Well I know it's a bit early to talk about snow, but I would like some opinions. Thinking of buying a 2 stage snow blower. I have my eye on Troy Built 8.5hp. Living in central Ohio, while this defiantly is not the snow belt we had a bad spell of deep snow last year - want to be prepared this year. My old push type 5 hp bit the dust last year. Living in the city, my driveway is off an alley and the city just doesn't plow. My dad is getting up in age now and has a home out in the country very big drive way. While a big snow blower my be over kill for my house - it won't be at his house. I usually clear the drive ways / side walks of any older folks around me as well. Are the Troy built models a decent blower? Anyone have one of these? New price for this 2 stage is $800.00.