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I want to give Sears credit where credit is due. This Snapper 27" walk-behind snowthrower sure looks like a quality weapon for the money. Powerful engine, electric 4-way chute control, heated handgrips, dual headlights, all steel. If I had to quibble it would be the three paddle impeller.

Here's the link:
http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605_07188768000P?prdNo=10&blockNo=10&blockType=G10

I would be very interested in this unit if I hadn't found a great deal on a used Ariens this summer.

Also, look what's on the Sears webpage for 3PH blowers. Did Sears buy Northern Tool?:

http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605_SPA5772S1276126601P?prdNo=20&blockNo=20&blockType=G20

http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605_SPA5772S1319798701P?prdNo=17&blockNo=17&blockType=G17

And finally Sears has this new snowthrower for the $6000 tractor. Looks to be made by Berco, and if you look close, you can see that it looks like a mock-up, quickly welded together and spray painted:

http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605_07164428000P?prdNo=15&blockNo=15&blockType=G15

And a cab for it:

http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605_07164476000P?prdNo=6&blockNo=6&blockType=G6
 

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Naah, they ARE thrown together and spray painted. I have seen the front-end stuff for their tractors and I am not impressed.
Don't confuse this front mount snowthrower with the Agrifab used on the lesser Sears tractors in the US. I do not wish to disparage the Agrifab thrower, a number of our members here have them and report that they perform well. However, I believe the Bercomac built units are on a different plane of existence and I feel lucky to have one. If you look at throwers from many respected brands like Kubota and New Holland, you will see that they often are manufactured by Berco and rebranded. Even our neighbors to the North shopping at Sears Canada get Berco-made throwers. I hope in the future Sears starts marketing them down here, although I doubt mine will ever fail, thus eliminating the need for a new one!
 

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I was just at Lowes to see if I could pick up an end of season sale on a push mower (they had almost none left, the economy must be improving). While I was there I checked out the John Deere snow blowers. The 28" JD is very similar to this Snapper except it doesn't have the electric chute deflector and it does have a cast iron auger gear case. The Deere is selling for $1299, don't know if the gear box and green paint is worth $300.

I also checked out the 30" Poulan Pro that Sam's Club is selling for $899. It's been improved since last year but I'm still not impressed. Tiny gear case, less than robust impeller, small chute for a 30" blower, lots of plastic, and the oil plug drains right out over the right axle.
 

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Nice looking machine but I prefer used machines. I picked up a 28" 9hp big wheel craftsman blower last year for $150 put $100 into it and the thing is unstopable. I just can't justify spending $1000 plus on something that you can get used for less than half the price.
Yeah, patience pays off. I got an Ariens 1128 in very good shape for less than half price, but it took a couple years to find the deal, and be the first one in line to call! I'll get a JD 318 that way someday too!
 
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