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6 Steps for Snow Blower Survival

11/19/2013 6:00:00 AM

It’s here. This time of the year means one of two things: fluffy white landscapes reflecting a season of merriment or months of wet blizzards with blinding, wind-driven snow. Whatever your feelings about winter, you don’t want to get caught in the storm unprepared.

If you’re notorious for waiting until the last minute and wake up one day to strong winds, flurries and freezing rain, here’s a quick emergency survival guide for a snow blower that won’t start. Start from the top of the list and move down until any snow equipment problem is remedied.

Check Fuel Tank

Look to see if it is low or empty. When gasoline is stored over a long period of time and no fuel stabilizer is added, it loses volatility. As gasoline ages it turns into a varnish like coating in the carburetor, blocking fuel from the engine and preventing start.

If this occurs, take your Sno-Thro to your local Ariens servicing dealer to clean your carburetor or replace it.  


If the fuel is from last winter, summer, or fall season and/or no fuel stabilizer was added before storage, drain the system through the carburetor. Once drained, pour in known fresh fuel (purchased within 30 days) and a fuel stabilizer.

Check Fuel Shutoff Valve

Check if the engine switch is in the OFF position. If it is, turn the switch to the ON position.

Check Engine Switch

Many of the engines on Ariens Sno-Thro units have a “key switch” and a red toggle switch.  Ensure that the red plastic key is properly inserted into the holder and the red toggle switch is in the “run” position.  If either is not in the correct position, the engine will not fire causing the chance of flooding.

Check Choke Position     
Check the choke position; turn to ON position for cold engine starts. Always use the choke to start a cold engine, turning to “Full Choke.” Check your Owner's Manual for proper choke positioning.

If the temperature is above 32 degrees, priming the carburetor may flood the engine easily so try only choking the engine.
  • On a Briggs engine: Turn the choke knob all the way Counter-Clockwise for Full Choke (or starting position).
  • On an Ariens AX engine: Turn the choke knob all the way Clockwise for Full Choke
Check Throttle Position
Check the throttle position (if applicable); turn throttle position to at least 3/4 speed.

Check Spark Plug
Check the spark plug for fuel and correct air gap. Remove the spark plug and see if it is wet (this will confirm flooding). If the spark plug is wet, turn the engine over several times without the spark plug installed to help disperse the excess fuel out of the spark plug hole. Clean the spark plug of excess fuel and reset the air gap. Reinstall the cleaned spark plug or replace with a new spark plug. Perform starting procedure again, this time without the choke on.

If all of these items are checked and the unit will not start, take your unit to an Ariens servicing dealer. Take a look at our extended dealer family to Find an Ariens Dealer near you.

For quick start guides on the 2011 -2013 models - Click here.

For Ariens engine manufacturer links: Briggs and Stratton, Honda, Kawasaki, Kohler, Ariens OHV / LCT, Tecumseh, Robin/Suburu, Kubota.

Ariens Company Receives Manufacturing Award of Distinction

11/13/2013 6:00:00 AM

Ariens Company received the 2013 Manufacturing Award of Distinction (Large Company Category) from the Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce economic development group, Advance. The award recognizes manufacturers who set themselves apart from the rest of the industry, according to Advance.

"Manufacturing may not be perceived as cutting-edge but there are still a lot of us who think it is innovative, challenging and satisfying work," says Dan Ariens, Company President. "I'm proud to be a small part of the manufacturing heritage of Wisconsin and Northeast Wisconsin."

Although Ariens Company faced a year when the snow blower market was down more than 50% due to historically low snowfall, the company was able to offset this challenge by increasing sales in the commercial mowing segment with new products. The company continued to invest in new hiring and product development with a focus on long-term growth.

In accepting the award, Ariens recognized all company employees "who work every day to make Ariens Company successful. They like to solve problems, they enjoy creating something tangible out of nothing, and they are some of the most innovative employees in the workforce."

GIE+EXPO was a huge success for Ariens - Gravely

11/6/2013 6:00:00 AM

"This year's GIE show was a huge success, and it's a great time to meet current and prospective customers and showcase the wide range of commercial equipment we offer," says Brian Anundsen, commercial product marketing manager for Ariens Company.  

Our outdoor booth was very active as attendees stopped by to test drive the Pro-Turn 400 zero-turn commercial mowers as well as the Pro-Stance stand-on model and to sign up to win one of our giveaways.  The NEW 36-inch Pro-Stance model will be available for spring of 2014.  Others in attendance tried out chore products, including the vacuums and log splitters, to see how easy it can be to get ready for the fall and winter months!  We also had a new Commercial 21-inch  walk-behind available.

Each attendee who stopped by our outdoor booth had a chance to spin the prize wheel and possibly be entered into a drawing for the six products that were given away Friday afternoon.  Everyone went away with some type of prize, and we were very busy.   A total of more than $12,000 in equipment will be distributed to our winners!

The Outdoor Booth Prizes and Winners are:

Gravely Edger - Will Harvey, Lawn Force One, from Beach Grove, IN

Gravely Pro-Trim 22-inch string trimmer - Dustin Fussnecker, Fussnecker Tractor Sales, from Ripley, OH

Ariens Razor Walk Behind mower – David Gingerich, Jimmy Lawn Care, from Junction City, WI

Gravely Commercial 21-inch Walk-Behind mower - Susan Dunphy, Grapevine, from Creston, IA

Gravely Pro-Turn 148 commercial zero-turn mower - Derek Wells, Wells Lawn Care, from Bloomington, IN

The indoor booth also had a lot of activity with static displays of our equipment, a dueling piano bar reception Wednesday night and the popular Tapsnap machine where attendees could take your picture for a memento of the show.  You can view these pictures on our Gravely Facebook page

"We appreciate all of the dealers and landscape contractors who make the investment to attend GIE," says Mike Van Helvoirt, Ariens Company residential product marketing manager. "The giveaways are a small way for us to thank our booth visitors and customers."

Our Indoor Booth Prizes and Winners are:

Gravely Commercial 21-inch Walk-Behind mower – Terry Campbell, Jeffrey's Mower and Snow, from Indianapolis, IN

Richard Petty prize package – Josh Pitman from Paducah, KY

Visit our websites for additional information on Ariens and Gravely.

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