Originally Posted by Mark C.
How much are you looking to spend? A lower end self-propelled MTD (Yard Machines, Craftsman) would run you about $800...with 6 fwd and 2 reverse speeds.or you can go lower and get one from Wal-Mart for about $500-$600.
A step up is a Toro, Simplicity, or Ariens with 6 fwd and 2 reverse speeds for $1000-$1100. These units are a little for powerful and durable.
It all depends on what kind of surface you're going to be using it on, whether it's level or sloped, how deep the snow, how wide the walk or driveway, and how much you want to spend. Typically things follow the old saying, "You get what you pay for."
I've got an MTD (Yard Machine) 10 horse, 24 inch path. 6 forward speeds and 2 reverse. I got it used for $400 about 6 years ago. Only problem I've had so far is a broken shear pin, cost 2 dollars to replace. If we had this kind of snow every year, I don't know how it would hold up, but for our usual winters it does fine.