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Snowblowers that require less physical strength

I don't even know how how much my aging 8hp 28" snapper snowblower weighs.  But while operating it:

 

1. it has a strong tendency for the scoop blade to tip up, requiring near constant upforce on the handles to keep it engaged and

2. It's only powered forward, and reverse.  Turning it requires forceful "man handling."

I'm recovering from shoulder surgery, and now, ten days after blowing the first storm of the season, my shoulder is still sore.  I need an easier unit.

 

I'm thinking about a comparable sized tracked snowblower with steering such as: Honda HSS 928 or Ariens 928 RapidTrack.  These seem to have a powered steering feature.  Youtube reviewers all seem to be young strong folks who have no trouble manually moving the thing around, and don't seem to be illustrating the steering feature.

 

Has anyone in the "grey haired" generation moved to one of these snowblowers?  Does the automatic steering make it physically easier to operate?

 

I'm sure someone will suggest that I just contract for snow removal, and I've actually already done that but there are a couple limitations:

1. They don't even start until their "season" begins on November 1 and

2. They don't come out for any snowfall less than 5"

 

And so there are still times when I need to clear my own drive.

 

Looking at these models.  They're expensive, so I don't want to blow the money (if you'll pardon the pun) without knowing it'll actually meet my needs.

 

https://powerequipment.honda.com/snowblowers/models/hss928at-hss928atd

 

https://www.ariens.com/en-us/power-equipment/snow-products/snow-blowers/track/professional-28-rapidt...

 

 

 

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You can purchase online, front weight kits for snow blowers.

 

What kind of terrain are you wanting to clear?  Track are better suited on a rugged stone/gravel/grass surface. Wheels have better maneuverability on a concrete/paved surface. I've used both.

 

I hear you on that auto turn steering.

 

I’ve always had fewer problems with a Honda engine than a Briggs.

 

Snow already?  I’m still waiting on Indian summer.

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@StevenH243571 , Snow Joe makes all kinds of reasonably priced snow blowers. They even have a small battery one that weighs ten pounds. Sold at Sam's Club I know, but probably other places too. They run $160 up to $1000. Don't know if those will meet your needs, (might not be powerful enough) but thought I would let you know. Price-wise they sound good.  Battery op and electric ones. This is Snow Joe's website. https://snowjoe.com/brands/snowjoe  Have to read on to see if they meet control needs.

 

 

 

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