Rated 5 out of 5 by murray gtreat snow blower but had problems with shoot not turning when cold my shoot would not turn cable problems dealer to look at it in fall June 10, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Dan I like everything about it. This is my third Ariens snowblower, and I have to say, I wouldn't buy anything else. I previously had a ST826 and can ST1032. Both were excellent blowers. I never had to take either one in for service. Now, I do my own maintenance, but I never had an issue that had to go to the dealer for repairs. This new platinum 30 SHO blower is by far the one I like the best. Thanks to Ariens for the Auto steer which takes the work out of keeping the machine going in a straight direction. My driveway is 700 feet long. The blower has more than enough power for the job. Another thing I like about the Platinum 30 SHO is the way it cleans the end of the driveway. It's balanced better than the ST1032 , putting more weight on the cutting edge, which keeps it from riding up in the hard packed stuff. The only complaint I have is that through the winter, I have to listen to my co-workers complaining about their snow blowers, some who say, it takes them just as long to blow their city driveway as it takes me to do my 700 foot driveway. I just smile because I know the answer to their problem. Go see your nearest Arien dealer. June 6, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Mike You won't believe how far this machine throws snow! This machine throws snow like no other snow blower I have ever seen. It easily threw a 20" drift 50 to 60 feet and even farther if the wind was blowing. The heated hand grips are so warm that you can wear thin jersey gloves and still have warm hands. The easy turn feature is definitely a time saver since you're always moving forward and not moving back and forth to get the next row. Always started right up, hand controls all worked as expected and placed where they should be. Best purchase I've made in a long time. Thanks Ariens, awesome machine! June 6, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Curt Best Snowblowers money can buy! Even though we had a light winter this I used my Platinum 30 every time it snowed. I used to have trouble getting the end of the driveway after the plows went through, not anymore, this thing eats through snow like a pack of hyena's eating a gazelle. I love my Platinum 30 SHO. June 6, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Ron Does everything I expected of it. Does all the things as advertises. It's only been one season but I am very happy with it and really has made snow removal even better than using a snow plow.Ron Matula June 6, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5
by Frank Great machine ! ! I live 9 mi. East of Buffalo N. Y. And have 200ft of driveway so I need a dependable snowblower . The first time I had to use it was in our Nov. storm with 3 feet of wet heavy snow . I'm not going to say it was the easiest time I ever had but I was glad I invested the money with a large powerful machine that starts easy and operates easy for its size . The rest of the winter was a piece of cake . I highly recommend this machine and would buy ariens again !
June 5, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Greg A great machine. I can't say enough good things about this blower. Once I figured out the choke, it starts on the first pull, even down to minus 30. My wife could even start it with the pull rope, we never used the electric start. The deeper (up to a point, as it does have its limits) and heavier the snow the better. This machine is used at 10,000' elevation with annual snow fall of over 400", it's a bit of an overkill on early season powder, but when the heavier later snows arrive, you'll be glad you have the larger engine, plus this larger machine cuts through the packed snow banks at the end of the drive left by the plow drivers with ease. It's a big heavy machine - but it handles well and the hand warmers are nice.The best point is I don't mind clearing snow with this beast.The only drawback is that it consumes gasoline like a 71 Cadillac, and its loud, hearing protection is a must and best to use it during normal hours as it will wake everyone in a 1/2 mile radius. June 5, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5
by John Very satisfied at making the right decision - " Buy new, buy Ariens." This is one of the most exceptional machines on the market. One of its prominant features is that it is " Made in the USA!"Solidly built, perfectly balanced (even though the bucket is heavy), easily manuverable in deep snow, loaded with features. This machine is a true workhorse. It does not want to quit! It just keeps processing snow, no matter how deep or packed down. This past winter proved this to be true.We all know what we had to put up with, here in the northeast of New England.This particular machine can throw snow!Our previous Ariens was lost, due to the engine breaking down, after 18+ yrs. of solid use. So, we decided to purchase a new unit, larger than the one we had, as more HP was needed. When I saw this unit, I just knew it was the one to get. My wife agreed & now my work is litterally cut more than in half. Even with the amount of snow we had this past winter, this machine kept wanting to throw more.I would suggest, as many previous comments have suggested, that the shute handle be redesigned, as you need to cross your right hand over the dash to work it in the middle of use. Other than that, this machine is totally perfect. I am truly pleased that Ariens has maintained its reputation as the top notch snowblower on the market. We have thouroughly inspected the competition before our purchase & knew the quality, function, dependability & design of the Ariens was far superior. Our friend purchased a competitive's machine & during the first use, encountered a major problem. He purchased a large commercial unit.Ariens has proven to me that they care about their product, will stand behind it & will continue to develop & improve in the coming years.Don's Power & Equipment Co. Is the place to go, for customer care & satisfaction. They are expert in every phase of the power equipment business, having spent many years in the industry. I highly recommend purchasing from this reputable dealer. Their showroom is always well stocked & their service is quick & accurate.You won't go wrong with this company.I am proud to be an Ariens owner. I am glad I made the right decision.
June 5, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Richard This snowblower is the bomb! I have zero issues with the snowblower! I have a large driveway and it has no issue. The handwarmers are not really needed. I often turn them off as they get too warm... Other than that this machine works flawlessly! June 4, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Ted Big,heavy, and easy to use I purchased my 30 SHO Platinum last October in anticipation of larger than normal snowfall here in the Midwest. I wasn't disappointed. I filled the tank with about a quart of gas,primed the carburetor bulb,turned on the gas cut off lever,checked the oil and set the choke knob. It started on the first pull and every time since,only one pull was needed. I never used the electric start feature and couldn't be happier. I used it six times in the November thru March season and it never failed me. My first use was in 22" snow on a 90 foot drive way. The neighbors complained about me throwing my snow 60 feet onto their lawn. Ted June 4, 2015