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  • When Mother Nature sends down 16 inches, depend on our Deluxe snowblowers to send it flying up to 50 feet away. This no-nonsense machine means business. It's geared up and prepared to clear out with a 14-inch, 3-blade, high-speed impeller, built to get you back inside faster than you can spell "accumulation".

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Series
  • Deluxe 24

    Deluxe 24

    Model: 921024

    ​​​​Engine: Ariens AX 254cc (12.5 ft/lbs)
    Throws Snow 50 ft (15.2 m)
    Housing: 24"w, 21" h

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  • Deluxe 28

    Deluxe 28

    Model: 921030

    ​​​​Engine: Ariens AX 254cc (12.5 ft/lbs)
    Throws Snow 50 ft (15.2 m)
    Housing: 28​"w, 21" h

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  • Deluxe 28 SHO

    Deluxe 28 SHO

    Model: 921044

    ​​​​Engine: Ariens AX 306cc (15 ft/lbs)
    Throws Snow 55 ft (16.76 m)
    Housing: 28"w, 21" h
    Super High Output Impeller​

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  • Deluxe 30

    Deluxe 30

    Model: 921032

    ​​​​Engine: Ariens AX 306cc (15 ft/lbs)
    Throws Snow 50 ft (15.2 m)
    Housing: 30"w, 21" h​

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Features
  • Ariens AX Engine

    Ariens AX Engine

    With a 2-hour run time and two position throttle, this engine gives you plenty of time to get the job done - and have a little fun.

  • Housing (21") / Auger Diameter (14")

    Housing (21") / Auger Diameter (14")

    With all-steel construction, this thing doesn't just grab snow. It inhales it, and stays hungry for more.

  • 14" Impeller

    14" Impeller

    This 14" all-steel 3-blade impeller is made in Brillion, Wisconsin. Also available with a Super High Output (SHO) Impeller which delivers high-speed monster throws.

  • 16" Directional Tires

    16" Directional Tires

    Float like a butterfly when you throw down Old Man Winter. Enjoy the mobility and agility of Ariens directional tires.

  • Heated Handwarmers

    Heated Handwarmers

    Give us a nice, toasty high-five for this idea. Dash-controlled, heated handwarmers keep your mitts cozy and comfortable.

  • Auto-Turn Steering Technology

    Auto-Turn Steering Technology

    Auto-Turn Steering Technology allows you to clear a path with the ease of sports car handling. Because you should be in control of the machine.

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Accessories
  • Sno-Thro Cab

    Sno-Thro Cab

    This spacious, rugged steel frame Sno-Thro Cab protects against heavy snow, wind and snow blow back.

    Part Number: 72102600
    Fits Current Models: 921024, 921030, 921044, 921032

  • Large Sno-Thro Cover

    Large Sno-Thro Cover

    Perfect for in-between snow or off-season storage, the Ariens Sno-Thro®​ Cover is water repellent and tear-resistant for long-lasting protection.  For use on all 921 and 926 series Ariens Sno-Thro models.

    Part Number: 72601500
    Fits Current Models: 921024, 921030, 921032

  • 30" x 36" Floor Mat

    30" x 36" Floor Mat

    Ariens heavy-duty 30" x 36" floor mat collects water from melting snow while providing a protective layer between the Sno-Thro and floor surface during storage.  Use for Ariens Sno-Thro models with housing widths of up to 28".

    Part Number: 70707600
    Fits Current Models: 921024, 921030

  • 10lb Front Weight Kit

    10lb Front Weight Kit

    Add 10 lbs. to the front of your Sno-Thro to equalize weight distribution and hold the scraper blade closer to the ground.  For use on all two-stage Ariens Sno-Thro models.

    Part Number: 72406500
    Fits Current Models: 921024, 921030, 921032

  • Non-Abrasive Skid Shoes Kit

    Non-Abrasive Skid Shoes Kit

    Ariens offers polyethylene replacement skid shoes to prolong Sno-Thro life.  For use on all two-stage Ariens Sno-Thro models.

    Part Number: 72600300
    Fits Current Models: 921024, 921030, 921032

  • Retractable Drift Cutter Kit

    Retractable Drift Cutter Kit

    Easily cut through packed snow and drifts no matter how high or compact.  For use on all 921 and 926 series Ariens Sno-Thro models.

    Part Number: 72406900
    Fits Current Models: 921024, 921030, 921032

  • Sno-Thro Maintenance Kit

    Sno-Thro Maintenance Kit

    Keep your Ariens powering through winter with routine maintenance. Includes Oil, Sno-Jet, Shear Bolts and Fuel Stabilizer.  For use on all 921 and 926 series Sno-Thro models.

    Part Number: 72101300
    Fits Current Models: 921024, 921030, 921032

  • Handwarmer Kit

    Handwarmer Kit

    Ariens dash-controlled handwarmers are easy to install for maximum comfort despite harsh winter conditions.

    Part Number: 72101400
    Fits Current Models: 921024, 921030, 921032

  • Sno-Thro Tire Chains - 16"x8"

    Sno-Thro Tire Chains - 16"x8"

    Featuring superior two-link spaced cross chains, Ariens Sno-Thro tire chains provide added traction on hills, ice, and hard-packed snow.  For use on Ariens Sno-Thro models with 16" tires.

    Part Number: 72601800
    Fits Current Models: 921024, 921030, 921032

  • Track Drive Conversion Kit – 921 Series w/16” Tires

    Track Drive Conversion Kit – 921 Series w/16” Tires

    Prevail over varying terrain from steep hills to slippery paths and everything in between by converting your Ariens Sno-Thro to a 5.5" wide directional track system.  For use on all 921 series Ariens Sno-Thro models.

    Part Number: 72102500
    Fits Current Models: 921024, 921030, 921032

  • Electric Starter Cord

    Electric Starter Cord

    ​Rugged and durable, this Electric Starter Cord is OEM recommended for Sno-Thro® ​engines equipped with 120V starters.

    Part Number: 02483100
    Fits Current Models: 921024, 921030, 921044, 921032

  • Grey Spray Paint

    Grey Spray Paint

    ​Get your Ariens® looking like brand new conveniently and easily with touch up spray paint for your tire rims.

    Part Number: 02959200
    Fits Current Models: 921024, 921030, 921044, 921032

  • Ariens® 32 oz. 5W30 4-Cycle Engine Oil

    Ariens® 32 oz. 5W30 4-Cycle Engine Oil

    ​Get ultimate engine protection under all conditions -even the harshest. Specifically designed for air-cooled engines in cold climates.

    Part Number: 00067600
    Fits Current Models: 921024, 921030, 921044, 921032

  • L-3 8 oz. Gear Lube

    L-3 8 oz. Gear Lube

    ​This L-3 Synthetic severe-duty gear lube is formulated for heavy load gear protection and fortified for extreme pressure. Use it to lubricate aluminum and cast iron gear cases.

    Part Number: 00068800
    Fits Current Models: 921024, 921030, 921044, 921032

  • Ariens® Orange Touch-Up Paint

    Ariens® Orange Touch-Up Paint

    ​Touch up small nicks and scratches on your Sno-Thro®. Formulated specifically for Ariens® so it's the perfect color match.

    Part Number: 00009500
    Fits Current Models: 921024, 921030, 921044, 921032

  • Ariens® Orange Spray Paint

    Ariens® Orange Spray Paint

    ​Get your Ariens® looking like brand new conveniently and easily. Made specifically for Ariens®, so it's the exact Ariens® orange.

    Part Number: 00008500
    Fits Current Models: 921024, 921030, 921044, 921032

  • Ariens® 4 oz. Bottle Ethanol Fuel Stabilizer

    Ariens® 4 oz. Bottle Ethanol Fuel Stabilizer

    ​Multi-functional fuel stabilizer proven to reduce ethanol-related problems while stabilizing fuel up to 3 years. Protects all internal engine components from corrosion/varnish due to ethanol blended fuels.

    Part Number: 04730400
    Fits Current Models: 921024, 921030, 921044, 921032

  • 36" x 36" Floor Mat

    36" x 36" Floor Mat

    Ariens Heavy Duty 36" x 36" Floor Mat collects water from melting snow while providing a protective layer between the Sno-Thro and floor surface during storage.  Use for Ariens Sno-Thro models with housing widths of up to 36".

    Part Number: 70706700
    Fits Current Models: 921032

Reviews

REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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AriensDeluxe 24
 
4.6

(based on 517 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Throws far (203)
  • Maneuverable (187)
  • Clears to the pavement (182)
  • Lightweight (89)
  • Easy to start (9)

Cons

  • Loud (9)
  • Difficult to start (8)
  • Can't handle wet snow (6)
  • Fuel guzzler/smelly (3)

Best Uses

  • Driveway (222)
  • Outdoors (54)
  • Professional (9)
  • Sidewalks (5)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

This Machine Delivers

I was able to try out my new Ariens Deluxe 24 this week with the first big snow of the year. Put it to the test with about 8 inches of snow and drifts...Read complete review

I was able to try out my new Ariens Deluxe 24 this week with the first big snow of the year. Put it to the test with about 8 inches of snow and drifts just under two feet. Machine performance met all my expectations. I read all the reviews and compared with other machines and felt this was the right choice for the long term. Blower never bogged down even with the heavy snow at the end of the driveway. Shoot controls were excellent and I was changing constantly trying to manage good snow placement with high winds. Blower started the same with temps in the teens as it did with temps in the 60's. Great product. Buy an Ariens.

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So disappointed with quality

Finally decided to move on from my 25 year old Eaton brand snowblower with Tecumseh engine. Bought the Deluxe 24 two weeks ago. On my second use this week (2 hrs total),...Read complete review

Finally decided to move on from my 25 year old Eaton brand snowblower with Tecumseh engine. Bought the Deluxe 24 two weeks ago. On my second use this week (2 hrs total), the drive system stopped working. I opened it up and there is a 4-5" spring that broke. I had researched long and hard to determine what brand and unit to buy. I am so very disappointed that a brand new blower broke so easily. I now have to bring it to the closest dealer (40 min drive each way) and meanwhile I used my 25 year old blower to finish my driveway. I might simply return the Ariens.

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5.0

Nicest snowblower I've owned

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from Seacoast NH

Pros

  • Clears to the Pavement
  • Maneuverable
  • Throws Far

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      Comments about Ariens Deluxe 24:

      This is my first Ariens and I am happy with the purchase. I bought it last Fall and used it several times over the winter. We didn't get many snowstorms but enough for me to form an opinion of this rig. It's smoother and a little quieter than the others I've owned over the last 20 years (MTD, Craftsman, Troy-built). It's also easy to turn. It doesn't have a fancy joystick for rotating the discharge chute, but I actually much prefer the Ariens mid-rod crank over the joystick on the Cub Cadet and some others I tried. The chute elevation control is on the "dash" and works well - that is a big plus for me over my old snowblowers, which all had to be adjusted manually. The automatic wheel clutches work well when turning. One thing I especially appreciate is the robust throwing distance, which helps me when clearing the wide parking area near my house. I haven't had the Ariens long enough to be sure about reliability, but have had no problems so far, and it seems solid and well-designed. I have a steep, long driveway and having a good snowblower is important to me. So far I feel I made a good choice with the Ariens.

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        4.0

        Deluxe 24 comparison with my 10 year old Classic 24

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        from Bigfork, MT

        About Me Handyman

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Clears to the Pavement
        • Quieter
        • Throws Far

        Cons

        • Feels heavier because axel has been moved back.
        • Gas tank is too small.
        • Snow throwing angle shorter than on my Classic24

        Best Uses

        • Driveway
        • Yard

        Comments about Ariens Deluxe 24:

        I had my 10 year old Ariens Classic 24's gearbox stripped out and brought it in to replace the gearbox which would be about 3 weeks before I would get it back. Because we were getting a lot of snow I decided to buy the Deluxe 24 so I wouldn't get behind. I was able immediately to tell the differences between the two. The 3 benefits to the Deluxe was it was quieter, and threw the snow a little farther and you could adjust the throw from the panel. The disadvantages are my arms were way more tired because of the weight shifted to the front which made it feel much more heavy. I don't like the auto steer at all which made it more difficult to keep going straight when it would catch on something. I only need positraction when I'm clearing piles of snow that slid off the metal roof. I wish the Deluxe would allow to disengage the positraction for the 90% of the time I didn't need it. My Classic had the newer heavier duty gear box installed and after 2.5 hours or so my arms were not nearly as tired as with the Deluxe. Also I had to refill the gas tank in order to finish the job where the Classic had gas left over after I was finished. The main negative on my Classic is the Tecumseh is pretty loud. Lastly, I would have liked if the newer Deluxe's throwing angle was more than 180 degrees like my Classic to throw the snow a little behind me when I needed to.

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          4.0

          Ariens Deluxe 24

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          from Shrewsbury, MA

          About Me Novice

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          Pros

          • Clears to the Pavement
          • Throws Far

          Cons

          • Difficult to Start
          • Loud

          Best Uses

          • Driveway

          Comments about Ariens Deluxe 24:

          Slightly difficult to start but works very well once in action. Maneuverability could be better.

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            5.0

            Major upgrade in snow removal!

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            from Cornwall, NY

            About Me Do-It-Yourself

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            Pros

            • Clears to the Pavement
            • Lightweight
            • Maneuverable
            • Throws Far

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Driveway

              Comments about Ariens Deluxe 24:

              Having used an Ariens for years and having always been satisfied with the product, I did not hesitate to buy another, when the time came. I'm a little older, so something a littler smaller and a little more maneuverable was desired, and the new Ariens Deluxe 24" Snow Blower did not disappoint. It does an incredibly good job on snow removal and turning the blower around, which had always been a chore, is now something special.

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                4.0

                Didn't use it much. Not alot snow., but it seems alright.

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                from Exeter, N.H.

                About Me Do-It-Yourself

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                Pros

                • Clears to the Pavement
                • Lightweight
                • Maneuverable
                • Throws Far

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Driveway

                  Comments about Ariens Deluxe 24:

                  Only used it 3 times. Not much snow this year.

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                    5.0

                    Beast of a Blower

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                    from Sunderland, MD

                    About Me Do-It-Yourself

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                    Pros

                    • Clears to the Pavement
                    • Maneuverable
                    • Throws Far

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                      • Driveway

                      Comments about Ariens Deluxe 24:

                      Purchased in time for last snow of the season here in Maryland. Sno-blower performed flawlessly. Wish i had it for the earlier 20+ inch snowfall.

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                        5.0

                        FIRST SNOWBLOWER

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                        from Silver Spring, MD

                        About Me Do-It-Yourself

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Clears to the Pavement
                        • Maneuverable
                        • Throws Far

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                          Best Uses

                          • Driveway

                          Comments about Ariens Deluxe 24:

                          I have a 2-car driveway and front walk. The 24" Deluxe handled the snow extremely well.

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                            2.0

                            Miss my old one!

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                            from Boston, MA

                            About Me Do-It-Yourself

                            Pros

                            • Easy to start
                            • Throws Far

                            Cons

                            • Awkward Handle height
                            • Hard to control

                            Best Uses

                            • Driveway

                            Comments about Ariens Deluxe 24:

                            Bought this to replace my 35 year old 8HP 24" Ariens which served me well and could go through anything. Many things have changed from the old design. The new machine has a taller chute which allows you to throw snow further and with better control. It also starts easier and chews through icy plow piles better with the serrated auger.
                            I stayed with this size unit even though the price is about the same as a 28" unit because I have a narrow driveway with walls on each side and it is a tight fit between the walls and the cars. I have to say I am most disappointed with the units jumpiness and the auto-turn steering. The old gearbox with the manual locking differential was a much better-performing system. I was able to improve on the new system somewhat by adjusting the speed selector as low as it would go without the machine going in reverse instead of first (forward) speed. What this machine really has is two speeds in reverse, one forward for normal to heavy snow and four forward "transport" speeds. Even in this slowest speed, the machine is jumpy and unpredictable. Our asphalt driveway has depressions in spots from the weight of the cars, every time I go over these spots, the machine jerks unpredictably, coming dangerously close to the cars. This was never an issue with my 35 year old model. The "auto-turn" steering may work well if you have a smooth-as-glass driveway, but I find myself constantly fighting against it. The handles have also been moved up about 6 inches to a height that I find awkward to work with. I am average height and the handles cause my hands and forearms to cramp up if I am not finished in less than about 30 minutes.
                            Overall, the machine is capable, but hard to steer. I suspect it would add hundreds to the price to bring back the old gear-drive differential, but that system's performance was far superior and probably worth the extra money. Generally a fair to good machine, but Ariens can do better.

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                              5.0

                              Powerful and Effective Snow Removal

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                              from Lynnfield MA

                              About Me Do-It-Yourself

                              Verified Reviewer

                              Pros

                              • Clears to the Pavement
                              • Maneuverable
                              • Throws Far

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                                • Driveway

                                Comments about Ariens Deluxe 24:

                                The only reason I gave it 4 stars on "Features" is because I find the Auto-Turn feature makes it difficult to maintain a straight line. However, overall it's better than my previous other brand snow blower where I had to practically lift it to turn it.

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                                  5.0

                                  So far, so good

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                                  from Ellicott City, MD

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                                  Pros

                                  • Maneuverable
                                  • Throws Far

                                  Cons

                                  • Difficult to Start

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Driveway

                                  Comments about Ariens Deluxe 24:

                                  Used only for one snow so far, but looking forward to many more. Need to throw snow a long way from parts of the drive and this performs the task exceptionally. I've had a little trouble with it taking multiple times to get it started, but I'm hoping this improves as the engine breaks-in.

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                                    REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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                                    AriensDeluxe 28
                                     
                                    4.6

                                    (based on 1451 reviews)

                                    Ratings Distribution

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                                    95%

                                    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

                                    Pros

                                    • Throws far (398)
                                    • Maneuverable (344)
                                    • Clears to the pavement (341)
                                    • Lightweight (163)
                                    • Easy to start (12)

                                    Cons

                                    • Loud (28)
                                    • Can't handle wet snow (12)
                                    • Difficult to start (9)
                                    • Fuel guzzler/smelly (8)

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Driveway (402)
                                    • Outdoors (114)
                                    • Professional (26)
                                    • Sidewalks (7)
                                    • Sidewalk (4)
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                                    Most Liked Positive Review

                                     

                                    Exceeds all expectations

                                    I chose the Ariens Deluxe 28 after researching all makes and models. The decision was clear for the following reasons: (random order)

                                    1) 14" serrated augers and...Read complete review

                                    I chose the Ariens Deluxe 28 after researching all makes and models. The decision was clear for the following reasons: (random order)

                                    1) 14" serrated augers and 14" impeller. 14" moves more snow faster.

                                    2# The impeller housing and chute is all steel. Other makes, even with steel chutes, have a plastic piece on the impeller housing connecting to the chute. Ariens is solid thick steel. It will not break, clog, or flex.

                                    3# Top fill commercial grade cast iron gear box. Other makes with split aluminium cases appeared to have gasket mist on the seam whilst sitting unused on the showroom floor.

                                    4) Auto-turn. I cannot stress enough how much I like this feature. I can zero turn with one hand. No axle pins or triggers needed. If I want to go left or right, I go left or right. No more effort than a shopping cart. Once the turn is complete, both wheels automatically lock and drive. If you could test drive throwers, this alone could seal the deal. Other manufacturers will follow with the same feature in due time.

                                    5) Steel dash. I didn't think it an issue until I used it. It looks very nice and of high quality. Other makes with plastic notches, for gear and chute deflection, flex and have poor fitment.

                                    6) Fit, finish, and paint. I found a noticeable superiority in quality of the Ariens. The metal feels and sounds thicker. The welds are uniform. The paint is absolutely flawless. I have seen cars with less quality paint finish. The decaling is flawless, shiny, and appears a cut above other makes. If comparing manufacturers, I suggest visiting a showroom and feeling and tapping the throwers. The images on the internet can't differentiate the fit and finish like a tactile inspection.

                                    7) The ergonomics of the controls is perfect. The speed and chute deflection controls are to the right of the dash. The auger control locks with the drive control allowing the right hand to be free. Most makes have this feature, but the controls are close at hand on the Ariens. The chute rotation handle is ahead of the dash rather than behind as on most makes. It seemed odd at first sight but proved to be superior in use.

                                    8) Excellent tires. The tires are large and grip with deep treads. There is no need for chains.

                                    9) The headlight is halogen. It is not all illuminating, but a halogen bulb is a step up from the typical 1156 incandescent automotive tail light bulb on other makes. Small improvement but indicative of the quality goal Ariens is thriving to achieve.

                                    I have used the Deluxe 28 during several heavy snows. It is thus far without a fault. It throws far and with minimal blow back, even into the wind. I attribute the minimal blow back to superior chute design. It is higher and better shaped. I don't see a need for a snow cab.

                                    The 254cc engine is powerful and handled all tasks. I found it surprisingly quiet compared to a Tecumseh Snow King. Thus far the engine seems to be fuel efficient. I have read many reviews and blogs regarding country of origin for snow engines. The debate is pointless. All current snow engines from all makes are made in China. Engines are designed in USA and built in China to USA manufacturers specifications. This is a socio-economic issue, not a quality issue. The Ariens AX #LCT#, Briggs Polar Force, and Powermore engines all have similar architecture and performance. All modern engines benefit from modern metallurgical advances and technologies that far exceed the ancient and now defunct standard, Tecumseh Snow King. The engine is no longer a deciding factor in a snow thrower. They are all equally good and of similar power and cc.

                                    The electric start is a standard feature on all throwers worth looking at. I used it once because it was there. In reality, the engines start so easily with the recoil pull string, that it seemed more time and effort to use the electric starter. With age, wear, and cold, #me and machine# I'm sure the electric start will come into it's own.

                                    When I inspected my Deluxe 28 I sensed a pride in manufacture as evident by numerous grease pencil markings on the machine. Somewhere, somebody will blog a complaint about grease pencil markings on their new machine. Those marks are a hard working man or woman's signature. A signature that Ariens takes the time to check the unit was properly made. That worker takes pride in their job and the product they make. Their job puts food on the family table and fills them with pride. I will not remove the marks.

                                    I find it a rare and pleasant surprise when a product sold is of a satisfactory quality. All too often consumers are forced to choose which product is less junk. It is a shock when a product exceeds all expectations. Ariens exceeded my expectation. I am confident I chose the right manufacturer.

                                    Finally, I would recommend any and all small engine machine purchases be made from an independent dealer. My machine was delivered to my garage. Not only was it fully assembled, but the shoes and scraper bar were set for my driveway type. The controls were all adjusted. The belt break-in was completed and the machine tested. I paid no more than the big box store. I have nothing against big box stores but they shouldn't be everything to everybody.

                                    This was a glowing review from a person whom must be compelled by excellence to write a review. I hope my machine continues to be of quality and reliability.

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                                    My opinion changed from complete satisfaction to a huge...

                                    After much research and a recommendation from a close friend I decided to purchase an Ariens Model 28" Deluxe. I was completely satisfied for the first three hours of use. During hour...Read complete review

                                    After much research and a recommendation from a close friend I decided to purchase an Ariens Model 28" Deluxe. I was completely satisfied for the first three hours of use. During hour four of use, the tensioner spring for the drive idler broke. I could not a replacement spring from the store I purchased it from, however, they offered to exchange the whole unit for a new unit. Upon getting the second unit home I filled it with gas only to find the gas ran through the carburator and onto the floor. Again I hauled the unit nearly 60 miles back to town to get yet a third unit. Upon getting the third unit home, I found it had numerous fasteners loose (some were crossthreaded), none of the controls were adjusted properly, the spring to push the top chute open was not strong enough ( or needed adjusting), it was difficult to start, and then it went backwards while in 1st gear. After about an hour of usage I found a bolt laying on the ground where I had been working. I returned this unit as well.

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                                    5.0

                                    Very nice machine!

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                                    from Maryland

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                                    Pros

                                    • Clears to the Pavement
                                    • Maneuverable
                                    • Throws Far

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                                      • Driveway
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                                      Comments about Ariens Deluxe 28:

                                      Well built. Easy to start, easy to operate and totally devours snow. It cleared 26" deep snow with no problems.

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                                        5.0

                                        Amazing product, and living in Vermont starts right up

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                                        from Williston, VT

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                                        • Clears to the Pavement
                                        • Lightweight
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                                          • Driveway
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                                          Comments about Ariens Deluxe 28:

                                          Great machine!

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                                            5.0

                                            I would buy this product again

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                                            from south east ,New Brunswick, Canada

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                                              Comments about Ariens Deluxe 28:

                                              to clear my driveway to the house and around it and sometimes one of my neighbor"driveway. It even throws far the different types of wet snow I encountered last winter!

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                                                5.0

                                                Big performance in small package

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                                                from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada

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                                                • Clears to the Pavement
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                                                  I found the auto turn feature to be extremely beneficial. Starting is never a problem. Changing the oil couldn't be easier.

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                                                    5.0

                                                    Best product on market. very reliable.

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                                                    from North Andover, MA

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                                                    • Clears to the Pavement
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                                                      Comments about Ariens Deluxe 28:

                                                      It was very easy to operate.

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                                                        3.0

                                                        owned my last ariens blower for 28 years,good machine

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                                                        from houghton lake ,michigan

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                                                            the handles are to tall and not long enough,makes it hard to back up. leaves a track of snow in the middle.what about an adjustable handle?going to try bending my handles down 2 inches.really need solution

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                                                              4.0

                                                              Great for Eastern MA

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                                                              from Eastern Ma

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                                                              • Clears to the Pavement
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                                                              • Heavy for my wife or smaller people

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                                                              Comments about Ariens Deluxe 28:

                                                              It was a very light winter for snow here in eastern MA compared to 2014-2015 season, but I can tell even with limited use this was a fantastic upgrade.

                                                              We had a couple of decent snowfall amounts and this unit cleared the snow very easily even though it was pretty heavy and wet. No prblem with the packed wet snow from the street plow at the end of my driveway.

                                                              My old snow blower was also an Ariens that is more than 20 years old. It was a hand me down from my father in law on Long Island. At 22" it was severely undersized for the snow we get here. Despite that it the treated me well for nearly 15 years. After a carb re-build it is ready to go for someone with a smaller area to clear so my durability rating is based on the last model and I hope this new one will last as long.

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                                                                5.0

                                                                Great snowblower

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                                                                from St Paul, MN

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                                                                  The snowblower worked great for clearing my driveway. Loved it.

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                                                                    5.0

                                                                    Deluxe 28

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                                                                    from Pennsylvania

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                                                                      Snow blower worked fine with this snowstorm we received this year. I have a long driveway and it handled it fine. No complaints.

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                                                                        5.0

                                                                        A superb, upscale unit for home use

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                                                                        from Minneapolis, MN

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                                                                        • Clears to the Pavement
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                                                                          Comments about Ariens Deluxe 28:

                                                                          The only downside, to date, is the assembly. It's not easy, but it is straightforward and manageable.

                                                                          I have a three-car garage, with a three-car-wide driveway. This unit was able to throw snow from one edge of my driveway clear across to the other side. I was tickled when I noticed that. It was also able to comfortably handle the snowpack at the end of my driveway, from the plows. The unit is reasonably maneuverable even if it's quite heavy. I count the weight as a bonus, as it provides me with much-needed support while clearing my driveway, which is on an incline. Without this support, I'd likely slip and fall.

                                                                          I'm glad I bought it, but it is pricey.

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                                                                            AriensDeluxe 28 SHO
                                                                             
                                                                            4.7

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                                                                            Great Product

                                                                            I purchased our home in August and knew my first major purchase was going to be a snow thrower. After research and talking with friends I knew the Ariens was the way to go....Read complete review

                                                                            I purchased our home in August and knew my first major purchase was going to be a snow thrower. After research and talking with friends I knew the Ariens was the way to go. Purchased the Deluxe 28+ and do not regret it. Had several storms and of course the Blizzard of 2013. We got 27 inches plus in CT. Could not wait to use the machine. No problems at all. Pushed right through the snow and threw it no problems. Had great traction. Heated handgrips were nice especially with the wind chill and the snow freezing up and coating the machine. Easy to use. Even had the wife making a few passes. But I quickly took it back because I was having too much fun. Would recommend this to anyone who wants great value and an even better machine.

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                                                                            Leaking oil drain plugs

                                                                            For snow blowing, the 921037 does what I'd expect. It has done a good job handling several foot-plus snowfalls, which is what I expected from a machine of this size/class.Read complete review

                                                                            For snow blowing, the 921037 does what I'd expect. It has done a good job handling several foot-plus snowfalls, which is what I expected from a machine of this size/class.

                                                                            My big issue with the 921037 are leaking oil drain plugs (part number 20001303). My machine was delivered with a leaking oil drain plug, the one at the end of the extension tube. Subsequently the "dead" plug on the other side of the machine — a part you'd never have to interact with — started leaking. I find it ridiculous that a machine of this price has these defective parts — defective in design, defective in manufacture, defective in installation, whatever the case. I wish I had not made this purchase.

                                                                            My experience fixing the first oil drain plug was a mess. Ariens technical support advised torque specifications to apply to ensure the plug was tight. My application of a torque wrench resulted in the oil drain washer snapping, and the extension tube threads shearing off inside the engine block. I had to have a local dealer remove the threads and replace the extension tube. I asked the dealer if he'd ever use a torque wrench on the plug or tube and he said no, in his experience these parts should be tightened by hand.

                                                                            Even with a new plug installed, this time threaded with pipe tape, I've had another leak occur. To also have the "dead" plug on the other side start leaking, when a user wouldn't even need to touch this piece, only adds insult to injury. As I write this I still haven't resolved the other leak, and my attached photos show what the leak looks like.

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                                                                            5.0

                                                                            Great power and clearing ability.

                                                                            By 

                                                                            from New Berlin, WI

                                                                            About Me Do-It-Yourself

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                                                                            Pros

                                                                            • Clears to the Pavement
                                                                            • Maneuverable
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                                                                              • Driveway

                                                                              Comments about Ariens Deluxe 28 SHO:

                                                                              Unlike my former blower the 28 SHO handles and throws any type of snow well clear of the drive. This was previously a problem at the end of the drive where snow banks became unmanageable due to road plowing and inability of the other machine to adequately clear and throw the snow. The power of the 28 SHO also allows me to clear up and down a relatively steep drive in short order. My other machine could rarely make it up the drive without propelling on a cleared path. The Ariens is a great machine.

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                                                                                4.0

                                                                                it's my first ARIENS snowblower

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                                                                                from beresford new brunswick canada

                                                                                Comments about Ariens Deluxe 28 SHO:

                                                                                it's my first ARIENS and lucky for us we didn't get much snow this year.
                                                                                so i.don't know really what to say.
                                                                                for the little that i used it, no problems,i didn't use 1 tank full yet,so it's show how little i used it

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                                                                                5.0

                                                                                Great tough machine

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                                                                                from Winnipeg Manitoba Canada

                                                                                Comments about Ariens Deluxe 28 SHO:

                                                                                Bought this sno thro Oct.30 2015,traded my deluxe 24 for it.The deluxe 24 was a good machine but I wanted the auto turn and some more width and treated myself to the heated handgrips I've used it twice so far. First storm, dry snow threw that snow far with the wind,wasn't real cold but I put the heated hand grips on they work good.Second storm wet snow no wind SHO threw that wet snow far my neighbor was stuggling with his Yamaha he might get an Ariens in the future. I like the auto turn feature. It has served me well for time I've had it. Gas tip, I always treat my gas with seafoam even though it is premium gas,up here in Winnipeg premium gas has no ethanol I've done this for a few years now and will use this gas in my mower all summer long.

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                                                                                5.0

                                                                                My First Snowblower! I am very pleased

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                                                                                from Quispamsis, N.B.

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                                                                                • Easy cold start!!
                                                                                • Throws the snow extremely far!!

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                                                                                • Auto-turn is very hard to get used to :(
                                                                                • Chute can turn on its own sometimes :(

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                                                                                  I have a very long driveway. Since we had gotten more snow than was manageable last year, we bought this snow blower to help us in addition to the plow that we have on our truck. It works great for that

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                                                                                    2.0

                                                                                    Jury still out on this machine

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                                                                                    from Nothern Illinois

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                                                                                    I have been a loyal Ariens Sno-Thro customer for thirty-two years. This Deluxe 28 SHO is the third Ariens Sno-Thro I have purchased, having previously owned an ST824 (lasted 29 years) and an ST28LE. I traded in the ST28LE after just two years as I was disappointed with the performance. The wheels were too small and the hand lever differential lock out was cumbersome. The machine was difficult to turn and the small tires did not provide good traction. I purchased the 2015 Deluxe 28 SHO to get a larger engine, auto turn feature and higher output impeller.
                                                                                    Dealer delivered unit two days before our first heavy 11" wet snow on 11/21. I was eager to test the new machine in the heavy snow. After firing the unit up, and letting it run for a few minutes to warm up, I began clearing the driveway. After just 12 minutes of operation, the blower attachment drive belt completely shredded. I had only made four passes on my long driveway and was forced to shovel the two thirds remaining. Disappointing to say the least after spending the extra money on what is supposed to be a premium, category leading machine.
                                                                                    My dealer came first thing on Monday and picked the unit up. After two weeks, he called to tell me that he was working with Ariens on a fix. Shredding a drive belt can only be due to misaligned pulleys. The Ariens' factory recommended fix was the installation of a spacer on the pulley shaft to align the pulleys. After receiving this fix, Ariens could not supply a new belt as they were backordered. After an additional week, Ariens took a belt off of the assembly line and sent it to the dealer to get my unit back up and running. Thanks to El Nino, we had no significant snowfall during this three week period. My dealer was great throughout the ordeal and promised to deliver a loaner if a strong storm was forecast. After finally getting a belt, he tested the unit extensively and delivered it to the house. We have had only one significant snow since and it operated fine.

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                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                    Ariens Delux 28 SHO

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                                                                                    from Skillman, NJ

                                                                                    Pros

                                                                                    • All controls are easy to use and access.
                                                                                    • Engine is capable. SHO has a lager engine
                                                                                    • High speed wheel throws medium heavy snow 40 ft.
                                                                                    • Tires & weigth distribution equal good traction
                                                                                    • Turns easily for a large, heavy machine.
                                                                                    • Twin blower drive belts.
                                                                                    • Works as advertised

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                                                                                    • Blow snow long distances.
                                                                                    • Clearing wide driveways, side walks.

                                                                                    Comments about Ariens Deluxe 28 SHO:

                                                                                    On January 23 & 24 we had a snow storm about 25 to 28 inches in NJ . The snow was heavy but not soaking wet. The blower threw the snow a good 40 feet. I was able to blow the 22 ft. wide driveway from one side to the other without blowing the snow twice. Snow cleanly went over the driveway and another 20 ft. beyond the other edge. Bottom of the driveway was plowed in by the Township trucks and was a good 36 inches high. A couple of easy pushes into cut through it and into the clean road. a few half wide passes and driveway was open. A couple half passes and the 48" pile at the mail box was clean. Worth every $.

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                                                                                      Controls by a government safety burocrat

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                                                                                      from Lancaster, NY

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                                                                                      • Starts easily, built sturdy, Throws snow far.

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                                                                                      • Terrible controls

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                                                                                      • Removing heavy snow in an open area.

                                                                                      Comments about Ariens Deluxe 28 SHO:

                                                                                      This machine is sturdy, well built and strong. It deals well with heavy snow and plow piles and throws the snow an impressive distance. It's hard to imagine Lake Erie serving up more lake effect snow than this machine can handle. The down side is the controls. You must hold the left lever to keep it moving and the chute controls are on the left side, forcing a clumsy reach over the machine. It is nearly impossible to keep it moving straight single handed. It is not possible to change speed or direction without stopping, greatly adding to cleanup time. I bought the Ariens in part because I hated the controls when I test drove my son's new Toro. It seem all new snowblowers have controls designed by a committee of government safety bureaucrats who's primary goal is to make them annoying. Compared to it's current peers I would recommend the 921044. Compared to my ancient Toro, I would not.

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                                                                                        4.0

                                                                                        Solid

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                                                                                        from Portland CT

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                                                                                        The throttle control consists of a black plastic dial with a small indicator tab. The dial also houses the choke dial that is bright orange and sits in the center of the throttle dial control. It is hard to see the throttle tab indicator (too small) and even harder to adjust the throttle speed as there is not enough radius to the plastic dial to grip easily especially when wearing gloves.

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                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                        Only the best will do

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                                                                                        from Boston Ma

                                                                                        Comments about Ariens Deluxe 28 SHO:

                                                                                        I bought the 28 SHO because of our record snowfall last year. Boston had over 110 inches in 3 weeks. I had an old Toro that just could not keep up. Snow drifts were 8 to 10 feet. I hired someone to come in to remove the snow and he showed up with The Ariens SHO. The machine gobbled up everything with out missing a beat and easily cleared the huge snow banks as well as the heavy plowed snow at the end driveway. I knew it was the unit for me.
                                                                                        This past weekends storm I noticed many of my neighbors with new Ariens. Check out the others and you will find this is not a plastic toy and not under powered. bottom line--When you want to get the job done get an Ariens.

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                                                                                        4.0

                                                                                        Added this unit to my snow remomal equipment

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                                                                                        from Tiverton R.I.

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                                                                                        • handles wet heavy New England snow with ease
                                                                                        • turns well

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                                                                                        • Controls are cumbersome.

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                                                                                          Comments about Ariens Deluxe 28 SHO:

                                                                                          First let me say the machine performed well in some wet New England snow.
                                                                                          Bought this unit last fall in anticipation of a winter like last year.I own my own business and have a medium size parking lot to clear so a snow blower is essential to clear in between cars and walk ways. I already own several snow blowers but was tired of loading them on and of the plow truck. I own 2 other machines a Honda single stage "just a toy" and a Troy-Bilt 2 stage blower that has performed well. The only trouble I have found with this machine is the controls are reverse from my other machines. This isn't a hug problem but it makes the machine a little cumbersome to operate. The auger control is on the right and the drive control is on the left,the chute controls are on the left also. This means to rotate the chute you must release the drive handle "stopping the machine" to rotate the chute. Like I said not a huge deal but it does slow you down.

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                                                                                            Most Liked Positive Review

                                                                                             

                                                                                            My First Ariens And I Love It!

                                                                                            I have been wanting an Ariens snow throw for years so I finally put up the dough and bought one and I'll tell ya what it's everything I expected, especially after using a 5hp...Read complete review

                                                                                            I have been wanting an Ariens snow throw for years so I finally put up the dough and bought one and I'll tell ya what it's everything I expected, especially after using a 5hp 24 inch which took 2 hours to get that snow removed, this Deluxe 30 will get the job done on my lot in 30 to 45 minutes tops and that's even with blowing the street clear to the main road so me and the neighbors can get to work the next morning, this thing powers through the heaviest of snow without any engine bog, I live on the snow belt of Northern Michigan and how I managed with that little 5 horse is beyond me, I don't have to worry about that anymore, anyone interested in an Ariens Snow Throw can be rest assured it will be a solid investment.

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                                                                                            Wosrt snowblower I have ever owned

                                                                                            I recently bought the new Deluxe 30 model. The last Ariens snowblower I had was an 32" STR series from mid-1990s. This was a great machine but I decided this year...Read complete review

                                                                                            I recently bought the new Deluxe 30 model. The last Ariens snowblower I had was an 32" STR series from mid-1990s. This was a great machine but I decided this year to buy another one rather than repair the old one. The following are the comparative design changes that make the new version a horrible machine to operate:
                                                                                            1. the return springs on both handles have too much tension on them, so that your hands get tired if you are gdoing a large job. My wife now refuses to use the machine because her hands are tired after 20 minutes;
                                                                                            2. the chute rotating mechanism is mounted on the left side so that you have to either reach across the machine to use it, which is difficult to do, or stop moving to make an adjustment;
                                                                                            3. the new narrow wheels (compared to the old wide tires) make the machine difficult to control on anything other than a flat surface. The machine gets pulled by even small ruts or bumps to either side because both the wheels and the wheel base is too narrow.
                                                                                            4. the auto-assist turning mechanism makes the issue of control even worse; so, as the machine is grabbed by ruts and bumps, the auto-turn mechanism thinks you are trying to turn, cuts in and accentuates the problem.

                                                                                            Blowing a straight line with this machine on anything other than a ciomplatekly flat surface is not possible and so you end up fighting the machine instead of simply walking along behind it. This model is a big disappointment and I am going to sell it, and take my loss as soon as I can.

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                                                                                            1.0

                                                                                            3 tries and I struck out . . .

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                                                                                            from Westbrook ME

                                                                                            Comments about Ariens Deluxe 30:

                                                                                            I was excited to get my new snow blower. Well, that disappeared quickly! I only used it 3 times due to the warm season we've had and the discharge chute stopped working. I'd turn the handle and nothing. I had to pay $45 out of pocket to have it picked up and I'm waiting to hear if I'll be stuck with more charges. So far this has been a lousy experience with Ariens.

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                                                                                            5.0

                                                                                            Unbelievable value!!

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                                                                                            from Waverley, Nova Scotia, Canada

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                                                                                            • The power steering feature is just great - turns

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                                                                                                Comments about Ariens Deluxe 30:

                                                                                                After 25 years of faithful service form my 10HP/32" Craftsman snow thrower I felt it was time to invest in a new machine. In addition to the Ariens Deluxe, I looked at HONDA - way too much money and difficult to handle, Cub Cadet - didn't see the need for 3-stage that I also felt may put too much strain on differential and all those other flimsy private branded snow throwers from somewhere 'offshore'. My neighbor has a small landscaping company and recommended the Areins. That was all I need to justify spending the extra money for the Areins. After yesterday's 40+cm snowfall I am sure that I made the correct choice.

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                                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                                  I would buy the product again.

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                                                                                                  from Waukesha, Wi 53186

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                                                                                                  • Controls are easy to work, engine is adequate.

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                                                                                                      It is kind of heavy to manipulate, possibly because I am 80 years old.

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                                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                                        Good equipment

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                                                                                                        from Palmer Divide, CO

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                                                                                                        I live in the country with over 200 yds of driveway. Usually the ATV plow can handle the work, but when it blows and we get big drifts, we're stuck. Luckily we decided to get a snowblower this year. The first snow around Thanksgiving was a blizzard. The ATV got about 5 ft out of the garage. -- Hip-deep drifts - So I cranked up the snow blower and it went thru it like a knife through butter. After I got our drive done, I let my neighbor use it and he did his drive (about the same length).
                                                                                                        Only have 2 challenges to the Ariens engineers: 1. Gas tank is a bit too small. (Had to lug my 5 gal can of gas a bunch of times to fill it up.) 2. Works great in wet snow (like our first blizzard). But here in Colorado, we usually get dry powder, and when the wind blows it into drifts, it packs it so tight, I have to chop up the snow so the machine can eat it up. The machine will not penetrate dry snow drifts. It just rides on top of the drift.

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                                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                                        Great Machine

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                                                                                                        from Kennebunk, ME

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                                                                                                        • Clearing width, powerful engine, auto turn.

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                                                                                                        • Home use

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                                                                                                        This is my 3rd Ariens snow thrower. They have all been excellent. The deluxe 30 was an upgrade to a machine that I was very happy with, due to purchasing a larger property. It has worked as expected, excellent.

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                                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                                          great machine went thru 30+ inches of snow

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                                                                                                          from hagerstown md

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                                                                                                          we just got over 30 inches of snow and my ariens 30 deluxe went right thru it includeing the slush at end of driveway from snow plow bought this machine last year and will strongly reccomend it to anyone wish they offered the heated hand grips for this model starts very easily with pulll cord or electric start even after sitting thru the summer

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                                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                                          Great Machine.

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                                                                                                          from Ontario

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                                                                                                          One mean mighty snow blowing machine!!!!!!!! Great Investment!!!!

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                                                                                                          Ariens Deluxe 30" Snow Blower

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                                                                                                          from Massachusetts

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                                                                                                          I wished I had something good to say. For the first 3 snow blowing usage after only 1 week that I bought it, I gave it 5 stars. It work great. The next time I used it in week 2, the auger stopped turning. I thought spending over $1,350+ would allow me to get a reliable snow blower. The belt came off and Home Depot technicians couldn't fix it. I was told that something was wrong with pulley/belt drive system as they too noticed the belt slipping off the pulley tracks. I now have a 15"+ snow storm approaching with no snow blower as my less than 2 week snow blower is in repair. I decided to return the unit since it couldn't be fixed in timely manner and the fact that I saw over a dozen Arien snow blowers waiting to be reparied which scared me.

                                                                                                          I think its reasonable to expect these snow blowers lasting at least 1 year with no belt issues assuming they have been taken care of and well maintained. There is no excuse for this expensive 30" snow blower to not work after only 3 uses within 2 weeks of purchase.

                                                                                                          I'm looking at Ariens competitors for my next 30" - 36" snow blower. I didn't like the fact that Home Depot did not have pickup service or in-home repairs for these very heavy snow blowers. It cost me over $70 to transport it to and from store. The warranty at home depot requires you to deliver it to the store for repairs. This unit was way to big for one person to move it or load it onto a truck. I had to get a UHAUL trailer with low ramp in order to transport it by myself. Renting the home depot truck with RAMP took 3 of us to load it with empty tank of gas as the ramp was very steep and the unit very heavy.

                                                                                                          I hope in the future that Ariens pays more attention to QA as there is no excuse for the belt for auger to come off pulley track after only 3 uses for residential application.

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                                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                                          Powerful Snow blower, got through a real bad stretch of...

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                                                                                                          from Saint John, NB Canada

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                                                                                                          So I'll tell you a story....

                                                                                                          Early 2015, Saint John, NB Canada. We had 4 storms in 5-6 days each with at least 25-30 cms (about a foot). I could not keep up with it. My in-laws live next door in their 80's and they obviously couldn't get out there and do too much. So it was left to me...

                                                                                                          On my street, the snow drifts...very bad...there are some spots that would be 3-4 feet and that's without the plow ridge.

                                                                                                          So I was hoping to wait it out and buy a slow blower int he late winter to get one at a decent price. Do the "tough it out" stance...it was a stupid stance given the amount of snow that piled up.

                                                                                                          So I was looking around and wouldn't you know it...none to be found. One store was getting them in but they were Ariens. I knew they were very good, but I also knew they were not the cheapest in the market. We conversed and said the heck with it. I orderd the Deluxe 30 and I was not disappointed. I knew that a smaller 24 inch wouldn't cut it for clearing two houses both front and back.

                                                                                                          The Deluxe 30 starts up very well, the auto turn can be a little tricky, but with a little nudging, it works very well. There was a video available on their Youtube channel that addressed the herky-jerky issue and is easy to correct. I highly recommend all Ariens owners to subscribe to their Youtube channel.

                                                                                                          I was able to cut three driveways and both walkways to both my in-law's and my house with little issue. I was also able to get to the back decks, the sheds and the workshop cleared out as well. They were a little tricky, but as you can see if the picture, this was pack powder along with a crusty frozen layer. In some places it was over the 21" Auger opening, but with a quick reverse and moving forward in lower speeds, I had little effort to get through it. The 30" swath makes it easy to get around in the newly cut paths I made. I'm sure my oil heating guy is going to appreciate it too...

                                                                                                          The drive speeds works very well and I can power back out of a drift very easily with the 2nd Reverse speed.

                                                                                                          I burned through about 4 tanks of gas (roughly) to clear out the front and back of both houses but given the amount of snow that I had to clear, I was expecting that. My only issue is that it requires Supreme gas (E10) which does cost more than regular Unleaded, but it is a minor glitch given the amount of times I would use it in a run of a year. I expect much less use after that initial clearing unless Mother Nature wants to have more fun with us. The Winter is young. I at least know this machine is up to the task.

                                                                                                          I have used this about 3 times so far and in between these three times I have shut it off and started it all with the pull cord several times. At first I had some issues but realized I was doing it wrong. I recounted what the dealer showed me and what I read out of the manual and after some messing around with the settings, it's really very easy to start. Plus I have the electric start if needed.

                                                                                                          If this thing is the norm on how it works, I will enjoy the use of this machine for years to come.

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                                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                                          great piece of equipment

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                                                                                                          from New Brunswick, Canada

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                                                                                                          Very good machine. Had storm after storm lately and nothing got in the way of my Deluxe 30. And will throw snow same or more than the leading blowers. Only downfall is the lighting.

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