a tank for $350 which I picked up. He offered me his Ariens 8hp for $425 w/broken reverse but I was after the Toro (and 24" wide to get through my door).

I absolutely love it! Now having used it after about a half-dozen storms the shortest it's thrown a pile of icy thick slush at the end of my driveway is 15 feet and the fluffy stuff I have to watch out it'll throw it 30+ feet if I'm not careful. It always starts on the 2nd pull (it has electric start as well), and I love the big knobby tires on it that grab and propel it (and me) with ease (something my previous model didn't).

I couldn't be happier, I love the 2 speed reverse, I love the build, love the big tires that grab, the size is perfect for me, and loved the recommendation. Thank you so much!

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Old 01-30-2009, 09:39 AM   #20
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I changed my belt on my 5 hp motor and it shoots upto 15 feet now.One of my tires had a slow leak.too slow for a hole so it was bead failure. i took the tire out .cleaned the rim and put it back after spraying some bead binder.

cragislist absolutely rocks as i see alot of bigger 30 inch,newer machines for 300$ in non winter seasons.After the last few snow storms i am sure you are having fun.
the last slush one was bad mine did okay job .I need some more juice.

I saw harbour frieght has a 6.5 HP engine with carb for 100$ and on black friday was 60$. i am going wait till next year and next sale pick one and drop that in my mtd.its measurement is an exact match for the techmech engine oddly enough.

btw, mtd makes the same blower is different names so yardmachines,yardman,toro,troybuild all are the same and use the same parts so the nearest hardware store which has one of them ,will have the belts for all .mtd labels all the parts with the same part id for all makes.even the craftmas looks the same and makes me wonder if they make them for craftsman.

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Old 02-08-2013, 12:20 PM   #21
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I've had a 5hp Dynamark/Noma snowblower since 1994 and it throws snow at least 8 feet, depending on how wet the snow is. I live in New England too, the only time it has been useless to try and use was when it was a very wet, slushy snow or it rained right after the snow. But those events a few and far between.
Yes be sure your belts are not slipping and as far as I am concerned Ariens are way overrated. My snowblower shows no rust on the body and normal rust around the muffler area.
Here is one of my secrets, I ALWAYS spray PURE silicone lubricant all over the augers, the inside scoop, the impeller and discharge shute. It makes a big difference in throwing distance and eliminating rust. PURE silicone spray will not harm painted surfaces or rubber fittings/surfaces. PURE silicone is the key. If it is a heavy snow I spray and coat it more than once.
As a side note I recently bought a used 8HP snowblower real cheap, reconditioned it and the difference in power and throwing is very noticable. The only drawback I see is it is a lot heavier and harder to manuver than the 5HP but for heavy snow (got Nemo zooming in on us now, Halloween blizzard last year) it is superior.
With my 5HP, 23inch cut on deep snow, 18 inches or more, I usually would take less than full cuts of 23 inches wide but with the 8HP is just powers through it full 26 inch cuts.
Now my biggest problem is which one to keep and which one to sell!
PURE SILICONE spray...you'll thank me for it (got mine on Amazon)
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Make sure you always spray the auger and shoot down with this before snow blowing.

http://www.snowblowersdirect.com/Ari...3500/p824.html

ps. I think you have a major snow storm heading your way. good luck.
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I've had a 5hp Dynamark/Noma snowblower since 1994 and it throws snow at least 8 feet, depending on how wet the snow is. I live in New England too, the only time it has been useless to try and use was when it was a very wet, slushy snow or it rained right after the snow. But those events a few and far between.
Yes be sure your belts are not slipping and as far as I am concerned Ariens are way overrated. My snowblower shows no rust on the body and normal rust around the muffler area.
Here is one of my secrets, I ALWAYS spray PURE silicone lubricant all over the augers, the inside scoop, the impeller and discharge shute. It makes a big difference in throwing distance and eliminating rust. PURE silicone spray will not harm painted surfaces or rubber fittings/surfaces. PURE silicone is the key. If it is a heavy snow I spray and coat it more than once.
As a side note I recently bought a used 8HP snowblower real cheap, reconditioned it and the difference in power and throwing is very noticable. The only drawback I see is it is a lot heavier and harder to manuver than the 5HP but for heavy snow (got Nemo zooming in on us now, Halloween blizzard last year) it is superior.
With my 5HP, 23inch cut on deep snow, 18 inches or more, I usually would take less than full cuts of 23 inches wide but with the 8HP is just powers through it full 26 inch cuts.
Now my biggest problem is which one to keep and which one to sell!
PURE SILICONE spray...you'll thank me for it (got mine on Amazon)
Ariens is overrated based on what? Just saying it?
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Ariens is overrated based on what? Just saying it?
I have a older 1997 ariens ST 5+2 auger propelled 2 stage bought at a ariens dealer. The Tecumseh sno king runs great. The housing is heavy gauge steel w/ great welding not crappy spot welds. The newer ariens sold out Home Depot don't seem as well made as my older model but are still better than the cheap Murray's and MTDs.
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I have a older 1997 ariens ST 5+2 auger propelled 2 stage bought at a ariens dealer. The Tecumseh sno king runs great. The housing is heavy gauge steel w/ great welding not crappy spot welds. The newer ariens sold out Home Depot don't seem as well made as my older model but are still better than the cheap Murray's and MTDs.
I have a similar model that I bought in 2003. Same engine also. Bought at Home Depot.

Very similar characteristics that you describe. Have only had one issue so far, and that is when I tried to pump grease into one of the zerk fittings on the auger shaft, ther zerk fitting came loose. I've tried to repress it in, but not successful yet. Don't want to squeeze the shaft too much since I could compress it into an oval shape.

There are two versions of Ariens now. The traditional orange and the black one. I think the black one is lower quality.

Biggest thing about my Ariens is the big American flag on the chute. Made in the USA.
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Found this on the internet - so it must be true:

Snowblower season is now upon us. Going to buy a new snowblower this year? But you don't know how powerful it is? Here is an approximate cc to horsepower chart for small engines. This chart ONLY gives an IDEA of how much horsepower CAN BE achieved by a stock engine of that CC size. There are too many variables, such as carb size, muffler flow, timing, valve duration. Some of these were taken from ads that stated "replacement 179 cc engine for 5hp snowblowers". This just lets you know that a 179cc engine can NOT be a 10 hp engine. Hope this helps in deciding which snowblower you buy.

123 cc = 4 hp
179 cc = 5 hp
208 cc = 5.5 to 6 hp
277 cc = 7 to 8 hp
291cc = 9hp
305 cc = 9 to 10 hp
342 cc = 11 to 12 hp
357 cc = 13 hp
420 cc = 13-15 hp

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