For the outdoor equipment type folks here, what would be your recommendation on a two stage snow thrower if I were to choose between an Ariens 926LE (sold at Home Depot) or a Husqvarna 1027SBE (sold at Lowes)? Both retail at $999.00. Financing is important to me. Home Depot offers 6 mos interest free. Lowes offers 12 mos. Both give 10% off on first purchases. The Ariens unit has a 26" clearing width, the Husqvarna a 30" width. Both apear to be pretty sturdy pieces of equipment. Ariens also has a 3 year warranty which is a plus. If I bought an Ariens from a dealer, their financing program is 18 mos. interest free. However, the dealer I spoke with says that he only carries the professional grade DLE series in that high of HP. The next step down is a 7.5HP but it doesn't come with the upgrades of the high HP units. I have also considered Craftsman and Toro but the financing is not there with Sears and the Toro two-stage seemed cheaper made in some aspects (more plastic) although their price wasn't. Simplicity sounds like they have some good units but the prices are mucho bucks. My driveway is 150' or so with a slight slope and has a very large cement pad (36'x36') at the top and decent size sidewalk area. Last year, snowfall in northeast Ohio was at an all-time high (more than 95") and I obviously did not own a two-stage snow thrower. It was brutal at times, especially with all the rain/sleet that turned everying to sheet of ice. My budget is around $1,000 give or take a $100 or so on either side. Again, financing is important.