TVWBB 1-Star Olympian
Well, as the title says. Decided keeping our old (30+ yo) Honda snowblower going is more than I care to deal with now. Needing new paddles.............again, choke cable broken, chute clogs too easily (especially if paddles are even slightly worn). Bought it used about 10 or 11 years ago. It's now a little over 30. So went looking online. Usual suspects (Home Depot, Lowes, Menards, etc). Home Depot had an interesting machine called the Toro 724 QXE. Kind of a "hybrid". Bigger opening, self propelled (Toro Personal Pace), built like a 2 stage but a single and only 24" wide so I can fit it between the cars. But still gives me 3" or 4" more width than the old Honda. So my local HD showed they had 3 in stock. Off I go. See it on the floor and yes nice machine. Get a clerk to help me. "oh let me scan the SKU and get a boxed one". Nope none in stock only the floor model. And "Oh BTW price is no longer $849 raised overnight to $949" (can you say price gouging boys and girls? Sure I knew you could.). But, she was very nice and said if I want to take the floor machine she'd make sure it rang up properly since the shown price was their mistake. Bottom line I called my neighbor with a pickup truck. I rung it up and it came home with me.