I know it is not the season to be asking this question but, depending on what I find, I am looking to maybe get one at a lower price this time of year. Looking for one with auger blades. (We have a long drive way and sidewalks to clear.) Current blower gets bogged down in anything over 6" of snow and hates wet snow. Have researched Toro, Simplicity, Snapper and Craftsman - both with gears - self propelled- and without. Width up to 26 - 28". User friendly - something a 13 year old boy can handle safely. (Or that his mother will feel comfortable with him using. :ahhh: ) Quiet - if that is possible,,,, Wondering what others here use and why? Pros and cons of different models. Thanks for your ideas.