I'm in the market for a new walk behind snowblower. I'm looking for a 2 stage, probably 26 to 28 inches wide. My current unit is a 6 hp Ariens 2 stage that I bought used at an auction about 20 years ago, and at that time it was already 20 years old. My best guess is that it's a 1963 or 64 MY. It's so old that there are NO safety features, let go of the handles and it will keep going and going until it will run into something and try to push it over . I need more blowing power and maneuverability and it's time to upgrade.
Because of my postage sized lot and driveway, the cars I have to snowblow around, I can't really use a snowblower on my tractor, nor do I need to spend that much money.
I'm partial to trigger control over autosteer, in that a guy at work bought an Ariens with autosteer a fer years ago and he literally hates it. He says it wanders left and right and never goes straight. So I ask the wise GTT crowd if any have experience, knowledge and preferences.
I'd like heated handles, but that is not necessary. My first choice seems to be the Toro PowerMax HD 928 OXHE (38801). The Ariens Platinum blowers look good too, but those are autosteer.