This snow thrower was a good value for the price. Similar sized units at the local hardware or box store were running $100 - $300 more. It’s probably best for home or light duty use. The 2nd stage impeller and discharge chute are all made of plastic. (Just about everything else is metal.) They work well, but you’ll need to avoid abusing them too much. (sucking up sticks, rocks, etc.) After using the using the unit I would avoid leaving it outside to freeze. If the packed snow and ice freezes around the plastic 2nd stage impeller it might break when you try to use it next time. Not then end of the world, just need to be careful and make sure everything spins freely before you apply power.
Overall the snow thrower did a great job cutting through wet snow and ice. The motor is good running, strong and not overly noisy. It doesn’t have electric start, but does have a large recoil start handle and only takes one or two pulls to get started. If you don’t feel comfortable starting an average lawn mower you may want to look for a unit with electric start.
I also liked the size and weight of the unit. It’s small and light enough to for one person to put it into the back of a pickup. And it rolls through a standard door if you want to put it inside a building.
I would recommend this unit for home or light use. If you take care if it, it’ll probably last many years. If you’re a contractor or farmer looking for something that will take some abuse, you will probably want to buy a more expensive unit.
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