I think we have the same snowblower. I bought it secondhand for $300 from craigslist when I moved in with my lady and we needed a way to clean the driveway. Engine is strong, 9 HP, and throws the snow pretty far. The design is simple, no bells and whistles and my only complaint about it would be that it is hard to turn and handle but otherwise it works and does the job. It would make a simple no non-sense snowblower until I upgrade to a nice machine: except for one glaring design flaw that I'm sure you know all too well: the PLASTIC snow chute.
WTF...the rest of the fricking machine is made of metal and sturdy. But the one piece that arguably sees as much stress and abuse is made of plastic?!!? The only way for it to get worse than this is to also have the auger made of plastic. Thats how much sense a PLASTIC discharge chute makes.
What f!cking drugs were the engineers smoking when they put this to production!!???1
With regular snow it is adequate but the second you start munching heavy snow or god help you if there is any ice, the entire chute rattles around. and threatens to break clean off the machine! Oh wait! That actually did happen to me. This is what I looked like holding the broken off chute in my hand, realizing the reason it broke was because it was made of plastic:
Without a chute, the snow launches straight up and on top of the machine, totally useless. I'm so mad thinking about it. I've replaced it once and the new one on it is on its last legs. As soon as this winter is over, I'm going to sell it! What assinine build quality!
Ok, now that I've gotten that out of my system, yes I would be reasonably interested in a metal discharge chute!