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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: 921045

    ​​​​Engine: Ariens AX 254cc
    Throws Snow 50 ft
    Housing: 24"w, 21" h

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  • Deluxe 28

    Deluxe 28

    Model: 921046

    ​​​​Engine: Ariens AX 254cc
    Throws Snow 50 ft
    Housing: 28​"w, 21" h

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  • Deluxe 28 SHO

    Deluxe 28 SHO

    Model: 921048

    ​​​​Engine: Ariens AX 306cc Gen 3
    Throws Snow 55 ft
    Housing: 28"w, 21" h
    Super High Output Impeller​

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  • Deluxe 30 EFI

    Deluxe 30 EFI

    Model: 921049

    ​Engine: Ariens AX 306cc EFI
    Throws Snow 50 ft
    Housing: 30"x, 21"h

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  • Deluxe 30

    Deluxe 30

    Model: 921047

    ​​​​Engine: Ariens AX 306cc Gen 3
    Throws Snow 50 ft
    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
  • Steel Skid Shoe Kit

    Steel Skid Shoe Kit

    ​Steel replacement skid shoes resist wear to your blower housing and prolong the life of your Ariens Sno-Thro.

    Part Number: 72101100
    Fits Current Models: 921045, 921046, 921048, 921049, 921047

  • Sno-Thro Cab

    Sno-Thro Cab

    This spacious, rugged steel frame Sno-Thro Cab protects against heavy snow, wind and snow blow back. *Additional hardware included for installation on Professional Sno-Thro and Power Brush models with commercial handlebar*​

    Part Number: 72102600
    Fits Current Models: 921045, 921046, 921048, 921049, 921047

  • Small Sno-Thro Cover

    Small 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 920 series Ariens Sno-Thro models with housings 26" or smaller.

    Part Number: 72601400
    Fits Current Models: 921045

  • 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: 921045, 921046, 921048

  • 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: 921045, 921046, 921048, 921049, 921047

  • 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: 921045, 921046, 921048, 921049, 921047

  • 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: 921045, 921046, 921048, 921049, 921047

  • 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: 921045, 921046, 921048, 921047

  • 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: 921045, 921046, 921048, 921047

  • 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: 921045, 921046, 921048, 921049, 921047

  • 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: 921045, 921046, 921048, 921049, 921047

  • 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: 921045, 921046, 921048, 921049, 921047

  • Ariens® 16 oz. 5W30 4-Cycle Engine Oil

    Ariens® 16 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: 00091000
    Fits Current Models: 921045, 921046, 921048, 921049, 921047

  • 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: 921045, 921046, 921048, 921047

  • 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: 921045, 921046, 921048, 921049, 921047

  • 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: 921045, 921046, 921048, 921049, 921047

  • 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: 921045, 921046, 921048, 921049, 921047

  • 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 with housings 26" and larger.

    Part Number: 72601500
    Fits Current Models: 921046, 921048, 921049, 921047

  • 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: 921049, 921047

Reviews

REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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AriensDeluxe 24
 
4.6

(based on 522 reviews)

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94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Throws far (206)
  • Maneuverable (190)
  • Clears to the pavement (183)
  • Lightweight (90)
  • Easy to start (9)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Driveway (224)
  • Outdoors (55)
  • 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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Miss my old one!

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...Read complete review

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

Very good machine

By 

from Manitoba

About Me Do-It-Yourself

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Maneuverable
  • Throws Far

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Yard

    Comments about Ariens Deluxe 24:

    It blows really good, it is an easy starter with the Briggs and Stratton engine with adequate power. One draw back is the snow collects on the choke and key switch then freezes for start up next time, so I turn the key back to on and put the choke on when I shut it off. The hand warmers are a good addition to have.

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      4.0

      Awkward handling

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      from Sault Ste. Marie, ON Canada

      About Me Do-It-Yourself

      Pros

      • Maneuverable
      • Throws Far

      Cons

      • Left hand chute control

      Best Uses

      • Driveway

      Comments about Ariens Deluxe 24:

      You can release the right side auger handle with left hand wheel control engaged and the augers will stay engaged. It is then awkward to reach with right hand across to adjust chute direction on the left side. It also does not slide very well on packed snow. The front tends to grab the snow and with the easy steering it wants to wander left or right. Very hard to manoeuvre.

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        1.0

        Snowblower sold faulty, missing pin

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        from Merrimac, MA

        About Me Novice

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        Comments about Ariens Deluxe 24:

        We bought this snowblower before snow season so that we would be prepared. We used it the first time it snowed, and when we went to start it the second time it snowed it would not work. We brought it in to be repaired under the warranty, and it turns out it was a manufacturing problem- it was missing a pin, a 2 dollar pin, which caused a ton of damage. We brought it to the dealer who realized the problem. The only answer Ariens had was that it was covered under warranty, and that it would be repaired. So we spend all of that money on a snow blower that immediately had to be repaired- we might as well have bought a refurbished one at this point for less money. They would not replace the broken machine that they sold us- they do not do that. Terrible customer service and definitely no way to stand by your product.

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          1.0

          Not sure I would go for this brand again.

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          from Buffalo, NY

          About Me Do-It-Yourself

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          Pros

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            • Difficult to Start

            Best Uses

              Comments about Ariens Deluxe 24:

              It has typically been difficult to start, even when plugged in. Usually takes about 15 minutes or more to get started no matter the choking, or the pressing of the squirter. Seems like the fuel lines are inferior in this brand, as the fuel seems to have problems reaching the engine.

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                4.0

                Great Machine!

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                from central NY

                About Me Handyman

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Headlight is marginal
                • Small Gas Tank

                Best Uses

                • Driveway

                Comments about Ariens Deluxe 24:

                I have used many a snow blower in my days but used this for the first time in upstate NY in 10" of wet heave snow. Had to use the slowest speed but it had no issues on a 100 foot long driveway. It throws snow about 40 feet out so no worries about snow banks. Hand warmers worked fantastic. Now on the con side- headlight is marginal and it has a small gas tank. Had to refill once. It did get clogged once but that is not unusual with a wet heavy. Auto turn makes it very easy to handle.

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                  REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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                  AriensDeluxe 28
                   
                  4.6

                  (based on 1457 reviews)

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                  95%

                  of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

                  Pros

                  • Throws far (404)
                  • Maneuverable (348)
                  • Clears to the pavement (346)
                  • Lightweight (165)
                  • Easy to start (12)

                  Cons

                  • Loud (29)
                  • Can't handle wet snow (13)
                  • Difficult to start (9)
                  • Fuel guzzler/smelly (8)

                  Best Uses

                  • Driveway (407)
                  • Outdoors (115)
                  • Professional (27)
                  • 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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                  Most Liked Negative Review

                   

                  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

                  Love my new ariens

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                  from New Brunswick Canada

                  About Me Handyman

                  Pros

                  • Clears to the Pavement
                  • Maneuverable
                  • Throws Far

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Driveway

                    Comments about Ariens Deluxe 28:

                    Just bought the deluxe 28 this fall. Have already used it about 5 times and most of them times it was very wet slushy snow. Anyone who says this won't throw the wet /slushy snow is lying!! This thing is a beast and works extremely well. The auto turn feature also works very well....very easy to maneuver. The only complaint is have is the very small gas tank.

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                      5.0

                      I would definatly buys this snow blower again

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                      from Grey County Ontario Canada

                      About Me Do-It-Yourself

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Clears to the Pavement
                      • does not bog down ever
                      • Lightweight
                      • Maneuverable
                      • Throws Far

                      Cons

                      • hand grips are small and cold
                      • travels abit fast for the deep wet stuff.

                      Best Uses

                      • Driveway

                      Comments about Ariens Deluxe 28:

                      I live in Grey county Ontario Canada. Lots of lake effect snow to blow, sometimes daily. I have had 3 machines before this one. This is my 3rd winter and I am very satisfied. I've got the 28 deluxe, the smallest machine I've owned. Zero regrets.

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                        5.0

                        I love my ARIEN SNOWBLOWER

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                        from Dunlop NB Canada

                        About Me Professional

                        Pros

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

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                          • Driveway
                          • Professional
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                          Comments about Ariens Deluxe 28:

                          Its not a Honda .But for((( 2000$)))less omg .My fiancer can handle it .But i like it to much to let her play with it lolol.i live where it snow's and rain in the same day .So i need a snowblower that can get the job done .And yes it does

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                            Autosteer: All Over the Place

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                            from Biddeford, ME

                            About Me Handyman

                            Pros

                            • Throws Far

                            Cons

                            • Can't Handle Wet Snow

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                              Comments about Ariens Deluxe 28:

                              I couldn't wait to step up to an Ariens. Had used a few in different locations and knew how well-made they were. After special ordering mine mid-winter from my local Biddeford dealer, I realized that I could not keep it going in a straight line. With the Autosteer, any variation in snow depth, density or change in pavement would make it dart wildly left or right. I also felt that it was geared too fast for 1st gear. It would stall in the plow furrow at the end of the drive. I had the dealer check it out a couple of times with no better results. Ariens support was no support at all. They put all the responsibility on the dealer. He did tell me that he would take it back toward another model in the fall when he received the next shipment. After six phone calls and four trips with the Deluxe 28 to the dealer to make the trade all he could do was say that he wasn't in business to lose money and would try to sell it as a used machine for me. After a few weeks I picked it back up and sold it myself for half what I paid. No more Ariens or local dealer for me.

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                                4.0

                                I would probably buy another one

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                                from Marshalltown Iowa

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                                Pros

                                • Clears to the Pavement
                                • Throws Far

                                Cons

                                • Could use a little more power
                                • Keeps trying to turn both R & L up steep incline

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                                • Driveway

                                Comments about Ariens Deluxe 28:

                                Tries to auto turn both right and left when trying to go straight up an incline. It can be very hard to control when it does that.

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                                  AriensDeluxe 28 SHO
                                   
                                  4.7

                                  (based on 297 reviews)

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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

                                  I needed a powerful snowblower.

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                                  from Petawawa, ontario

                                  About Me Do-It-Yourself

                                  Pros

                                  • Maneuverable
                                  • Throws Far

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                                    • Driveway

                                    Comments about Ariens Deluxe 28 SHO:

                                    I live on a corner lot and the plow dumps twice as much snow than my neighbors. It is not uncommon for the snow at the end of my driveway to be higher than the snowblower housing. To make things worse, there is only ~10 feet between my driveway, and my neighbor's. Therefore, I blow everything to the opposite side so that I don't throw it in his driveway/yard. Keeping in mind that my driveway is 27 feet wide, I needed a strong snowblower to clear my driveway to reach the lawn.

                                    I came back from my parents this past weekend to approx. 30" of heavy snow at the end of my driveway. I had just picked up this blower the day before (perfect timing), and thought "time to put this thing to the test!" It didn't matter what I put it through, any snow went flying in the high and far... People must have thought I had a tractor. Yeah, it blew that strong.

                                    I used this blower 3 times already, and I'm impressed. I'm really glad I bought this particular one. I also didn't experience the steering problem that people complain about (not being able to go straight). Mine goes straight as an arrow regardless of what's underneath. It only turns when I turn, just fantastic.

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                                      5.0

                                      Great power and clearing ability.

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                                      from New Berlin, WI

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                                      Pros

                                      • Clears to the Pavement
                                      • Maneuverable
                                      • Throws Far

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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!!

                                          Cons

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

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                                            Comments about Ariens Deluxe 28 SHO:

                                            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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                                              AriensDeluxe 30
                                               
                                              4.6

                                              (based on 309 reviews)

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                                              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

                                              I wouldn't buy this product again

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                                              from Fredericton,NB Canada

                                              About Me Handyman

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                                                  Comments about Ariens Deluxe 30:

                                                  BUYER BEWARE.I bought my 30" deluxe Jan30 2015 used it maybe 20-25 time to clear yard. Decided to service it again the other day & noticed the drive sprocket flopping on shaft! I took it to the dealer I bought it from for repair and was told both sleeve bearings were broken. I am not impressed that something like this would break so easily,poor design . I have lost my confidence in what I thought would be a good blower!

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                                                    5.0

                                                    Beast!

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                                                    from Aspen, CO

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                                                    Comments about Ariens Deluxe 30:

                                                    Purchased new this year, was nervous about the negative reviews related to the auto turn. I had one small snow, blower performed great, auto turn was totally fine. Just wonder if users with bad experience have never used a snowblower before.

                                                    Had a 22" snowfall over the weekend, snowblower worked great. Cleared my steep driveway very quickly. Traction was great, plenty of power, awesome machine.

                                                    I grew up with an Ariens and was always impressed with it. New machine is great, not a piece of plastic on the machine. Hope it lasts 35 years like my fathers has.

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                                                      1.0

                                                      Auto turn does not work!

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                                                      from Danielson, Ct

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                                                      Comments about Ariens Deluxe 30:

                                                      If you are looking to get an awesome forearm workout then this is the blower for you!!! I have a gravel driveway and I cannot keep blower going strait. As soon as blower hits any resistance(like snow) it thinks you're trying to turn and starts to turn. It is a constant battle to keep it straight. Wanted to love this blower but auto turn just doesn't work.

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                                                        3.0

                                                        Warranty - Be Prepared!

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                                                        from Boylston(Tug Hill), New York

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                                                        Pros

                                                        • Clears to the Pavement
                                                        • Throws Far

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                                                          Comments about Ariens Deluxe 30:

                                                          Snowblower is used in the Tug Hill region of New York, annual snowfall 350+ inches (Lake Effect Snow), except for last winter.

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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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